Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Howell, Michigan
Putting down a floating floor isn't that difficult IF you have the proper tools. At a minimum, a chop saw, jig saw and circular saw.
You will also have to contend with all of the base and door moldings in the room.
The biggest problem is going to come at those stairs and your concern about the nosing is certainly valid.
There are code requirements for the tread depth and rise and the difference between each step.
Don't quote me, but I think the tread depth plus the rise has to equal near 15". I don't know what the tolerance is.
I don't think the stairs can vary by more than 3/4" from one to another.
The nosing has to have between 1/2 and 3/4" of overhang, I believe.
Never mind the gap between the carpet and the new nosing. Just noticed your carpet runs from the top down on that stair. Was thinking it ran from bottom up.
I'm throwing out those numbers as a rough estimate only to illustrate that there are code requirements for each. You'll need to check the codes before starting.
You will have to cut the original off, no two ways around it.
You can buy a transition piece from your flooring supplier that will have the nosing on it.
This transition piece, the nose in particular, will only cover about 1/4" of the nosing you have cut off. This is going to leave an ugly transition from the riser of the top stair to the bottom of the new nosing. Also, because the old nosing has been cut, you will have about 1/2" gap between the carpet on the riser and the new nosing.
No matter if you leave the carpet or not, you're in a pickle here.
You could use a piece of luan on the riser as long as it didn't interfere with the code requirements, but to look right, you would have to carry that all the way down the flight.
Give it a think. It can be done, but it will probably be more work than you originally thought. If you're up to it...proceed.
Last edited by Tweegs; 10-24-2008 at 03:56 PM.
Reason: Just noticed