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Doors and windows

Doors and windows

Jobs on door and window frames often involve painting or fitting the frames to size. ‘DIY 4 Beginners’ gives you handy step-by-step instructions for fitting doors, installing locks or making a cat flap. And if you have problems with insects, you’ll also find step-by-step instructions on ‘DIY 4 Beginners’ for fitting fly screens to doors and windows.

Just click on one of our step-by-step instructions or DIY tips and you’ll be able to get started right away!

How to make a window sill

How to make a window sill

You don’t have to hire someone else to make a new window sill. It’s easy to do it yourself. Read all you need to know here about fitting a new window sill.

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How to paint doors and window frames (outdoor)

How to paint doors and window frames (outdoor)

If you’re planning to paint the outside doors and window frames of your house, you’ll find more information here about how to do the job!

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How to fit a curtain rail

How to fit a curtain rail

The most common way to hang curtains is by using a metal or aluminium rail fixed to the wall or ceiling with brackets, do it yourself via DIY 4 beginners.

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How to shorten a door

How to shorten a door

If you fit a new carpet or parquet or laminate flooring, you may find there’s a door you can’t open or close. That means you’ll have to shorten the door.

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How to paint doors and window frames (indoor)

How to paint doors and window frames (indoor)

There are a lot of things to remember when you’re painting door and window frames. You’ll find handy step-by-step instructions here for the best way to do the job.

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How to fix a sticking door or window

How to fix a sticking door or window

Sticking doors or windows are a frequent complaint. DIY 4 beginners helps you fixing a sticking door or window.

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How to fit vertical blinds

How to fit vertical blinds

If you have standard-size window frames you can probably find vertical blinds of the right width. But it’s easy to adjust the width to the right size.

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How to fit Venetian blinds

How to fit Venetian blinds

If you have standard-size window frames, you’ll probably be able to find Venetian blinds that fit exactly. If not, it’s easy to fit the blinds to size.

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How to fit a cat flap

How to fit a cat flap

If you’re a cat lover, you probably need to let your cat in and out all the time. A cat flap is a handy solution which you can fit into a door yourself.

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How to fit a door lock

How to fit a door lock

Do you want to fit a door lock in an interior or exterior door? DIY 4 beginners shows you everything you need to get your job done quickly and easily.

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How to fit a fly screen

How to fit a fly screen

In the summer you want to allow fresh air into your house, but you want to keep mosquitoes out. A fly screen is the ideal solution.

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How to fit a roller blind

How to fit a roller blind

You can buy roller blinds in different sizes. It’s easy to cut a blind to the right size thanks to our step-by-step instruction.

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How to paint wooden window frames

How to paint wooden window frames

Wooden window frames will last longer if the wood is well protected against damp and sunlight. Paint and varnish also protect against insects and woodworm.

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How to repair a wooden window frame

How to repair a wooden window frame

It’s easy to repair a wooden window frame so that it will last for years. After filling, sanding and painting, the window frame will look like new.

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TIP

Moving a large plate

Moving a large plate

Take a piece of thick string of sufficient length and tie loops into the ends. Place the loops around the bottom of the plate, and you will then be able to carry it easily and with good balance.

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Mounting a window pane

Mounting a window pane

Fix a carrying handle to the glass plate using some strong adhesive tape. For a larger glass plate, make two handles.

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Drilling safely in glass

Drilling safely in glass

To drill in glass you need a special glass drill with a hardened metal cutter. To reduce the chance of breaking the glass to a minimum, make a small ‘dam’ out of putty or sealant around the place where you intend to drill. Then pour some Vaseline or turpentine into the enclosed area. This will both cool and lubricate the drill. Place the glass sheet on a flat wooden surface and drill at a low speed. Wear safety glasses to protect your eyes against glass splinters.

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Moving a large plate

Moving a large plate

Take a piece of thick string of sufficient length and tie loops into the ends. Place the loops around the bottom of the plate, and you will then be able to carry it easily and with good balance.

Mounting a window pane

Mounting a window pane

Fix a carrying handle to the glass plate using some strong adhesive tape. For a larger glass plate, make two handles.

Drilling safely in glass

Drilling safely in glass

To drill in glass you need a special glass drill with a hardened metal cutter. To reduce the chance of breaking the glass to a minimum, make a small ‘dam’ out of putty or sealant around the place where you intend to drill. Then pour some Vaseline or turpentine into the enclosed area. This will both cool and lubricate the drill. Place the glass sheet on a flat wooden surface and drill at a low speed. Wear safety glasses to protect your eyes against glass splinters.

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