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Carpet Padding

What is the difference between Memory foam padding and Frothed polyurethane padding?

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There's a whole lot to know about carpet padding!  Short answer to you question is that frothed padding is pretty dense and durable, but memory foam is kind of squishy.  That squishy foam may feel good on a mattress but for carpet, it doesn't support it well and all that extra flexing will cause more wear and tear on the carpet.

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Installing Ceramic Tile Over Asbestos

Our new 1960s old home has a full basement but is unfinished. The previous owners had carpet down there but removed it due to a damp spring. After removal, they place 1/4 inch cement board, and did it without adhering it to the floor. I would like to utilize this cement board and install 12x12 ceramic tiles. After inspecting what was under neath the cement board, I found asbestos tile. How can I adhere the board to the floor l, without disturbing the asbestos? Glue? Hammer drill screws? Both ?

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Adhering ceramic tile to a solid floor is really important and the assembly you describe gives me some concern.  The best approach would be to remove the cement board, properly remove the asbestos tile, and then adhere the ceramic tile to the original floor.

A less expensive alternative would be to leave the cement board in place, and then add a laminate or engineered hardwood floor on top of that. These type of floors are "floating" floors and installing either laminate or engineered hardwood would be a durable choice.

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Ceiling Fans for Heating and Cooling

What direction should the blades turn during warm months and cold months? I was always told that the blades push the air down during warm months and pull air up during cold months.

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Most people don't know that you can use a ceiling fan in both the winter and summer months.  During the winter, set your ceiling fan to turn clockwise to move rising warm air, down into your room. When the weather heats up, set the fan to turn counter-clockwise for a cooling breeze.