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The thought of remodeling can seem like a lot of fun when you’re looking through pictures of successfully completed remodels in magazines or when you’re shopping at your favorite home improvement store and imagining all those wonderful things being inside your own home. But when it comes down to the actual work, the fun often evaporates. To turn dreams into reality takes a lot of careful planning. Successful project management is a must if you want a finished product you’ll be happy with. Here are some tips for successfully managing your next home remodel.
Make a list
Have a journal or binder in which you document all of your ideas. This is a good place to write down a list of products you’re interested in purchasing for the remodel as well as a place to write a to-do list of things that would need to be done during the course of the remodel.
Make sure everyone’s on the same page
When a project is going to require the work of several different contractors, it’s crucial that everyone is on the same page throughout the entire process. It may be a good idea to hire a general contractor who will be in charge of managing the schedules of the various subcontractors and making sure that everyone is where they need to be and doing what they’re supposed to be doing throughout the project.
Plan like a pro
Never start a remodeling project before every aspect of the project has been planned out in detail on paper. You should finalize the design and have plans drawn up that specify every detail of the project and only then can the project get underway.
Never count on your contractors to understand your vision. When writing out your specifications for the project, you have to provide as much detail as possible. If you’re trying to explain what you want in words, some things can get lost in translation and you may not be happy with the end result. That brings us to the next tip.
Be part of the process
Many homeowners choose to live outside the home during the remodel especially if the project is extensive. But even if you’re going to be living off site during the project, you shouldn’t make yourself scarce. You should be dropping by frequently and monitoring the process just in case there is some confusion you can help catch the problem early. This will also allow for better communication between you and the contractors.
Factor in a contingency
As certain as death and taxes is the fact that there will be unforeseen setbacks once the remodel is underway. You should plan for contingencies in your budget. Set aside at least 10-15% extra in your budget to plan for those things that the contractors will uncover.
Call in the cavalry
If you’re the type of person that likes to take charge and oversee things yourself, you may choose to go without a general contractor and manage the project yourself. You’ll have to be very well organized and calm under pressure. But don’t be afraid to call in the cavalry if you think it’s going to be too much for you.
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.