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Remodeling your home can be a major headache. But it doesn’t have to be. The key to a successful home remodeling project is proper planning. If you take the necessary time to consider the following 6 things before and during a project, the home remodel process will go a lot more smoothly.
1. What’s my budget?
Before you can do anything else, you need to determine what your budget is. If you know people who have done projects similar to what you want to do, you can talk to them and get a feel for what it’s going to cost. It’s always a good idea to have an extra 15% set aside for a contingency. In almost every project, things will crop up and there will be unforeseen costs. In the event everything goes according to plan, you’ll spend less that you were planning on.
2. What do I want to achieve?
In the earliest stages of a remodeling project, it’s easy to get carried away dreaming about all of the things you want to do without sparing a thought for cost. But at some point, you need to get realistic and start defining exactly what it is you want to achieve with your remodel. You can begin to visit home improvement stores and start tallying up the costs for various products that you’re going to need.
3. Am I going to stay or sell?
It’s crucial that you think about the future purpose of your home. If you’re remodeling to sell, for instance, you’re going to want to think about remodeling projects that will add value to your home and make it attractive to prospective buyers. If you’re planning on staying for a long time, then you’re not as concerned with which projects will add value but which projects will improve your quality of life in your home.
4. What style do I like?
This consideration is closely linked to the previous one. If you’re planning on staying in your home, then you want to give more weight to your personal preferences when it comes to interior design decisions. You can feel free to be bolder when it comes to selecting paint color or flooring options. On the other hand, if you’re going to sell in the near future, you’ll want to go with neutral finishes that will appeal to the widest number of people possible.
5. How important are the finishes?
Sometimes the fine details can make all the difference in a remodeling project. Think about possible finishing touches such as interior oak doors and determine how much you can afford to spend on such things.
6. Am I going to do any of the work?
Finally, you should think about what aspects of the project you can do yourself, and which things will need to be done by a contractor. If you’re a confident DIYer you may be able to stretch your remodeling project by doing a lot of the work yourself.
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The holiday season is approaching faster than expected, and the clock is ticking to get your home ready to host family gatherings. But cleaning isn’t the only thing you should be thinking about. With family members congregating in your home, this is also the perfect time to upgrade and liven up that space. Use a few of these easy upgrades for your home during the holidays to get you started.
With winter fast approaching, our baseboard heaters have become an essential part of our everyday comfort. However, despite how much we need them to keep us warm amidst frigid temperatures, they could become a hazard for younger family members. As such, you must take additional steps to childproof your baseboard heating systems to prevent a tragic accident from occurring.
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.