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Forum topic by MrsN posted 04-10-2015 04:05 PM 640 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-10-2015 04:05 PM

My house is heated with electric baseboard heaters, I want to build a wall of bookshelves but am not quite sure what to do about the heaters.
Can I make the base of the bookshelf a little wider then “normal” and mount the baseboard heaters to the front?

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#1 posted 04-10-2015 04:12 PM

Sure you can. My only concern would be the contents of the bookshelf getting more heat than they would like. Further it will require rewiring the baseboard heaters or at least splicing in additional wire.

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#2 posted 04-10-2015 04:26 PM

Yes. But code says you aren’t supposed to have a junction box buried where you can’t access it so you might have to leave the bottom shelf loose so it can removed easily or a longer piece of wire from the line side installed from the panel.

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#3 posted 04-10-2015 07:01 PM

You can also get base board heaters with lower density elements.
Reduces the heat output but sometimes solves problems with heat sensitivity of adjacent materials.

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#4 posted 04-10-2015 07:31 PM

Start the bookshelves above the heaters? Hang them off a french cleat system maybe….

Maybe build out a little grill system under them so that the heat still flows readily out, but it still looks like part of the bookshelf.


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#5 posted 04-10-2015 08:43 PM

Use common sense.

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