If you want to join the DIY (do-it-yourself) home renovation craze, you’ll want to do some research first to see what the most inexpensive means are for you to effect your desired change. After all, the whole point of doing a project yourself is because you want to save yourself the labor cost, and perhaps some time as well.
Structural or cosmetic?
Cherie Barber is a professional renovator and she said, "You can’t really be a structural renovator unless you have a minimum of $500,000 equity behind you, whereas most people can afford to be a cosmetic renovator." Cosmetic renovations involve projects that should take a month or less to complete and cost no more than 10 percent of your property’s total current value.
Break up the project
Avoid getting overwhelmed by breaking the project up into chunks or steps. If all you have is weekends to work on your renovation. Make a goal for what each weekend project should be. If you’re redoing your home’s carpet, make a goal to have two rooms done by one weekend, two or three more done the next weekend.
Increase your "wow" factor
Improving your curb appeal is the best way to get money back on your investment. Barber explained, "Cement rendering the outside and external painting will typically give you a $10 return for every $1 invested. So if you have a limited budget, you need to do those changes. It’ll transform your property and jack up its value." That "wow" factor is what will get people interested in your home should you choose to sell it in the future.
Do a thorough cleaning
Cleanliness might not seem like renovation, but you’ll be surprised what a difference it makes to your home, especially to potential buyers. For instance, dusty vents or ceiling fan blades are easy to clean, but can make a powerful impression on visitors to your home. Peter Bushby is president of the Real Estate Institute of Australia and he said, "[Small jobs and finishings] are critical. Cleanliness and presentation are paramount to people liking the property and seeing themselves living there."
Another key to making your home appear clean is by repainting or retouching chipped paint. "But don’t buy cheap paint," Bushby warned. "You’re saving about 30 percent by doing it yourself, so buy good quality."
Start with the laundry room
Another key to first time DIY renovators is to start with a room visitors don’t usually see, such as a pantry, storage room, or laundry room. That way if you make mistakes, people won’t notice them and you’ll be able to fix them at your leisure.
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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.