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DIY remodeling can be an excellent way to stretch your remodeling budget and get the most out of your investment. But if you’re not careful, what you save by not hiring a contractor you can lose in costly mistakes, damage to your home, or an emergency room visit. In fact, many DIY remodeling projects end up costing more than they would if the homeowner had just hired a professional in the first place. The following tips will help you cost DIY costs down and help you avoid damage to your property or injury to yourself.
Choose the right projects
To have a successful DIY project, you have to start with the right kind of project. Home improvement television networks make even the most difficult jobs look easy through the magic of video editing but larger projects almost never go smoothly. The perfect DIY project is one that doesn’t require specialized training or a license to do it. Knocking down walls, installing flooring, messing around with plumbing or electrical wiring are projects to avoid. Better projects to consider would be upgrading light fixtures, refacing kitchen cabinets, tiling your own backsplash, or installing baseboard radiator covers. Even novice DIYers should with a few basic tools and a little time spent watching video tutorials online should be able to accomplish these projects.
Use the right tools
Some remodeling projects require special tools that the average homeowner won’t have in their possession. When that is the case, you shouldn’t attempt to make do with whatever you do have on hand. Using the wrong equipment will often result in inferior workmanship and you may end up having to call in a professional to redo everything correctly. Using improper equipment can also result in personal injury. If a job does require special equipment, you can compare the cost of buying or renting it versus just hiring someone who already has everything necessary to complete the job. Often the latter ends up being less expensive over all.
Take your time
It’s easy to get carried away when doing home improvement projects and homeowners are understandably anxious to get it over with quickly to enjoy the fruits of their labors. But the more you rush a remodel, the more likely things are to go wrong. Quick work often means sloppy work. Taking shortcuts could also risk personal injury. When researching how to do a given project, opt for the slow and careful approach at every step. Measure twice and cut once as the saying goes and force yourself to work at a slow and deliberate pace.
Before you undertake any remodeling project, you must thoroughly research what it will entail. Don’t use television programs to justify a project that in actuality is very difficult. Once you have done the research, you can ask yourself if it’s something you can reasonably do alone. If you have any doubts about your ability to successfully complete a project, check your pride and reconsider bringing in a pro. There’s no shame in being realistic about your own abilities.
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.