Summer is officially ending in a just a couple of weeks and in many places, summer has already been over for a few weeks. Now that your summer gear has been stowed away up in the attic or someplace, it’s time to turn your attention to your home’s exterior and getting it ready for cold weather. Here are ten home improvement projects you may want to take care of this fall.
Evaluate your roof
Fall is the ideal time for a roof inspection since undiagnosed roof problems usually lead to major problems once winter hits. Check your roof for damaged or missing shingles and take care of any potential problems immediately. If your roof is in bad shape overall, might as well spring for a new roof now, it’s only going to get more expensive if you wait.
Clean and inspect your rain gutters
Clogged rain gutters can cause all sorts of problems for you in the winter so fall is a good time to dig out the ol’ ladder and get all those leaves and gunk out of the gutters. While you’re at it, make sure the gutters are securely fastened to your home and that there is no rust or bent sections.
Check the siding and trim
You’ll want to watch for signs of rot or insect infestation in any wood exterior products as these are vulnerable areas in the winter. It may be time for a new exterior paint job as well.
Repair your deck or install a new one
Has your deck seen its last summer party? If so, it’s better to repair or replace it now so it’s ready to go when next summer begins, otherwise it will be two years before you can use it again.
Inspect your garage door
Garage doors wear down over time so it’s a good idea to inspect it and make sure it’s operating properly. The garage door is also a major culprit for high heating costs during winter so make sure the air infiltration seals around the door are strong as well.
Seal up the windows
Windows are another culprit for high heating costs so make sure the weather stripping around the windows is in good shape. You may even want to consider replacing your windows with energy efficient glass, it’s one of the most cost effective remodeling projects you can do and it may even earn you a tax credit.
Consider privacy window upgrades
Want to let it plenty of natural light without compromising your privacy. You can avoid the hassle of opening and closing blinds and drapes all day by replacing your windows with decorative glass or acrylic block privacy windows.
Repaint or replace your entry doors
Make sure the weather stripping around the entry doors isn’t worn out. While you’re at it, you may want to replace the entry doors entirely or at least give them a fresh coat of paint. It will really boost your home’s curb appeal.
Secure or replace railings
Loose railings on the porch are hazardous, especially in winter when ice or snow might accumulate on the steps in front of your home so fall is a good time to make sure all your railings are nice and secure. You can give those a fresh coat of paint as well.
Take care of some simple landscaping
Fall means plenty of leaves to rake up. Get it over with now before the snow starts to fall. Also re-mulch your planter areas so they’re ready to go again next spring when the snow melts.
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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" (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 less than 3 1/8" (76mm) inches from the wall will fit our standard cover.
Any measurement less than 3 1/8" (76mm) 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.
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.
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.
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.