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Tools for Installing Carpet and Removing Vinyl Flooring

By: Danny Lipford

There are several unique tools which are used for laying carpet:

  • Power Stretcher: Extendable handle pushes against an opposing wall to pull carpet tight.
  • Knee Kicker Stretcher: Uses knee action to stretch carpet in small spaces.
  • Heat Bond Iron: Seams in carpet are jointed together using a special iron and heat-activated tape.


          Floor scraper                    Spyder Scraper                   Power scraper

Tools used to remove vinyl flooring and adhesive from a subfloor include:

  • Floor Scraper: Consists of a 6”- 14” wide blade mounted on a handle, requires lots of elbow grease.
  • Reciprocating Saw Attachment: The Spyder Scraper from Simple Man Products is a 3” wide blade that attaches to a reciprocating saw to turn it into a high-speed scraper.
  • Power Floor Scraper: Motorized, walk behind machine makes fast work of scraping floors.

Since most homeowners won’t use these tools on a regular basis, consider renting them from a tool rental center, rather than buying them.

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