Gap between floor edge and front door transition


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Old 01-15-07, 07:38 PM
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Gap between floor edge and front door transition

I laid down a laminate floor and left the required gap along all edges, including where the floor meets the transition piece to our front door. However, the front door transition piece didn't have a "lip" (i.e., it wasn't a T-molding shape) that the planks could "disappear" into, so I ended up a with an obvious gap.

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http://img471.imageshack.us/img471/664/img3861smallen8.jpg

I'm going to redo the whole floor soon. Do I need to replace the metal transition piece with one that has a lip (like a T-molding). Is that the only way to handle a situation like this?

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Old 01-15-07, 07:42 PM
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T molding is used in a gap between two solid surface floor coverings of the same height. Does your flooring manufacturer have a baby threshold to cap over end of boards and fill the gap?
 
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End cap molding!!!! Sometimes called a carpet reducer or baby threshold. It is the shape of an "L" turned on its side so the leg goes down next to the metal threshold.
 
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Old 01-16-07, 10:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Carpets Done Wright
End cap molding!!!! Sometimes called a carpet reducer or baby threshold. It is the shape of an "L" turned on its side so the leg goes down next to the metal threshold.
Ah! So obvious. Now why didn't I think of that?

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Old 01-16-07, 07:44 PM
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Lets give him the right one guys...

Not one he will have to modify.

A baby threshold will not work here without extensive modification nor will a carpet reducer.
Here is a link to the proper end cap style. The lip on it is small enough to fit in your expansion gap with no modification:
http://www.tradekey.com/selloffer_view/id/95607.htm

It is the one in the upper left hand side, when you see it you will know just what do.
 
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FWIW, I made my own threshold out of a slab of red oak for this exact problem. If you have an accurate table saw/cabinet saw, this is fairly simply to do, and the advantage is you can tailor the overlap/gap etc to your liking, plus you can find a stain to match the wood flooring and make it look a little more seamless when looking at the door (closed or open).
 
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Originally Posted by ifllc


A baby threshold will not work here without extensive modification nor will a carpet reducer.



Why won't it work? Here it is working
Picture link below:

http://i-boards.com/bnp/fci/images/messages/MVC-141S_1.JPG
 
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Custom option:

http://img252.imageshack.us/img252/2172/doorthreshold23im.jpg
http://img262.imageshack.us/img262/4944/doorthreshold32us.jpg

(This was with one coat of stain, I ended up filling the screw holes and putting on another 3 coats which shifted the colour to something very similar to the flooring).
 
 

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