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Any home remodeler will tell you that the planning phase is the most important part of any renovation project. If every aspect of the project hasn’t been planned out to the minutest detail before work begins, it’s destined for failure. Here are some tips to help you along as you plan for your next renovation project.
Know what you want
Before can do anything else, you need to have a clear picture in your mind of what it is you want. Are you remodeling for you or are you remodeling to sell? Know what you want out of the project and you’re already on the right track.
Get recommendations for contractors
Unless the remodel is very minor and you are confident you can do it yourself, you’re going to be bringing in a contractor, or contractors, to manage the project. It’s crucial that you get the right people. Ask around in your community for recommendations so you can be sure you’re getting people with a good reputation.
Almost all contractors will need to be licensed with the state depending on the work they specialize in. No matter how good a contractor’s reputation is, you’ll want to verify that they have the necessary license from the state/city and that they are insured. This protects you as the homeowner and ensures that the work is done according to code.
Trust your gut
It may not be scientific but always listen to your gut instincts. You need to have a good rapport with your contractor. If there’s any lack of trust of problems with communication between you and your contractor it can lead to all sorts of problems. If something just doesn’t feel right about a contractor, even if you can’t put your finger on what it is, play it safe and look for a different contractor.
Be prepared to spend more than you thought
When deciding on a budget for the project, always assume that it will cost more than you think. Most contractors recommend setting aside an extra 15% more than you’re anticipating. There are almost always nasty surprises during a project that will add to the cost of the remodel so it’s better to plan for it and be prepared than to hope for the best and be disappointed.
Don’t be afraid to negotiate
The majority of contractors are willing to negotiate on the price to some degree in order to secure the job. If your budget is tight and you want to get the most bang for your buck, don’t be afraid to haggle with the contractor a little. The worst that can happen is he/she says "no."
Get everything in writing
A written contract is absolutely essential for any remodeling project no matter how big or small. A written contract protects both you and the contractor from any misunderstandings. The contract should spell out the scope of the project in detail, an estimated time frame and list of materials, and the estimated cost. You should also ask that the contractor’s warranty on their work is included in this contract as well.
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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.