There’s something to be said for rolling up your sleeves and tackling a home remodeling project yourself. Not only can it save you a lot of money but it gives you a satisfying feeling when you accomplish a project that you undertook all by yourself. Of course, tackling a home remodel by yourself doesn’t always go down without a hitch. In some cases, you may end up spending a lot more than you would have if you’d just hired a professional in the first place. So when should you do it yourself and when should you hire a pro? The answer is, "it depends."
Know your limits
What you’re capable of doing is going to depend a lot on your experience. Repainting a room is something that most homeowners can handles themselves, as is refinishing furniture or swapping out cabinet hardware or bathroom fixtures. But unless you have experience in wood working, you shouldn’t attempt to replace the kitchen or bathroom cabinets yourself. If you’ve never done flooring, you probably shouldn’t try to re-tile your kitchen.
Know your strengths and weaknesses and don’t think you can watch a couple of YouTube videos and know how to do something you’ve never done before. Because chances are, you’re going to need to call in a professional to undo what you did and then do it correctly.
A few jobs you should never attempt yourself
A good rule of thumb is to never attempt any kind of work that typically requires a license. Are you wanting to totally overhaul your bathroom? If that’s going to require the plumbing to be rearranged, you’re going to need a plumber.
Similarly, if your remodel is going to include any work on the wiring, you’ll definitely want to call in an electrician. Not only could you cause serious damage to your home, perhaps even a fire, you can seriously injure or kill yourself trying to do electrical work yourself.
If your roof needs to be patched up and you know right where you stored those leftover shingles from when the roof was installed, you should still call a roofer or you may be risking serious injury by falling from your roof.
Communicate with your contractor
If you’d like to do some of the work yourself and you are confident in your abilities but you know there are some aspects of the project you can’t handle yourself, you should hire a professional and experienced contractor and talk to him about what things you can handle yourself to stretch your budget.
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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" will be compatible with our standard cover.
Any measurement greater than 9 3/8" 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" will fit our standard cover.
A measurement of 7 1/2" to 8 3/4" 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" inches from the wall will fit our
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" 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.