We need some minor bathroom work done in oru Eichler; however, I'm not
sure what type of contractor/handyman/... would do this work.
Recommendations are welcome.
1) We recently had our bathroom floor replaced - the old floor was
Pergo, and the new floor is tile. The Pergo floor was about a 1/2
inch thicker than the tile floor, so now there is about a 1/2 inch gap
between the tile floor and the wooden door uprights (or whatever you
call the trim around a door). I'm guessing this gap needs to filled
in with (fill in the blank) before it's painted over?
2) Second, the tile design was done on a diagonal, so the edge, near
the entrance is somewhat jagged. Our hallway floor is also Pergo, and
we had a Pergo transition strip/lip placed between the hallway and
bathroom floor, to cover up this jagged edge. This mostly
worked... however, once the gaps, described in (1), are filled in,
there will be a small (about 1 square millimeter) gap/hole between the
end of the tile and the Pergo transition strip. I'm hoping this small
hole can be filled in with come kind of hard compound that closely
matches the color of the tile (off-white). We're talking about a
really small hole, so as long as the color/brightness of the tile and
compound are close, I think that would be good enough. What would be
the best way fix this small hole?
Once this work is done, we plan on repainting the entire bathroom. Is
this the type of fixup work a painter should be able to do? Or is it
better to get someone else to do this minor work before hiring a
Thanks for any advice
Let's just say we had a bad experience with the contractor, and we want
to work with someone else... If it were that simple, I wouldn't have
posted these questions to begin with... I'm not concerned with the
extra money to get someone else to do it - I'm just concerned about
getting it done correctly.
There are dozens of products on the market that will fix your
I'd first get a wider transition strip, which is much easier than
trying to match the tile.
Then some 'filler' and caulk and sandpaper to do the other. Once
painted, you can't tell where the wood facing ends.
There are many ways to do this. Easiest is probably to insert a small
sliver of wood (ideally cut from a similar door jamb) and slide this
in. You can then close up the remaining space with a wood filler (this
is a putty-like compound). Best to do this in several layers rather
than piling it on. Sand, prime and paint.
As one of the other posters mentioned, a wider transition strip is the
easiest. You could fill the gap with grout as well, just get something
that matches the color of the existing grout. Caulk can also do the
trick, which might be better since it's flexible. Matching the color
would be more difficult though.
Depends on the painter. A handy painter can certainly do item (1), but
it will cost you in labor. Filling the hole, waiting for it to dry etc.
is a small effort but requires quite a bit of elapsed time. Painters
are most cost-effective when everything is cleaned, sanded, filled and
prepped, so they can get in and out within a day.
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