Nope I thought I could get away without one but I don't think I will survive If I don't get me one.Martin,
Don't you have a Kool Glide? Also, if you lost your hot knife, you need to get another one.
Do you have photos of what occurred?
Use of the Kool Glide with this allows you to readjust as well as work the seam tight so it hides it well.
The Tool is Dynamic in the way it allows you to manipulate the carpet and work and rework it, if need be. Plus, you can control what you are doing and take it apart and readjust all you may want or need to. Plus, being able to seal the edges with hot melt allows you to fuse the edges together, which hides the seam very well.
I always bevel the edges (since the late 80's) and have taught that for many years (since 1998), and as you say, it helps hide the seam. I like using a hot knife for it as it melts the edges and fuses them. That way with a Kool Glide, it allows one to literally melt the edges together and when you compress them, it hides them very well, even with a poor doorway seam as asked about a few posts back.
When you use the controlled dry heat this produces, it will soften the carpet and the donor piece and allows you to take a gap that may be there and make it fuse together. I often purposely made a gap in a seam, in many places and then show how this fusing together will 'fill the gap' with the way the Kool Glide can be used.
Here is a little clip that shows how much damage was done in a large piece of carpet and how several 'newbies' put it all together so that someone just does not see the repaired areas. Use of a Kool Glide allows ones with very low level skills to make great repairs. It really makes a difference, IMO. After all, a donor piece or bonded insert, has seams all around it.
I have shown this over and over again in classroom after classroom as well as in my own work and in the field and have done this for years. If one learns how to use it, it simply takes all of the effort out of a seam being made as it allows you to manipulate the seam to make it look very good to great.
How hard are some loop pile carpets for people to make a good seam in? This allows one to take a messed up seam and 'fill' the gaps by the methodology used. Even if they have frayed edges, it allows us to hide the seam edges very well.
Hope this at least starts to answer your question. I would imagine once you saw it and got to try it, you would see the overwhelming value of this tool, it takes all of the hard learning curve out of this.
I came across this and ordered it. Will see how long it lasts.What is a hot knife? I have a kool glide, I actually took the RRT class several years back. My seam skills, as far as if i have to cut from the top on a cut pile , are still lacking
are all of your lakes contaminated? None of ours are but the trinity river is said to have high levels of mercury