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With spring in the air, many homeowners are itching to finally tackle that home improvement project that they’ve been putting off. Spring and summer is a great time for home improvement projects but it can be difficult, especially if there’s still young children at home. For families with kids, here are five home improvement projects that you can do to scratch the home improvement itch without creating too much stress for your family.
Repainting the home’s interior is one of the most cost effective ways to dramatically change the look of your home. Because you can complete an entire room in a single day, it’s a great project for families with kids because it won’t inconvenience anyone for too long. In order for a painting project to go smoothly, you’ll want to plan out the project and make sure you have plenty of paint and all the right materials before you start. With young children at home, you don’t want to have to stop mid-project to run out for more supplies. If the kids are old enough, they may even enjoy helping out. Just give them a section in the center of the wall being painted where they can’t make a mistake.
Is there a space in your home that your family never uses? Perhaps a formal dining room or a den or study? If so, why not turn it into something else that your family can actually make use of? You can turn the den into an arts/crafts room for you or a playroom for the kids. A formal dining area can be transformed into a breakfast nook or reading corner. These kinds of transformations don’t have to be expensive or even time consuming and they’re great projects for a young family with ever-changing needs.
Do you find yourself complaining that you wish there was carpet in the bedrooms? Or maybe you find yourself wishing that the beautiful hardwood in the kitchen could extend to the rest of the rooms on the main floor. Whatever your desires for your flooring, you don’t have to wait until the kids are older. In fact, making the change now can make your life with young children a lot easier.
As long as you have more than one bathroom in the home, a minor bathroom remodel can be a great project that won’t create too much of an inconvenience for the kids. If the bathroom you’re remodeling is for them, then it’s important to keep their needs in mind. Don’t go with a pedestal sink as you’re going to want plenty of storage space under the sink for storing bath toys and toiletries. Some shelves on the walls is another great way to create additional storage space.
Okay so this last one isn’t technically inside the home but it’s still home improvement because it increases the curb appeal of your home. What makes this home improvement project especially great is that you can involve children of all ages in the work. Don’t just set them to pulling up weeds. You can make it fun for them by teaching them about planting and by letting them plant something in the yard.
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.