I'm installing a 5.5" wide oak saddle (natural stain, 3 coats
polycrylic) in a 5.5' doorway, between a carpeted floor and a vinyl
tile floor. What's the best way to nail it down? Common sense says
that finishing nails will pull out, but I don't know of any other type
of fastener that doesn't have a visible head.
You could use trim head screws (they leave a bigger hole to fill than finish
nails, but hold better). I have put in a number of these with finish nails
and it works fine. I would assume that you are not planning to put it on
top of the carpet, but rather butt the carpet up to it. If so, the finish
nails should draw the saddle firmly down to the subfloor and it will be
stable. The only way the nails would work loose is if it is possible to
flex the saddle. It should rest flat and solid on a firm surface. If the
surface is uneven, you could use floor patch under it to keep it from
Use screws in a hole, glue in face grain oak plugs, cut off flush and
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I installed a narrower maple saddle in a friends house, and he did not want
nailheads showing. So, I used a tube of Liquid nails, ran two straight
beads about an inch apart and glued it down. One year later, so far, so
good. This is at a bathroom entrance that gets stepped on every day
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