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Depending on your skill level, a DIY project can range from smaller jobs that can be done in a weekend or even a day to large remodels that take weeks or months. People consider DIY home improvement for all kinds of reasons. Most enjoy rolling up their sleeves and doing the work themselves and many do it to save money. But if you aren’t careful, a DIY project could end up costing more than you anticipate and you may regret not hiring a professional to begin with. The key is to create and stick to a budget.
Creating a budget
Before you can create a budget, you’ll need to do a lot of research regarding the project you’re considering. Make sure you fully understand the scope of the project and all it entails. Do research into the materials that you’ll need for the project and don’t forget to also include the cost of any special tools that you don’t already have into the estimated cost. When creating a budget, estimate high so that you’re more likely to spend less than you anticipated rather than more.
Preparing for contingencies
Ideally, the home improvement project will be completed without any setbacks but you should always plan for something to go wrong. As you begin work, you may uncover some damage or problem you didn’t know about previously or you may find that the project will require tools or materials you hadn’t considered so you should set an additional 15% of your budget aside just to be safe. Best case scenario, there are no setbacks and your project is under budget. Worst case scenario, there are setbacks but you’re prepared to incur the additional costs.
Stretching your budget
There are good ways you can stretch your budget and bad ways. Don’t use inferior tools or materials to save money because your finished project will be of poor quality. However, that doesn’t mean you always have to use premium materials. Granite or marble countertops in the kitchen or bathroom, for instance, are extremely expensive while quartz is much cheaper and just as durable. You know what you can afford so plan accordingly.
Stick to your plan
The number one reasons that home improvement projects go over budget is homeowners changing their minds. Before work began, you should have had a clear plan in place and you should stick to that plan throughout the course of the project even if new and exciting ideas occur to you afterwards.
Bring in the pros
Finally, you need to recognize your own limitations when it comes to DIY. There are some projects you should never even attempt to do yourself such as electrical, plumbing, and roofing work since these require a license and it may not be legal to do so. But there are some projects that you shouldn’t do even if you’re allowed to if you don’t feel you have the necessary skills or tools. You’re sure to go over budget if you attempt a project beyond your skill level and have to bring in a pro to correct your mistakes and 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.