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Old 09-26-2019, 06:35 AM   #1
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A customer contacted me about their flooring. They have hired a flooring company to install new vinyl flooring in the first floor of the house and the stairs.

Yesterday, they contacted me, asking for help with the bottom step. The flooring contractor said they can't do a radius and suggested they hire a carpenter to remove the step and turn it into an octagon shape, so they could install the vinyl flooring over the octagon shape.

First I said, they should have thought about this, when they bid the job, not when got the flooring to the step.

But, I don't install flooring, so I don't know what kinds of mouldings are available. It would seem there should be a flexible moulding to run around the radius of the step.

I can modify the bottom step, to make it an octagon, but it won't look right.

Any suggestions?
I will post the pictures she sent me.
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The first picture is what they drew on the floor, showing what they wanted done. As you can see, they made it quite a ways, before letting her know, there was an issue.
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I can't imagine any manufacturer would make a moulding to fit what you have. The octagon makes sense so they can miter the nosings. ,As to why they waited so long, I would bet the installer never seen the project before they showed up to lay the flooring. I sub through a floor store & the salespeople have no clue on what it takes to install the product theyre selling. That vinyl plank lays fast, so I'd bet they didn't even realize they had a problem till they got there.

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They’ve been working on it over a week.

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They’ve been working on it over a week.

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Then I have no explanation why the chuckleheads couldn't have showed you what they needed done before they had all the finished flooring laid around the area you need to correct.

Are they independent floor guys who bid & supplied materials for the project, or sub for a floor store?
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They work for the flooring store.

I’m getting more of the story now. Supposedly the manager was aware of it. Before he sent them out, he went on vacation.
Just a lapse in communication.




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Of course they worked there a week, before mentioning it to the homeowner.



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Yikes.

How about closing off the first step instead, and making a platform for plants and knickknacks?
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I like that idea.


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After thinking about it, I think I'm going to suggest removing the radius. The flooring contractor can remove the flooring, in that area. Only about 4' to the wall.

I can cut off the radius, then they can have a square corner on the stairs. I don't think it's really important to keep the integrity of the architectural detail. The stairs, may the original, may not be. The stairs were moved to that location, about 50 years ago.

As for the corner. I'm thinking a small shaved corner will work, for that top corner of the step. That way, there isn't a 90 degree corner, to catch a leg.
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As it was said, they should have thought about this before.

Tell them to cut a s^*t load of small pieces of nosing and wrap around the radius and have a s^*t load of seams Next time they will think ahead.
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After thinking about it, I think I'm going to suggest removing the radius. The flooring contractor can remove the flooring, in that area. Only about 4' to the wall.

I can cut off the radius, then they can have a square corner on the stairs. I don't think it's really important to keep the integrity of the architectural detail. The stairs, may the original, may not be. The stairs were moved to that location, about 50 years ago.

As for the corner. I'm thinking a small shaved corner will work, for that top corner of the step. That way, there isn't a 90 degree corner, to catch a leg.
You think they're going to fill in the floor after you remove the radius? I wouldn't bet on that. Or are you talking about the top only?
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You think they're going to fill in the floor after you remove the radius? I wouldn't bet on that. Or are you talking about the top only?
I'm betting that's click lock vinyl plank. Filling that back in will take 15 minutes tops. Not a big deal.
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Yes. click together vinyl. Should be easy.

Apparently, this is no longer an issue, I need to solve. Her daughter found a "wrap around" trim piece on pintrest. They are going to go to Lowe's and Home Depot, to try and find it. Problem solved.

Bahahahahhahhaaa. At least I'm out of the loop, for now. She didn't like my idea anyway.
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her solution works, I suppose. My solution would have been to square that off of try a heat gun to bend the nosing.

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