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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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5 Space Saving, Storage Making Ideas for Your Home post contributed by Big Yellow :: Posted by: Admin on March 8th, 2017

5 Space Saving, Storage Making Ideas for Your Home

It seems to be a fact of life that no matter how big our living spaces, our possessions expand to fill it. Knowing how to maximise your storage areas, and find underused places around the house, is the trick to controlling your space and your possessions.

Here are five ways to make the most of what you probably already have:

1. Finding Hidden Spaces

There are hidden spaces inside every house. Here are a few of them:

Under the stairs. Whether it’s a cavernous area or a pokey little cupboard, you can get more out of this space by installing shelves or coat hooks if you have the height.

Beneath the kitchen cabinets. Normally covered by kick boards that are relatively easy to replace with lift up flaps, these hidden storage areas can hold a multitude of items from board games to flat sports equipment such as racquets or bats, or even baking trays and roasting tins.

Above and between doorways. The areas above doors are hardly ever used, not even for picture hanging. But install a shelf above the door and you have a handy storage area for books or decorative items you want to keep out of reach of the children. If you have two doors close together, you could consider installing vertical shelving in the narrow gap between the doors as well as shelving over. As well as increasing storage area, it creates a feature by giving the impression of a recessed doorway.

2. Rotating Possessions

A good idea, but many people never consider rotating their possessions according to season by putting items not in use into self storage. Prime candidates include seasonal gardening equipment and furniture, or items that are only used occasionally such as large dining tables, spare beds, or out of season clothes that otherwise take up space in the wardrobe.

Rotating children’s toys is also a good idea, especially large items that take up a lot of space. It works very well with toys that are no longer played with but that you don’t want to part with, since putting them away for a few months gives them a new novelty value when they’re returned.

Self storage spaces can be cheap to rent and have short-term contracts so you’re not locked in. They are in handy town locations and have long opening hours for easy access to your possessions. There is also a wide range of storage room sizes available to suit all needs and budgets.

3. Creating Activity Zones

You can create all kinds of activity zones at home, from a dining area in the kitchen to a quiet nook for children to complete their homework. Whether you’re creating a cosy library in a child’s bedroom or cordoning off an area in the living room for a computer workstation, the idea is to have everything needed for the activity located within that area. This keeps the rest of the house tidy, and encourages the activity since everything needed is readily to hand.

4. Thinking Vertically

Open shelving is fashionable, and there are many different styles to choose from to suit any kind of decor. By using open shelves instead of bookcases, you keep more of the floor area clear, and so create the illusion of more space.

Open shelving works especially well in kitchens, providing additional space to store either recipe books or decorative crockery and utensils. If you don’t have much wall space in the kitchen, it’s possible to install narrow shelving beneath existing wall cabinets, creating additional space for herb and spice containers.

5. Storage Furniture

Storage furniture looks as neat as conventional furniture, but with the added benefit of providing storage for all the bits and bobs that tend to clutter up living rooms, bedrooms or bathrooms.

Coffee tables or end tables with built-in drawers and shelves beneath provide handy hiding places for TV remotes, games consoles, tablets, phones, and chargers. In both master bedrooms and children’s bedrooms, Ottoman style beds have cavernous spaces underneath the mattresses in which to store spare linens, bedding or toys and games.

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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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