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Home renovation is an exhausting and expensive task. If you’re going to invest so much time and money into renovating your home, the payoff better be good. That’s why it’s particularly distressing when a home renovation project doesn’t go as planned. You’re out time and money and you don’t have much to show for it. Here are five tips that can help you avoid a home renovation disaster.
1. Consider return on investment (ROI)
Not all remodeling projects are equal when it comes to return on investment. Of course, if you’re planning on staying in your home for many years to come and you’re remodeling to make your home more in accordance with your personal taste, then there’s no such thing as a bad remodeling project. But if you plan to sell in the next little while, you’ll want to consider return on investment. For instance, if you add a new bathroom, you can expect to pay around $40,000 for the remodel and you can expect to recoup about half of that when you sell your home. A minor kitchen remodel, on the other hand, will recoup about 83% of its cost when it’s time to sell.
2. Create a budget
One of the biggest disasters that befalls homeowners in the middle of a remodel is running out of funds. This is bound to happen when you don’t set a firm budget, including a contingency of 15%, before beginning. Costs have a tendency to creep up and up during a project and there’s bound to be one or two nasty surprises during the course of the remodel. If you had a realistic budget and you planned a contingency budget into your calculations, you’ll have the funds to see the project to completion.
3. Research contractors
Nothing can ruin a remodeling project like a contractor who doesn’t know what he’s doing. It’s crucial that you do your research carefully and hire the right contractor(s) for the job. If their trade requires a license, ask to see proof that they are licensed. Ask if they belong to a professional trade association as that’s typically a good indicator that they’re experienced and professional. You can check with the BBB to make sure that a contractor doesn’t have a bad reputation in the area. Finally, don’t hesitate to ask for recommendations from people who’d had renovation work done.
4. Secure any necessary permits
Home renovation permits protect both your home and your safety. Most major renovation projects are going to require that you obtain a permit (or permits) from the city. A permit ensures that any renovations are in accordance with local building codes. Communicate with your contractor to determine who will be responsible for obtaining necessary permits, you or the contractor.
5. Understand price/quality tradeoffs
When selecting products for a remodel, there’s always a tradeoff between price and quality. On the one hand, you don’t want to automatically go with all of the cheapest products or you’ll have a poor quality remodel. On the other hand, your budget may not stretch very far if you’re selecting the most expensive materials every time either. If you’ve selected a good contractor, he should be able to help you determine a good balance between cost and quality.
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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.