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Home remodeling is never as easy as they make it look on TV. For the eager homeowner anxious to do some remodeling work, it’s worth taking some time to carefully consider if it’s the right decision. There are at least three important questions that every homeowner considering a DIY remodel should ask first.
Do I have enough time?
Remodeling projects have a tendency to take longer than expected. One way to avoid this is to have more realistic expectations from the start. When considering a given remodeling project, it’s always a good idea to sit down and write up a step-by-step list of all the aspects to the project that must be completed as well as a realistic timeframe to complete all of these steps. Even then it’s probably a good idea to add some additional time as a contingency. The internet can be a great resource in researching realistic estimates for various projects. With this done, you’re ready to examine your own circumstances and determine whether this is a project you can feasibly fit into your schedule. If you’re not absolutely certain that you can dedicate the time that will be necessary for the duration of the project, then this project may not be of the DIY variety.
Is there a potential for injury?
For obvious reasons, homeowners should avoid any project that comes with a reasonable chance of serious injury. There are many different ways that home remodeling can be hazardous. If a project will require the use of tools that can be dangerous in unskilled hands, it should be left to professionals. If the nature of the work involves inherent risks such as roofing work or any other project that involves working in high-up places, then it should be left to professionals. Finally, if the work would require a license if it were done by a contractor, it should be done by a professional. Electrical work, for instance can cause serious harm or even death if the person doing it is inexperienced.
Will it save me money?
Saving money is one of the major reasons that homeowners choose to DIY remodel. Ironically, DIY remodeling often ends up being more expensive than hiring a contractor. Homeowners can avoid this by taking the time to research the project and determine a realistic estimate for the work. It’s important to factor in the cost of any tools that would need to be purchased in order to complete the project. With a realistic DIY estimate, homeowners can compare it to the average cost of hiring a professional. If there is a likelihood that the project isn’t done correctly, that adds to the risk and could potentially lead to an even more costly remodel.
If a project will require too much of an investment of time or money or if it is potentially dangerous, it should be left to professionals. There is no shortage of simple, manageable projects that homeowners can do themselves instead. Repainting, installing baseboard radiator covers, or simple light or sink fixture upgrades are doable for the average homeowner.
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.