Transition between hardwood and vinyl floor

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Old 09-21-16, 11:16 AM
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Transition between hardwood and vinyl floor

I have Googled and You Tube this topic for days with no solid answer that I'm looking for. I have replaced a bad laminate floor with a engineered floating hardwood. I have to transition a 128" opening where the hardwood and the vinyl kitchen floor meet.

I would estimate the hardwood floor is maybe less than 1/4" difference in height. I have a left over tmolding from my door ways, I have purchase a reducer and threshold and none of these are perfect fits. The reducer being the worse, the T will have small gap on either side, the Threshold probably slightly better with still a small gap along the hardwood side(also being the bulkiest trim and worried about a tripping hazard).

Perhaps I'm being to picky for a first time DIY floor. What's the norm solution. I thought about trimming the Threshold down ever so much to eliminate the gap but limited on tools, what tool to use and it's expensive to mess up!

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Do you have access to a table saw where you can cut down the bottom side of the threshold to match the floors? cutting just the potion that goes over the hardwood.
 
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Old 09-21-16, 12:00 PM
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The manufacturers usually make transition pieces for their floors. Check there first. If you are simply shopping at the big box stores, you may try stopping into a flooring store for direction. There are numerous different profiles and I'm sure there is one that will work in your situation. The most common will have a side profile that looks like a squashed number seven where the arm of the seven sits on your engineered floor and the other on the vinyl.
 
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Thanks for the replies, she wants this done by the weekend for a birthday party so can't order from the manufacturer.

Got some pics when I got home. I think I'm going to go with the T it's a slight angle but not bulky. I have a floor saw which is kinda like a mini table saw....I could try to cut down the Threshold. What do u think?




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I know I'll have to cut back on the vinyl more for the expansion gap
 
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Go with the T molding. You said the difference in flooring heights is 1/4", so remove 1/4" from the bottom of the molding on the side that rests on the higher floor and the T will rest flat on both surfaces. Ideally there should be a piece of wood under the T that touches the subfloor and supports the T to prevent it from breaking. Nail the T to the subfloor with finish nails.
 
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