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Also known as:
Carpet Installer, Carpet Layer, Commercial Carpet Installer, Residential Carpet Installer, Wall-to-Wall Carpet Installer
Carpet-installing takes precision and a good deal of physical strength and agility. Installers need to be able to handle large, heavy rolls of padding and carpet. They also spend a lot of time kneeling and bending. Their judgment is called upon to evaluate the underlying flooring for imperfections. ...
They need to know how things like traffic flow will affect the new carpet.
Installers must be able to accurately measure and carefully cut the carpets. They must have an eye for aligning seams and patterns.
Job sites can vary dramatically, from ordinary homes to corporate headquarters, but the work environment is usually clean because floor covering tends to be the finishing touch, after the debris from construction is cleared away.
While most installers are self-employed, there are some opportunities with flooring contractors or floor covering retailers. Floor-installing skills are usually learned on the job, helping an experienced worker. However, there are training programs available. These are usually sponsored by large contractors and by unions. It can take 3 to 4 years to gain the skills needed to approach a challenging project with confidence.
This is a field that tends to be steadier than a lot of construction jobs because carpet-installing is usually indoor work, unaffected by the weather. Also, when new building construction slows down, there is still the need to replace existing carpets. However, new materials that make carpeting more durable could have an impact on that need in the years ahead.
Lay and install carpet from rolls or blocks on floors. Install padding and trim flooring materials.
Critical decision making
Level of responsibilities
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
Dealing and handling conflict
Competition for this position
Communication with others
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
Comfort of the work setting
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
Exposure to job hazards
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Cut and bind material.
Measure, cut and install tackless strips along the baseboard or wall.
Move furniture from area to be carpeted and remove old carpet and padding.
Nail tack strips around area to be carpeted or use old strips to attach edges of new carpet.
Cut carpet padding to size and install padding, following prescribed method.
Join edges of carpet and seam edges where necessary, by sewing or by using tape with glue and heated carpet iron.
Fasten metal treads across door openings or where carpet meets flooring to hold carpet in place.
Stretch carpet to align with walls and ensure a smooth surface, and press carpet in place over tack strips or use staples, tape, tacks or glue to hold carpet in place.
Take measurements and study floor sketches to calculate the area to be carpeted and the amount of material needed.
Inspect the surface to be covered to determine its condition, and correct any imperfections that might show through carpet or cause carpet to wear unevenly.
Clean up before and after installation, including vacuuming carpet and discarding remnant pieces.
Performing General Physical Activities
Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
Handling and Moving Objects
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems
Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information
Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE
Customer and Personal Service
Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Administration and Management
Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Building and Construction
Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
Production and Processing
Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
Education and Training
Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Quality Control Analysis
Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Using mathematics to solve problems.
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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