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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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Handmade Home Accessories Guest Post By :: Posted by: Admin on January 1st, 2013

Handmade for your home

Accessories for our homes have been popular for a long time and in recent years have become more so with TV shows like those of Kirstie Allsopp promoting arts and crafts, bring to our attention new crafts and old ones we might have forgotten about.

Handmade arts and crafts

Whether we buy our handmade arts and crafts or we make them our selves they can add a very person touch to our homes. You only have to search the internet to find a wealth of online information on how to create your own handmade accessories plus many shops and store selling wonderful unique and handmade items.

Crafts are wide and varied from sewn and kitted accessories to decorative ob-jay in perhaps natural wood or glass perhaps. A unique piece can transform a room into something special and if you have created it yourself can also be very satisfying. Arts and crafts for the house and home can take many forms, can involve learning a new skill or perhaps recycling something to make something new. Old curtains can be up-cycled to create cushions maybe or old furniture painted to give a new or even vintage finish.

Artistic flare – personal touch

If you are artistic you may want to create your own wall art, this could be anything from photographs which can be framed or printed onto canvas or maybe try your hand at watercolors or drawing. Encaustic art is an ancient art form, sometimes referred to as a craft, sometimes an art, I personally think of it as a bit of both!

Encaustic Art

Encaustic wax painting dates back to ancient times and has had a revival in recent years with the availability of modern day electric heat tools.

The Art In Wax online gallery and website has artwork created by me Hazel Rayfield, an Encaustic artist from the south east coast of England, where I create pictures and paintings using hot wax.

Encaustic art may not as widely known about as some art mediums, paintings in hot wax have vibrant colour and a wonderful texture and sheen, my website and blog has lots of information on this art form.

We have created several demonstrations on the Art In Wax blog, some photographic with step by step instructions and others are short video demonstrations live on the Art In Wax Youtube Channel so you can watch me paint using heated tools to create pictures in hot wax.

Handmade Homemade

So if you decide you would like some new accessories why not think about some homemade and handmade items for your house and home. Make them yourself or buy some from someone who has handmade them …… either way it could be fun!

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