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Old 09-26-2012, 11:57 AM   #1
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Want to install a narrow shelf above hot water baseboard heater...


Hi there! I want to install a 4" deep book display shelf above a hot water baseboard heater. I need it to be low -- partly because it's meant to hold the kids' books, and mostly because it would be installed on a half-wall that opens to the basement steps. If I were to install it higher than about 3" above the top of the heater, I'm afraid the kids might try to use it as a step to get over the wall... which would lead to a nasty fall. The shelf would be 8' long and located above 15% of the length of baseboard heater in this room. Any advice as to how close to the top of the heater I could install this without compromising the heater's ability to keep us warm? Thanks!

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15% of the heater isn't a deal breaker on the heat rising out of that baseboard...the books might take a hit,but the heat will just roll up and over the shelf.is the baseboard on an interior or perimeter wall?

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Thanks for your response! The baseboard is on an interior wall. So if the heat would just roll up and over, then would I be okay installing it just an inch or two over the heater?
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IMO..Shouldn't be a problem. Just increase your fire insurance. lol..just kidding
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Is this cast iron baseboard, or copper tube and finned baseboard.
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It's copper tubed and finned. The heater itself actually doesn't get very warm. I just don't want to keep it from doing its job.
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May dry out books being so close to baseboard. Could warp the bookshelf too, it will dry out the wood and paper. So no candles or sparks near the shelf. But no other real harm.
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Thanks so much! I'm planning on just setting the books we're planning to read for the week there, so nothing should be stored there long-term.
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what you could do instead of a shelf is a rail type book holder like in the book stores have,lenght of furring strip or even 2 finishing nails to hold each books up....at an angle.hang a fish net type fabric to drop the books in

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