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'How To' Guides

  • Maximise Your Decorating Potential - part one

    “If you want a good finish you need a good start” 

    blue paint and roller

    Painting walls, doors and other such areas around the house is one of the most common decorating DIY projects we are likely to take on. Many DIY jobs have acquired unwarranted but popular phobias through the swapping of horror stories down the pub. Drilling through a wall to put up some simple shelves only to burst a pipe is a classic. This coupled with a misunderstanding that some decorating and DIY jobs require a detailed knowledge of technical terms and a wealth of experience to be completed means that people are far more likely to pick up a roller than a router. Continue reading

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  • Oak Door Care - How to Treat Your Newly Delivered Doors

    We take great pride in our brand here at UK Oak Doors and that shows in our customer feedback, achieving an average approval rating of 9.1 out of 10 stars on Trustpilot. We have found from reading hundreds of frank and honest customer reviews that some of this praise is due to our customer service and reliable shipping. But we know the real heroes are the doors themselves and more specifically the oak trees that gifted us with the wood in the first place. So, as quoted throughout our site we cannot stress enough the importance of oak door care - treating and maintaining oak doors correctly to preserve the beauty and strength of the wood. All our internal and external doors are supplied untreated but the quality of the treatment is a moot point if the door is not correctly cared for prior to treating and hanging. This article describes essential oak door care and what vital precautions must be taken regarding the packaging, storage, treatment and maintenance of your door.

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  • How to fit oak skirting boards in a curved bay window

    This is a question that has cropped up a few times recently with some of our customers so we thought it was time to put a guide together! How to fit your skirting boards into place when you have a curved bay window or other curved wall.

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  • Recycling Your Old Doors – Part 3 - Even More Potential Projects!

    Reclaimed Doors?

    Having already gone through some interesting ideas for recycling wood doors, two further uses for them becoming more and more popular are for headboards and garden art. Continue reading

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  • Recycling Old Doors – Part 2 - Potential Projects

    Recycling Old Doors: Project Ideas - Room Divider or Coffee Table?

    The property boom of the last decade led to millions of remodelling jobs across the country. The following slump has not dampened peoples desire to improve their homes but has merely led them to find more cost effective ways to go about it. Combine this drive for interior design and the current fashion for environmentally friendly sourced materials and you have a recipe for recycling old doors into new furniture (doors usually being the best donor wood items in the house). Continue reading

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  • Recycling Your Old Doors – Part 1 - Preparation & Finish

    How to Recycle Your Old Doors

    recycle old doorsCall it what you will; 'Green', recycling, environmentally friendly, etc. but long before the current fashion for re-using materials took over, people have always found new uses for old wood. Providing the timber is still of solid construction and free from wood pests it can be chopped and changed to suit the competent DIYer.

    Because of their size, doors are amongst the best sources of wood for recycling projects and this article looks at the different options for creating new items of furniture from old doors focusing on preparation and finish. Continue reading

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  • How To Repair a Rotten Door Frame

    Repairing a Rotten Door Frame:

    The strength and security of a door are only as solid as the frame it is in. One of the most common causes for an entrance requiring a new door is due to rotten wood. This occurs wherever the frame is constantly in contact with water. Obviously it is therefore most common at the bottom of the frame where standing water may collect due to drainage issues. However, it does occur where drain pipes are poorly directed or overflow regularly so that other areas of the frame are constantly damp or wet; all causing the problem of the rotten door frame. Continue reading

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  • How To Correct Common Problems with Doors – Binding Doors

    The quality of the fit and performance of any door is only as good as the fixtures holding it in place. Even if you choose one of our best doors from our most prestigious ranges you cannot make up for deficiencies in the quality of the fitting.

    Over time even with careful use, the door fit within the frame may develop certain defects. These defects will cause the door to clip the frame in places, making it difficult to open and close or may prevent the door shutting altogether. In this edition of ‘How To Correct Common Problems with Doors’ we will be focusing on binding doors – problems with hinges, screws and latches.

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  • How to Fit a Letterbox to an External Door

    There are many fittings to be considered for a new external door but not only do the practicality of items need to be thoroughly considered but the style of the fixture must be in keeping with the style of the front door. When it comes to choosing a letterbox the home owner must first consider which is more suitable for their home; a traditional door mounted one or a secure and outdoor mail box lockable wall mounted one.

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  • How to Correct Common Problems With Doors - Sticking Doors

    (A 'binding door', or problems with the hinges, screws, contact plates of the handles or latches are covered in another 'How to' guide. Here we will just look at sticking doors - issues where the door itself is no longer a good fit for the frame or flooring.)

    Whenever encountering problems with the fit of a door the most important job to do is discover the precise cause (or causes) of the problem. Continue reading

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