A Sturdy See-through Gate Keeps My Passage Protected

Introduction

In 2016 I constructed a sturdy see-through gate to keep the public out of a passageway I share with a neighbour. I’ve written about it here so that anyone requiring a similar sturdy see-through gate can take my ideas of how I built it and use them when building their own.

Draping A Christmas Garland Over A Mirror or Picture

Garland on Chimney Breast Mirror

Introduction

It was a few Christmases ago when my wife and I first draped a Christmas Garland over the mirror in our lounge and another over the mirror in the hall.

The garlands we bought were fashioned very much to our liking. They just looked like Christmas and became one of those purchases made without knowing exactly what we would do with them.

This post explains how to fix a garland to the top of a hanging mirror, or picture frame, so it remains in place over Christmas and can be reused the following year.

Towels Do Not Slip Off Twin Towel Rails

Preface

This post describes: How a towel wrapped around two rails parallel to each other in a particular way will not easily fall off onto the floor. It shows what a two rail system looks like but not how to construct a particular one in detail.

Making An Insulated Loft Trapdoor

Introduction

I recently had a ground floor extension built which required access to the loft space in the pitched roof to provide and service pipes and cables. So I asked the builder to create an insulated loft trapdoor. I made it clear that it should not just be a sheet of MDF or plywood. It must have thermal insulation fixed to it to prevent it forming a cold spot in the ceiling. I also required it to be out of sight if possible. By that I meant he must avoid putting it in the main reception room of the extension.

By widening the gap between two ceiling joists he made an opening 485mm wide. Enough to accommodate a telescopic ladder I bought to climb into the loft.

The builder built the opening and finished it with architrave around it and clapping strips on all sides to form a lip that supports the insulated loft trapdoor. I offered to make the insulated loft trapdoor myself since it wasn’t part of the original estimate. That allowed the builder to get on with work that was part of the original estimate.

Sighting A Straight Line

Introduction

I would say sighting a straight line is a common practice used by builders and joiners to determine if a piece of timber is straight or bowed. It can be used to test any length of timber, but long pieces in particular. The practice requires no tools, just eyesight with a good depth of field enabling focusing along the whole length of timber to be checked.

Woodscrews And Bolts

Introduction

This article on woodscrews and bolts is very basic at the moment but may get improved with time.

Woodscrew Chart by W. L. Fuller

woodscrews and bolts
Coach Bolt
woodscrews and bolts
Coach Screw

Coach Screws and Bolts have been used in the construction and erection of my shed as mentioned in my post about Securing Shed Doors.