Installing American Forest Reducer With a Floating Floor
Start the installation by installing shims wherever you plan to install your reducer. The shim should be placed directly against the edge of the floor to which you are transitioning. Secure the shim in place by either nailing or gluing it down. Install the pad with the edge of the pad placed directly against the shim. Install the floating floor so that it overlaps the shim by approximately 3/4 of an inch. the shim provides a foundation for the Reducer molding and serves to stabilize the floor from compressing under weight. Lay the Reducer molding in place. Apply glue to the front edge of the molding and one or two 1/4 inch beads of construction adhesive to the shim and seat the molding in place. To assure a smooth, flush surface, it is recommended that you apply blue tape (Scotch 3M #2090) to the molding and floor to hold Reducer in place until the glue is dry. An alternative installation method to hold the molding flush with the floor is to route the floor and the molding to insert a "spline" to connect the molding to the floor.