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You know it will be worth it when the home remodeling is finished but while you’re going through it, it might seem like a nightmare. There are some downsides of home remodeling not the least of which is living in a construction zone and sharing your home with strangers. Since a major remodel can last for several weeks, it’s important that you give some forethought to keeping your sanity while the project draws on. Here are a few things you should do.
Hire a general contractor
Sure you can save a little money by playing the part of general contractor yourself but unless you’re very tight on money it’s going to be a lot easier for you if you just hire one. The job of the general contractor is to keep all subcontractors on schedule and manage the project from beginning to end so deadlines are met. Not only will the general contractor work to keep things on schedule, he/she will already have a list of subcontractors that are reliable and who will do good work so instead of having to research all sorts of different contractors, you only need to worry about hiring one reliable general contractor and he/she will take it from there.
Start with a schedule
You’ll want to limit the ways that the remodel interferes with your life and that certainly includes your morning routine. If you don’t want workers underfoot as you get ready for the day and get out the door, then you need to make that clear. If you followed the first tip, all you have to do is tell the general contractor and he/she can coordinate the schedules to make sure the work doesn’t interfere with yours
Use an electronic lockbox
Most allow you to program days and times that it can be accessed. An electronic lockbox allows you to give the contractors accessibility to a key to get in and do work without needing someone to be there to let them in.
Designate areas for construction use
There’s no getting around it, workers are going to be taking over part of your home. At the very least, though, you should be able to limit how much of your home is overtaken. At the start, it’s important to designate which areas workers can use and which are off limits. Let the general contractor know where workers can park. If they need to store materials or do sawing and cutting in a place other than where the project is, then designate an area for that. Keep in mind that some materials need to be stored at room temperature so a garage or carport may not work.
Control the work zone
You want to contain the work zone as much as possible to keep dust and debris out of the rest of your home. Talk to the general contractor about how he/she will contain the work zone. Many use plastic zip walls. Try to limit traffic between work zone and non-work zone. If at all possible, have a designated entrance into the home and work site that only workers use and have a bathroom for their use as well.
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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 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.