What I Do: It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that carpet installers install carpet! But even a rocket scientist may not know how complicated that process can be. The first thing I do is inspect the floor to check for holes, cracks, and other imperfections. Sometimes I have to re-surface the floor. I carefully measure the area to be carpeted and then I cut the carpet. After I apply padding to the floor, I lay out the carpet and use a power stretcher to make it fit evenly. I fasten the carpet to adhesive strips to keep it in place, and then I use a wall trimmer to finish the edges.
Best & Hardest Parts of My Job: I enjoy my work because every job is different. I install carpet in homes, offices, churches, even in restaurants. I also like the satisfaction of seeing what I've accomplished at the end of the day. Because I own my own business, I get to be my own boss. The hard part of the job is being on my knees most of the day! Installers work on the floor, bending and stretching in ways that can lead to sore muscles. We also have to be safety conscious, too, when we use equipment like carpet knives, power drills, and staple guns.
How I Got Started: I got my start working for an installer who taught me how to lay carpet. I began with simple tasks like rolling out padding and gradually learned harder things like how to measure a room and how to cut carpet. After I gained more experience, I earned my professional certification through the Certified Floorcovering Installers Association. My work experience along with my certification gave me the credentials I needed to start my own business.