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I did a repair today in a house with fairly new carpet. The carpet was less than 2 years old. I cut out the piece where I needed to patch and thought to myself “wow, this carpet is really worn down”. Then I cut the donor piece out of the closet, carpet that has never been walked on and it was just as thin. Here’s a picture of the donor piece. From bottom to top it’s only 1/4 inch with the pile making up between 1/8 to 3/16 of an inch. For as thin as the carpet is I was surprised how well the repair came out.

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Not thickness buddy. Density. Thickness can give illusion of nice carpet freshly installed. But crushes potato chip flat in a year. Density is amount of fibers or tufts and face weight.

Instead spread fibers. I've seen carpets gap as much as a quarter. Not as in quarter inch. But you could literally place a quarter in the center and not cover a fiber. We dubbed it "fuzzy linoleum" Stuff is garbage. It's good for a flip or to freshen up for a sale where there's not much to be made on the house.
 
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I have a long time client, a landlord. Talk about cheap carpet, When I need to do a patch, of couse I get a donor piece from a closet. Brand new, it falling apart and powdery, loosing face fiber.
 

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I have a long time client, a landlord. Talk about cheap carpet, When I need to do a patch, of couse I get a donor piece from a closet. Brand new, it falling apart and powdery, loosing face fiber.
Welcome to my world. It comes off the roll that way from day 1. Cheap ass mills latex sucks.
 
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I did a repair today in a house with fairly new carpet. The carpet was less than 2 years old. I cut out the piece where I needed to patch and thought to myself “wow, this carpet is really worn down”. Then I cut the donor piece out of the closet, carpet that has never been walked on and it was just as thin. Here’s a picture of the donor piece. From bottom to top it’s only 1/4 inch with the pile making up between 1/8 to 3/16 of an inch. For as thin as the carpet is I was surprised how well the repair came out.

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Todd they bought cheap builder grade carpet. We used to sell it 15 bucks a square yard installed w/ 5/16 rebond pad. Builders will throw it in bedrooms upstairs to off set the cost of doing hardwood downstairs in $500,00+ homes. Looks nice new to smitten prospective homeowners then flattens out while that builders been paid and long gone. Then you have the rental owners and folks with no money rounding out the ones buying it.
 

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I did a repair today in a house with fairly new carpet. The carpet was less than 2 years old. I cut out the piece where I needed to patch and thought to myself “wow, this carpet is really worn down”. Then I cut the donor piece out of the closet, carpet that has never been walked on and it was just as thin. Here’s a picture of the donor piece. From bottom to top it’s only 1/4 inch with the pile making up between 1/8 to 3/16 of an inch. For as thin as the carpet is I was surprised how well the repair came out.

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I support your statement 100 % , I've cleaned similar quality of carpet one month after installation . It was matted down, it looked 10 years old...
I teared up carpet after I moved in my summer house recently. Allegedly carpet was only 8 years old and yes, it looked pretty good in reality, good light reflection with nice wear and tear. It wasn't the best grade but there is no comparison with your case. My point is that even 10 years ago manufacturers were making better quality than nowadays....

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I dont think the manufacturing has changed so much, But I do Believe quality/quality control has played a huge role (profit). engineers are doing tons of calculations getting closer and closer to borderline of tolerances and what visually looks good at show room.
using lower quality materials to substitute performance. ive noticed that some backing are stiffer to make the carpet appear acceptable, but the fillers used breakdown quick, ever noticed that fine sand or powder?
 

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I dont think the manufacturing has changed so much, But I do Believe quality/quality control has played a huge role (profit). engineers are doing tons of calculations getting closer and closer to borderline of tolerances and what visually looks good at show room.
using lower quality materials to substitute performance. ive noticed that some backing are stiffer to make the carpet appear acceptable, but the fillers used breakdown quick, ever noticed that fine sand or powder?
It's all the above. But yes quality control is absolute sht. Manufacturing too has followed suit into said sht. So it's all relative now. The mills bar is set very low. Latex on the face fibers, broken primary, delaminated secondary. The whole process start to finish sucks.
 
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I dont think the manufacturing has changed so much, But I do Believe quality/quality control has played a huge role (profit). engineers are doing tons of calculations getting closer and closer to borderline of tolerances and what visually looks good at show room.
using lower quality materials to substitute performance. ive noticed that some backing are stiffer to make the carpet appear acceptable, but the fillers used breakdown quick, ever noticed that fine sand or powder?
This is what we recieve. I dont remember but I probably chopped it for seams or melted tape over the cracks. Either way even as heavy as it was. It still wont hold up. The rest of it will eventually fail.
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