3/8" Engineered flooring w/ 1/2" stair nosings

Old 02-06-04, 04:17 PM
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3/8" Engineered flooring w/ 1/2" stair nosings

I am building a house and am planning to use 3/8 engineered flooring on top of 3/4" subfloor with radiant tubes underneath. My stair nosings are 1/2" will this be a problem? If I staple instead of glue, will I have a 1/8 rise at the stair nosing? Is stapling even an option? Anyone with experience?

Also, Bellawood or Mirage, any opinions?

Old 02-08-04, 07:16 PM
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Sure, plenty of experience. I used to do subcontarct work for an elcheapo contractor who never bought matching nosings. They were always bought unfinished and coated to match the floors in the shop. My suggestion is to rip the underside of the nosing off to match the thickness of the flooring.

I always try to avoid nailing nosing because of top nail holes. If you fit it tight against the stair stringers it should not move with adhesive under it. Just keep weight off it until it sets,

Mirage? Top Quality
Bellawood? Minor League Quality
Old 02-09-04, 03:11 PM
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Thanks for the response. Good to know I can just rip the nosings. Also, do you recommend staples or glue ( for the engineered floor) for adhesion to the 3/4" plywood subfloor? Keep in mind the tubes will already be in place. Does this make staples too risky?


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