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Installing a Kids Edge Hearth Pad with Metal Backing to Protect Toddler Against Injury

by Barbara 20. October 2011 13:41

Question about the Kids Edge Hearth Pad Metal Frame BROWN, to 78 in.

Q: "I have a fireplace hearth that is made of irregular stones. It is straight across the front and has two returns each of which is about 20 inches. So it is a rectangle. The actual length is 90 inches. How does the metal attach to the hearth and what do I need to do to make it fit?  I have a toddler and am worried about her getting hurt.Thanks. Adam."

Answer: This is the correct hearth pad for an irregular stone hearth. First, the hearth must be at least 1.5 inches above the floor. Second, you will need to purchase an Kids Edge Metal Hearth Pad Extension, BROWN, 24 In. to add to the middle of your hearth pad for the proper length.

To install the hearth pad after unpacking:

  1. Remove tape on tightening rod (6). Remove filler pad (2) from inside cardboard insert and set aside for later use.
  2. There are two sections. The left side is completely covered with pad. The right side, partially covered with pad, slides under the left side for adjustment. You would add the extension to this part.
  3. Then extend sections of unit and place on hearth.
  4. Pull section together until snug on hearth.
  5. Without allowing sections to slide, remove unit and turn over to expose tightening rod.
  6. Insert rod hook into nearest hole and pull sections apart so there is enough tension to keep the hook in hole.
  7. Reposition unit on hearth. Insert Phillips screwdriver into hole at right corner
  8. Turn tightening bolt clockwise until tension is felt.
  9. Make sure the unit is in place by pushing down and back at corners.
  10. Tighten bolt further until unit is secure on hearth.
  11. NOTE: if unit is not secure and tightening bolt will not turn further, then loosen bolt, remove unit and move adjustment hook to next hole. Now reinstall unit.
  12. CAUTION: IT IS POSSIBLE TO TIGHTEN BOLT TOO MUCH CAUSING ENDS TO FLARE OUT CAUSING LOSS OF GRIP.

CUTTING FILLER PAD

  1. For appearance, this step is IMPORTANT. Measure the gap where frame is exposed. Add 3/8 inch to that measurement and mark the filler pad
  2. Place pad on edge of cardboard box, matching mark on pad with black alignment on box.
  3. Use only a sharp long-blade knife such as a fillet knife. DO NOT use a razor knife, utility knife, or other short-blade knife.
  4. Lubricate entire length of knife blade with liquid soap or soapy water.
  5. With light pressure, move knife back and forth, keeping the blade straight with alignment line.
  6.  After top half of pad is cut, turn pad over and repeat.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Cardinal Gates Metal-Backed Hearth Guard is designed to help prevent injuries. However, it is always possible for some injuries to occur even thought a protective device is used. We suggest adult supervision at all times. PAD IS “UL RECOGNIZED.”


INSTALLING FILLER PAD

  1. Peel off adhesive backing that bonds to front of frame only.
  2. Carefully press right end of filler pad against pad on right side of frame.
  3. Allow filler pad to rest on top of frame while pressing front of pad into place.
  4. Once the front of filler pad is bonded to frame, lift top corner of filler pad and peel off remainder of adhesive backing.
  5. Now press down on top of filler pad to bond to frame.
  6. Installation is now complete. To remove unit, simply loosen bolt to release tension.

Thank you for your question. Enjoy your little one: she will grow up way too fast!

Sincerely,

Barbara