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Carpet/Vinyl Fitter

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Carpet Fitter
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Last Updated: March, 2014

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At a Glance... header image

Cuts, shapes, lays and fits floor coverings in any type of building.


The Work header image

In occupied buildings it may be necessary to remove furniture and fittings as well as existing floor coverings. It is also important to remove all traces of old adhesives. The carpet fitter will have to be able to discuss suitability of flooring with customers.  
 
The first consideration is the condition of the sub-floor, which must be flat, because any undulations or damage will soil the appearance of the floor covering. The Carpet Fitter must ensure that the floor is flat and prepares a flat surface by spreading a layer of levelling compound. The next task is to measure the floor area, and measure and cut the material. It is usually cut slightly over-size to allow for irregularities in the shape of the room.  
 
Certain types of carpet are stuck down with adhesive, which is evenly spread with a trowel or roller. Adhesives have to be handled carefully, and it may be necessary to wear a mask or even, in enclosed areas, to use a breathing apparatus. The flooring material is laid to protrude up the skirting board and is cut by hand, with a carpet knife, round the perimeter, to give a snug fit. An alternative to adhesive is the use of a "gripper"- a piece of wood with upwardly protruding nails. The edges of the carpet may be sealed together with heated tape, or hand sewn. The simplest type of work a carpet fitter does involves the laying of carpet tiles. The main concern here being maintaining the 'bond', i.e. laying the tiles straight.  
 
Laying carpet with a repeating pattern can be complicated. The appearance of fitted carpet is extremely important, and it may be necessary to stretch it to give a good fit, using special equipment. Sometimes a plain border is fitted around a patterned carpet, and doing this neatly is a highly skilled job. 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Inspect the surface to be covered to determine its condition, and correct any imperfections that might show through carpet or cause carpet to wear unevenly.

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Roll out, measure, mark, and cut carpeting to size with a carpet knife, following floor sketches and allowing extra carpet for final fitting.

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Join edges of carpet and seam edges where necessary, by sewing or by using tape with glue and heated carpet iron.

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Cut and trim carpet to fit along wall edges, openings, and projections, finishing the edges with a wall trimmer.

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Plan the layout of the carpet, allowing for expected traffic patterns and placing seams for best appearance and longest wear.

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Stretch carpet to align with walls and ensure a smooth surface, and press carpet in place over tack strips or use staples, tape, tacks or glue to hold carpet in place.

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Take measurements and study floor sketches to calculate the area to be carpeted and the amount of material needed.

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Install carpet on some floors using adhesive, following prescribed method.

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Clean up before and after installation, including vacuuming carpet and discarding remnant pieces.

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Measure, cut and install tackless strips along the baseboard or wall.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Performing General Physical Activities:  Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Controlling Machines and Processes:  Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material:  Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Mathematics:  Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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Administration and Management:  Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Building and Construction:  Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Mathematics:   Using mathematics to solve problems.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Service Orientation:   Actively looking for ways to help people.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Quality Control Analysis:   Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

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Instructing:   Teaching others how to do something.

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Learning Strategies:   Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

Practical hand skills are necessary for accurate fitting and cutting of materials. Carpet Fitters require basic numeric skills for measuring, and an appreciation of design is useful, particularly for laying and matching patterned carpet. Good colour vision is also important.  
 
Physical fitness is essential as Carpet Fitters spend much of the working day on their hands and knees, and they need to be able to lift and carry rolls and boxes of flooring material. You must be efficient and reliable as others will be waiting on your work to finish.  
 
A courteous and pleasant manner is required when dealing with clients. Carpet Fitters often face situations on building sites, where other trades people, such as electricians or carpenters, are trying to finish their work at the same time. Handling this requires tact and flexibility. Carpet Fitters also need to be able to co-operate with others in their team, as they normally work in pairs, but may work in groups on larger jobs.


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