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How to mix wallpaper paste :: Posted by: Admin on March 31st, 2015

How to mix wallpaper paste

Once you have measured up and bought your wallpaper paper, lining paper or ceiling paper you will need to hang it, to do this you will need some wallpaper adhesive to stick it to the surface you wish to cover. There are ready mixed and self mix pastes on the market, but which one to use?

Ready mixed or self mix adhesives

Some wallpapers recommend using a particular type of paste, this maybe the paper manufacturer’s own brand, a ready mixed paste or just a good quality paste such as a self mix one. Refer to the wallpaper manufacturers instructions or ask your supplier which paste to use for your paper.

Mixing self mix wallpaper paste

If you are going to use self mix wallpaper adhesive i.e. loose paste chips in a sachet you will need:

  • A clean bucket filled with the correct amount of clean cold water
  • A sachet of paste
  • Something to stir the paste

Wallpaper paste chart on box
Refer to the sachet or box as to how much water you need as this depends on the type of paper you are hanging, here is a picture of a paste box with a chart on:

Once you have the bucket of water, cut the top off the sachet of paste and stir the water vigorously as you tip the entire sachet of paste into the water. Stir for 20 seconds to allow the paste chips to dissolve, then let it rest for 90 seconds and finally stir once more before using.

How to mix wallpaper paste video

In this short video I show you how to mix up the perfect wallpaper paste.

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Can I paint over varnished wood? :: Posted by: Admin on September 27th, 2014

flaking paint off varnished frame

Can I paint over varnished wood?

This is a question that is asked a lot, and the simple answer is yes you can paint over varnished wood, but the preparation must be done correctly otherwise the paint can simply peel of or scraped of as in the following video.

In this video the door frames had been painted in the past over varnished wood, but the preparation hadn’t been done correctly and as there were new doors fitted and the door stops moved the frames needed painting, as you can see this is a good example of preparation not being done right.

How not to paint over varnished wood

A brief video showing what happens if you do not paint over varnish correctly.

How to paint over varnished wood

I wrote a blog post about the job you have seen in the video, you can read the post called can I paint over varnished wood?

In the blog post I go through each stage of how I prepared the varnished wood through to priming, undercoating and finally topcoating.

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How to fit a sliding door bolt :: Posted by: Admin on December 2nd, 2012

How to fit a sliding bolt lock

Sliding door bolt locks also known as barrel bolts are a simple way to add a lock to a door, they come in different sizes depending on how big your door is or how strong you want them to be. The all come in different styles such as straight, necked or flat sliding bolts. They are easy to fit. You can also fit padlock bolts that you would typically see on gates and sheds in the same way.

Tools required to fit a sliding bolt

You will need the following tools to fit your bolt:
sliding bolt

  • A sliding bolt set consisting of a sliding bolt and a staple
  • Fixing screws – These normally come with the lock set
  • A Pencil
  • A carpenters try square
  • A Drill
  • A Drill bit to dill pilot holes
  • A Screwdriver or bit for your Drill
  • A chisel
  • A Hammer

Once you have gathered all the tools you require you can start to fit your bolt.

Fitting the bolt

The first job is to decide on the height and placement of your bolt, this could be at the top or bottom of your door for security reasons or in the middle of the door at hand height if it to keep people out such as in a toilet or bathroom.

Once you have decided on the height of the bolt, draw a straight line on the door using a square and pencil.

Now align the edge of the body of the bolt on the line on the door and mark the holes for fixing, making sure the bolt body doesn’t stick out past the door and is flush with the door edge.

Next take your drill and drill bit, making sure the drill bit is slightly smaller than the thickness of the screws you are going to use. Drill small pilot holes in the door to aid screwing in the crews, don’t make the holes too deep, just enough to get the screw started.

You can now screw the bolt body onto the door, at this stage take the staple, which is the part the bolt goes into and the part that is screwed to the door frame, offer the staple up on the door frame, does the frame and architrave need chiselling out?
If you do need to remove some architrave and or frame draw around the staple and chisel out the required amount of wood. If you don’t have to remove any architrave or frame try holding the bolt on the frame and sliding the bolt over, does the bolt go in the staple easily? In some cases you may have to pack the staple with cardboard behind it to allow the bolt to slide into the staple easily. This will depend on if your door is warped or how flush the door has been hung.

Once you have done this you can mark the holes on the door frame for the staple, then drill pilot holes and screw on the staple.

Try the bolt for ease of use, your sliding bolt is now fitted.

Top Tiip

Top Tip: A really good tip to fit the staple to the frame, once the bolt body is fixed to the door hold the staple on the frame, slide the bolt into the staple, leave the bolt in the staple whilst you drill the holes for the staple and screw it to the door frame, this will keep it in-line with the bolt and the bolt will work freely and easily.

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Removing Rawl Plugs :: Posted by: Admin on March 27th, 2012

Rawlplugs : Removing Them

What is a Rawlplug ?

A Rawlplug (often referred to as a raw plug) is a small plastic or fibre insert used for fixing screws into masonry for example. It gets its name from the british engineer who invented it Mr Rawlings

Old Rawlplugs Left in the wall

When you come to either paint or wallpaper your walls and you have some old rawl plugs in the wall, it is important not to fill over them.

Not filling over the end of the plug is important, thus not leaving a big lump in the wall or under your paper.

Removing Rawlplugs

There are a couple options you could use for this problem.

You could, put a screw into the rawl plug (only a few threads) then use either a claw hammer or pliers to pull out the rawl plug. However, if the rawl plugs are a very tight fit there is a risk of pulling some of the wall off with the plug. Another option could be to just cut the tops off of the rawlplugs and then fill the hole leaving the plug in the wall, a knife or scrapper can be used to take off the top of the rawlplug.

A quick video demonstration

Below is a quick video showing you how to remove a Rawl plug.

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