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Installing my first laminate floor...and hit a wall, or not...I need some help!

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Old 11-22-12, 01:16 PM
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Installing my first laminate floor...and hit a wall, or not...I need some help!

First off: this my first post in this forum. Just bought my first home...so I am hoping to be a long term and active member!

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So I have almost a whole room done...three or four rows to go.

I just got to a door that leads from the room to the outside.
I undercut the doorjam, and that piece fit well enough. Now the problem: my next piece, if I want to keep my ~1/4 inch expansion gap, will leave some space from the heavy metal transition that is in the doorway. I like the transition piece, and I would like to keep it, but I do have to do something about this gap. Is there a threshold that I can buy that would work here? It seems like a small rubber strip would be prefect, allowing expansion but also filling the gap...but I am not sure that exists either.
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Thanks in advance. I am really hoping to have this room done tonight!!
 
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Old 11-22-12, 02:29 PM
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The laminate is cut a little too close to the metal threshold to allow for proper expansion AND a transition piece. Look at the box stores in their laminate section. You will find laminate transitions that may lay over your flooring, allowing you to have a gap, while at the same time dressing up the area between the laminate ends and the metal threshold. Something similar would be like this, but probably in a different profile to suit your need.
 
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Old 11-22-12, 02:32 PM
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Oh hey, look at that!

So you think I should trim a little more off? Cool...I can do that!

Thanks to both you guys...this is a big help!!
 
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Old 11-22-12, 02:48 PM
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Yeah, look at the transition strips and note the overlay area you will have versus the over all width, then cut back on your laminate to allow it to slide under the overlay part. Cool, huh? You know not to nail through your laminate, right? Let us know how it all goes.
 
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