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Old 05-25-2019, 01:37 PM
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We started a re-flooring project Thursday, replacing roughly half the flooring in the house. I could use some ideas for a transition piece between our existing hardwood floor and the new luxury vinyl tile (LVT). See photo. The LVT is about 1/8" higher than the hardwood, so we need to protect the tile edge. The transition piece absolutely must work well for someone in a wheelchair. Contractor wants to cut a groove between the two floors and install a channel for a snap-in bridging piece. However, those seem to be made for bridging two floors at the same height, not sure they will work in this case. I don't want anything cut until we agree on the solution. I'm thinking about an oak carpet edge trim piece stained to match the hardwood- I can get one with 1/8" thick edges and 1/4" high overall. Alternative is a lower metal transition piece that looks like stained oak. Either way,the fasteners will be visible. Either would work with the wheelchair. Anything much thicker than 1/4" becomes an obstacle.

Baseboards will be finished with quarter rounds if anyone is wondering. There was going to be too much damage involved with removing the baseboards.

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I would place a double sided oak saddle finished similar to existing wood floor about 5 inches wide 3/8 high sanded or beveled down to one quarter on each side,
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T moulding.

Or make your own custom fit t mould out of oak on a tablesaw.
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Is there an objection to the various metal transition pieces available at HD, etc? They come in a variety of colors including a light brown. They come with matching fasteners.
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Is there an objection to the various metal transition pieces available at HD, etc? They come in a variety of colors including a light brown. They come with matching fasteners.
I've considered it, but the wife isn't happy with having a metal transition piece. I can get one that is finished to look like oak, but so far no sale as far as she's concerned.
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I’m working on a kitchen right now. Need to transition between a 3/8 top Nailed oak floor to new tile floor. The hardwood has been sanded 2-3x so it’s around 1/4”. Tile is around 17x32” 11mm thick and the house is 60 years old and not flat so Afyer floor leveler and Ditra tile side is going to be 7/8” high.


What if you cut the LVT out between the two doorway walls and get a piece of wood the height of the hardwood(3/4?) and cut it so it ends up level with the LVT.
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Transitioning that S shape is going to be a bitch if you don't use a transition strip. Can you cut the old tile back and square it up?
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Originally Posted by yarcraft91 View Post
I've considered it, but the wife isn't happy with having a metal transition piece. I can get one that is finished to look like oak, but so far no sale as far as she's concerned.
Install it as a "temporary" stop gap permanent measure.....
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I would probably cut the LVT and it's subfloor back to the edge of the wall. Buy a piece of solid oak, cut it to the width and length of the opening. I would slope the top so it sat flush to the wood on the left, tile on the right. 1/8" of height over that 4-5" length should be wheelchair friendly.
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Originally Posted by aubv View Post

Install it as a "temporary" stop gap permanent measure.....
That might happen.
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They make a lip tile and or a lip hardwood
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Why didn’t you pull the trim before you tiled, so it covers up that edge?
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Originally Posted by gumpire View Post
Why didn’t you pull the trim before you tiled, so it covers up that edge?
The guy who originally installed the baseboards used spiral nails and lots of them. The first two pieces of trim the installers tried to remove broke, plus the drywall was damaged and so I told them to stop.
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Originally Posted by yarcraft91 View Post
The guy who originally installed the baseboards used spiral nails and lots of them. The first two pieces of trim the installers tried to remove broke, plus the drywall was damaged and so I told them to stop.

that sucks...
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Use a flat (slight bevel really) metal strip as close to the wood color as possible. In a week no one will even remember it is there. Any wood or laminate moulding thin enough to not hinder the wheelchair will be prone to cracking with the tire pressure it will see.
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that sucks...
Yep.
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Cut the tile out of the open way then lay smaller tiles and grout it

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Originally Posted by mpwitte View Post
Use a flat (slight bevel really) metal strip as close to the wood color as possible. In a week no one will even remember it is there. Any wood or laminate moulding thin enough to not hinder the wheelchair will be prone to cracking with the tire pressure it will see.
I understand. I have found an oak-look metal carpet trim strip, so will install that and see if it makes the Mrs. happy. I'll also stain a 2" wide oak carpet trim strip and keep that in reserve if she still hates the metal- it seems strong enough to last, yet low enough to work with the wheelchair. If she doesn't like that, I'll tell her to put a throw rug over the transition, because I know that will work.
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Originally Posted by williamwallus View Post
Cut the tile out of the open way then lay smaller tiles and grout it

Interesting. I'll have to think about how that would work with the vinyl tile that I have.
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Originally Posted by impliberty View Post
i would probably cut the lvt and it's subfloor back to the edge of the wall. Buy a piece of solid oak, cut it to the width and length of the opening. I would slope the top so it sat flush to the wood on the left, tile on the right. 1/8" of height over that 4-5" length should be wheelchair friendly.
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