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There’s no shortage of home improvement advice out there. Thanks to the prevalence of DIY and home improvement networks on television, many homeowners are anxious to try their hand at some home remodeling and they’ll often turn to those same networks and the internet for some pointers. While a lot of the advice is good, there’s some you’d be better of ignoring. Here are a few of the latter.
Tearing down a wall is no big deal
It can be tempting to open up a space by knocking down a wall or two now that open floor plans are so valued. But just because you see them knocking down walls on HGTV doesn’t mean you should do it. Some walls are just closing off a space while others are structural, which means they’re load bearing and it’s not always easy to tell which is which. If you tear down a wall that you assume isn’t structural and it turns out it is, it can introduce some serious problems regarding the structural integrity of your home. You should always consult an architect before making any decisions regarding wall removal or other structural changes.
Update according to what’s trending
Don’t assume that just because something is trendy or popular that that means it’s going to help your home sell for a higher price. Your first concern should be making choices based on what’s appropriate for your needs and not what’s currently in style. Besides, trends come and go from month to month. What’s trending right now may seem outdated or even ugly a couple years down the road when you’re trying to sell.
Historic homes need to be modernized
Sure some homeowners will appreciate a more modern home as opposed to the quirkiness that comes with older, historical homes. But modernizing a historical home is one of the worst things you can do. Unless you plan on staying in your home forever, you should think twice before tearing out original woodwork or that claw-foot bathtub. Often, these kinds of changes can result in an interior style that doesn’t match the home’s exterior and a home that just doesn’t match the character of the neighborhood. That makes your home an outlier and decreases its value. To modernize an old home, think of temporary measures. For instance, if you’ve got some old rusty baseboard radiators and want a more modern look, invest in a snap on covering that can easily be removed if you decide to sell.
Replace worn-out wood floors with something easier to clean
Would you reupholster your expensive leather sofa with canvas? Of course not, but so many homeowners tear up old hardwood flooring in favor of laminate flooring because it’s easier to clean. Remember that the older the hardwood, the higher quality it is. If the hardwood is in bad shape and needs to be replaced, then replace it with a new hardwood floor.
Always use most expensive materials
You’ve most certainly heard this advice before. The reasoning is that the most expensive materials or products must be the best but that isn’t always the case. In fact, it’s often not the case. There will be times when it’s better to go with a pricier option and there will be times where an outrageously expensive material is the wrong choice because it won’t pay off.
Follow what your gut tells you
Sure it’s your home and you can do with it whatever you want. But you shouldn’t base all of your decisions entirely on your own preferences especially if there’s a chance your home won’t be your home forever. Weigh the pros and cons for each decision and use your brain in addition to your gut.
You can always DIY
Just because you saw someone do it on HGTV doesn’t mean you can do it. There are many instances where you can save some money by doing the work yourself. But there are also many jobs that you’re sure to mess up and in those cases, you end up spending a lot more by attempting to do it yourself and then having to hire a professional to undo your work and then do it right.
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.