Carpet Installer Job Description

The Carpet Installer lays and installs carpet from rolls or blocks on floors, installing padding and trim flooring materials.

Tasks for the Carpet Installer

  • The Carpet Installer joins edges of carpet and seam edges where necessary, by sewing or by using tape with glue and heated carpet iron.
  • The Carpet Installer cuts and trims carpet to fit along wall edges, openings, and projections, finishing the edges with a wall trimmer.
  • The Carpet Installer inspects the surface to be covered to determine its condition, and correct any imperfections that might show through carpet or cause carpet to wear unevenly.
  • The Carpet Installer rolls out, measures, marks, and cut carpeting to size with a carpet knife, following floor sketches and allowing extra carpet for final fitting.
  • The Carpet Installer plans the layout of the carpet, allowing for expected traffic patterns and placing seams for best appearance and longest wear.
  • The Carpet Installer stretches carpet to align with walls and ensure a smooth surface, and press carpet in place over tack strips or use staples, tape, tacks or glue to hold carpet in place.
  • The Carpet Installer takes measurements and study floor sketches to calculate the area to be carpeted and the amount of material needed.
  • The Carpet Installer cuts carpet padding to size and installing padding, following prescribed method.
  • The Carpet Installer installs carpet on some floors using adhesive, following prescribed method.
  • The Carpet Installer nails tack strips around area to be carpeted or use old strips to attach edges of new carpet.

The Carpet Installer uses the analytical or scientific software referred to as yardage bible software. They also use scheduling and calendar software in their work along with project management software. The Carpet Installer needs the following tools in their occupation:

  • Glue guns- Butane glue guns; Cool tip glue guns; Cove base guns; Electric glue guns.
  • Knife blades- Floor scraper blades; hooked blades; Tackles cutter blades; Trimmer carpet blades
  • Power saws- Jamb saws; Toe kick saws; Undercut saws
  • Shears- Carpet base cutters; Carpet shears; Standup cutter; Strip cutters
  • Staple guns- Air underlayment staplers; Edge-binding staplers; Hammer tacklers; Heavy duty electric staplers
  • Tensioners- Carpet tucking tools; Stairway stretchers; Swivel-lock stretchers; Turning tools
  • Utility knives- Multipurpose trimmers; Tucking hammers; Wall trimmers

The Carpet Installer needs knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs, assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. The Carpet Installer needs knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. The Carpet Installer needs knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions. The Carpet Installer needs mechanical knowledge. This is knowledge of machines and tools, including designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

The Carpet Installer must pay attention to detail. This requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. The Carpet Installer must be reliable, responsible and dependable and fulfilling obligations. The Carpet Installer knows that he must be honest and ethical when working in the homes and business of his clients. He needs to be able to maintain composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling any anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. The Carpet Installer meets with a variety of people with many personalities that could clash with his own. The Carpet Installer needs to be able to use creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work related problems. When working with others and for others he also needs to be capable of accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. He needs to be able to accept change whether it is positive or negative and to consider variety in the workplace.

The Carpet Installer may find that he is in the role of a diplomat when he is working with several people that do not agree with the product or coloration of the product. He must try to accommodate in a manner that is suitable to all concerned if at all possible. The Carpet Installer needs to be able to take on responsibilities and challenges in his work function. The Carpet Installer provides service to others and works with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Often the Carpet Installer works on his own providing the service to the satisfaction of the customer.

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