Listener Questions: Alesha and Nick in Minneapolis

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Today we answered several questions from listeners Alesha and Nick who live in an older home in Minneapolis. Topics covered: Hardwood floors, asbestos, paint stripping, and more hardwood floors. They even supplied our W.hat T.he Fail for the week: placing trim around boiler baseboard heaters. 

Resources:
EPA information about asbestos in the home: https://www.epa.gov/asbestos

Twin Cities based testing lab: https://www.emsl.com/

 

Profile blade for a paint scraper.

Toe nailing diagram.

 

W.hat T.he F.ail

A previous owner placed pine trim board over the top of the baseboard heaters. This is an aesthetic choice, but not a usual one, and it does cause the wood to dry out quite a bit. 

Pine trim installed around and above a baseboard heater.

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