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For every home remodel that goes smoothly, there are several others that don’t. Most often, this is because homeowners fail to ask the right questions before undertaking a remodel. The following five questions are ones that every homeowner should ask before beginning a remodeling project.
Is it worth it?
Remodeling is nothing like what you see on TV. Through the magic of TV editing, major remodels are often made to look like a walk in the park. Before beginning work on any kind of project, homeowners need to take the time to carefully consider all that that project would entail. That means getting an idea of not just the cost but the timeframe. Homeowners must consider if the end product is worth the cost and the inconvenience that comes with living in a construction zone for days, weeks, or even months at a time. If the home no longer meets the family’s needs, they may want to consider moving or they might consider other creative ways that they can make the house they have work for them without extensive remodeling.
Which projects are worth the investment?
Some home improvement projects are safer investments than others. Before beginning a remodel homeowners should consider their long-term goals. If the home is where they plan to grow old, then the needs of the family and their personal preferences should be paramount. If, on the other hand, they plan to sell some day, then it’s important to consider the return on investment they can get with various projects.
DIY or hire?
Homeowners must also think about DIY versus hiring a professional. On the one hand, homeowners can save money and stretch their budget by doing the work themselves. On the other hand, not everyone is cut out for DIY remodeling and homeowners who attempt a project outside their abilities often end up losing money in the long run when they need to call in the pros to fix mistakes. Homeowners should consider the scope of the project and carefully evaluate whether they have the tools and know-how to do the job themselves. If DIY is a must, homeowners may want to consider simple projects like installing baseboard radiator covers or repainting rather than a major bathroom or kitchen remodel.
How will I finance it?
Many remodels fail because money runs out before the work is finished. Before work begins it’s important that homeowners have a clear plan to pay for it. Ideally, homeowners have set aside cash and plan to pay for everything out-of-pocket. Other options include a second mortgage, home equity line of credit, or personal loan.
How can I ensure it goes according to plan?
Homeowners can maximize the chances of a remodel going smoothly by taking plenty of time to plan out all the details of a remodel before starting. Carefully vet prospective contractors and get a detailed contract in writing. Finally, homeowners should plan for the remodel to go over-budget by setting aside extra money.
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.