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2 · SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2017 TRIB TOTALMEDIA Slide radiant heat under floor Dear James: I need an extra bedroom for my kids. It will be built on a slab and utilize floor radiant heating. I would like to install hardwood flooring over it. Is this OK over a heated slab? —Carrie K. Dear Carrie: Building a room addition on a concrete slab is the least expensive construction method and a good choice for your new bedroom. Your children will be pleasantly surprised at how comfortable the radiant heated floor will be during cold winter nights. You can install hardwood flooring over it. The radiant floor heat is ideal for a bedroom because it is totally silent. Also, for children, who often have allergies, the stillness of the air reduces airborne allergens and minimizes indoor humidity level changes. This is also good for hardwood flooring. When installing hardwood flooring over a radiant heated slab, you should follow certain guidelines for a long-lasting, attractive floor. The floor does not get extremely hot, but even small changes in the temperature of the hardwood can affect it. Hardwood flooring, even though it is finished with urethane, is a hygroscopic material because it is porous. This means that it will expand and shrink as it absorbs and releases moisture. An additional problem is when it swells and then later releases the moisture (during drier winter air), it sometimes warps and curls as it shrinks. To avoid these potential problems, it is extremely important to make sure the concrete slab is fully cured before progressing with the installation of the flooring. Although concrete technically sets HERE’SHOW and does not dry to get hard, it still gives off moisture for many days. Leaving the windows open in the room during construction will hasten the drying. One simple method to test the dryness of a concrete slab is to tape two-foot square pieces of plastic film to several locations on the slab. After a day or two, check the pieces of film. If you find no moisture under them, the slab is probably dry enough to proceed with the installation of the hardwood floor. A vapor barrier should be installed over the slab to block any residual moisture from getting through to the flooring which will be installed on it. On top of this vapor barrier, install plywood underlayment to which the hardwood flooring will be nailed. When you get to this point, have the hardwood delivered and placed in the new room with the heat set to a normal temperature. Give the hardwood about a week to stabilize its moisture content with that of the heated room. Make sure to unwrap it so the room air can flow around it. Select narrow hardwood pieces. Widths in the two-inch range are ideal. If you install wider pieces, each one will shrink and growmore throughout the seasons and there are fewer gaps between them to absorb these size changes. Certain types of hardwood have more size stability than others. American Cherry and red and white oak are some of the more stable species. Finish the hardwood flooring with several coats of high-quality floor urethane. Send your questions to Here’s How, 6906 Royalgreen Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45244 or visit dulley.com. ByJames Dulley Creators syndiCate adno=6312735 Passion. Experience. Integrity. 119 Mulone Drive Sarver, PA 16055 724.295.9090 The faces of integrity at Passion. Experience. Integrity. 119 Mulone Drive Sarver, PA 16055 724.295.9090 The faces of integrity at Hutterer/Stahl Team Jack Hutterer / Joyce Hutterer Marilyn Stahl / Christine Meyer Lori Lux Tom Gaughan Stephanie Oswald Buffalo Twp. Worthington Borough 246 Ekastown Rd. Natrona Heights 2747 7th St. Rd. 226 Ekastown Rd. 2631 Kenview DIRECTIONS: From 56 bypass, turn onto Wildlife Lodge Rd, RT at the Y. At the top Wildlife, LT at Jerry’s Custard, LT onto route 780. House is 4th on the left. Please take another look. Many updates! It makes a big difference. Brand new carpet, new light fixtures, some fresh paint, & modernization of kitchen. Over 10 acres in Buffalo Twp. Extras include 3 well maintained outbuildings.A serene private pond for a little fishing boat. Gorgeous views from all sides. Some tillable acreage as well.A wonderful covered back porch to enjoy the scenery & lounge in hot tub which is in tip top shape! Outbuilding # 1 has a half bath, Outbuilding #2 used to be a blacksmith shop. Outbuilding #3 is a barn. They are all three in good shape. Do yourself a favor & take a fresh look at this one! Well-maintained, large 3 BR brick house w/ many amenities, located in quiet neighborhood. Good sized rooms throughout 2 story home including ample living room, w/ larger family room on main floor & huge game room on lower level. Nice sized master BR w/ private master bath equipped with shower. The roomy main bathroom includes a fullsize whirlpool bathtub. House has Pella windows., storage space. 2 car gar is equipped w/ professional shop, 5 HP air compressor, piped into garage. Outside patio in back of house is partially covered by large deck which is outside dining room. Great for entertaining. Incl are gas stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, 2 garage door openers,5 HP air compressor, shed. LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION!!! Super quick access to Rt. 28 can get you to downtown Pittsburgh FAST!! This home is much larger than it appears!! 4th bedroom has full bathroom & its own access to outside, could be used as an in-law suite, or home based business. Lots of counter & cabinet space in updated kitchen, newly refinished hardwood floors, first floor family room & owners suite, stone fireplace.There is so much to see! Did I mention the HUGE detached garage, above ground pool, & fenced in yard? Call me for a private tour! DIRECTIONS: Rt 28 N to exit 16, left on Rt. 908 to right on Ekastown to home on left. Lisa Zaremba 412-681-0514 $85,000 MLS# 1293167 304 E Ross St. Move-in perfect condition ranch home in Worthington with oversized 2 car attached garage! Lot is “L” shaped and driveway is split right down the middle. Perfect retirement or starter home. Lower level has 2 accesses and additional full bath. Lori Lux 724-316-3496 $189,000 MLS# 1277287 Stephanie Oswald 724-996-6139 $424,900 MLS# 1278737 Lower Burrell 2414 Buchanan Large 3 bedroom, brick ranch on a level double treed lot. Off street parking for 10-12 vehicles. DIRECTIONS: North on Freeport Rd turn Right on Burtner left on Buchanan House on the right TomGaughan 412-292-7905 $200,000 MLS# 1298935 Buffalo Twp. Bob Richardsen 724-826-0522 $155,000 MLS# 1302141 Lisa Zaremba OPEN HOUSE: WED,OCT.18•5PM-7PM Hutterer/Stahl Team 724-504-3858 $99,900 MLS# 1299537 Lower Burrell - Price Reduced OPENHOUSE:SUNDAY 11-1 OPEN HOUSE: SUNDAY 1-3 Bob Richardsen adno=6520999


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