A.Mel Hines responds: My floor protection method is as follows. It applies to hardwood floors in excellent condition. If the floors are in fair to poor condition, I don’t always go to these extremes.

First, I put down a 2-mil-thick plastic drop cloth. I butt the plastic right to the bottom of the shoe mold. I then tape it — half the tape on the mold, half on the plastic. I like to use 1 1/2-inch Scotch-brand Long Mask. It does not stick to the mold when removed, and does not leave a residue. Next, I put down 4x8 sheets of wafer board. This...

or Register to read the full article.