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Fitting Hearth Guard to a 45 degree or 135 degree hearth return

by Barbara 28. January 2008 04:00
Q: "Will the Kids Edge GRAY Hearth Pad, Metal Frame, Up to 78 inches long still work if my returns are at 45 degrees? My hearth is also 17 feet long. Will that impact the ability for this to work? Thank you. Michael."

Answer: These metal framed hearth pads have 90 degree angle corners: they are made to childproof standard rectangular fire place hearths. So if your returns are at 45 degree angles the metal frames will not fit.

Please confirm that the angles are 45 degrees and not 90 degrees plus 45 degrees or 135 degrees, i.e. does the front of your hearth have an outward "V" appearance more like the bottom of a hexagon? If this is the case, you can purchase the hearth pad by gray lengths of 54 inches (4.5 feet) or by the linear foot. For 17 feet, that would be 204 linear inches across the hearth front or 4 lengths. Plus you need to figure on the depth of each return and allow an extra two feet for the angle cuts. You can use Gorilla Glue or a similar glue to connect the pieces together.

If you need help figuring out what to order, please send us either a picture of your fireplace hearth or a diagram and measure the entire hearth including the side returns. Or if you plan to have a handyman install this, please have him contact us.

Sincerely,
Barbara

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