The Carpet Cutter
A few years ago a good friend of mine asked me to come over to help him install a few new speakers and components, and to wire them under the crawl space of the house. Back then wireless speakers were relatively new and very expensive, so this was the best way to do it at the time. Of course I was the one who had to shimmy through the narrow crawl-space to get under the house, and it was wet, muddy, and probably had a snake or two down there that I luckily didn’t run into. Still, it’s kind of exciting and fun getting your hands dirty and doing the “messy” work from time to time in my opinion.
So, first step, before the escapade under the house, we had to drill the holes through his brand new carpeting and drop some orange view strips so I could find the holes once I went down. The problem with drilling through carpet, however, is that most drill bits tend to catch onto the carpet fibers and twist the heck out of the carpet making more than a mess than anything else, never mind creating an ideal and symmetrical hole for cables and wires in such a fine, lush, carpet.
Back then, and I’m talking 15 or so years here, we knew the problem with trying to just use a drill off the bat, so we banged a heavy Philips screwdriver through the carpet, made the initial hole, then drilled through the floor itself – it worked out well.
Today there are many different carpet prepping tools to use to make that initial hole, and in this post I’m going to suggest using the "4375 carpet cutter" , although you may use any other tool you choose, the important thing is: if you’re going to drill through your carpeted floor, be very careful not to tear the carpet to pieces by using a suitable tool that will make the job look professional and keep your carpet looking new.
If you choose to use the '4375 Carpet Cutter', follow this link and scroll to the bottom of the page and download the instruction manual. The best way to use this, in short, however, is to decide where you want the hole, press the jagged edged tool into the carpet, turn clockwise, use a hammer if necessary, then simply pull it out – Voila, a perfect hole in the carpet, and the carpet plug will be in the tool making it easy to save for later use should you ever decide to remove the cable or wires and need to fill in the carpet-hole.
It’s pretty basic, but not a lot of people think about the carpet until it’s too late and it's caught up in the drill bit. So I hope this tip helps some people to avoid that!