A correspondent (Mr. P. H. Tyler, of Richmond, Ya.) has sent us a drawing of an improved carpet stretcher, which we engrave for the benefit of our readers. Fig. 1 is an end view of it, and Fig. 2 an end view of the toothed end. A is a piece of ; wood having a cushion at one end, and a hinge, B, at the other, by which means it is connected to another piecu, C, having a number of holes and a strap, c, through which slides the piece, D, having the toothed iron, E, at its extremity. The operation is very simple. All that is required is to place the cushion on A against the wall, and the teeth %Jly2 Fi/j.l on in the carpet, having the whole in the position shown in our engraving, and then by pressing on the hinged part, the carpet will be stretched. The pieces, D and C, can be connected, and the whole lengthened or shortened to suit any carpet, by sliding them against each other through the strap, c, anc fastening them by passing a pin through corresponding holes in each, It has been successfully used for two years, and can be made by any carpenter for two dollars.
This article was originally published with the title "Carpet Stretcher" in Scientific American 13, 10, 76 (November 1857)