Floating hardwood transitions to carpet and tile
I just installed a floating clic-lock bamboo hardwood floor in my dining room, kitchen and a hallway. The hallway and the dining room both butt up to carpet (having new carpet installed soon). I bought carpet reducer transition pieces and have already installed most of them, and while it looks nice enough, I really prefer a direct transition from wood to carpet (no transition to trip over). I'm thinking of removing the transitions, cutting back the planks and cutting a half plank and running it perpendicular to act as a transition and having the carpet installers roll up to the wood for a clean finish.
1. Is there a danger of the finish splintering off of my new "transition piece" with the foot traffic constantly going over the cut edge of the hardwood? Should I just leave the store bought transition pieces on?
2. If I do cut, what should I use to cut? I'm assuming a circular saw set to depth, tape off the line to reduce splintering, and use a multi-tool to cut near the walls where the saw won't reach? Do multi-tools produce a nice clean line? I know they vibrate a lot in my hand when I'm cutting door jambs. Techniques for increasing my chances of cutting a clean line?
3. Also, the half bath has vinyl right now, but I may tile it someday. I have a flat surface reducer that when installed, will show under the door if you are in the bathroom with a closed door. However, I'm afraid to cut the wood flooring back because if I do and I eventually want to remove the reducer transition and tile up to hardwood, then the tile will show on the other side of the door. So I'm going to leave it as is but the question is, can I tile right up to a floating wood floor (or at least grout right up to it) and is there an impact to basically removing the expansion gap by doing this? Should I use something else in between the hardwood and tile, or am I forced into using a t-moulding since it is a floating floor?
Lots of questions. Thanks for any input.