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DIY renovations might seem like the best way to go if you’re hoping to save a few bucks but so many homeowners who try it end up with a lot of regrets. In fact, there’s a good chance that a project that starts out as DIY ends up requiring a professional to come in and fix mistakes and do it right. Here are some tips for completing a DIY home improvement project without any regrets.
Do your research
Any good remodel starts with doing a lot of research. The internet is an invaluable resource as you begin to gather ideas and look at the pros and cons of various materials. However, you should also plan to visit home improvement stores and suppliers’ showrooms as well so you can see things in person and talk to people who are more knowledgeable than you are.
Conform to code
It’s important that your remodel complies with local building codes. If you’re doing any kind of work that requires a permit, it will be your job to find out what permit(s) you need and obtain them. Typically, if you are hiring a contractor, he or she will take care of the necessary paperwork, but if you’re going to DIY then you need to find out how to do it yourself.
You never want to just wing it when it comes to remodeling your home. It will take much longer than expected and cost more than expected. You need to plan out every aspect of the project before work even begins so that things can go as smoothly as possible. Write out a list of everything that needs to happen and in what order.
Buy quality materials
Cheap materials might be the best for your bank account in the short term, but they’ll cost you more in the long run. Cheaper materials tend to be less durable and will need to be replaced sooner. They’re also less eco-friendly. Since you’re already saving money by not hiring a contractor, invest some of those savings into better materials.
You can’t measure enough times. Home improvement materials can be costly and if you cut the wrong size, you can end up wasting a lot of money. So measure everything at least twice just to be safe.
Have extra money set aside
The one thing every home remodeling project has in common is that it costs more than planned. There are almost always setbacks or unforeseen problems in the course of the project that couldn’t have been predicted. If your budget is set for the lowest possible cost, these setbacks can cause you to run out of money mid-project. It’s better to plan for an extra 15% in your budget for contingencies.
Create an oasis
No matter how carefully you’ve planned, you’re going to reach a point during the project where you’re just tired of it all and want to escape. When your home is transformed into a construction site you need at least one area in your home where you can escape to. So set up an oasis somewhere in your home. Make it a place where you can do something that relaxes you such as reading a book or watching a television show.
Invest in the future
If DIY work is something you enjoy, then you may as well invest now in some high quality tools. The right tools will make your current project go a lot more smoothly and they’ll surely come in handy in the future as well.
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.