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Many jobs around the house can be done yourself. If you’ve got a minor remodeling project or some maintenance that needs doing, you can save yourself some money by doing it alone. But there are also many projects that should be left to the pros. If you’re going to bring in a remodeling contractor, it’s important to treat him/her well. Here are six things every contractor wishes you knew.
You don’t have to be an expert
Contractors can appreciate the fact that homeowners care a lot about their homes. And many homeowners will have done a lot of research about the project they’re having done and will have a lot of input. That’s fine. But don’t forget that the contractor is the expert and you’re the homeowner. Feel free to give a detailed explanation of what you want but don’t tell him/her what to do. Leave the expertise to the expert and get out of the way.
Declutter before the contractor arrives
This is good for you and the contractor. It’s good for you because you’re not paying the contractor for basic cleaning up which you are perfectly capable of doing yourself. It’s also good for the contractor who is probably quite busy and wants to get right to work. If you know that the contractor will need to access a certain area, move furniture or any other items out of the way so he/she can set up a ladder or do whatever it is they need to do.
Don’t involve him/her in spousal disputes
If you’ve got a spouse or significant other, decide as a couple what you both want before you call up a contractor. The worst thing for a contractor is when the husband wants one thing and the wife wants another. So get on the same page and then bring in the contractor. Don’t put him in the middle of a domestic dispute.
Keep pets out of the way
If you have pets, make arrangements for them to be out of the way. If it’s a longer, larger project, that may mean temporarily re-homing them with a close friend or family member. If you can restrict them to a section of the home or yard where they won’t be in the way, that’s fine too. During the course of a project, the contractor may be going in and out to fetch tools or materials and they don’t want to be responsible for a dog that tries to escape every time the door opens.
Add-ons aren’t free
Contractors don’t work for free. If you brought them in for one specific task, don’t expect them to do some minor side project without charging for it. Be up front about what you want from the beginning and if you find another task for the contractor, ask him/her what would be the charge for taking care of it.
Communicate the details
Contractors can’t read minds, unfortunately. Don’t leave it up to the contractor to know what it is you want. It’s a good idea to have a sit-down with the contractor before work begins to outline exactly what it is you want in great detail.
Are your old baseboard heaters worn and becoming an eyesore? It may be time to upgrade your home with decorative baseboard heater 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.