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An outdoor deck is fun and fabulous

Everyone loves outdoor decking and when it comes to adding value to your home, a timber deck is a no-brainer. Here are 4 reasons why decking is a great idea.

  1. A great investment
    Experts say that adding a timber deck is one of the best value-for-money things you can add to your home. You can recoup up to 70% of the cost as it increases the value of your home.

  2. The perfect place to party
    A deck is the perfect way to add functional space where people can gather. It’s much more comfortable than crowded rooms and any spills are easy to clean up.

  3. Create extra space
    Decking is the way to extend your home without going to the expense of a major renovation.

  4. Fast and fabulous
    Decking can often be constructed in a short period of time and because the work happens outside your home, it won’t cause disruption.

Do you have a misbehaving wooden door?

Interior house doors are among the most used parts of your home. They are constantly opened, closed, slammed and even used to swing on by small children. So, it’s no surprise that they sometimes need some TLC. Here are the most common problems and why.

Creaking – this is a sign that there is friction on some of the door parts. This is usually caused by poorly aligned hinges or frames.

Not operating smoothly – doors should operate silently and smoothly. If your door needs more than a gentle push to open or close, it may have been installed incorrectly.

Marks on your floor - If you notice any scratches or lines on your wooden floors that match the direction your door swings, it’s a sign that the lower edge isn’t parallel with the floor.

Door drags along the carpet - if you've just fitted a new carpet it might be thicker than your previous flooring. This can make the door stick or drag, making it hard to open.

Not closing properly - a faulty interior door latch can be the cause of an interior door not closing properly. If this is the case, the door may pull open even when "closed" or may grind against the latch plate.

Swings open and closed - if you have a door that swings closed when it’s been left open or that swings open when you’ve left it ajar, then the door jamb that the hinges are fastened to might be slightly out of line. This means it’s not vertical which causes the hinges to lean slightly one way or the other, meaning the door will swing.

Sticking - If you have a door that sticks, the first step is to determine where the door sticks. Take a step back from the door and you’ll probably notice a place in the frame that’s too close.

Repairing and rehanging doors is harder than it looks. There are lots of things that can go wrong if you don’t know what you are doing. Your local carpenter has the tools and expertise to fix all these door problems quickly and easily, or let you know whether it will be more cost-effective to install a new door.

Don't forget the finishing touches

When planning carpentry projects in and around your home, think about the finishing touches. Often, it’s these finishing touches which make the most of any areas in and around your home. For example, think about having the ceilings of your outdoor undercover areas lined with timber. This will cover up any unsightly rafters and messy wiring and will make the space feel like an outdoor room, adding value to your home in the process.

Open and shut

It’s great to open your windows to let the breeze through your home, but if you have timber windows that are warped, swollen or have rotted it might not be so easy. The good news is that timber window frames can often be repaired, so call your local, experienced carpenter. They will be able to take a look and tell you if repair or replacement is your best option.

Don't waste your time

How valuable is your time? DIY projects can take weeks or even months to complete when you’ve only got the weekends. An experienced carpenter has the tools and expertise to complete any tasks quickly and easily so you can get your weekends back and enjoy your free time.

Inside out

Need extra room but don't want to go to the expense of a home renovation? A simple solution is to extend your indoors outside! Outdoor decking is an excellent way to extend your living room or other areas of your home. Making the right choice of materials for your lifestyle and your home is important, so think carefully how you intend to use your decked area and the look you want to achieve.

Timber window & door maintenance

There’s nothing worse than trying to force a window open or having to slam a door just to get it shut. When windows and doors aren’t working they have to be repaired, for both peace-of-mind and security reasons; well-fitting windows and doors are much more secure, and much less annoying!

Save your walls with skirting

Skirting boards were originally used to cover the joint between the wall and the floor, and also for decorative purposes. But they do more than just finish off the look of your home. They protect the bottom of your walls from everyday wear and tear, and damage from pets, kids, furniture and vacuum cleaners.

Decking decisions

When planning an outdoor deck, there is a wide range of decking materials to choose from. This includes solid hardwoods and low-maintenance composite decking. Solid hardwood timber decking looks great but can be high-maintenance. Composite decking also looks good but is man-made and won’t stain, warp or rot. So, when making your decision, there are a couple of things to consider such as the amount of maintenance you are happy to do, and how much you want to spend.

Squeaky floorboards

Squeaky timber floorboards are very annoying and can be caused by two boards rubbing against each other. For a quick fix, try dusting a bit of talcum powder or powdered graphite between them. If this doesn’t solve the issue it may not be the floorboards that are causing the problem. Sometimes squeaking is caused by the sub-floor timber framework, which supports the flooring. For this you’ll need a carpenter to check things out and fix the problem properly.