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Unless you’re just doing a few simple DIY projects like installing baseboard radiator covers or doing some interior painting, you’re most likely going to have to hire a contractor or two. Large-scale projects might even entail bringing in a general contractor who will hire a number of subcontractors with various specialties. With so many strangers coming and going inside your home for a few days or even weeks, it’s important that you as the homeowner take some precautions to protect yourself and your property. Here are a few tips.
Don’t hire just anybody
Your top priority should be to carefully select your contractor(s). There are a few things you can do to limit the chances of hiring a dishonest person who will take advantage of you. First you should make sure that the contractor has a license to do the kind of work they do. Checking their BBB rating is another smart idea. Make sure the contractor is well-established in the community-that they’ve been in business for at least a few years and have a good reputation. Company logos on uniforms or vehicles is a good sign that it isn’t a fly-by-night operation.
Get the necessary permits
Obtaining the necessary permits from the city will ensure that your remodel adheres to local building codes. A reputable contractor will take care of all this for you but it’s a good idea to verify yourself that any necessary permits have been obtain before work begins. Failure to do so could mean further remodels down the road to be in compliance and it could negatively impact the value of your home when you try to sell it. Jobs that typically require a permit include additions, anything involving electrical or plumbing work, and anything related to HVAC but there may be others based on where you live.
Be careful how you pay
A good rule to live by when paying a contractor is to never pay too much up front and never pay with cash. It’s very unlikely you can get your money back when you pay with cash and the contractor doesn’t complete the work to your satisfaction. If you paid with check or credit card, however, you can often call and cancel the check through the bank or dispute a charge through your credit card company. By only paying a small percentage up front and the rest in installments, you provide incentive to the contractor to keep his/her end of the deal.
Ask about insurance
Most states require contractors to have insurance. This protects your property from any accidental damage and it prevents you from being liable for any injuries that might occur on your property during the remodel. If a contractor can’t supply proof of insurance, then it isn’t worth the risk.
Keep records of everything
Finally, keep a record of all written correspondence between you and the contractor. You should also have a copy of the contract you signed with the contractor that details the specific materials that will be used and an estimated timeframe and cost for the project. Receipts from materials orders as well as any permits that were required are other good things to have. You may end up not needing any of it but if there’s a dispute, you’ll be glad you have a written record to look back on.
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.