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What may start out as a simple project to install new countertops or paint the trim can quickly escalate into a full-blown renovation project that might ultimately take over your house. And once headed down this path, you may be in for years of off-again on-again renovation that is never quite completed.
Baseline knowledge needed for DIY remodeling
Duo Dickinson is an architect and an author and he warned, "If you’re going to take a hands-on approach, you really have to have a certain baseline knowledge." Otherwise, your renovation could turn into the project that never ends. You should also be flexible enough to realize that remodeling involves setbacks, workarounds, and unexpected expenses. Time tables need to be fluid in order to take this into account and homeowners who once begin the home improvement project should be prepared to change their plans on a moment’s notice.
Put aside contingency funds
When you begin, make sure you have a good idea of your budget, but set aside extra for contingency plans as well. And once you have a little put away "just in case," put away a little extra again. You can’t have too much in savings. Abby Adams is co-author of "Love Where You Live: At Home in the Country" and she counseled homeowners the following: "Try to economize on the things that are not so important or visible and save your money for things you’ll really see and enjoy." For instance, you might substitute synthetic wood for real wood because it’s cheaper but has the same natural look. You could also choose a cheaper alternative to custom cabinetry in order to have money for the fancier bathroom fixtures you want to have installed.
Check your dangers and keep to the code
Before any work gets underway, be sure you have your house checked for any potential dangers. Homes built more than 30 years ago might have lead paint or asbestos in the insulation and you’ll want to have those areas checked out by a licensed professional. You also don’t want to mess around with plumbing or wiring if you haven’t had experience with it before. There are specific building and construction codes that need to be followed that the average homeowner knows nothing about. Dickinson said, "You absolutely want to bring in a plumber or electrician or general contractor to make sure that every single thing that is going to be dealt with in your renovation is safe."
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There are specific things to remember no matter how easy a project is. Use these tips on changing baseboard heater covers to make the process run more smoothly.
When the time comes to replace your rusted and outdated baseboard heater cover, it isn’t often clear where you should begin with the process. For some, this project may seem confusing and can lead them to push it off. Learn how to measure and cut a steel baseboard heater cover; it’s really not as hard as you might think!
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.