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How to Fit Door Handles – contributed by Handle King :: Posted by: Admin on January 5th, 2018

How to Fit Door Handles

It is easy to install new door handles, transforming your doors in minutes. If you are fitting new handles to an existing door it is simply a case of unscrewing the old and re-fixing the new, but for a new door you will first need to prepare the door.

Determine the Positioning

Drill the Fixing Holes Stabilise the door using a door wedge before drilling pilot holes for the spindle and latch. Start by using a small drill bit and gradually increase the size of the drill bit to ensure accuracy and to avoid splintering of the wood, next use a 22mm spade bit to finish the spindle hole. You can then repeat this process on the narrow edge of your door to create the latch hole, ensuring you drill to a depth that is deep enough to accommodate the full length of the latch.
If you have modern chrome door handles with bolt-through fixings then mark out their position on your door, usually these sit parallel to the levers on the horizontal axis. Finally, drill the bolt-through holes in preparation for fitting.

Drilling door handles

Fit the Latch

Hold your latch against the door with the faceplate flush against the edge and draw around it. Next chisel out this section to the depth of the faceplate, so that the latch sits flush within this space. You will then be ready to screw fit your latch to the door.
Hold your strike plate against the door jamb ensuring it sits in alignment to your latch, then draw around the strike plate and measure down to the centre of the latch. Mark this on your door jamb and drill a pilot hole at this point, then use the spade bit to create a hole deep enough to seat the latch bolt when the door is closed. Lastly chisel a section within the door jamb to seat the strike plate, ensuring it sits flush before screwing it into position.

fitting the door handles

Fit the Door Handles

First you will need to insert the spindle into the follower and attach the handles on either side of the door. Insert and tighten the bolt-through fixing and wood screws to secure your handles to the door. Lastly you will be able to refit the outer rose cover to conceal the fixing screws, if applicable. Congratulations, your door handles are now fitted and ready to use!

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Colour of the year 2017 :: Posted by: Admin on December 20th, 2016

Colour of the year 2017

Colour Trends For the coming year 2017

Dulux Colour Futures™ from AkzoNobel have again, as they do every year, come up with what they think the upcoming colour trends for the coming year will be, through their international research they have selected a range of colours they think will be on trend throughout 2017, this year there is an interesting contrast between bolder, more striking colours and a selection of muted, lighter shades.

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What Is To Colour For 2017

The colour of the year 2017 is…… 87BG 27/077 (also known as Denim Drift).

“Our review of international architecture, fashion and design trends revealed that blue is the colour of the moment. To make it relevant for your home, the team chose a blue that works as well in a kitchen as it does in a bedroom. Denim Drift, is the must-have colour for 2017. It will look great on your wall!”

Quote from Heleen van Gent Creative Director Dulux’s Global Aesthetics Center.

You can see more of this years colour schemes here:
Dulux Trade website or here:
https://www.dulux.co.uk/en/articles/colour-futures-2017.

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Making and using a water level :: Posted by: Admin on January 13th, 2016

Making and using a water level

Water levels can come in very useful when you need to make a level line across a big expanse, such as in a room and a level simply won’t do. You can buy laser levels but they can be expensive and you may only require it once, this post describes how to make a cheap water level.

Water levels can be used for things such as dado and picture rails, wallpaper borders etc.

close up water level graphic

Making a water level

To make a water level is fairly straightforward, you will need the following items.

  • A long length of clear tubing
  • Water
  • Something to bung ends of tube (optional)
  • Funnel (optional)

You will need a length of clear tubing, long enough to reach around your work area, such as a room. The tube needs to be clear so you can see the water, so a garden hose wouldn’t be any good as it isn’t transparent.

Once you have your length of tubing you need to fill it with water. This can be done by using a funnel in one end of the tube and running water into it to fill the tube. You can also try the syphon method, but what ever you find works best for you. Make sure that there are no air bubbles in the length of tube, if there are work them out to an open end.

Don’t fill the tube fully as you will need to allow the water to move without it coming out all over the place and for it to settle to get the level.

Once the tube is filled enough you will need to stop the water coming out again, this can be done simply by placing your thumb over the end or a bung of some kind if you have one.

Using a water level

Now that you have made your water level you are ready to use it. You will need a starting point, this can be achieved by measuring and making a pencil mark, or maybe using an existing level, such as a dado rail, it could even be something in another room if the tube is long enough. For example if you want to make sure the dado rail is the same in two rooms. This will be your starting point.

You will need a second person to help you with using the level. One stays at the original level point whilst the other uses the level and marks the wall at the level.

The person holding the ‘fixed’ end, that is the original level mark stays holding the tube at this point, whilst the second person moves to a new point and holds the tube against the wall. The first person instructs the second person to move up or down until the water is level with the original mark, the second person can then mark the wall level with the water in the tube, thus giving a level line.

Continue doing this in several places as required. Remember not to lift tube too high without having end blocked as it will flow out. You can then if required draw a line and join up the marks.

water level grapgic

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How to secure outbuildings and sheds :: Posted by: Admin on November 5th, 2015

CCTV and padlock

How to secure outbuildings and sheds

We all struggle for storage spaces and often fill our sheds, garages, summerhouses and outbuildings with ‘stuff’, now whether we need it or not or simply store it until we go to the local dump with it the problem is all the same.

Sometimes we may have a man cave where we go and organise our tools and tinker on the latest product, or maybe we have turned our shed into our office? Whatever we use the buildings for we need to make sure they are secure as they can often be easy pickings for thieves.

Keeping it secure

The simplest way and cheapest way is to fit a padlock onto the door using a hasp and staple. However, you can go further and install alarms and CCTV but this choice comes down to what you keep stored away.

The very least should be a lock of some kind, this will deter the opportunist thief. Adding locks is far cheaper than replacing stolen belongings such as bikes, lawn mowers etc. Once you have a lock fitted, always lock up when you are finished.

If your outbuilding has windows you could put bars over the window to stop easy access through the window, if the windows are lockable, lock them.

Lights, CCTV, Alarm

If you have more valuable stuff stored away such as bikes or your outbuilding is a home office you may wish to consider adding a little more security than just a padlock. An exterior light fitted with a PIR (passive infrared sensor) that comes on when movement is detected is a good idea and could scare off would be thieves.

If you want to keep an eye on what is going on you can install a simple CCTV system, these have come down in price in recent years and will allow you to see what is going on and who maybe lurking around. There are many systems to choose from, many are self install and can be connected to a PC or TV for viewing.

An alarm could also be fitted, these can be self install and don’t have to cost a lot of money for a basic system. A simple PIR (passive infrared sensor) and one or two door / window magnetic sensors should come in under £100.00.

Securing other items

Some people may have extension ladders that do not fit into a shed, garage or outbuilding and simply leave these lying on the garage roof or just in the back garden, well these can be used to gain access to yours on someone else’s property, securing these is simple and cheap, ladder clamps that allow ladders to be securely hung on a wall, or a simple heavy duty chain and padlock secured to a permanent fixture will prevent them being used.

Other items such as screwdrivers, hammers etc. shouldn’t ne left around in the garden for example as these can aid a burglars access to a property or outbuilding.

In conclusion

We all have to store things and most often this is done in outbuildings, simple steps such as those listed above could prevent items being taken or use to gain access to a property.
They don’t have to cost a lot and it is up to you how far you want to go, beit a simple padlock or more secure with locks, lights CCTV and alarms, this will mainly come down to the area you live in and the value of items stored.

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