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Doors are the mirrors of your home.

It is an unwritten rule that the outside of your home DOES make a big impact on how people perceive your house. You don’t remember the concrete address of your friend’s house, but you’ll recognise it, when you get there right? It is said that opening the door is comparable to shaking the hand of the house! Hence, it is vital to make good first impression with a solid and well maintained door that works perfectly with the style and art of your property

So...How does your home greet your guests?

Doors are given littlest attention until they stop working. Here’s a few hints to keep your doors in tip-top shape.

Binding doors

handshakeWhere house movement occurs, a door can become hard to close – it “binds”. All you need is to plane a little off the closing edge. Set the plane to a fine-cut and remove a little at a time, then close it to test.

Rattling doors

Simply adjust the door-keeper so it sits perfectly against the door. Or the door stop – that strip of wood attached to the door frame on which the door closes, can be tapped closer to the door using a length of say 75mm x 35mm wood. But keep in mind this will crack the paint in the corner, requiring a fresh paint job. Check if the hinges need tightening too, as sometimes this results in door sag.

Replacing an internal door handle

This is tricky but not beyond the skills of an average home renovator. Simply take the existing handle and latch to match when purchasing the new one at your local store, you can also try getting door lever handles or pull handles for an instant upgrade. Aside from the modern look, these little helpers have proved to do a lot more than open your doors - Read our previous blog on Solid Lever Door Handles - Your handy little helper. You can get them from the online stores like or even on eBay and they come with handy instructions guides for installation.

Exterior doors

Check occasionally for wear and tear. The putty around glass panels may need replacing. Doors exposed to the weather should have tops and bottoms painted to protect the end grain. Whilst polyurethane and staining is popular, unless the door is in a sheltered location, you will need to re-coat it every one to two years to maintain it in good condition.


Fitting tower bolts to your exterior door is always a good precaution. Importantly, tower bolts are usually packaged with the screws included. These screws are adequate if the bolt is to be used to provide privacy. If the bolt is for security, they are usually inadequate. Obtain the largest screws that will fit the holes provided in the bolt and 30-40mm in length. Better still for security, use through bolts if possible. In addition, keyless locks have been the newest addition to renovating with both security and style in mind. They come in different options such as card entry or fingerprint entry and even mechanical codes and digital passwords to better help you keep your home from uninvited guests.

Stubborn Slot Screws

Where screws are very tight, remove any paint covering the screw head and slot. Ensure the screwdriver fits snugly into the slot before proceeding. Should this fail, try angling the screwdriver in the slot and using a hammer, tap the screw anticlockwise. A cordless screwdriver may also be worth trying, to get additional leverage and torque. If all else fails, the resort is to drill out the stubborn screw and fill the hole with a piece of wood to suit, putty, sand and repaint.

With these easy steps, surely your doors giving you problems of all sorts has come to an end.


Happy renovating.

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