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Old 05-15-2012, 07:45 PM   #1
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I've just installed laminate locking flooring (Chesapeake brand, blond maple) and have reached the final transition to put in. I have to put a reducer in and need some advice.
Currently there's a gap of 1/2 inch (height) between the lower level and upper level planks and that's what the reducer is sized for. However, the reducer instructions call for a 1 inch space (width) to accomodate the u-track that it snaps into and IF I do that it will create a full 1 inch gap (height) between lower and upper planks.
As u can see from the pic the lower level goes right up to the upper level so if I install the u-track I'll have to drill, and subsequently, screw into the floating laminate.
My questions are....
1. Can I screw into the laminate? Will that cause bowing or some other issues with the rest of the floor?
2. If I rip a wider clearance for the u-track (causing my height to reduce to go from 1/2 to 1 inch) do they make reducer's that accomodate 1 inch?
Any input would be greatly appreciated.

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Here's the instructions for the reducer (lumber liquidators, btw) http://www.installationadvice.com/pdfs/reducer.pdf


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I'm not there to see the whole job and only have a picture to go by, but from what I can see that lower floor area should have been built up with plywood before the flooring went in, or the other floor needed to have whatever your trying to cover up removed so they came out even.
In order to install that strip you have your going to have to remove that last row of flooring and rip the pieces so there not so close to the step in the floor.
If you nail or screw anything through that flooring it will buckle or the seams will open up.

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It seems that you could find a better transition for this. I would likely use a carpet reducer molding. As it will overlap the higher flooring and can cover the gap. Or if is fairly easy to make one out of solid wood, this would be the best route.
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Can I just rip some particle board to put under the u-track to accommodate the new height?
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Particle board will disintegrate if it moves at all. As suggested a hardwood surface transition seems your best bet. Make it wide enough to reduce tripping hazzard.
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Can I just rip some particle board to put under the u-track to accommodate the new height?
If a carpet reducer is wide enough it will sit right on the higher flooring. So it probably would not be necessary to build it up.
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what about ripping scrap laminate and using THAT to screw down (and provide enough height) the u-track?

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