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Not many homeowners look forward to the task of repainting their home’s interior. Whether you’re repainting your entire home, one room, or a single accent wall, the task may seem daunting and you find yourself putting it off. Painting is one home improvement project that many designers say homeowners can do themselves to save some money. Painting doesn’t have to be painful, but to do it right you need to first make sure that you have all the right materials such as brushes, rollers, paint trays, painter’s tape, clean up rags, and drop cloths (to keep the paint off everything that shouldn’t have paint on it). Got that out of the way? Here are five tips to take the "pain" out of painting.
Lights on, lights off
A major mistake homeowners make is choosing a paint color solely by looking at a photo or swatch. It’s important to keep in mind that a color can look drastically different under a bright light or in a dark room so don’t forget to take into account how a color will look in the room you’re painting when the lights are on and when they’re off.
Timing is everything
Aim to paint in the late spring, summer, or early fall. Though the fumes from painting aren’t toxic, they can be overwhelming. If you’re painting on a warm, sunny day you can throw open the windows and open up the doors and get some fresh air circulating through your home while you work.
Prepare for everything
If you want to get perfectly straight lines and have a professional looking finish, you’ll want to do a fair amount of preparation before you even dip that paint brush or roller the first time. Use tape (painter’s tape is ideal) to mask off your painting area and ensure straight lines. Painter’s tape is designed to not let paint seep through it and it removes easily without tearing when the paint is dry to reveal a professional looking finish.
Make it fun
Have a family? Get the spouse and kids involved (just make sure the kids are painting somewhere near the center of a wall and not around the edges. It gives them a sense of ownership of the home and makes the project more fun. No family around? Invite over a close friend or two (just don’t be surprised if you end up with more paint on you than you otherwise would have). If all else fails, create a playlist with your favorite music and jam out while you work.
Revel in the results
There are always more projects to tackle but take a little time after completing the painting project, even if it’s just one room, to enjoy the results. Just sit back for an hour or two in your freshly painted room and give yourself a pat on the back.
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Not every home baseboard radiator has standard dimensions. Learn the steps to installing a long baseboard radiator cover and persist through the challenge.
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.