Berbers are popular but problematic, no fun to install and less fun to repair. Installation we can talk about another time – right now let’s talk about runs or snags (Photos 1 and1a) and patches.

The easiest way to repair a snag is to use your hot glue gun. Run a bead of hot glue on the backing where the yarn has been pulled loose. Not too much, an inch or so at a time (Photo 2).

Now start working the yarn back into place using either an awl or the tip of one scissor blade (Photos 3 and 3a). Next, inserting a patch. First cut out the area to be replaced, following rows when possible and being careful to match the pattern (Photo 4).

At the cross seam where the nap is running away from the seam, you can cut from the face with a square because the sheared naps will be on the piece you are removing (Photo 5). Measure and cut your patch, matching the pattern, in this case light and dark rows.

I will show you two ways – one easy, one easier – to adhere the patch to the field carpet. A conventional seaming iron is too cumbersome to use for small patches. First, the easy way. This requires duct tape, dry-wall mesh and your hot glue gun.

Place a piece of dry-wall mesh on a piece of duct tape (for a backing)as seen in Photo 6. Place this centered under the carpet edge and adhere the carpet side with hot glue(Photo 7).Seal the cut edge of the carpet with a small amount of hot glue (Photo 7a). Now glue into place the first cross seam.

If possible follow a row on the cross seams; on the piece of carpet in my example, it was not possible. I cut the second cross seam a little crooked to show this technique, to avoid a bow while cutting to a seam edge with little area to fold back.

Fold the carpet so the backing will meet at the seam edge (Photo 8). Make a small dot at that point on the carpet back (Photo 8a). Do this every couple of inches, as you see in Photo 9. Here the line is not straight; no worries, just cut dot to dot with your straight edge.The short distance between the dots you are cutting allows you to follow the curve.

Okay. The hot glue gun, duct tape and dry-wall mesh were the easy way. Now here’s the easier way: The Kool Glide seaming tool (Photo 10). Center the Kool Glide seaming tape under the seam edge, and seal the edge with a little bit of hot glue (Photo 11). The Kool Glide system works from the top of the carpet, using radio-wave induction to heat the special foil backed tape, melting the glue.

Photo 12 shows the finished product, the patch and the cut out piece with the repaired run, and a close up of the cross seam (Photo 12a). There. Don’t you love it when things are easier? Not easy mind you, just easier. If you wanted easy, you made the wrong career choice.


Michael Hetts is a CFI Certified Master Installer who has worked in the carpet installation field since 1970. He is currently an independent manufacturers representative for Sinclair Equipment, Contec North America, Seam Master Industries and the Carpet Badger.