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Measuring A Fireplace Hearth and Installing Kids Edge Hearth Safety Pad Without a Metal Frame

by Barbara 19. August 2009 12:39

Question about Kids Edge Hearth Safety Pad installation when there is no metal frame.

Q: "How do I install hearth pad on the edge and sides of my fireplace hearth if it does not have the metal frame? My hearth is poured concrete so I don't need the frame. How do I know if I have purchased enough padding? Thanks." Tom

Answer: First decide which color you want. Padding comes in gray, brown, black, taupe and ivory. Next measure the length of the hearth. Then measure the width of the side or sides. If the total equals 150 inches or less, the standard hearth pad kit will work. Each kit contains 90 inches of straight padding and two corners that are 10 inches by 20 inches. So you can cover the front of a hearth that is up to 130 inches long with 10 inches of returns to the fireplace or 110 inches of width with a return of 20 inches in depth.

These are the steps to take:

  1. Make sure the hearth edge is clean and dry.
  2. Lay out the pad on the hearth to determine how it will fit.
  3. Attach the corners, Remove the adhesive backing from the lower part of the pad. Fit it onto the hearth. Next remove the adhesive backing from the upper portion and press it onto the hearth.
  4. Next attach the straight pieces to the hearth. Press ends together as you attach each piece to help conceal joints.
  5. Most likely, you will need to cut the last piece installed.
  6. Measure the space to be covered accurately
  7. Add approximately 3/8 inch and mark the pad.
  8. Place pad on shipping box edge.
  9. Use a sharp long bladed knife such as a fillet knife in this next step
  10. Lubricate the entire length of the knife with liquid soap or soapy water
  11. Using light pressure, move the knife back and forth on the top of the pad, keeping the blade straight.
  12. Repeat on bottom half after turing over the pad
  13. Attach the last piece of pad by removing the backing as noted in step 3.

If you need additional lengths of padding, you can purchase by the foot or by the 54 inch stick. Remember extra padding can be used to pad tops of stairways into basements, etc.

Thanks for your question. We recommend that you do a safety walk around of your entire home as well to find other places that need safety proofing. Among the most dangerous items are aquariums, tv sets, bookcases, windows open more than 4 inches and sharp corners and edges on furniture.

Sincerely, Barbara