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I found a place that sells carpet squares for $1/foot and less online, but I'm not sure what the freight will be, so I'm not sure if it's a bargain or not. I stopped at a local lumberyard for masking tape this morning and saw that they sell and install carpet. The cheapest one I spotted was $2.50/foot installed, so that's definitely an option, given that the room's around 100 square feet. I didn't talk to anyone. They might have a utility grade that's closer to $2/foot, or maybe a sale coming up.

The best part is, they're local. Whenever I deal with "the big city" nearby, they act like they're doing me a great big favor by delivering an appliance. They also usually add a trip charge, act all put out about it, and bemoan that they only come out to my neck of the woods once a month. (I'm like 25 minutes away. Big deal.)

I've taken to going farther out into the country, rather than toward a city, to purchase items that will require delivery. That way I don't have to hear all the moaning and groaning from the stupid salesmen.

The more I think about it, the more appealing installation is to me. Then I won't have to deal with trying to get rid of the ripped up carpet myself. Maybe I'll talk to them tomorrow on my way home from the day job.

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ephemera
Mar. 18th, 2008 12:12 pm (UTC)
That's a good price, installation and all. *crosses fingers for you*
jordan_c_price
Mar. 18th, 2008 12:55 pm (UTC)
I think so...I'm gonna talk to them tonight or tomorrow and make the arrangements.
cbpotts
Mar. 18th, 2008 12:14 pm (UTC)
A thing to consider: (I've forgotten what your housing situation is like) If you have to DISPOSE of the old carpet, which requires trucking to a landfill, etc., it's well worth it to have the carpet co do it. Unless you have a truck.

If it's REALLY OLD carpet, and there's a chance the padding underneath is decayed, it's well worth it to have the carpet co do it. This stuff flies all over the place, it's a trap for allergens, and it's a very messy job. Some floor coverings have asbestos in them, requiring special disposal or covering (our old lino in the girls bedrooms had asbestos, we had to have that removed)

Installing carpet is cumbersome and awkward. I know money is always an issue but this is one case where unless you've got the helpers to do it with you, I'd have the pros do it. (Carpeting and septic cleaning are the two jobs where I always prefer to have a pro on my side)
jordan_c_price
Mar. 18th, 2008 12:54 pm (UTC)
My actual plan was to dispose of the old carpet by slicing it into managable chunks, rolling it up, and slipping it into the dumpster at my day job a few pieces at a time :-/

Cripes, I hope there's no asbestos.

The argument for installation is getting stronger and stronger.
cbpotts
Mar. 18th, 2008 12:56 pm (UTC)
Do you know when the existing carpet was put in? If it's not too long ago (less than 25 yrs) chances are it itself is asbestos free. My house is very, very old, so we have some unique issues.
jordan_c_price
Mar. 18th, 2008 01:12 pm (UTC)
I have a mobile home that was manufactured in the early 80's, so nothing's too terribly old. Which isn't to say it's not falling apart, but it's not like my mom's 1850's house where you'd scratch your head and wonder what something even WAS 100 years ago.
cbpotts
Mar. 18th, 2008 01:15 pm (UTC)
You're going to be OK on the asbestos thing. By the 1980's, no one was manufacturing with it!

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