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DUBVEEZY

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How many of you offer carpet stretching? I have never done it but have watched numerous videos and it seems to be easy as hell to do. Also if you do offer this service are you using a power stretcher or just a carpet kicker? Lastly, approx. what are you charging per room to do this? Just wondering if it is beneficial or not before I get to far into it. I am asked often if I do it but never took the time to research. Thanks
 

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How many of you offer carpet stretching? I have never done it but have watched numerous videos and it seems to be easy as hell to do. Also if you do offer this service are you using a power stretcher or just a carpet kicker? Lastly, approx. what are you charging per room to do this? Just wondering if it is beneficial or not before I get to far into it. I am asked often if I do it but never took the time to research. Thanks
I have a guy whose been doing repairs and installation for 40 years. I just call him. Add $15 on top of what he charges me. Moving on
 

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I bought all my carpet repair tools at a pawn shop about 20 years ago. Five years after being in the cleaning BIZ. The reason I did this I too was being asked to do repairs an such and seen $$ going away cause I didn't offer this service.I basically was self taught learning on empty houses for prop man. Companies. As far as tools go I would get power stretcher kicker iron and other misc. things needed. With just a kicker you are very limited on what you do. As I'm getting older I find myself using power stretcher even more I don't like kicking my butt off anymore and my legs are getting to old to do it too. As far as priceing it really varies on what your doing I charge about $40 per room if empty if we have to move furniture depending on how much it could be over $100 a room. Hallways start at $60 and go up depending on how many seams we have to open up and stretch. The thing I have the most problem with is hammering tack strip down in to concrete I always carry a drill , masonry bit and anchors with me just in case. The stretching patching of carpet is a great add on to carpet. I'd say about 80% of the houses I go into I can find some kind of repair to do. A few years back I used to get a lot of jobs because people were taking out carpet and putting tile in and they would call me to put tackstrip in and stretch the carpet at the transition from carpet to tile
 

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Best thing I ever did. Carpet repairs are an art form. Fun for me to do. The thing I like the most about is I'm making money and not burning fuel.
How many of you offer carpet stretching? I have never done it but have watched numerous videos and it seems to be easy as hell to do. Also if you do offer this service are you using a power stretcher or just a carpet kicker? Lastly, approx. what are you charging per room to do this? Just wondering if it is beneficial or not before I get to far into it. I am asked often if I do it but never took the time to research. Thanks
Best thing I ever did. Carpet repairs are an art form. Fun for me to do. The thing I like the most about is I'm making money and not burning fuel.
Try this tool..3force.net

Small rooms-85/125
Large rooms-up to 200
Hallway-175

Pricing here is just a starting point..
 

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I've been doing it for years, I got into doing it because I had to put water damage jobs back together. It's an excellent source of income without using cleaning products or fuel. Quite a few customers have need of restretching but don't know who to call & it's good to be a one stop shop. I usually charge $3.00-$4.00 a yard plus furniture moving. Depends on how simple or complex the stretch is, I have both power stretcher & knee kicker and various other tools.
 

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Absolutly take on carpet restretching. not many installers care for it nor want to do it. small repairs and such will bring you good money. and customers are ecstatic when you can get rid of the wrinkles in the carpeting.
Definitely gonna need some tools here and training. as saI'd above take class on this. if you know any installers go out on job with them. a stretcher is a must as is the kicker. pole stretcher you don't necessarily need. mini stretcher or crab as we call them will work.
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these can be switched around to pull seams together. some carpet houses sell a starter kit so to speak with basic tools. but you can find them on craigslist. as far as price I would say around 6 a yrd. that's what I charge for install labor. halls gonna cost more. not much yardage there but level of difficulty and time need be factored in.
 
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I bought all my carpet repair tools at a pawn shop about 20 years ago. Five years after being in the cleaning BIZ. The reason I did this I too was being asked to do repairs an such and seen $$ going away cause I didn't offer this service.I basically was self taught learning on empty houses for prop man. Companies. As far as tools go I would get power stretcher kicker iron and other misc. things needed. With just a kicker you are very limited on what you do. As I'm getting older I find myself using power stretcher even more I don't like kicking my butt off anymore and my legs are getting to old to do it too. As far as priceing it really varies on what your doing I charge about $40 per room if empty if we have to move furniture depending on how much it could be over $100 a room. Hallways start at $60 and go up depending on how many seams we have to open up and stretch. The thing I have the most problem with is hammering tack strip down in to concrete I always carry a drill , masonry bit and anchors with me just in case. The stretching patching of carpet is a great add on to carpet. I'd say about 80% of the houses I go into I can find some kind of repair to do. A few years back I used to get a lot of jobs because people were taking out carpet and putting tile in and they would call me to put tackstrip in and stretch the carpet at the transition from carpet to tile
Lol I hear ya on the concrete. I fkn hate it ahh man i hate concrete. some are soft and easy to hammer in. and others it's like trying to drive a thumb tack into steel. been done tried everything t nail gun, ramset, hilti, tapcon,construction adhesive,silicone, seam sealer, jet tack epoxy, the one thing that does work . that loud azz hammer drill with 1/8 mason bit and 1" fluted nails or aluminum drives. my elbow now locks up from all the nail banging I've done over the years.
key thing I tell helpers is never ever look away from the nail. you panic and look at the base you'll hit the base guaranteed.
 
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How many of you offer carpet stretching? I have never done it but have watched numerous videos and it seems to be easy as hell to do. Also if you do offer this service are you using a power stretcher or just a carpet kicker? Lastly, approx. what are you charging per room to do this? Just wondering if it is beneficial or not before I get to far into it. I am asked often if I do it but never took the time to research. Thanks
watch saying easy lol. some are just a simple bump back onto the strip. but it always seems that way until your in the middle of it. Murphy will show up and messy up your day:D haha.
 
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I tried getting into it, and it wasn't for me. I probably handled it all wrong. The only customers I was getting had houses cluttered with furniture, and the dumbasses expected me to move all the furniture so it could be stretched. All I had was a knee kicker and a pole stretcher. Maybe the other crab tools would've done better, I don't know. Something to think about if you're a one man show like me
 
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I subcontract it out. Avg room is $125 per. I get 40% of the ticket. Just wasn't worth hiring a guy on full time to do it.
 

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Thank you everyone all the info I was looking for is here
 

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I need more add ons and get asked all the time. Why leave the money at the job. Will look into classes asap.
@SAA is an instructor. he has some real good tips. I thought I seen it all by now. but every now and then he shows a video clip and I'm like damn that's pretty darn good I'll have to try that.
 

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I need more add ons and get asked all the time. Why leave the money at the job. Will look into classes asap.
Believe it or not add ons can be a business killer... You want to be a specialist. You don't want to be something for everybody. Just a thought.
 

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Believe it or not add ons can be a business killer... You want to be a specialist. You don't want to be something for everybody. Just a thought.
There are addons that distract, and some that are lead ins. I get a lot of carpet cleaning jobs because I can stretch and patch.
 
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