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If you’re planning a minor home remodel and you’ve got a little bit of experiences, chances are you can do much-if not all-of the work yourself and save some money while you’re at it. But if you’re planning a major home remodel, doing it yourself is going to cause you a whole lot of stress and it probably won’t save you any money at all. When doing a major home remodel, it’s crucial that you assemble the right team for the job. Here’s a look at some of the different professions in the industry and a guide for determining which of them you’ll need.
Think of the architect as the translator for you and the general contractor who speak two very different languages. What the architect will do is listen to you and your ideas for the remodeling project. The architect can also help you think through the design decisions. Most importantly, the architect takes your ideas and translates all of it into drawings that the general contractor can then use when the actual work begins. If your remodel entails knocking down walls or making any structural changes to your home, you’ll definitely want an architect. Expect to pay anywhere from 10 to 20% of the total cost of the project to the architect.
The general contractor is the person who oversees the entire project. They manage the schedule of the various workers and pull the necessary permits and they keep everything going according to plan. They’re also in charge of hiring any subcontractors that might be needed for the project such as plumbers or electricians. You’ll need a general contractor if the remodel will involve several different types of contractors. A general contractor will typically charge 25% of the cost of the project.
The kitchen-bath designer is the one that will help you make design decisions regarding countertops and major features such as the bath or shower. A kitchen/bath designer isn’t really a necessity for a remodel but if you’re having a hard time deciding on materials in the kitchen or bathroom and you can afford an extra 4-7% for the project, it may be worth it to hire one.
The purpose of the interior decorator is to make decisions regarding decorative style, color, furnishings, and other aesthetic considerations. While you never really have to have an interior decorator for a remodeling project, it can be the difference between a room that’s so-so and a room that looks sensational. They typically charge 5-20% of the cost of a project.
A renovation consultant is another non-necessity but it can be a good idea especially if it’s your first remodeling project or if you’re the type of person that likes a lot of hand holding throughout the course of the project. The renovation consultant helps you determine a budget and stay on budget and acts as the liaison between you and the general contractor. They charge no more than 5% of the total cost of the project.
Measure the height from the floor to the top of the metal wall plate.
Follow our guide for baseboard heater cover measurement:
Any baseboard larger than 7 3/8" (188 mm) will be compatible with our standard cover.
Any measurement greater than 9 3/8" (238 mm) will fit our tall cover.
Measure from the bottom of the finned tube heating element to the top of the metal wall plate,
A measurement of 5 1/2" to 6 3/4" (140 mm – 172 mm) will fit our standard cover.
A measurement of 7 1/2" to 8 3/4" (191 mm – 222 mm) will fit our tall cover.
Measure the distance from the wall or the metal wall plate attached to the wall, to the outside of the finned tube heating element.
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" (76 mm) inches from the wall will fit our
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" (76 mm) inches from the wall will fit our tall cover.
EZ Snap™ Wall Widgets are used when your old or existing wall back plate has been removed or if you have to hang your new cover 1 inch or higher to bring them up to a height that will fit our installation guidelines. Just measure your overall desired height, subtract 1", drill a hole, preferably in a stud and attach it to the wall with the included screw.
EZ Snap™ Floor Fidgets easily raise your new covers ¾ inch to compensate for any ¾ inch floor (wood, tile, or other) that has been installed any time since your baseboard heater was originally installed. May be used for any reason when the overall height has been shortened and the total height is less than 7-½ inches for standard height or 9-½ inches for the TALL height EZ Snap™ BaseBoard Covers. Just use the self-tapping screws to secure them to the top of your existing wallplate.
EZ Snap™ Wall Contraptions are used when your wall back plate has been completely removed. EZ Snap™ Wall Contraptions receives your EZ Snap™ BaseBoard Cover and keeps your aluminum fin tube from sagging. These completely replace your wall back plate. To install, slide up from the bottom and make sure the top is at your desired height. Screw to the wall, then bend the front finger up to hold the fin tube in place.
Measure from wall to wall and subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 2 flush to wall end caps.
Measure the overall length of the existing unit with ends attached then subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 2 Closed or Open-end caps.
Measure from the corner to the end of the unit with ends attached then subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 1 Closed or Open-end & 1 flush to wall end cap.
Measure the left side from corner A to corner B (see diagram). Then subtract 3 inches for the 90 degree inside corner, then subtract another ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) Repeat for the right side if also wall to wall. You need to subtract a total of 3½ inches from each side that is wall to wall. Choose your end caps.
Measure the left side from the corner of the wall to the end of the unit with ends caps. Then subtract 3 inches for the 90 degree inside corner, then subtract another ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) Repeat for the right side. You need to subtract a total of 3½ inches from both left and right sides. Choose your end caps.
L-Shaped outside radiators ending in the middle of the wall:
Measure from outside corner of the wall A to the end of the radiator unit with end caps attached B, then subtract ½" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Measure from outside corner of the wall to the corner of the wall, then subtract 1/2" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Left leg - measure from the corner out to the end of the radiator subtract 3" for the corner and ½ (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Center leg - measure from corner to corner and subtract 3" for each corner a total of 6"
Right leg - measure from the corner out to the end of the radiator subtract 3" for the corner and ½" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.).
We recommend that you order covers a little longer than normal and cut them on site, as there are many opportunities for mistakes in measuring and installation. By cutting on site you can fit and cut to fit. The covers can be cut with a good quality jigsaw and a fine metal cutting blade.
Now that you’ve learned how to measure baseboard heaters,
you’re ready to order.