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Old 02-23-2009, 06:41 AM   #1
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hi guys
iv just layed floating floorboards in my new house and i was wondering if any one knew if i have to fold the carpet over against the smooth edge or if i can just cut it and then cover it with the metal cover strips.

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Old 02-23-2009, 06:52 AM   #2
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Just cut with a sharp blade and cover with the metal strip. The base to the strip should have carpet tack strip nails on it to hold the carpet backing.

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cheers mate thats what i thought, but i just wanted someone else's opinion on how to do it before i went and cut my carpet off
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For less than $10, you can buy a matching wood transition. Be sure to leave a gap under whatever you use. The wood will expand and contract. If you don't leave a gap , it will buckle.
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wow...a metal transition for a floating floor.

odd..

I agree with Rusty. Although 10 bucks sounds cheap.
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You're probably right. I haven't done any for a couple of years and prices have escalated. It would look much better than metal.
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Personally I have never seen metal put on by a pro to finish any wood or lam.
Good thing too...

It's like putting used tires on a Porche...

It's not stupid...just not a good look.
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There was a young homebuilder doing it here. I tried to talk him into wood transiton but no go. Looked like crap.
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Agreed. Metal would look quite ugly. Best looking solution is a baby threshold or what many call an overlap reducer, but not all manufacturers make the latter. Once that's done install some tack strip and tuck the carpet to the transition. Not an easy task for a DIY'er because I even have problems with carpet. Never liked working with it anyway.

Here's a page on hardwood floor moldings and another that deals with installing carpet against hardwood. The second page link deals with a floor glued to concrete so this would not apply to you without the use of a threshold. However, it does provide some useful tips.


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