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You’ve heard of caffeine addictions or gambling addictions, TV addictions and even social media addictions, but what about an addiction to home improvement-not the show, actual home improvement projects? Americans spend an estimated $140 billion each year on home improvement so it’s safe to say that many Americans do have a problem. If you’ve always suspected yourself of being among the home improvement addicts, here are some tell-tale signs that will confirm it.
You see potential, not a mess
Whether it’s your home, a home you’re considering purchasing, or any home you happen to enter, you’re too focused on what the home could be that you don’t even notice its flaws. That’s because home improvement addicts know that virtually any problem can be solved with a can-do attitude.
You don’t care what others think
You don’t remodel to make your home more attractive to guests or the neighbors who see it every day. You don’t remodel because it adds value to your home or will make it easier to sell (though those are some added incentives). You undertake remodeling projects because you like to and you enjoy watching your home transform.
You love your home as you love your own children
You would just as soon abandon your child as move out of your home. Sure it has problems (talking about homes now) but you’ve put so much of yourself into it that you can’t bear the thought of leaving. The Home improvement obsessed will do just about anything to stay in the home they’ve put so much into.
HGTV is on 24/7
Television networks that give you home remodeling tips and ideas like HGTV or DIY are always on in your home-they’re the only channels that really matter. It’s your source of inspiration and a daily reminder that there’s still more work to be done in your home and you’re the one to do it.
You make excuses to visit home improvement stores
Sure you could buy a candy bar at any convenience or grocery store but Lowes and Home Depot have them at the cash register too and there were a few other things you wanted to look at while you were there. There are two types of people: people who only go to home improvement stores because they need something and people who go for the ambiance.
Your home is always under construction
Home improvement is your way of life and you wouldn’t have it any other way. You’re constantly thinking of new ways to make your home a better fit for your family’s needs.
A home improvement addiction can be as problematic as any other addiction, especially in its potential to drain your bank account. Fortunately, there are so many easy, inexpensive DIY projects out there that you can satisfy your cravings without spending a fortune. If you’re itching for your next fix, upgrade your light fixtures or install a ceiling fan. Repaint your front room or hang some new curtains. Install baseboard heater covers. All of these projects are inexpensive but will give you what your crave: the chance to roll up your sleeves and work on improving your home.
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 use the self-tapping screws to secure them to the top of your existing wallplate.
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 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™ 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.