transition/reducer between hardwood and laminate


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Old 12-09-14, 06:43 PM
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transition/reducer between hardwood and laminate

I have to come up with a reducer between hardwood and laminate floors. There is a 1/2" gap between the floors, and the laminate is 3/4" higher than the oak hardwood (upper photo). I was thinking about using a 3/4" thick board on the hardwood side (middle photo) and covering the gap with a 1/4" board by gluing it to the thicker board (lower photo). I can smooth out the edges before installation.

My questions are: Is it acceptable to glue the reducer to hardwood? Or nail to hardwood? Or should I nail the reducer to the sub-floor through the gap?

I am not sure this design is going to work, so any comment would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks and best wishes, h.
 
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Old 12-09-14, 07:36 PM
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If you aren't sure that it's going to work, then I would nail it to the subfloor or glue it. That way, no damage is done to the new floors.
 
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Old 12-09-14, 09:16 PM
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Thanks! Would gluing the reducer to the hardwood work? Unlike nailing, it won't interfere with seasonal movements of the two floors.
 
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Old 12-10-14, 03:53 AM
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Your reducer needs to sit firmly on the subflooring between the two floor products so it can allow the laminate to float. If you are handy and have tools, you can make a tee transition, or buy one of the cheesy ones at the box stores. I am afraid your design will break with the first foot traffic since it isn't supported in the middle by anything.
 
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Old 12-10-14, 06:20 AM
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Yes, I'm planning to run a strip of hardwood in the gap to support the 1/4"-thick lip over the floating floor; this overhang lip is going to be around 3/8". Would the reducer be stronger, as far as the foot traffic goes, if I cut a rabbet in a solid 1" board to create the overhang instead of gluing a thin stock? I would think both ways rate about the same in the strength. Thanks for the comment.
 
 

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