Ceramic Tile Next To Carpet

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Old 07-29-02, 07:12 AM
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Ceramic Tile Next To Carpet

If I install ceramic tile next to a plush carpet with 1/2" padding, does the tile need to be raised to match the height of the carpet? I'm worried that the carpet would be high enough to cause a tripping hazard.

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Larry
 
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Old 08-01-02, 08:08 PM
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For a clean transition without exposed wood or metal pieces, Nail
tackstrip with a 1/4-3/8 gully/gap/space between the tile and tackstrip.
Lay the pad down and trim it back just behind the tackstrip, to expose
the tackstrip. Stretch the carpet up on the tackstrip pins. Run a thick
bead of carpet latex seam sealer in the gully. Trim the carpet an 1/8"
longer over the tile and tuck it into the gully with the latex, using a
hook blade linoleum/carpet knife or a 2"putty knife will do. Let it sit
for 6 hours before you even step across the transition, to let the latex
set up.

This lets the carpet taper down at the transition. No tripping hazard if
it is done right and the carpet is stretched onto the tackstrip, so no
bubbles happen.

Now if you do this and it doesn't come out too good (it takes practice
of hand skills) You can always go back over it with a top transition
molding.
 
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