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'How To' Guides
- How to Oil an External Oak Door
Our solid oak external doors are handcrafted with care to ensure stability and warp resistance, but to ensure they last you a lifetime they must be correctly treated and cared for. The effects of harsh weather conditions like wind, rain and snow can all contribute to rot and damage. Because Oak is a natural product, we do not recommend the doors are directly exposed to the elements, ideally the door will be enclosed within a porch or under a canopy. To further ensure they last for as long as possible, you must treat them before fitting them, and then clean and re-treat them every two or three years. Here is our guide to correctly treating your external oak doors.
- How To Paint A Panelled Door
See How to Paint a Panelled Door in PDF format Spend what you will on the quality of build and materials on any door and that investment is jeopardised by the choice and finesse of the finish. We will cover our guide to the selection process for which options are available in different types of finish in another one of our guides.
- Guest Pests – How to Prevent and Treat Woodworm Then Hide The Evidence
Purchasing products from reputable sources (such as UK Oak Doors) using good wood and reliable treatments is the best preventative action to the introduction of wood pests into the home. But whether by flying insects or the introduction of new furniture in the home, any modern house may inadvertently bring wood pests into the house, particularly if home designers prefer a more classic look with antique furniture.
- How to Use a Plumb Line
Read How to Use a Plumb Line in PDF format
The plumb line is one of the simplest tools in the average homeowner’s toolbox, but it is also one of the most versatile. You should use a plumb line whenever you need to make a straight, vertical line – whether that is for hanging wallpaper, putting up a painting, or checking the angle of a door. Continue reading
- How To Build An Internal Doorway - Fitting Door Linings
This is the second part in the series on how to build an internal doorway. The first part was concerned with the creation of a doorway in a plasterboard wall where one currently does not exist.
- How To Build An Internal Doorway – Creating the Doorway in a Stud Wall
We are often asked how to build an internal doorway which is quite an open question as there are two very different circumstances people may actually be asking about.
- How To Fit A Mortise Lock
Some doors come with locks already fitted but most quality doors will not, hence allowing the owner to choose what type of lock and latch they are going to use. Fitting a Mortise Lock into a door requires a slightly above average level of DIY skill.
- Hanging A Door Using T Hinges: A How-To Guide
T-hinges are as much a part of the style of a country cottage doorway as the door they hold up. Unlike its more common cousins that are usually hidden from view, the t-hinge sits proudly exposed on top of the wood even when closed.
- Maximise Your Decorating Potential - Part Two
"If you want a good finish you need a good start"
This is the second part in a series of decorating articles aimed at helping the home decorator get a professional looking finish with tips from the pro’s. Each section gives simple steps to take to prevent common decorating mistakes that are easy to avoid. Continue reading