Here at DIY Doctor, we like to practise what we preach – and Do It Ourselves! New Sales Manager Karen Arter, who joined us at the beginning of April, has taken on her own DIY challenge for the upcoming Easter bank holiday weekend.
First impressions count, and as the front door to Karen’s house is looking very tired and faded, with several layers of chipped paint, stripping and repainting the door is the task to be undertaken.
Preparation is the key with this type of job, and stripping the door will provide a sound base to work from. Karen has purchased an eco friendly paint stripper as suggested on our stripping paint project, thereby avoiding the need to rub down the door manually and wearing herself out at the first stage!
Here in the office we hope the weather stays good – for Karen to complete her door and for the rest of us to enjoy a relaxing weekend! Let us know what DIY projects you are planning this weekend.
Karen has identified several projects around her house that need attention so keep an eye on the blog as she works her way through the list over the coming months.
Does your door need painting? You can get free no-obligation quotes for all your home improvement projects from reliable and insured tradesmen in your local area. Simply click here and choose your category.
Maybe your refurbishing your home? Or you’d just like to find some unique and original door hardware, and at an affordable price too? Or perhaps your business premises need to be brought up to date? Take a look at online store, Love Handles. Love Handles are suppliers in the best of architectural door hardware-that’s door handles, door locks and any other door fittings to me and you!
All of Love Handles employees are trained through the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers Education system, meaning if you have a query, they’ll be able to help you, whether your unsure which lock would provide you with the most security for your home or perhaps you need to know more about the legislation that you will be required to meet if you are purchasing door hardware for a business, the Love Handles team will ensure you get the right product.
Due to the diverse client base that Love Handles has, stretching from private home owners to large companies, our product range is sourced from all around the world and all in a huge variety of styles. So, whatever your needs-Love Handles has the solution.
As well as providing products for the house owner, they also have a number of business clients, too. The New Hilton Hotel in Liverpool and the ubiquitous Urban Splash development-Chimney Pot Park in Manchester are just two of the projects that have the Love Handles mark on them!
If you don’t need any advice and you’d just like to buy online, go ahead! Next day delivery is free and this covers the whole of the UK. However, if you’d like to speak to an assistant about a particular query, head across to their Design Centre in Liverpool where they will be more than happy to help.
Visit the Door Handle Shop now!
Fitting a door handle is one of those things that many of us believe we won’t be able to do, however, it is an easy job that will only take you an hour if you have a few simple tools. Today, most door handles come complete with all of the needed screws, but if you are unsure, it’s wise to go into a DIY shop and speak to an assistant who would be more than happy to help and provide you with the correct screws.
Step 1. You must first insert the square spindle through the sashlock/latch. If the spindle is slotted you must make sure that the slot is facing downwards.
Step 2. Slide the handle backplate or the rose onto the spindle and fasten it to your doors with the screws.
Step 3. Slide the handle or knob tightly onto the spindle. Fix it into place with the grub screw provided (again, if you are not sure if you have one of these, speak to an assistant in your local DIY shop, they will be able to advise you).
Step 4. To fit an escutcheon (the metal part that surrounds the keyhole), align the backing plate with the slot in the case and fix into place with the screws.
Step 5. Now all you have to do is either push or screw on the escutcheon cover, simple!
Step 6. For the finishing touches, clean your new door handle or door knob with a soft clean cloth. Never use harsh cleaners or solvents. To protect your door handle, apply a small amount of beeswax.
Hopefully this easy guide has shown you just how simple it is to fit a door handle. The only tricky part is finding the perfect door handle or knob to match your interior. You could take a look at online shop, LoveHandles.uk.com, as they have a huge range of door handles and door knobs from all across the world.
DIY Doctor will be running the ‘Tricks of the Trade’ section of the National Home Improvement Show again this year.
We will be delivering several presentations during the three days on How to Skim Plaster a Wall, How to Tile a Bathroom, How to avoid Cowboy Builders and a DIY Disasters comedy show. The Tricks of the Trade section is sponsored by Quotatis.
The show runs from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd of Octorber at Earls Court in London, and is the place to go to discover practical ideas for your home improvements. Whether you are looking to extend, save space, restore or decorate your home, you will find innovative and practical ideas to inspire you. You can even get advice on a one to one basis in the Ask the Experts area, or learn how to tackle a DIY project with us, DIY Doctor, in the Tricks of the Trade zone.
For loads more information on the show and to buy tickets go to the National Home Improvement Show website.
DIY Doctor are now offering tradesmen work via lead generation, which can save you a lot on wasted advertising.
When a home owner wants some work done on their house or garden, and they feel it is beyond their DIY capabilities, they can come to our Find a Tradesman page and register, for free, to receive free quotes from competent, reliable, trustworthy and insured tradesmen to do the job.
This way, as a tradesman, you can pay for as many business leads as you would like, but you know the customers:
- genuinely want the job done
- already have a budget in mind
- are local to you, in the area you have chosen
- want work done in your chosen specialism