Let’s start with indoor/outdoor carpeting and where it might be used. Some places outdoor carpets are used is in  tents, on porches, patios, and even around swimming pools.

The example below shows the results of a job I do almost every year in a seasonal tent on a golf course. Five pieces of carpet are seamed together every spring and then cut into five pieces in Fall, rolled up,  and stored until the next Spring. The seams are 70 feet long and I use hot-melt tape and the iron. The carpet has to be stretched tight and nailed to the asphalt to keep it safe and flat. I do the five sections one at a time. It goes something like this: stretch section 1, layout and stretch section 2, trim seam edges to butt together and then seam them together. The process is repeated and the carpet gets bigger and bigger and another piece is added.

The tent area is about 60 feet by 80 feet and is used on one of my favorite golf courses.  It is a two day job to re-install it and I bring a helper both days most of the time.

The weather is a problem for me because the rain comes into the tent area on the edges of the floor even if the flaps are down.  Sometimes they take the tent down before they tell me when they plan to do it and the carpet gets wet.  It is really hard to  schedule work around fickle weather.  However it does give their tent a “classy” look when its completed!.

INDOOR/OUTDOOR CARPET (roll up and store for next year)



This carpet was wrinkled and created a tripping hazard.  It is a glue down carpet and is not repaired by carpet stretching. Sometimes the installers water down the glue and trowel it too thin.  Eventually the carpet comes loose from the floor and it bubbles or wrinkles. In order to repair it I have to peel it back or cut what I call a “trap door”.  The trap door is a large three sided patch that I roll back and re-glue. This three sided cut is done wherever the carpet is loose. The distorted  wrinkle that I press into the glue  is  too big for the hole that I cut and trimming is needed. Trim it too small and it looks horrible. Trim it too big and a new bubble is created.

These “no room for error” jobs used to be nerve racking on me when I was first learning, but its no problem now. Practice makes perfect! These repairs shown were in Saint Clair County, however I do most of my  carpet repair in Oakland and Macomb County.


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