Common household remedies request
I have a thick runner with finished edges and carpet rods.
1. I'm not going to put in a pad. First, the previous carpet lasted for years, and didn't have one. Second, I don't like a soft stair under my feet; it feels creepy to me, like one of those wall-to-wall gracious living setups. Third, I don't want to have to move the rod eyelets because the pad thickens everything up; that sounds like work. Also, too, money.
2. So I'm thinking the process is tack at the top of the landing and work my way down: Roughly shape the step, put in the rod, tighten, then tack up under the tread lip. Repeat.
3. At the top of the landing, where the unfinished (cut) edge of the carpet meets the baseboard (the stair turns at the landing) I'll get one of those metal strips and tack it down. The alternative seems to be to tack it as is (ick) or fold it under then tack it, so if the carpet gets worn at the tread lips I can play with the excess at the fold. That sounds like work, plus an unsightly bulge.