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Unread 05-04-2004, 11:27 AM   #1
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Tile Transitions to Hardwood Floor

What are the choices regarding transitions from tile to hardwood floor? Say the tile is slightly higher, maybe 1/16th-1/8th higher than hardwood surrounding it?

This is for future installations, and also regarding tile that is already installed. Like I have a 1/2 bath downstairs with tile that meets old hardwood floor, with no transition. After the wall to wall carpet was removed, we didn't find a transition between the tile and hardwood. There is a slight gap between the tile and wood, but it is uneven from one end to the next.

Please post pics too, if you have 'em. Thanks.
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Unread 05-04-2004, 11:29 AM   #2
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oops, emptysea here, put the 17 from e-mail in by mistake. I am always logging in here wrong, *lol*.
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Unread 05-04-2004, 11:35 AM   #3
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if they're that close we caulk-em,but h.d. and lowes has a myriad of different ones.But only a few can go in after the fact.
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Unread 05-04-2004, 11:43 AM   #4
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Thanks, Davestone. I will head over to Lowes and see what kind they have. I was worried that there were not that many after the fact ones.
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Unread 05-04-2004, 11:47 AM   #5
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I like to make my own out of wood, easy to plane and work with. 3/4" material works just fine.
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Unread 05-04-2004, 12:24 PM   #6
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Mike2, We are going to refinish the floors in a couple months. Is it better to wait until after the floors are refinished to put a piece of wood in there, or should I put it in now, and they can refinish it at the same time? Seems like it would be very difficult to refinish the little pieces of floor trim once they're installed.
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Unread 05-04-2004, 12:38 PM   #7
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emptysea:

In that case here's what I would do: tack a piece of wood (any kind) in there temporary just to protect the tile edges. Then when the floor refinishers come by, give them a piece of wood (same kind as flooring) already cut, planed, and sanded to fit that will be the permanent transition. They could finish that along with the floors and you would have a perfect match.

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Unread 05-04-2004, 02:10 PM   #8
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Emptysea, do you hang around any caribbean island themed message boards? Your user name seems familiar.
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Unread 05-04-2004, 02:50 PM   #9
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Mike, I think I will double up on whatever I get, just in case I need to do it again after refinishing. Thanks.

bbcamp, No, not me. A lot of people must have the same name in some sort of configuration or other. When I used to have AOL, I had to have my name and a certain number, because the name was taken, and so many numbers at the end were taken too.
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Unread 05-05-2004, 12:26 AM   #10
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Transition Strip

I got a metal strip that was embeded under the tile in the thinset( it had slots and holes to anchor it in the thinset). It had a notch made in it that fitted up pretty good to the hardwood . Got it at Lowes and I used several of them from one long piece of the material.David
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