How to Remove Baseboard Heating Element
Removing Baseboard Heating Element Cover
without Damaging It or Yourself
By: Mark J. Donovan
|On a bathroom remodeling project I needed to
remove a section of baseboard heating element cover so that
I could slide a bathroom vanity closer to a bathroom wall.
The particular section of baseboard heating element cover
was only hiding copper pipe and not actually hiding any
By removing the baseboard heating element cover I was able
to more easily and neatly slide in a filler trim piece.
The filler trim piece had actually been first screwed to
the edge of the bathroom vanity, so that the vanity and trim piece could butt
up flush against the bathroom wall. I only needed to notch the trim piece to
slide around the copper pipe.
Removing baseboard heating element covers requires a
drill and ¼” drill bit, screw gun, safety glasses and some work gloves.
After removing by hand the outside baseboard heating element cover plates,
I used a drill to drill out the nail heads that were holding the back
heating element cover plate to the wall.
I then gently and slightly bent the brackets that support the heating
element away from the element so that I could then slide the brackets down
toward the simple copper pipe area (non-heating element area).
I then easily lifted the brackets away from the back
cover and put them aside.
|Finally I removed the baseboard heating element cover by lifting it up and
over the heating element.
After removing the baseboard heating element covers I cut
them to the appropriate and shorter length to account for the bathroom vanity
thickness, and reinstalled them in the reverse order that I removed them. I
cut the removed baseboard heating element covers with a jig saw and a metal
Photo By Mark
A couple words of wisdom. First, always wear work gloves and safety glasses
when working with baseboard heating element covers as they are very sharp and
can cut you without even realizing it. Second, use screws and a screw gun to
reattach the back cover plate to the wall. Using a hammer could cause you to
damage the heating element and possibly spring a leak.
For more information on
Restoring Baseboard Heating Element Covers, see the
Restoring Baseboard Heating Element Covers Ebook from
HomeAdditionPlus.com. The Restoring Baseboard Heating Element
Covers Ebook provides easy to understand, step-by-step instructions, on how to
restore Baseboard Heating Element Covers so that they look new again. Pictures are included for every key step in the process.
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