Before we start, remember this: Knowing the type of carpet construction, the material backing, the type of substrate and its moisture content will save all kinds of time and frustration.
Now, let's look at some tips every installation professional should know:
On some installations, the specifications will call for metal stair nosings or binder bars. When the floor or stairs are concrete, one of two methods may be used. Some carbide-tip drill bits will fit the punched holes in the metal. In this case, the nosing or binder is cut to the required width and the holes in the metal are used as drill guides.
When the holes are too small for the drill bit, cut the nosing or binder to the proper width and hold the metal trim in place. Take a white cake of chalk and rub it over the holes in the metal. A residue of chalk will fall through the holes onto the carpet. Remove the nosing or binder bar carefully; the little piles of chalk will indicate where the holes should be drilled. Before drilling, use an awl to make holes in the carpet so the drill does not pull the face yarns.
Fresh-air ventilation during carpet and all other floor covering installations should be maintained by opening windows and doors, utilizing exhaust fans and by operating the building's ventilation system at full capacity. Avoid re-circulation of the air; exhaust to the outside whenever possible. Ventilation should be maintained for at least 48-to-72 hours. This will exhaust, dissipate and eliminate lingering odors when used in conjunction with low-odor, low-emission adhesives, carpet and cushion.