Hardwood Installer - How to Install Hardwood-to-Carpet Transition Pieces

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Published on November 12, 2018
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Transition pieces are narrow strips of molding that conceal the gaps between two different types of flooring, such as hardwood and carpeting. Flooring manufacturers have created several different types of transition strips, dependent on the type of flooring and height of the two floors. For this type of installation, use a transition strip called T-molding. T-molding sits in the small gap between the floors and has two flanges that rest on both sides of the flooring. For transitioning carpeting to hardwood flooring in your home, use a T-molding assembly with a track installation.


Measure the exact length of the doorway or hallway between the two types of flooring. Measure and cut the metal track and the wood T-molding strip to this length.


Roll up the edge of the carpeting and pad, and secure it in place with electrical tape.


Measure and cut a tack strip for the area between the two floors. A tack strip has small metal hooks that hold the carpet in place, preventing the carpet from loosening from its position on the subfloor. Measure the tack strip so that there is a 1/4-inch gap on each side of the width of the doorway or hallway, so that the tack strip does not come in contact with the door frame or walls.


Place the tack strip onto the exposed subfloor in the gap between the two flooring types, leaving a gap approximately 1/2 inch between the tack strip and the edge of the hardwood flooring. Hammer into place.


Roll the carpet pad lightly back onto the tack strip, but do not press it down onto the tack strip. With the utility knife, trim the pad along the edge of the tack strip so that the pad does not rest on the strip. The pad is too thick and will hinder the carpeting from sticking to the strip. Remove the cut portion of the pad.


Place the carpet lightly down over the tack strip. Stretch the carpet over and onto the tack strip using the carpet kicker. Place the carpet kicker approximately 6 inches from the edge of the carpeting; press down on the kicker handle and kick the kicker with your knee. Work your way across the doorway or hallway until the carpet is stretched over the tack strip.


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