We are installing 3/4" hardwood throughout the main floor of our house, but the railing base it will butt up against is 1/2". Should we remove railing and railing base and put a thicker base on it? Or are there other solutions such as transitions / mouldings? We can't (necessarily) reinstall the railing base on top of the hardwood because then you would see the unfinished hardwood end from the stairs.
You can do a couple of things, you can shim a 1/4 inch and be level with the floor and install a small trim to cover the shims. Or you can use a router and camphor or round over the flooring where it butts. Or you can install a small trim against the raw ends of the floor such as a 1/4 inch quarter round.
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