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Her house is a lovingly restored 100-year-old house in the Oakmont area of Pittsburgh, just down the road from where the U.S Open was played a couple of years ago (Photo 1). 

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Jon and I were called in because of the carpet being a floral pattern going on stairs in the upper hall and area rugs in the living room, dining room, and three separate ones in the entry and lower hall (Photo 2).

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The pattern she chose had a feel for a bygone era and fit the house perfectly. Because she wanted the carpet to follow the contour of the stairs, turning the side was out because it would cause an unsightly lump. That left binding to finish the edge.

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Binding is fine, but I like to use Instabind in these situations because it gives me more freedom of movement and allows some creativity you can’t get with a binding machine.  I showed her an Instabind brochure and suggested we use Instabind rope for the finished edge on the stairs (Photos 3 and 4) and around the spindles in the upper hall (Photo 5) as well as the area rugs. I felt that the rope would be more in keeping the feel of an earlier era. She chose the color Malt.

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I notched out the upper hall in one piece with the upper stair flight attached (Photo 6) while Jon was attaching the Instabind rope to the area rugs (Photo 7).

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On the job site we cut the carpet to follow the contour of the spindles in the upper hall and applied the Instabind, not something easily done with a binding machine (Photo 5).  The customer was thrilled with the finished product and so happy I suggested Instabind. Oh, one other note: we got the job in part because of the Instabind; the other company didn’t offer her that option. 

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Photo 8 is another job in which we used Instabind rope to finish a runner. Jon and I like to bring the upper hall from wall to wall over the top step as a runner to meet the stair runner. We think it makes for a smooth, beautiful transition, as shown in Photo 8.

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The detail of the turn at the landing is shown in Photo 9.