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Gaps in Wood Floors

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    LESLIE: Glenda, you’ve got The Money Pit. How can we help you today?

    GLENDA: Hi. Yes, my boyfriend bought me a wonderful house.
    LESLIE: (overlapping voices) Yay.
    TOM: (overlapping voices) OK, that’s a great boyfriend.
    GLENDA: And we’ve pulled up all the old carpet. We have great wood floors but now we also have gaps underneath all the doors in the house.
    TOM: Right.
    GLENDA: So I’m trying to find a way that we can close the gaps without replacing the doors because they’re really great doors.
    TOM: What kind of heating system do you have, Glenda?
    GLENDA: Forced air.
    TOM: Forced hot air? OK. And do you have centralized return ducts; like a big duct in the middle of the hall?
    LESLIE: (overlapping voices) In the hallway?
    GLENDA: Yes, we do.
    TOM: Well, you should …
    LESLIE: You’re going to want to keep that.
    TOM: You should keep those gaps. That’s your return air path.
    LESLIE: Well, before it was for clearance for the carpeting.
    TOM: (overlapping voices) Yeah, but it’s – yeah.
    GLENDA: (overlapping voices) Yes.
    LESLIE: (overlapping voices) Now that the carpeting is out, you need that air circulation to get to that main return in the hallway; otherwise, you’re going to have to keep the doors ajar.
    TOM: Yeah, it’s a good thing for that reason but the other thing is there’s no way to extend those. I mean we could tell you how to take the doors out and rehang them and put them down lower but that would be a complete waste of time.
    GLENDA: Oh, no; the doors are so beautiful though and …
    TOM: Yeah. Well, how much of a gap are we talking about here? What do you got; like an inch-and-a-half?
    GLENDA: Inch-and-a-half or more.
    TOM: That’s not so much. (Glenda chuckles) See, you think that when people walk into your house, Glenda, they go, “Oh, it’s a nice house. Oh, my God, look at those gaps!”
    LESLIE: (overlapping voices) “Look at those gaps.”
    TOM: Nobody really notices them except for you.
    GLENDA: That’s probably true, probably true.
    TOM: (chuckling) Alright.
    GLENDA: So if anyone says anything, I’m just going to tell them that you told me it’s great for air flow.
    LESLIE: It is.
    TOM: That’s right. You tell them that.
    GLENDA: OK. Well, thank you so much for your help and keep up the good work. I love your show.
    TOM: Very nice of you to say. Thanks so much for calling us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.

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