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Old 05-01-2007, 09:47 PM   #1
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I installed a laminate floor in my basement and I want to put down the metal strips that bridge the gap between the laminate and carpet.
How do I attach the strips to the concrete floor? There are some small screws that come with the srip.
I looked at some lead plugs at Home Depot but they were way too big.
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Old 05-02-2007, 01:58 AM   #2
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Rent a concrete hammer drill if you dont have one. Home D poe sells some little green plastic sleeve anchors that will accept a wood screw. You'll have to drill several 1/4" holes in the concrete after you use the metal strip to lay out and mark the screw location. There are also actual anchors that they sell specifically for door thresholds, but they might be a bit large for what I'm picturing this metal strip to be.

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Why use metal strip? rather than transition strip specific for the laminate.. that they have very nice clean way of installing... they may not be as strong as metal strip... but for sure will look better.... I think they are strong enough for home use as it's been use everywhere...
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Why use metal strip? rather than transition strip specific for the laminate.. that they have very nice clean way of installing... they may not be as strong as metal strip... but for sure will look better.... I think they are strong enough for home use as it's been use everywhere...
you still need to screw down the plastic track for the laminate transition using the same method of anchoring. same thing
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I have seen liquid nails without the track being used all the time.
works just fine. just make sure you only glue to substrate.
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I would no do this on a bare concrete basement floor with no underlayment/vapor barrier beneath the strip. And obviously I wouldnt glue the strip to underlayment...so looks like I'm breaking out the drill.
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o.k. then
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you still need to screw down the plastic track for the laminate transition using the same method of anchoring. same thing

because you can hide the ugly screw underneath and use tapcon screw in this case or some screws you found from your grandfathers toolbox....

where when you use metal strip... you care about the appearance of the screws....
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Actually there's a special plastic screw/plug for this purpose. It slides neatly into the channel on trim/profile, no ugly screw heads, doesn't require plastic sleeves, and no tracks. It measures about 6.5mm in diameter, so just drill a 6mm hole then press it in.

The offset on the screw allows it to correctly position itself if the holes don't line up perfectly. See picture for illustration.
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yes good invention, except you need to go to that single store in the whole country to get it...
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yes good invention, except you need to go to that single store in the whole country to get it...
What are you talking about? Contact the distributor to find the stockists:

http://www.robertsconsolidated.com/
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Practically, if small items like that cannot be obtained from the big store around the corner... it is a harsel to home owner... but I am sure some home owner will go that far a way to get small things like that... I still have problem getting my PC nailer fuel cell which is a much more common item... not to mention go through the hassel to obtain a transition strip... to be honest... if things not sold in HD... many general people like that is ... we try to find replacement at HD to save the driving/headache...etc. that is why stock price of HD is sky high... it offers convenience other cannot...
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Rent a concrete hammer drill if you dont have one. Home D poe sells some little green plastic sleeve anchors that will accept a wood screw. You'll have to drill several 1/4" holes in the concrete after you use the metal strip to lay out and mark the screw location. There are also actual anchors that they sell specifically for door thresholds, but they might be a bit large for what I'm picturing this metal strip to be.

HD also sells concrete nails that you can nail a transition strip in with

you can put away the drill
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HD also sells concrete nails that you can nail a transition strip in with

you can put away the drill
Get those blue screws meant just for concrete that comes with the drill bit and fill em in with wood filler.
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I use a hammer drill and glue in 1/4" wood dowels.

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