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#1022523 - 8th Oct 2016 6:49pm Carpet door plate advice
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Registered: 28th Mar 2013
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Loc: Saughall Massie
We have moved house and had carpet fitted in the lounge. When they fitted it they had issues getting the screws in the door plate to catch anything, and so put them in on a wonk.
This kind of worked but it didn't sit flush and had five screw edges to catch feet etc on.
They have now tried to fit a z-plate but the floor gap difference is too much and means there is a gap one side, and the door won't shut from the other.
I've had the thought of wood underneath, but think that would rise the carpet too much and still leave a gap.
The other thoughts are drill and screw this into place, or bend and glue it down (if it'll bend).

Anyone have any ideas how to sort this?

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#1022550 - 8th Oct 2016 10:58pm Re: Carpet door plate advice [Re: Smeeble]
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Had a similar problem where the screw holes a line with a joint in the floorboards.

Think they may have used a wrong door plate. they do vary in size to accommodate different floor thickness.
I had to trim a door when I had new laminate flooring to replace old lino

#1022554 - 9th Oct 2016 12:30am Re: Carpet door plate advice [Re: Smeeble]
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A few tricks and bodges I will confess to having done.....

Wall plugs jammed in the gap and screw into them (with pieces of wall plug to fill the holes for the small screws).

Piece of lath wood hammered and glued into the gap, I must have had a conscience attack that day and did the job reasonably properly.

Filled gap with hard woodfiller, piloted the screw holes. The silly price of decent woodfiller puts me off this one.

Hammering the bloomin' things flat with a piece of wood on top.

Hammering screw heads flat (fitters often hammer the screws in!).

Glued them down (stixall), underside roughned with coarse sandpaper and screwdriver scratches, used a load of books and a couple of toolboxes for good measure to weigh it down while setting.

In a extreme case (there was already about 100 ripped screw holes) I screwed a few pieces of thin aluminium to the floor, drilled small pilot holes and screwed into them, don't over tighten, might be better with thin steel plate but not if you have aluminium screws which are designed to self-destruct.

Cut the strip about 2cm too long and hammered it into the door frame at each end, initial starting cuts done with a stanley knife. Worked great on the first door, never managed to use this method again successfully.

As you can probably gather from the creative fixes, I hate the things.
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#1022562 - 9th Oct 2016 3:19am Re: Carpet door plate advice [Re: Smeeble]
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#1022563 - 9th Oct 2016 7:28am Re: Carpet door plate advice [Re: Smeeble]
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Buy a tube of gripfill adhesive, very thick and strong, builders use it to fix skirtings etc, if you use it you would need a mastic /silicone gun.

#1022600 - 9th Oct 2016 3:12pm Re: Carpet door plate advice [Re: Smeeble]
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You can get a variety of butterfly plugs from BQ. they open up as they are tightened. I have seen smallish metal ones ideal for the job in hand.

#1022924 - 11th Oct 2016 11:56pm Re: Carpet door plate advice [Re: Smeeble]
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Registered: 28th Mar 2013
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Loc: Saughall Massie
Thanks for all the advice.
Had a look at the plates but there wasn't anything underneath to bolt them into, and the butterfly bolts didn't really fit.
I ended up using a variety of the advice above. I ripped up the Z plate, screwed a 40mm strip of ply board down. Then I cut the underlay for the carpet and the laminate so it met smoothly. Then putting the carpet over the board I could use a normal 37mm strip and screw it down into the board.
It's worked OK, the door shuts and the carpet is even with the laminate.

Thanks again.


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