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Major remodeling projects present homeowners with a difficult decision: find other living arrangements during the course of the project to get away from the noise of power tools and allergy inducing dust or save money by living in a construction. Because the remodel is already expensive as it is, many homeowners choose to deal with the inconvenience of living there so that they can save some money. But some of your remodeling budget might be better spent on alternate living arrangements. Here are some tips for helping you decide and some advice to help you live with that decision after you’ve made it.
Why you should stay
Unless you have a very close family member or friend who would let you impose on their hospitality for no cost, making arrangements to live outside your home during the remodel is going to be the costlier option. Not only do you have to pay for a hotel room or sign a short lease for an apartment or home, you will also be spending more on eating out. If you have any pets, you may also need to pay money to board them. Another consideration you may not have thought of is that by choosing to live off-site, you won’t be around as much to notice any issues with the work that you may need to address.
Why you should leave
The obvious reason you would want to make alternate living arrangements during a remodel is to avoid the chaos that comes with sharing your living space with a bunch of contractors that are constantly coming and going. There will be lots of noise from the various power tools they will be using and there will probably be lots of dust that can aggravate your allergies. Depending on where the work is taking place, you may not have access to certain parts of your home for the duration of the project. This is especially challenging if you’ll have no or limited access to your kitchen.
If you stay
If you ultimately decide that staying is the best choice for you, there are some things you need to know. Though there will of course be inconveniences, there are things you can do to make things as comfortable as possible for yourself. Before work begins, work out a schedule with contractors that works for your family. Decide how contractors will exit and enter your home. If possible, give them access in such a way that they don’t interfere with your comings and goings. Ask about what they can do to keep dust and fumes to a minimum and if you won’t have access to your kitchen, ask them how they can help in setting up a temporary one for you.
If you leave
Finding a short-term lease for an apartment or home can be next to impossible. You’re better off trying to sublet or rent an extended stay hotel room-preferably one with a kitchenette so you don’t have to spend as much on eating out. Whatever arrangements you make, try to stay as close as possible to your home so that you can check in regularly on the progress and spot potential issues while they’re still easy to correct.
If neither option is good for you
If both of these options aren’t feasible for you right now, then it’s probably better to forego the large-scale remodel for the time-being on focus on smaller scale improvements that will make your home more functional and beautiful such as upgraded lighting, new light or sink fixtures, or some baseboard radiator covers.
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.