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Whether you’re looking to do a major renovation project or just do some minor repairs around the house, do-it-yourself projects are a great way to save money. But what starts out as an attempt to save money can result in you actually spending even more than you would have if you had just hired a pro in the first place. If you haven’t done much DIY work in the past and you want to try your hand at it, here are some tips for starting out so you don’t end up costing yourself more than you save.
If you’re not very experience with DIY home improvement projects, then you should probably start with a smaller-scale project. Think installing a new front door as opposed to building a deck for the backyard or tiling a backsplash in the kitchen. Successfully completing a smaller project will give you the confidence to go on and try your hand at bigger ones but if you undertake a major project first and fail miserably, you may give up on DIY forever.
You need to start out with a clear idea about what you’re hoping to achieve. Then, start figuring out which materials, tools, and safety equipment you’re going to need. Figure out the step-by-stop process you’ll need to follow to complete the project correctly.
Follow instructions exactly
This might seem like a no-brainer but many homeowners skip steps they don’t understand or feel are unnecessary. This is a recipe for disaster. Find accurate step-by-step instructions for the project and follow those instructions to the letter.
Make a budget
Once you’ve calculated all of the materials and tools you’re going to need, create a budget that keeps track of the costs for all of these things. Figure out if a given project is going to work with your budget. It could be that a job will require many tools that you will never use again and so it makes more financial sense to hire a professional who already has the necessary tools.
Get required permits
Some projects, especially those that involve adding onto your home such as building a front porch or a deck in the backyard will require a permit for the city. Find out if the project you’re undertaking requires a permit in your city and then fill out the necessary paperwork to obtain any required permits.
Get licensed pros for jobs that require it
You should plan on hiring licensed professionals for any plumbing or electrical work and for any project that will require major structural changes to the home. All of these jobs require a license and doing them yourself without a license is not only dangerous but it may be illegal. You can still do the bulk of the project yourself if you want but bring in a licensed pro when it’s needed.
Consult with a contractor
For larger scale projects, you should always consult with a contractor no matter how confident you feel in your abilities. You can do the work yourself but it’s worth paying the contractor for a consultation. This will help the project to go more smoothly.
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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.