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Old 02-06-2008, 06:32 AM   #1
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Epoxing a Schluter or Schluter like profile

This one is a different one.
A guy has a house that has tile butted up to carpet. Instead of their being a Schluter or like profile between the two, there is one of those carpet to tile transition strips that covers the seam between both of them. It lays on top of them, is nailed into the floor at set intervals. He wants to know if I can put a different strip down, of course like I told him the carpet has to stretch to the new strip. So I was wondering if Schluter or somebody has a profile that doesn't have the leg on it that is supposed to go under the last tile next to the carpet? And if so do you think I could epoxy it to the floor or attach it in some other way? I'm sure I could probably screw it to the floor. And yes, I know it depends it the carpet has enough length or stretch to stretch to the strip.
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Old 02-06-2008, 06:48 AM   #2
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Hi Pat,

We have used Laticrete 310 rapid to epoxy trims to the concrete. Regular thinset would work just fine, but we used the rapid epoxy because it sets up within ~10 minutes. Depending on the temperature, working time is only a few minutes.

It's a bit spendy, but if you buy some you can save the rest to set soapdishes.
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Rob,

Will this stuff work on a Plywoo or OSB (probably) floor? And is there a Schluter strip or the like that doesn't have the leg that supposed to go under the tile? Tile's already down (Not my installation).

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Old 02-06-2008, 07:52 AM   #4
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Hi Pat,

The 310 epoxy with pretty much stick to anything. I don't know why I assumed you were talking about going over concrete.

I'm not sure about which profile they might have that suits your needs. You might want to call David Taylor at Tile Experts and he can recommend a profile.
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Thanks Rob...I know I'm just being lazy...I have a Schluter book right here. I'll look, Thanks.

Just looked...Nope, no profile to fix somebody else's screw-up. I know that's what happened; the person that laid the tile was un-educated and did not realize they should put some type of profile down. Then the carpet people didn't do anything either.
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Pat, why do you need a transition strip at all? Why not just tuck the carpet against the tile?

Okay, I figured it out. I'm so smart. The carpet is too short, isn't it?
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You are looking at the transition from the wrong side of the room. You have to look at the floor from the carpet side not the tile side.

Just flip the transition and use PL400 adhesive to glue the metal "leg" to the wood and stay nail it. There are plenty of aluminum L trims and T trims that have carpet 'teeth' that will grab the rug.

Or you can use one of these backward carpet trims and a tackstrip to hold the carpet.

http://www.ceramictool.com/metaltrim...rpet_trim.html
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Old 02-06-2008, 03:00 PM   #8
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Pat there were 5.32 zillion floors installed without transition strips before Schluter trims became poplular. With a power stretcher there always seems to be enough play in the carpet to get just a little more. I think the simplest is the best.
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Thanks all.

Tom, Kevin , I told the customer that once he got the cabinet off the carpet then I would be able to tell if the carpet could stretch enough to get it to the profile....or as John says to tuck under the tile. Also I don't have a power stretcher, just a knee kicker. maybe I'll rent one...not

This was not, again was not my installation!
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