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According to many family therapists, a home remodel is among the most stressful events that a couple can go through together. One divorce attorney claimed to have seen more divorces resulting from home remodels that extramarital affairs. If you and your partner are considering a remodeling project, keep in mind the following tips to make sure you come through it together.
Be on the same team
A remodel will entail many important decisions that both will have to live with. It’s important that one person doesn’t completely dominate the decision-making process when it comes to the remodel unless the other really and truly means it when she (or more likely he) claims to be fine with whatever the other person decides. Pretending to be fine with something when you’re not will only lead to hurt feelings. If both people in the relationship are contributing ideas and arriving at agreements during the planning stage, the chances of the relationship surviving the remodel is much higher.
Get the family involved
If you have children, or if you have nearby relatives who’d be willing to help, find ways to include them in the work that’s DIY friendly. Having family about you while you work helps keep everything in perspective and it should make it less tempting to lash out in anger when under stress. Younger children can help paint a wall and older family members can assist with other DIY projects like replacing light or sink fixtures, installing baseboard heater covers, or some light landscaping work.
Find what works for you
Some couples need to work in separate rooms when remodeling in order to keep the peace. If you go this route, just make sure the other person is on the same page about what the partner will be working on so there’s no surprises. After dividing up tasks you can divide and conquer and then meet together at lunch or at the end of the day to spend time as a couple. Others will prefer to work side by side on one project at a time. You know what will be best for your partnership.
Choose your battles wisely
Of course you’ll want to try to compromise whenever possible when each of you want something different but that won’t always be possible. When you both want opposite things then both need to choose battles wisely. Can you live with whatever it is your partner is wanting in a particular instance? If so, then go along with it. If you concede on some things you have more bargaining power when it comes to the disagreements that are even more important to you.
Take time out for your relationship
Most important of all is to never get so caught up in the busyness of remodeling that you can’t make time for each other. Any relationship, no matter how strong, will suffer if there’s no quality time together outside of remodeling work. So even if it takes a little longer, make sure you’re still going on dates and doing the things you both enjoy doing to foster your relationship.
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.