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rtoni 10-28-2011 02:09 PM

door jamb cut over transition
I installed a couple of prehung doors a while ago (with some help from you all - thanks) and now I'm working on similar project but for a bathroom door. This threshold is a tile to laminate transition. The transition is centered under the door. So the tile (over layers of ply, SLC, ditra, etc.) sits @ 3/4" higher than the laminate in the hallway.

The lst row of tiles up to the transition are just dry fit right now - so I could maybe extend the bathroom floor out to the other edge of the jamb (hallway side)) but I don't like the look of the transition there - seems cleaner when it is right under the door.

So- what's the best approach to trimming the bottom of a door jamb in this case - could I scribe / cut it to match the transition profile, or just cut it square (let it hang at least 3/4" over the laminate side)...? not sure how this is typically approached...?

thanks for any feedback

Bud Cline 10-28-2011 02:14 PM

How a about a wood transition the full width of the jamb? It would be directly under the edge of the door on one side and would show fully on the opposite side when the door was closed.:)

rtoni 10-28-2011 02:25 PM

thanks Bud - that's a great suggestion. I guess my mind was going to the existing (narrow) transitions for the other rooms (where the hallway laminate runs to the transition strip under the doors). I was kinda hoping to keep this same look - all consistent from the hallway perspective.

but you got me thinking more about your idea. is it common to have different kinds of transitions in one area (like the hallway) or more specifically something different for bathrooms?

thanks again for the feedback

Bud Cline 10-28-2011 02:33 PM

I don't know that it's common but I personally see nothing wrong with a change-up when there's a reason for it. :)

woodworkbykirk 10-28-2011 03:50 PM

in renovation situations such as yours when you have two different thicknesses of flooring you have to do a transition strip. by code a reducer is needed to prevent a trip hazard when the difference is more than 3/16"

i make wood reducers all the time, when new tile goes down in a old house we build stiffen the floor by putting down 3/8 plywood sometimes 1/2" depending on the shape of the existing floor. once the new floor is down i measure up and make transitions on the table saw, usually cutting them on roughly 15 degrees

in a perfect situation the tile is at the same height as the laminate or hardwood, sometimes the tile lines up with the hardwood when 3/8 underlay is used, other times the laminate needs underlay to work out. all depends on what the budget for the job is

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