Common Household Remedies Request
Carpet mavens, I need your advice! My stair runner arrived today* and I need to finish painting the stairs and then install it. Here is a rough sketch of the parts involved with two issues:
As you can see, the carpet conforms to the contour of the stairs because of the brass rods, and where the carpet comes to an end, at the landing or the top of the stairs, I have to screw down a brass (or brass-colored) strip.**
One issue I've got is where to put the tacks.*** Under the lip of the stair tread? At either edge of the runner? Both? Neither?
A second issue is whether it's good practice to run the carpet up over the top step onto the landing. Maybe I should have a separate, small rug on the landing? Maybe I could bind the edges or something.
OK, I lied on "two." I don't think I need a pad. There wasn't a pad under the runner that preceded this one -- a thirty-year-old finally destructible hunk of something petroleum-based as is, sigh, this one -- and it doesn't look like the eyehooks**** through which the rods run are set at a depth that contemplated a pad. So I'd like to get a away without that expense. Is that a good idea?
The fourth issue is whether there are other issues I haven't thought of!
NOTE * Via UPS. I don't know if this is a statement about retail or not. I remember seeing Sears catalogs from the 1890s, and huge quantities of every kind of good could be ordered from the catalog and delivered by train. So perhaps carpet delivery via UPS is a reversion to the mean, the age of the auto and the Big Box store being an abberration.
NOTE ** Grrrr! Now that the local hardware store is closed, I have to take a hour-and-a-half, minimum, to go buy the brass strips, and I used to be able to go walk downtown. And I'm still in the habit of thinking I can do that. Maybe I should just order everything from Amazon, as if I were in the 1890s again, except with a digital catalog and NSA tracking instead of a paper catalog?
NOTE *** Which I just fucking realized I didn't fucking buy either, snarl.
NOTE **** Which it would be nice if I didn't have to spend time repositioning or replacing, whine.
UPDATE Here's another one. Is the carpet going to stretch out or something, such that I have to retack it in six months? I somehow got the message that it would, but I don't understand why.