06:46AM | 04/01/03
Member Since: 03/23/03
40 lifetime posts
Sorry I first put this post in the wrong place.

I have a situation that I’m not really sure how to handle so I will give as much detail as I can in order to hear some suggestion on how to deal with it.

When we had our kitchen floor redone using oak we were out of town so we came home to a completed job. I was overall happy however they are very difficult to get a hold of and to be honest they were incredibly messy and I don’t want them in my house again so to say “call them back to fix the problem” is not an option for me.

The kitchen is the entrance to the basement and when he placed the floor he spilled over the top step. Its hard to explain so I hope I do this right. I am familiar with a nice star nose ? cap or something like that that makes the top step look clean. What he did is end the boards 1 inch over the top step. The boards are vertical to the step as well so in order for me to put a cap or whatever it is REALLY called I would have to cross cut about 20 boards that are already nailed down to the floor. My problem is that even if I snap a clean line in and am able to make a clean score using an utility knife how am I going to get the boards up cleanly enough that then end cap will fit snugly against all the boards? Should I get a chisel and just go to town and keep it as clean as I can? So I get a recipicating saw and be really really carefully and try to cut them? Do I get a cutting bit or something like that for my compressor and do that? It just looks really bad and its starting to make me crazy because I’m now planning on finishing the basement and im not pleased with the result. Or should I just put some kind of end cap on the boards as they are now and leave it as that?

I guess its not SO bad, and I COULD live with it. my question is how difficult will it be for me to fix? I mean if its really going to be hard; then I will leave it alone. However if its something that CAN be fixed with a bit of effort I would like to give it a shop.

KD Fisher

07:56PM | 04/01/03
Member Since: 03/17/03
49 lifetime posts
It can be done with the right equipment. Use a skill saw set to the depth of the flooring and guide it along a straight edge where the cut will be made. Unfortunately you won't be able to reach approx 3" from one side of the casing to the other so chiselling may be in order.

Or maybe a rotozip and straight edge would get closer to those door casings. I'm not sure if that tool can make one pass through solid 3/4" material but it's worth a look.

Once all that's complete you'll need to route a new groove so the nosing can be splined with the existing flooring. Sounds like a job for a pro. I would suspect something like this done proper would take two hours if that helps at all. Old stair nosing would probably have to be cut back for all this to work too, but it' hard to say w/o actually being there personally to address the situation.

Good Luck
Ken Fisher


04:04AM | 04/02/03
Member Since: 03/23/03
40 lifetime posts
Thanks for the info. I just bought a really nice pancake compressor and have been using it to up trim and crown molding. I know there are a lot of additional attachments I can get for it and I was wondering if a roto type saw is one of them? Is it kinda like a heavy-duty drummel?


04:15AM | 04/07/03
Member Since: 03/23/03
40 lifetime posts
Well I picked up a rotozip this weekend, 75 bucks on sale at the Depot. I also got a nice matched bull nosing for the threshold. The rotozip says it will cut ANY material up to 1 inch thick so I think I’m going to give this a shot. My one last question is this. I want to make absolutely sure that my cut is nice and straight. The rotozip has a nice guide on it so I was thinking of taking a straight piece of wood and nailing it into the floor with small brads that I will later remove and us it for my straight edge. Do you think that would work? Sure it will take me a bit longer than a pro but it will look just as good I hope. I am going to try it this week. I will keep you informed.
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