The Easiest Way to Replace an Ugly Baseboard Heater

Revamping the baseboard heater can make a huge improvement.

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Got old, rusty hydronic (hot water heat) baseboards? You could replace them in their entirety, but thats expensive and time consuming. You could also sand and paint them, but thats a lot of work.

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The easiest option is to replace just the front covers and end caps with aftermarket ones made of plastic or metal, which are available at home centers and online. Supplyhouse.comsells several styles of replacement covers, called baseboarders, for about $16 to $27 per foot. End caps cost about $16 to $28 apiece. The companys website has easy-to-follow installation videos.

Plus: Learn how to cope baseboard trim with a miter saw.

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