How to connect wood flooring & carpet

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When installing different types of flooring in adjoining rooms, transition strips are used to hide the seam and leave a smooth transition. The difference in thicknesses of the wood and carpet will determine what type of transition to use. If the floors are the same height, a simple T moulding can be used; but if one floor is higher than the other, a threshold moulding must be used. Installation can be done quickly using an electric drill and hammer.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Threshold moulding
  • Coping saw
  • Electric drill
  • 1/16-inch drill bit
  • Moulding nails
  • Hammer

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  1. 1

    Determine if the hardwood is level with or higher than the carpet. If the carpet and wood is level purchase a strip of T moulding, if the two floors are uneven you will purchase a strip of threshold moulding at your local home improvement store.

  2. 2

    Cut the moulding to the exact length that is needed using a coping saw.

  3. 3

    Lay the moulding in place and mark the nail holes on the sub floor using a pencil. Remove the moulding and begin drilling the pilot holes for the moulding nails using an electric drill with a 1/16-inch bit, or any drill bit that is a touch smaller than the nails.

  4. 4

    Put the moulding in place and pound the nails in using a hammer. Swing the hammer carefully to avoid denting the moulding.

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