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'How To' Guides
- How to Trim a Door to Size
Internal doors are made in several standardised sizes. Most modern doors are 1981mm x 762mm, but there are bigger and smaller doors on the market too. If you live in a property that has unusually sized door openings, you may find it difficult to find the door you want in a size that matches the opening. The best solution is to buy a door that is slightly too large and trim it down to fit.
- How to Build Boo's Door!
Last year we got so excited about the release of Monster’s University that we decided to celebrate by launching our very own, very special Boo’s Door; unfortunately after all the monster bills and mortgages had been paid, the average Monstropolis salary didn’t leave much to spend on magical doors.
- How to Fit a Suffolk Latch
The Suffolk Latch is a simple drop-down bar and latch that is an ideal solution for door latching in period properties. You can purchase simple, square latches or more ornate period ones. Whatever kind of latch you choose, it should be stylish, clean looking and allow the door to be opened from both sides,
- How to Curve or Bend Wood
If you want to soften or plasticize wood, there are two methods that you can use. Steaming is a popular method for bending wood for making chair parts or staircase banisters, and is also sometimes used to make canoes, baskets, and musical instruments. Kerfing, on the other hand involves making a series of cuts into the wood to make the wood easier to bend. Kerfing weakens the wood but is often used for decorative purposes.
- How to Sand a Wooden Floor
Sanding a wooden floor is one of those jobs that looks easy, but is actually surprisingly difficult and time consuming. If you want to get a smooth and even finish you will need to use the right equipment and work carefully and efficiently. It can be tempting to simply purchase a sanding machine and rush over the floor as if you were using a vacuum cleaner, but this will ruin the patination on the floor, and could leave you with unsightly gap too. This handy how-to guide will help you to pick the right equipment and achieve the best possible results.
- How to Fit a Security Chain to a Door
A door chain is a simple and effective way of adding an additional layer of security and safety to your property. Door chain kits are quite affordable, and they offer an easy way for homeowners to protect themselves when they answer the door to unsolicited callers.
- How to Build a Butterfly House
Butterfly houses provide the ideal spot for butterflies to hibernate, and to use as a roosting spot during warmer months. Unfortunately stories of people finding butterflies using the houses are rare, but, even if you’re not lucky enough for a butterfly to take up residence in the house, the box is still a beautiful garden accessory.
- How to Build a Hedgehog House
Hedgehogs were once a common sight in British gardens, but figures suggest that their population is declining at a rapid rate – so much so in fact, that hedgehog numbers declined by over a third between 2003 and 2012. There are many contributing factors to this decline, including habitat loss, new roads, increased road traffic, and gardens being built with impenetrable walls and fences. However, there are things you can do to help
- How to Build a Birdhouse
Natural nest sites for birds are depleting fast: each time a tree is chopped down or an old building is repaired or demolished a bird loses a potential nesting site. Find out how you can help and give a family of birds a home in our step-by-step guide to making your very own birdhouse. Please feel free to download and print the guide, or to help more birds by sharing it on your own site using the embed code below!