Fix/redo grout between ceramic tile and wood laminate before putting down threshold (transition)?

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The mortar should trim away quite easily.....you can darn near almost "sand" it away....a dremel was mentioned earlier...that can work too. I was a flooring contractor for many many years (carpet, hardwoods, laminates), and in such a case I would just use a pretty sharp chisel and slowly use my hammer and chisel to trim away the excess grout.

For your transition piece, go to any flooring store or even the local Home Depot or Lowe's and get a piece of T-moulding. If you look at it in profile, it has the shape of the letter "T". Make sure the stem part of the "T" won't be too tall for your two floors you are trying to join, then trim to fit, apply some Liquid Nails in the center to hold it in place and that's it. Done and done.

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I just re-read your poast, I see that the problem seems to be more the mortar on the floor as opposed to excess grout. I would suggest the same solution that I mentioned above. A sharp 3/4" or so chisel and a hammer. Works like a...

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Installing a T Mold Transition Between Laminate and Ceramic Tile

There are several different types of laminate transitions that you may need when installing laminate flooring. Each one is used specifically for where the laminate flooring ends, such as where the laminate stops at ceramic tile. Other transitions are used where the laminate ends at carpet, vinyl flooring, a threshold or a step down such as a sunken living room or stairs.

I will describe how to install a T mold between laminate flooring and ceramic tile on a concrete floor. If you're installing the track on a wood sub floor, you don't have to worry about drilling the concrete. Just use wood screws to attach the track. The T mold will snap into the track after it is installed. The ceramic tile needs to be the same height as the laminate flooring so the transition sits level across the two floors. If the laminate or ceramic tile are different heights you may need to modify the laminate transition.

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By Todd Fratzel on Flooring

Floor Transitions

I’d like to share some thoughts on how to transition hardwood and tile floors. Hardwood Flooring has become a very popular DIY project for many home owners. Also every DIY program on television has featured numerous programs on installing your own hardwood and tile floors.

So you might ask why I’m focusing on the floor transition? The answer is simple, I’ve seen so many DIY flooring projects in homes that look really great except for one detail, the floor transition looks awful.

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Whether you’re installing solid hardwood, engineered hardwood, laminate, or tile the issues are all the same. You really need to plan the floor transitions before you start any flooring installation. There are several basic issues that arise at the floor transitions.

You can find many of these transition pieces at: Online Floor...

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Ceramic tile is timeless, beautiful, long lasting, and comes in hundreds of looks from marble to faux wood. Ceramic tile flooring can also increase the value of your home. A professional ceramic tile installation job can be quite expensive and it is a relatively easy project to manage on your own.

Before installing ceramic tile you need to think about your sub-floor, or the surface you will be attaching the tiles to. If you already have ceramic tile installed on your floor you may be able to put new tile directly on top of it but this may make your floor too high and cause a tripping hazard. Old ceramic tile is best removed before the installation of new tile. You can also install ceramic tile on plywood, cement backer board or cement flooring. Don’t try to install ceramic tile over wood, linoleum, or vinyl tile.

Installing ceramic on a cement floor requires a bit of preparation. Sand away any rough or raised patches of concrete and repair any cracks with a concrete...

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Tile around the sink area first. Lay out a few tiles without adhesive. Determine your starting point by starting at the edge of the counter, leaving room for the edge tiles, and placing tiles back toward the backsplash until you end with the last whole tile close to the backsplash. Mark that point.

Draw a line representing the row of whole tiles closest to the backsplash. Draw perpendicular lines representing the rows of tiles (Image 1). Do the same thing from the sink side of the countertop. Where those two points intersect is where angle cuts are needed. You will be transferring these angled lines to the tiles.

Lay whole tiles out along the marks. An easy way to mark the tiles is to use a straightedge to line up with your mark on the countertop and strike a line across the tiles (Image 2).

Use a wet saw to cut along the marks (Image 3). Once your tile layout for a corner has been determined, precut those tiles and then check your cuts to see if they match...

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Yes, and it's important that the tile floor beneath is level and the tile is secure and in good condition.

You may want to put some sound control material under the flooring so that echoing is reduced.

if you glue the flooring to the tiles fill in any low spots with leveling compound. If the wood floor is being glued to a slick tile surface, rough the tiles up a bit by sanding them to allow the adhesive to adhere better. If you plan glue your floor and do not want to grind the tile (to make it rough) you can use a special primer for tile or use floating method of installation. But anyway, make sure that you have perfect floor leveling. Also check how high will be your new floor after installation and compare it with other rooms close to this area. You should also consider the clearance under doors and possibly remove baseboards before installation.

Alternatively, you can also float the floor. Some hardwoods are clickable, and you can put an underlayment...

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Ceramic tile and Pergo laminate flooring coexist beautifully with one another in many homes. Both materials are durable, low-maintenance flooring options that can be used in kitchens, bathrooms, hallways and foyers. When installing the two materials next to one another, however, you will need to make a transition between them. The transitions not only need to form a break between the two floorings, but they are also required if one of the floors is higher than the other.

Metal Transition Strips

Sometimes the decision of what type of transition to make depends largely on which material is being installed first. If both materials are new, and the ceramic tile is being installed first, or if the Pergo floor is already existing and you are just now installing the ceramic tile, consider using a metal transition strip. Metal transition strips are thin, subtle ways to move from a tile floor to another material such as laminate. They work particularly well in modern and...

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