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Home improvement can mean anything from swapping out cabinet hardware to adding a master suite to your home. But whether the project is big or small, home improvement projects have a tendency to hit unexpected roadblocks. There’s nothing you can do to completely prevent such things from happening to you but you can minimize the risk by paying attention to these home improvement do’s and don’ts.
Do plan in advance
Plan out every detail of the project before work begins. Get the plan on paper and have a schedule that you try to stick to. Your plans should be as specific and detailed as possible. Leave nothing to chance.
Don’t underestimate project costs
A lot of homeowners run out of money mid-project because they failed to create an accurate and realistic budget for the project. When estimating costs, always round up and assume the worst case scenario. Then place an extra 10-15% aside as a contingency for any unforeseen problems that might arise.
Do schedule everything
If you’ve got multiple contractors working on a project, know all of their schedules so they can be coordinated. Also track shipping estimates for appliances and other materials.
Don’t forget about building permits
If a project requires a building permit from the city, don’t just leave it to the contractor. Follow up and make sure any necessary permits are obtained before work begins so you know the work is being done according to code.
Do hire professionals when needed
Doing the work yourself is admirable but not always feasible. As a general rule, don’t try to do any work that requires a license on your own. If you need a plumber, hire a plumber. Same goes for electricians.
Don’t neglect to shop around
You might be surprised how much you can stretch your budget just by being patient as you shop around at home improvement stores. Look for things on sale and look for package deals when buying things like appliances. You can also ask haggle prices with the contractors. The worst they can do is say "no."
Do know the scope of the project
A mistake many homeowners make is underestimating the scope of a home improvement project. Make sure you know what you’re getting into before the project is underway. Make sure it’s really what you want.
Don’t create rooms that are too specific
A game room, music room, home theater room, or second kitchen might sound perfect for your family’s needs but it can severely limit the value of your home when it comes time to sell. If you plan to stay in your home for the long haul then by all means, do whatever you like.
Do splurge when necessary
There are times where you can stretch your budget by limiting expenses but don’t cut corners or settle for inferior materials where quality is needed. Better to pay a little more and have it done right the first time.
Are your old baseboard heaters worn and becoming an eyesore? It may be time to upgrade your home with decorative baseboard heater covers.
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.