Taking up Carpet for the Pantry
One of the biggest challenges in the house on the new homestead is a lack of storage. It’s difficult to do canning and cold storage and bulk food for making healthy meals when you dont have places to put flour, and sugar, and jars, and lids, and appliances – and all of the things that you need to actually go out and make natural, sustainable foods in the kitchen.
Before you can build, you must…
In the basement, the carpet is old and frankly of poor quality. While one day we will replace it, right now what we need to do is clean some of it out so that the pantries can be installed in the correct place. This means tearing the carpet out. When you remove carpet, there are generally a few places that you struggle with: getting the carpet started and peeled away form the floor, removing the tack strips, and getting the glue off of the subfloor.
Tips Taking up Carpet
A few lessons learned along the way to share from the video:
- Start in the corner and try and peel back the carpet.
- Give it a few good tugs. If you cannot get good leverage, use a sharp knife and cut 3-4 inches diagonally in from the corner.
- This will give you a place to reach into/under the carpet and pull it back.
- Use a shovel with a pointy end, like a short garden shovel.
- The rounded surface of the shovel will act as fulcrum, and the handle will be the lever to get more leverage under the tack strip nails.
- If your carpet/pad has glue under it, use a tile knife or putty knife to scrape any remains from the subfloor.