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Sweep the floor, making sure it's dry and debris-free.
Nail the tackless strip to the floor about a 1/4" away from the wall.
Measure the length and width of room, including any entryways or thresholds. Add at least 2" to the dimensions to allow for trimming.
Lay and cut the padding to sit just inside the tackless strip.
Once cut, pull a portion back and pour a thin bead of carpet adhesive onto the floor. Roll the padding back over the adhesive.
Once the padding is secured, tape the seams with masking tape.
Roll the carpet onto a flat surface for cutting. Transfer the room measurements to the carpet.
Use a row finder to run the length of the measurements and create a straight line through the carpet's pile.
Follow the line with a loop cutter for a straight, clean cut.
Place the carpet in room, fitting the factory-cut edge against the first wall and fitting the other sides from there.
Use a carpet knife to cut around any irregular corners of protruding walls.
Use a knee kicker to force the edges of the carpet onto the tackless strip. Hook the carpet to the tackless strip starting in one of the corners. Dig the teeth of the knee kicker into the carpet about 1" from the wall. Swiftly kick the cushioned end of the knee kicker with your knee to hook the carpet to the tackless strip.