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There’s something extremely satisfying about making upgrades to your home. But not everyone has the money to hire a professional to come in and do remodeling work. Fortunately, there is no shortage of simple, inexpensive home improvement projects that homeowners can do themselves. Here are just a few of them.
A front door refresh
Your front door starts to look pretty bad after a number of years but it happens so gradually that you don’t notice it. But you will notice how bad it’s gotten once you repaint it. This is a simple project you can do in an hour or so. A fresh coat of paint on your front door will make it look like new and will add a lot of curb appeal to your property.
A backsplash for your kitchen is a sensible home upgrade that is not only functional but adds to the aesthetic appeal as well. Cutting and installing a tile backsplash is too big a project for the average homeowner. Fortunately there’s an alternative that involves using a peel-and-stick backsplash. Not only is it easy to install but it’s easy to remove and replace with a new one if you get bored with it.
New bathroom fixtures
For a few hundred bucks and a few hours of your time, you can swap out all of the faucets and shower heads in your bathrooms. While you’re at it, you can get a new sink fixture in the kitchen as well. Shiny new shower heads and sink fixtures can make a world of difference and it’s within the average homeowner’s skillset.
Replace light fixtures
Installing new lighting is another fun home improvement project you should be able to do without much difficulty and without spending a fortune. The light fixtures that usually come with a home tend to be pretty bland so replacing them with some new ones can add a lot of visual interest. In addition to replacing existing light fixtures you can add some lighting as well. Installing under-the-cabinet task lighting in the kitchen is a smart upgrade that will make your kitchen more functional.
Accessorize your cabinets and drawers
Can’t afford to replace your cabinets? It’s surprisingly expensive. Though it won’t be as dramatic a change, you can improve the look of your cabinets and drawers by simply swapping out the hardware. New pulls, latches, and knobs shouldn’t cost much at all and all you need is a few minutes and a trusty screwdriver and you can freshen up the look in your kitchen and/or bathrooms.
Install baseboard heater covers
Want to make an older home look more modern? Installing sleek baseboard heater covers on old baseboard radiators instantly transforms a space. You can buy covers by the foot for relatively cheap and they can usually just snap into place on most radiators so installation is a breeze and doesn’t require any tools.
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.