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Career Details :: Carpet Installers
Lay and install carpet from rolls or blocks on floors. Install padding and trim flooring materials.
A minimum of two to four years of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
- Studies floor sketches to determine area to be carpeted and amount of material needed to complete job.
- Sews sections of carpeting together by hand, when necessary.
- Measures and cuts carpeting to size according to floor sketches, using carpet knife.
- Moves furniture from area to be carpeted and removes old carpet and padding.
- Cuts and trims carpet to fit along wall edges, openings, and projections.
- Joins edges of carpet that meet at openings, using tape with glue and heated carpet iron.
- Fastens metal treads across door openings or where carpet meets flooring to hold carpet in place.
- Stretches carpet to ensure smooth surface and presses carpet in place over tack strips.
- Cuts carpet padding to size and installs padding, following prescribed method.
- Nails tack strips around area to be carpeted or uses old strips to attach edges of new carpet.
- Installs carpet on some floors using adhesive, following prescribed method.
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General Work Activities
- Handling and Moving Objects
- Performing General Physical Activities
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
- Estimating Needed Characteristics
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
Frequent Work Context
- Kneeling, Crouching, or Crawling
- Importance of Being Sure All Is Done
- Using Hands on Objects, Tools, Controls
- Consequence of Error