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Competencies covered

MSFFL2017: Install carpet cushion underlays and gripper accessories

MSFFL2018: Install unpatterned tufted and bonded carpet floor coverings

Tools and equipment

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Carpet installers use a wide variety of tools.

Some of them are common to many trades, such as hammer, chalk line, trowel and tape measure.

Others are specialised, and designed specifically for particular carpet laying tasks.

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Remember that for every tool to perform properly and not let you down when it's needed, it has to be treated properly and kept in good working order.

Always look after your tools, and don't lend them to other people unless you know they'll look after them too.

Set out below are the main hand-operated tools used to install cushion underlay, gripper strips and tufted carpet.

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utility knife

straight edge


underlay stapler

tape measure


stair tool



power stretcher

flat seam roller

porcupine roller

carpet shears

duckbill napping shears

hot melt iron

knee kicker

loop pile cutter

induction seaming tool

Learning activity

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You'll notice that one of the tools illustrated above uses air as a power source, rather than body muscles or mains electricity. Which tool is it?

Compressed air and gas powered tools are becoming increasingly popular on-site, not just for flooring installers but also for carpenters, concreters, roofers and other tradespeople.

Write a list of the air or gas powered tools that a flooring installer might use on-site to prepare a subfloor and install carpet over a gripper system.

For each tool you name, indicate exactly what it would be used for.

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