Asked on Apr 2, 2012

I want to check what's under some wall-to-wall carpet

NancyJean MylesDee


Can someone tell me how to pull up a spot? Do I need tools? How do I get it back down if there are no hardwoods under there? Thanks
6 answers
  • Carpet is held in place with tack strips at the edges. These are about an inch or less from the cut edge at the baseboard, and have the upward facing points angled towards the wall. So you can get ahold of the carpet right tight in a corner and peel it back enough to see what is under there, then work it back into place. A small bent angle pry bar would be handy, IMO Once you get it tucked back down tight at the edges, place a wood block on the carpet and whack it a couple times with a hammer to seat the tacks again

  • 3po3
    on Apr 3, 2012

    It's going to be easier to get at it in a closet, especially if you don't have any baseboard in there. Also, if you damage the carpet, it's not as noticeable.

  • Leeann H
    on Apr 3, 2012

    Great! Thanks for the info.

  • Dee
    on Jun 16, 2015

    Or if there is a heat register in the floor, lift it and carefully pull back the carpet around it.

  • Jean Myles
    on Nov 18, 2015

    Steve G has the right idea. I used a pair of plyers in the back corner in my bedroom closet . Be careful the nail strips are really sharp. Ware a pair of gloves. Hope you find what you want .

  • Nancy
    on Nov 23, 2015

    Like Dee says try any floor heat registers, especially in the bathroom vinyl. I found my was not attached at all.

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