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Forum topic by boston_guy posted 09-30-2015 04:14 AM 676 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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boston_guy

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09-30-2015 04:14 AM

I have a bathroom threshold that was installed in 2008 when I had my bathroom renovated.

However, something has always been in mind. When looking at the threshold you will notice bare concrete between the threshold and hardwood floor. This gives the bathroom entrance an unfinished look.

What could I install in front of the concrete to give it a nice finished look? Any tips will be highly appreciated.

I’m including a photo below to show you what I’m talking about.

 photo bathroomthreshold_zpslcadouch.jpg


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Slemi

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#1 posted 09-30-2015 10:42 AM

Some nice veneer, because there probably isn’t much room.

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#2 posted 09-30-2015 12:51 PM

Quarter round?

-- rock, chalk, jayhawk

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bearkatwood

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#3 posted 09-30-2015 12:58 PM

You could carefully remove the tile threshold and if you had some that matched you could put in a new threshold that would cover the distance.
Start by removing the grout in between the threshold and the bathroom field tiles with a screwdriver like tool. Then use a hammer to break up the threshold tile and scrape the thinset off the cement underneath. For a threshold you won’t need a tile saw, a simple scratch and snap tile cutter should be fine. Mix up a small amount of thinset and stick it down.
You could also get a stick of 1/4”-5/16”(whatever matches the height of the tile or lower) wood that you could stain to match and use that to fill the void and just stick it in next to the existing threshold.
hope this helps.
I used to do a bit of construction and have made this repair a few times.

-- Brian Noel

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boston_guy

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#4 posted 09-30-2015 01:10 PM

I appreciate the response from you and others here.

However, what do you mean by a quarter round? Is this a piece of wood? If so, where could I get it? Sorry, never heard of this before.


Quarter round?

- chrisstef


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#5 posted 09-30-2015 04:18 PM

You need a transition strip available at the big box stores or flooring stores. Similar to this

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#6 posted 09-30-2015 05:41 PM

What evilbadger suggested, or if it’s too tall/deep, a T threshold piece (usually used between tile & carpet or wood, etc..) and quarter round or boot (like a quarter round, but tapers down in a shorter distance.).

Hope this helps!

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Ghidrah

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#7 posted 09-30-2015 06:58 PM

The random dark spots at the edge of the threshold item looks to me like a fuzzy carpet, if so is it an attempt at draft stop? If it is a fuzzy what’s under it, marble, granite, slate?
Also looks like maybe PT under it, a little ragged at parts of the exposed edge.

If it is PT under the BR flooring and it’s flush to the edge of the BR flooring I’d go with a wood cover, (oak) I’d buy and or cut the piece for 1/4 sawn and rip it to 1/2” thick. Let it sit for a couple 3 days in a nice warm and dry spot to see if there’s any curling, (if so repeat the previous process and ensure it is 1/4 sawn) if not drill a series of nail holes 1/32 to 3/64” diam. Cut it to fit flush to the top of the BR flooring, then round over the top. Then nail it in place, countersink the nail a smidge and putty it. Stain and poly or whatever color or paint you prefer.

-- I meant to do that!

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boston_guy

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#8 posted 09-30-2015 07:06 PM

Ghidrah,

There’s absolutely no carpeting at all. There’s just a concrete slab under the tile floor of my bathroom. It just came that way.


The random dark spots at the edge of the threshold item looks to me like a fuzzy carpet, if so is it an attempt at draft stop? If it is a fuzzy what s under it, marble, granite, slate?
Also looks like maybe PT under it, a little ragged at parts of the exposed edge.

If it is PT under the BR flooring and it s flush to the edge of the BR flooring I d go with a wood cover, (oak) I d buy and or cut the piece for 1/4 sawn and rip it to 1/2” thick. Let it sit for a couple 3 days in a nice warm and dry spot to see if there s any curling, (if so repeat the previous process and ensure it is 1/4 sawn) if not drill a series of nail holes 1/32 to 3/64” diam. Cut it to fit flush to the top of the BR flooring, then round over the top. Then nail it in place, countersink the nail a smidge and putty it. Stain and poly or whatever color or paint you prefer.

- Ghidrah


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Hammerthumb

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#9 posted 09-30-2015 09:37 PM

You can buy unfinished reducer strips from your local hardwood flooring distributor, but it is just as easy to make one. The transition strip that evilbadger posted is the type that overlays onto the tile and is usually used with floating floors in a different application. I don’t recommend that type of transition as they usually crack at the thin edge. Take a piece of wood that is as thick as the elevation difference between the 2 floors. Bevel cut it so it is the height of the tile on one side and about 3/16 on the other side. Sand, stain, and finish. Install as previously posted with some construction adhesive and a couple of finish nails. Putty the holes when done.

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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#10 posted 09-30-2015 09:39 PM

By the way, a typical reducer is about 2-1/2” wide.

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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