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Ask any realtor and they’ll tell you that the kitchen, more than any other room in the house, sells the property. For whatever reason, the kitchen is the first room in the home to appear dated. If you’ve fallen out of love with your kitchen, or if you never liked it to begin with, you don’t necessarily have to buy a new home to get the kitchen you’ve always dreamed of. You can create it by remodeling. Since the kitchen tends to be the most difficult room to remodel, however, you need to adopt a cautious approach to this project. Here are some tips for moving forward with your kitchen remodel.
Think about what you want your new kitchen to look like
The best part of preparing for a kitchen remodel is in the early stages when you’re dreaming about all the things your new kitchen can be. Visit home improvement stores and browse the internet for inspiration. Some of the most common upgrades that homeowners consider for their kitchens are new flooring, a new paint job, new cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and new countertops. Make a wish list of everything you’d like to do in your kitchen.
Think about costs and how you’ll finance it
Before you get too carried away with your dreams, you have to ground yourself with a dose of reality: how much is all this going to cost? You can do some of your own research to get a sense of how much different projects in a kitchen remodel cost. You may also want to start talking to contractors about your ideas and to get an idea of the associated costs. This step isn’t as fun since you’ll need to prioritize your wish list and you may need to cross some things off altogether depending on your budget. You’ll also need to think about how you’re going to pay for it. Ideally you can pay out-of-pocket but many homeowners will use credit cards, a personal loan, or a home equity line of credit or second mortgage to finance a kitchen remodel.
Think about the future
Life is unpredictable but do your best to look a few years down the road and think about where you’ll be then. Is there a good chance you’ll be moving out? If so, you need to take that into account when you remodel your kitchen. If you’re in your current home for the long haul, you can remodel your kitchen however you like with no thought about return on investment. But if you’re going to sell, you want to think more carefully about which upgrades are going to appeal to the most people so you can get a good return on your investment.
Think about the neighborhood
What does my neighborhood have to do with my kitchen remodel, you ask. If you sink $100,000 into a luxurious kitchen remodel, your home will suddenly be more valuable than any other on the block, and that isn’t necessarily a good thing since you’ll rarely get a good return on your investment when you drive up your home’s value higher than the other properties around it.
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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.