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HOW TO REPAIR CARPET
Learn how to fix damaged carpet with these step-by-step instructions so the repair blends in seamlessly.
Step 1: Locate a Repair Piece
When done correctly, this repair eradicates the damaged area with minimal or no evidence. Remnants from the installation of the carpet make the job a little easier. If no remnants can be found cut a small portion of carpet from the back of a closet or other out-of-the-way space to provide a repair piece.
Step 2: Trim the Repair Piece
Position an empty can (or other container of comparable size) on the nap side of the repair piece and press down firmly, allowing the rim to make a clear impression. Then cut around the outline using a sharp utility knife.
Step 3: Mark the Nap’s Direction
Use tape marked with an arrow to indicate the direction of the carpet’s nap on the repair piece. Then use another length of marked tape to identify the direction of the nap near the damaged area of the carpet.
Step 4: Outline the Damaged Area
Using the same can or container, press it down firmly over the damage.
Step 5: Remove the Damaged Carpet
Carefully cut along the outline with a utility knife (image 1). The diameter of a standard can is a good guideline for the size of a replacement piece. The goal is to keep the cut-out area (image 2) as small as possible but still allow carpet tape to be inserted into the space and laid flat beneath the carpet backing
Step 6: Insert the Carpet Tape
To ensure the carpet tape doesn’t work its way back through the opening, cut a length 2 to 3 inches wider than the diameter of the cut-out area. (Carpet tape is available in double-sided and single-sided versions; the single-sided type generally works best for this type of repair.) Peel the backing away from the adhesive side of the tape and carefully insert the piece into the cut-out area, smoothing it flat from below so that it sticks firmly to the carpet backing around the perimeter of the opening. Be patient and work carefully: handling the stickiness of the tape can be a challenge. For a cut-out this size, it generally works best to cover about half the space with one piece of tape (image 1) and use a second piece to cover the other half (image 2).
Step 7: Insert the Replacement Piece
Once the carpet tape is firmly in place, turn the repair piece so its arrow is pointing in the same direction as the arrow near the cut-out area and press it firmly into the opening. Apply extra pressure all around the edges of the new piece, working the fibers into the surrounding carpet.
Step 8: Trim Longer Fibers
After the piece is fitted snugly into the opening trim any fibers that are uneven with the surrounding carpet. To even out the difference, lay a pair of scissors flat across the new section and carefully trim off just enough to “blend” the piece into the adjacent fibers.
Step 9: Press the Repair in Place
Set a heavy piece of furniture, stack of books, etc. over the repaired section for a day or two to ensure it’s fully “integrated.”
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The Beehive Bookcase
I made this desktop book case to house a few of my wifes ever growing manga collection. So all my measurements are designed to hold these slightly larger than paperback books.
One large sheet of 1/4 inch particle board, Glue, Primer, Paint
Tools: Table Saw,Clamps, Paint Brushes
step 2:Cutting the Angles
In this step we will cut the wood to the correct size and angles to fit together. Since I made this house a very smalll porion of y wife’s manga colletion. The side lenght of 47/8ths allows for 7 normal sized manga side by side with a slight gap at the top. If you lower the side lenght to fit the manga more snugly at the top you will reduce the width to carry only. Once you put your first piece of wood through the saw flip it over and put it through both sides of the wood have the same 30 degree angle.
step 3Cutting the depth
Put your table saw blade back to it’s normal 90 degree setting. Take your angled piece of wood and cut it into sections that are 5 and 3/8ths. This is the depth of an average manga. There are a 6 pieces per hexagon and we have 5 hexes for a grand total of 30 pieces to cut.
step 4:Making the Angle Guide
Now since 60 degree angle guidess aren’t exactly common place its time to make a smaller version. Change the angle on your table saw to 30 degrees. set your width on your saw guide to 2 inches. Again flip it over and put it through the saw so you put the same angle on the opposite side so both sides of the wood have the same 30 degree angle. Cut this pieces into six individual 3 inch strips. We do this because a smaller set is much easier to hold together to glue.
step 5:Glue the Angle Guide Together
Break out your glue and glue the pieces together two at a time. Check both the inside and out side edges to make sure the angle is correct. Let this one dry. After the first pair are glued together glue another pair. Slide the previous section up against the outside to check the angle. It should fit perfectly. Now glue the third and last section together. All three sections should fit perfectly in each other if you hold them back to back. Once they are dry glue all three together at one time. The angles should match perfectly.
step 6:Start gluing the individual sections together.
Now that you have a mini angle guide you can start to glue the larger sections together. I glued the first few together using the mini guide then after I made a few, I used the larger sections as guides as well. That speeded up the process significantly.
step 7:Glue the Angled Sections Together
After you have made six of the angled sections, glue 3 of them together to make your first hexagon, leave the other 3 to use as guides. Keep on gluing until you have all 6 of your hexagons.
step 8:Sand, Prime, Paint
Sand the edges to get rid of your sloppy saw mark cuts. Prime the surfaces. Paint to your specifications. I chose Nutmeg.
step 9Final Product
Final Product : A beehive book case and a happy wife!