When it came to cutting the seams, we first tried scissors (Photo 4), but found that a 303-loop-pile cutter (Photo 5) gave us a cleaner seam edge (Photo 6). I mention that particular loop-pile cutter because its blade angle gave a cleaner cut than others did. The edges were sealed with hot-melt thermoplastic adhesive using one of the sealing tips we talked about in the Sept/Oct issue (Photo 7). The seams were constructed with a low profile seaming tape (Photo 8). When you hear low profile, it just means less thermoplastic adhesive or a lighter tape. With this carpet a "premium" tape would have too much glue and cause a profiling problem.
The job was stretched in using the techniques we discussed in the July/Aug issue "Seampeaking Causes and Solutions." A cotton head attachment was used on the power stretcher to prevent damage from the stretcher teeth (Photo 9). This is vital. If you don't use a cotton head on this carpet, you are not just asking for trouble, you are in trouble!
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