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How To Install A Qmark Baseboard
Problem: Your old wall
heater is burned out, and you don't want to install central heat.
Solution: You can remove the burned out wall heater and replace it with a
more efficient baseboard heater.
project includes instructions for replacing tongue and groove wall
paneling, which some older homes use.
older homes use standard electrical cable to supply 220 volt current. The
black and white wires both carry current.
you will be installing a high voltage heater, be sure to follow the
manufacturer's instructions exactly.
Remove The Old Wall Heater
turn off the power at the circuit breaker box.
the retaining screws, and remove the heater from the wall.
the ends off the wires, and place wire nuts on the ends for added safety.
remove the trim and baseboard from the wall heater area.
any old paneling pieces from above and below the wall heater cutout.
Replace The Tongue and
replacing tongue and groove paneling with non tongue and groove wood, you
will need to remove the tongue from the paneling piece that abuts the
will also need to install extra support blocks between the studs behind
the wood so that the new boards do not move independently of one another.
Simply cut a piece of 2X4 to the appropriate length and secure it to the
studs by toe-nailing or screwing.
removing the tongue from the last panel piece, nail the panel piece back
the lengths for the new boards and cut them to size. You may need to rip
the boards to get the necessary widths.
belt sander or a router to bevel the edges of the boards so that they
match the original paneling. If you use a belt sander, be careful not to
gouge the wood.
the boards to match the original panels.
the stain has dried, pre-drill nail holes in the top, middle and bottom of
the new boards. Then nail all but the centerboard into place using
sixpenny finish nails. Drive the nails until they are almost flush with
the surface, and then use a nail set to drive them just below the surface.
putting up the last board, drill a 1" hole about 2" from the
bottom and thread the electrical cable through from the back. Then nail
the last board in place.
the nail holes using a wax putty stick or other nail hole filler.
The New Baseboard Heater
the wire nuts and run the wires through the heater clamp.
the ground wire to the appropriate terminal on the heater.
approximately 5/8" of insulation from the wires, and connect the
heater wires to the house wires. Secure the connection with wire nuts.
the wires into the back of the heater and attach the panel.
the heater to the wall with screws and replace any trim pieces. You may
need to cut your trim to accommodate the new heater.
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