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  • How To Paint A Panelled Door

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    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. Another further guide will cover how to select the appropriate paint colours for your doors that complement the surroundings. This guide however, will look at the recommended process for painting a panelled door to give it the perfect finish without unsightly or unprofessional brush marks, a strong coating without cracking or flaking, and an even colour. It's best if you can paint the door first, allow to dry, and then paint the frame after. This way it's less likely someone will touch the fresh paintwork.

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  • Guest Pests – How to Prevent and Treat Woodworm Then Hide The Evidence

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    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. This guide offers advice to prevent or treat woodworm, the most common form of wood pest.

    You can reduce the possibility of suffering woodworm by the following steps...

    1. Applying varnish or preservative to exposed bare wood including the underside of chairs or other furniture and especially plywood backing to furniture as this provides comfortable living for furniture beetle eggs.
    2. Applying a preservative to exposed wood in areas such as floors and doors in attics (low traffic areas)
    3. Checking for the presence of woodworm in old furniture, especially wicker items, chairs or plywood boxes, as these offer perfect places for the female to lay its eggs.
    woodworm An example of woodworm at work

    Treating Woodworm

    Woodworm is a serious issue that spreads throughout a home if untreated. Serious enough to affect whether a mortgage company will lend a person money and serious enough to be requiring a qualified surveyed to determine the value of a house.

    There is a choice between treating it yourself or employing a remedial treatment company. In some cases this decision will be made for you by a mortgage company that will refuse to lend money for the purchase of a property until they have a guarantee from a professional treatment company that any woodworm has been killed off if discovered during a survey.

    woodworm damage Tree at risk of collapse due to woodworm

    If you decide to treat it yourself there are a number of products available to use once you have thoroughly checked the house for affected areas. Common places for infestations are roof timbers and floor timbers because they do not suffer from regular disturbances. In the case of floor timbers the upper side has regular use but the under side is perfect to harbour woodworm though beetles my exit through the top surface. In the case of roof timbers any objects stored in the attic space should be removed as well as insulating materials between the joists.

    Badly affected areas of timber should be removed with a sharp Stanley knife but if the woodworm has extensively damaged the timber significantly reducing the strength then replacement rather than treatment is the only option. With both roof and floor timbers use a sprayer with a long lance to treat difficult to reach areas hence reducing the need for step ladders in the attic or unnecessary removal of flooring. Wet affected areas with the treatment taking care not to drip on to wiring and other electrics.

    Minor outbreaks

    In some cases the outbreak of woodworm can be caught early and the remedy is straightforward and simple with Woodworm Fluid. But this is only applicable when checks have been made that infestation has not spread. Woodworm fluid can be injected in to ‘exit holes’ that should penetrate into tunnels. This will not reverse problems where larvae have spread but will prevent spread into treated areas again.

    Disguising Woodworm Holes

    Woodworm or other wood pests whether active or inactive will leave holes in timber as the beetles exit. Provided infestations are now extinct some believe the holes add character to furniture but most would rather the effects of woodworm were hidden. Simply adding extra layers of varnish will affect the look of objects and is not an option for antiques. However, after the wood has been treated a neat trick is to use candle wax as wax will not be broken down by furniture polish or cleaning detergents. Purchase a candle of a similar colour to the wood and rub the base of the candle over affected areas to fill the holes.

     

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  • THE BOWERS BLOG

    Many people see being an interior designer as a busman's holiday. To some it's not even a real job, up there with 'party planner' and 'personal shopper' because to most people the process of choosing the tone, feel and flavour of their home environment is a pleasure not an ordeal (excluding any 'ding dongs' at Ikea that is). Buying doors should be one of the lasting delights from interior renovation as the surrounding soft furnishings and wallpaper etc will change far more often than the hard furnishings. Overlooked but an integral part to the look of a room is the skirting board.

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  • Fire Doors – What You Need to Know About FD30 Fire Doors

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    Fire Doors are not part of the “Health and safety gone mad” bureaucracy the Daily Mail and Sun newspapers love to lampoon. Sadly there are around five hundred lives lost every year in the UK as a result of house fires with thousands more injured. Doors and doorways are a critical part of the defence against injury or death resulting from fire in a building. The benefits are two fold; they provide a means of escape and also a barrier to the fire spreading from one room to the next. Continue reading

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  • Door Panelling and Its Effect on Door Proportions

    contemporary oak doorContemporary or classic? Probably the most commonly asked question regarding the choice of door for a home, closely followed by 'painted or natural finish?' But the choice of door style may not be confined to the fashion considerations but the possibility of using the door panelling and construction patterns to change the perceived size of the door, the doorway it sits in and therefore the proportions of the room surrounding it. Whilst specifically chosen panelling won't transform a broom cupboard into a banquet hall it's a small trick of the eye worth knowing that may stop you buying the wrong door for your room or ceiling heights. Continue reading

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  • Using Door Panelling to Alter Room Proportions

    contemporary oak doorContemporary or classic? Probably the most commonly asked question regarding the choice of door for a home, closely followed by 'painted or natural finish?' But the choice of door style may not be confined to the looks. Door panels and patterns can change the perceived size of the door, as well as the doorway it sits in, and the proportions of the room surrounding it. Whilst specifically chosen panelling won't transform a broom cupboard into a banquet hall, it's a small trick of the eye worth knowing that may stop you buying the wrong door for your room or ceiling heights. Continue reading

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  • Solid Oak Doors – Living and Breathing

    OK, so the title is a bit misleading, solid oak doors are not living things in the strictest sense of the words but in comparison to other home furnishings, even other types of door, solid oak doors do react and change to their environment more than anything else.

    This is due to the porous nature of the wood and its natural tendency to acclimatise to its atmospheric surroundings reacting in particular to changes in temperature and humidity. This is sometimes misconstrued as a fault in the wood but this is exactly as nature intended and as we enjoy the benefits of solid oak so we must accept the nuances of a beautifully natural product. Continue reading

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  • Top Five Things To Consider When Buying a New External Door

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    Did you know that your front door is one of the most important aspects of your home? Aside from the actual selection of the home in the first instance there are very few additions or modifications that the home owner can do to change the look and feel of the house they live in from the exterior.

    Certainly there is nothing that can have such an impact on the impression your home gives to guests, or 'curb value' as the Americans call it, as getting the best suited quality door for the entrance. Getting new windows and frames can cost thousands, ditto a new roof, but a solid oak front door costs around £600 and some less than this. Choosing a new front door is not something most people can afford to get wrong so we have put together a guide to make the process simple, straightforward and fun. Continue reading

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  • How To Fit A Mortise Lock

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    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.

    It’s actually a fairly straightforward job but it is important to get it right when drilling out the cavity. It’s also worth mentioning you should note the thickness of the door and ensure you buy the correct size lock for it although most lock packages will display the minimum thickness or door required. Here is a guide to fitting a Mortise lock to a door. Continue reading

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  • Restoring A Property to Its Former Glory

    The Art of Restoration...

    For us it can be telly heaven. Watching an over ambitious novice property developer wildly underestimate budgets and timescales whilst forcing his wife and new born to live in the shed for three winters. That’s the melodrama whilst the ‘against all odds’ editing provides the satisfying sense of achievement with the glory of final completion.

    Sure, it’s possible to tell how over budget the build has gone with the sound off by the owners subsequent hair loss but it’s the satisfaction of seeing a previously dilapidated wreck transformed into something wonderful that makes the journey cathartic and not 'docu-schadenfreude'. And stalwart of TV, Grand Designs, is by no means the only option. Beeny’s Restoration Nightmare and Restoration Man have provided a salacious fix of highs and lows amongst others. Continue reading

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