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When you handle your own remodel, you can save money, but you can also put yourself in the way of danger if you try to take on challenges too big for you. Consider your strengths, knowledge, and experience before taking on any DIY project, but especially those that involve heavy tools or machinery. With DIY projects on the rise, USA Today reported an increase in in-home injuries.
Homeowners trying to save money
President of the American College of Emergency Physicians Nick Jouriles, said he has seen "an increase in injuries from do-it-yourself projects in the past year, and . . . it’s probably the result of homeowners trying to save money in a struggling economy." However, inexperienced homeowners who attempt to take on projects they aren’t qualified for can end up costing them money in the long run-either in projects that need redone or in emergency room bills.
Stories of DIY injuries are pouring in
On Angie’s List, a website where customers can post reviews of contractors, a member poll showed that injuries ranged from "being hit in the eye by a falling hammer" to "slicing off half a thumb with a carpet cutter." One member recounted a story of needing a doctor to remove a nail out of his arm with pliers after the man accidentally shot himself with a nail gun.
Though there aren’t any organizations tracking do-it-yourself injury trends, the anecdotes keep rolling in. For instance an Akron-based emergency physician said he recently treated a man who had fallen off a ladder while fixing his roof. When asked why he hadn’t hired a professional to make the repairs, the man said he was trying to cut costs.
Another physician named Arlo Weltage said he saw a man "die from a brain injury after falling off a ladder while cleaning the gutter." Even when a task sounds simple, it might be better to let the experts take a hand. Weltage said, "A lot of these things are well-intentioned and not necessarily difficult, but unfortunately we see a lot of these [injuries]."
Weigh risks and benefits carefully
Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s education research center Jacqueline Agnew said, "There’s no cost saving that’s going to make it worth risking a serious disability," so homeowners should weigh their risks and benefits carefully before making a final decision.
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The holiday season is approaching faster than expected, and the clock is ticking to get your home ready to host family gatherings. But cleaning isn’t the only thing you should be thinking about. With family members congregating in your home, this is also the perfect time to upgrade and liven up that space. Use a few of these easy upgrades for your home during the holidays to get you started.
With winter fast approaching, our baseboard heaters have become an essential part of our everyday comfort. However, despite how much we need them to keep us warm amidst frigid temperatures, they could become a hazard for younger family members. As such, you must take additional steps to childproof your baseboard heating systems to prevent a tragic accident from occurring.
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.