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Old 07-13-2019, 12:39 PM
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As usual I'm starting a thread because I thought I knew what I was doing and I was wrong. RussH might be a trouble magnet but I am my worst enemy and I accept it.

Thanks to the folks who pointed out there is sanded caulk to match grout, that's tomorrow's project. Today I planned to install the tile to carpet thresholds and I'm stumped. I bought the threshold strip and nails, cut to size, trimmed the carpet and pad back so the nails would have a clear path to the floor, and got to work. Every damn one bent. Oh, what? You're supposed to leave the tack strips in place and nail the threshold to that? I pulled those out before we laid the tile in the hallway, I thought I'd never need those again. We've had this house for close to 13 years and for most of that there was a half-full box of tack strips in the garage, but about six months ago I got tired of looking at them and knew we would never add more carpet so I threw them away.

I don't want to buy a 100 pack when I only need three, is there another way to get the job done (that won't look like crap) or does anyone in the Treasure Coast area have three strips they can spare?
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Old 07-13-2019, 12:44 PM
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Any pics of the project??
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Old 07-13-2019, 12:50 PM
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get a wood transition piece or make one, and then glue that sucker down
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Old 07-13-2019, 01:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Craash420 View Post
I don't want to buy a 100 pack when I only need three, is there another way to get the job done (that won't look like crap) or does anyone in the Treasure Coast area have three strips they can spare?
Lowes sells 4 foot sticks in a 3-pack.
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Forget the transition and rip out all carpet. Use throw rugs with low pile.

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Originally Posted by 99yam40 View Post
get a wood transition piece or make one, and then glue that sucker down
This but I always screw them down. Best option imo
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Old 07-14-2019, 06:32 AM
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Eventually all the carpet will go but not today, especially since the guest rooms are full of relocated furniture. My cousin suggested using tapcons, I'm going to rummage around in the garage and if I can't find something suitable I guess I'll hit lowes for the 3-pack. Thanks for the tips.
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I have to guess you are working with a concrete slab?

This is your friend:https://www.lowes.com/pd/loctite-pl-...SABEgKzZ_D_BwE
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Originally Posted by Craash420 View Post
Eventually all the carpet will go but not today, especially since the guest rooms are full of relocated furniture. My cousin suggested using tapcons, I'm going to rummage around in the garage and if I can't find something suitable I guess I'll hit lowes for the 3-pack. Thanks for the tips.
Wouldn't it be simpler to drill some holes, hammer in some wooden dowels and nail your transition to the dowels
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Old 07-14-2019, 10:08 AM
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liquid nails and some weights to hold it down for a while?
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Old 07-14-2019, 10:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Craash420 View Post
Eventually all the carpet will go but not today, especially since the guest rooms are full of relocated furniture. My cousin suggested using tapcons, I'm going to rummage around in the garage and if I can't find something suitable I guess I'll hit lowes for the 3-pack. Thanks for the tips.
I guess you understand that you will need to nail the tack strips down also.

Plus I do not see how a tack strip will help with a transition from tile to carpet
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liquid nails and some weights to hold it down for a while?
That was my next idea but my wife shot it down because "it wouldn't look right".

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I guess you understand that you will need to nail the tack strips down also.

Plus I do not see how a tack strip will help with a transition from tile to carpet
The tack strips ($2.11 with tax for a 3-pack) come with concrete nails built in. The transition piece nails aren't meant to go straight into concrete, they mainly hold on the tack strip and barely penetrate the concrete floor.
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Old 07-14-2019, 11:26 AM
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Make a saddle and nail it or screw down on the carpet side, if you countersink the screws cut off a small dowel, glue it over the hole and sand it down.
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Originally Posted by 99yam40 View Post
I guess you understand that you will need to nail the tack strips down also.

Plus I do not see how a tack strip will help with a transition from tile to carpet
My carpet was done with tack strip and no transition piece
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so the transition piece will be nailed on top of the carpet thru the tack strip, how are you going to tie it down on the tile?
or is it just going up to but not on top of the tile?

post up a pic so we all can see the finished or even the unfinished job
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Tile to carpet transition usually has an aluminum L shaped transition strip that goes under the edge of the tile where it meets carpet. Carpet is then just kicked to it. Lowe's / HD has them in several different colors, mill, brass, dark bronze, etc. Sounds like it may be too late for that...
There's different tack strip for wood subfloor and slab. The nails are different.
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Old 07-14-2019, 02:01 PM
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Originally Posted by 99yam40 View Post
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so the transition piece will be nailed on top of the carpet thru the tack strip, how are you going to tie it down on the tile?
or is it just going up to but not on top of the tile?

post up a pic so we all can see the finished or even the unfinished job
Once it's done I'll post pics and details so others can learn from my mistakes, I do not like showing unfinished business.

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Tile to carpet transition usually has an aluminum L shaped transition strip that goes under the edge of the tile where it meets carpet. Carpet is then just kicked to it. Lowe's / HD has them in several different colors, mill, brass, dark bronze, etc. Sounds like it may be too late for that...
There's different tack strip for wood subfloor and slab. The nails are different.
Hindsight is 20-20, lots of options if the tile wasn't already down. Just another case of me thinking I know what's up and being proven wrong.

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No strip is necessary at the transition. I install the tackstrip no more than 3/16" out from the tile. Stretch the carpet over the strip as the tension is what keeps it on the strip. Trim carpet slightly longer (1/8") than the tiles edge and tuck it down next to the tile using the backing of the carpet to push on not the fiber (pile). When properly done the fiber will overlap the tiles edge and cover it thus the reason to tuck the backing first. A hammer drill, 1/8" concrete bit and stub nails is a must have for the installation of tackstrip close to tile to avoid hitting the tile. Good luck. Oh, the metal strips look hideous over tile.
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