Tsukitsuke (突き付け) – (in the context of finished surfaces) the butting up of a stock or other material against another in a manner such that there is little or no visible gap between them. For example, when laying flooring, the usual method calls for floor trim to conceal the small gaps along the perimeter. Tsukitsuke is used when no after-concealment is available, for example, in reform where the current trim can’t be removed, or when flooring is installed right up against a sasshi (door frame).

A small gap (half-millimeter range) is sometimes important — especially in reform, where almost without exception the floors have a bit of bounce — otherwise you run the risk of creaky floors.

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