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As a general rule, you should avoid doing any remodeling project that would ordinarily require a license. If you’re planning a bathroom remodel for instance, and your vision requires moving the shower to a different area, that’s going to require some serious plumbing work. If you do the plumbing wrong it can be disastrous. If your planned remodeling project requires a professional and you can’t afford the cost, better to try one of these easy and inexpensive home upgrades instead and save the other projects for when you can afford to do it right the first time.
A fresh coat of paint
Repainting your home’s interior is a project most homeowners can tackle alone. It’s not the easiest project on this list but it’s doable over the course of a few weekends. The key to a successful paint job is to have the right tools. Of course you’ll need a good, sturdy ladder and you’ll also want some good quality brushes, rollers, and paint. Choose a color that’s light and neutral so it’s easy to work with when it comes to decorating your freshly painted home. Some other materials that are a must are painter’s tape, plastic sheeting for protecting everything in the room that you can’t move, and paint trays.
Make sure you paint on a day that’s warm enough that you can open up all the windows to have plenty of ventilation. Have a playlist of your favorite music ready to go or enlist your friends and family to help.
Rearrange the furniture
This home upgrade is completely free since it involves moving things around that you already have and not purchasing new things. If your current layout of furniture has become stale for you, why not experiment with putting things in different place? It can give your home an entirely new look. If you’ve decided to repaint as recommended above, your furniture is going to be displaced anyways so it’s just a matter of putting things back in a new way.
Baseboard heater covers
You can quickly spruce up your baseboard heaters if they’re looking worn and dated by installing some snap-on baseboard heater covers. It’s a simple matter of measuring your heaters, ordering the covers for the specified lengths, and snapping them into place.
This is another upgrade that doesn’t cost you anything except your time. Go through and throw away or donate things you never use even if you tell yourself that someday you just might need them. Resist the urge to fill up every space with some little thing. Design your home around the larger pieces and keep accessories and smaller pieces to a minimum. Think creatively about how you can use unused space for additional storage.
Update your kitchen cabinets
Replacing your kitchen cabinets is expensive and requires a professional. But you can give your old cabinets a new look by re-facing them. Start by sanding them down and giving them a fresh coat of paint. Next swap out the cabinet hardware with something new and interesting.
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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.