PTA West Boards


Creaking Floorboards

Tools required :- Hammer, bolster chisel, pencil, power or battery drill, 4mm pilot drill bit, 8mm approx drill bit, medium / large cross head screwdrivers.

This is a problem that many homes have, but fortunately it is an easy problem to overcome. If the floorboard is loose in places it will have to be screwed down using wood screws which screw into the joists below. Before you do anything, lift the floorboard with a bolster chisel and hammer and take a look to see if there are any pipes or cables present, if not great, if so then they should be running in the centre of the joists. If they aren’t running central take note of where they are so you don’t put a screw through them. Mark the joists position on the adjacent floorboard so you know where they are when you replace the floorboard.

The floorboard will need pilot holes (4mm) drilling approximately 25mm in from each edge in line with the joists, this is to stop the wood splitting. You can counter sink the pilot holes using a drill bit the same diameter as the screw heads so they finish flush with the floorboard. Select an appropriate length of screw, preferably cross head and replace the floorboard and screw it down, this should get rid of those annoying creaks and squeaks.


Title:  How to Repair Damaged, Rotten, Decayed Woodwork

How to Repair Damaged, Rotten, Decayed Woodwork

All woodwork, whether painted or lacquered, will eventually become decayed,rotten or damaged from wear and tear. You will need to fill any imperfections before repainting or decorating. If the damage area is deep then apply the filler in two or even three layers, until the top layer is slightly proud of the surface. You can get an epoxy mix consisting of basic filler and a chemical hardening agent. To mix simply add a small amount of the hardening agent to the filler and mix together. When dry this forms a hard surface particularly good for repairing damage caused by rot.

1. Remove any flaky or small pieces-Sand the damaged area with fine wet-and-dry abrasive paper

2. Clean dust with a brush or damp cloth

3. Using a filler knife-Take some wood filler press into the damaged area

4. If the hole is deep then fill in layers until it is  proud of the surrounding surface.

5. Leave filler to set hard

6. When dry-Sand the filled area smooth with fine abrasive paper,wipe away dust and decorate














Breathe New Life into Old Furniture

Create an elegant linen cupboard

 You will need

• Eggshell paint
• Wallpaper
• Glass handleAssess the furniture
At first glance, the cupboard looked like a solid piece of pine, but on closer inspection, it became apparent that, although the frame was solid wood, the panels were unattractive plywood – these will never look as beautiful as wood so covering them made sense.

1. Remove the handle and sand the whole piece to remove any imperfections – any dents can be filled but it’s not essential. Remember, this is an old character piece so it doesn’t matter if it looks a little worn.

2. Using a one coat wood primer, paint the wood frames, top and the inside and allow to dry.

3. Apply several coats of eggshell paint over the primer, letting each dry thoroughly before applying the next.

4. Measure the panels and cut pieces of wallpaper to fit – make sure the pattern is level. Now cut pieces and line the shelves inside. Mix up a little wallpaper paste and glue each in place. Attach a pretty glass handle.

How to Adjust Kitchen Cupboard Doors

Sometimes you may notice that the doors on your kitchen cupboard are wonky,out of line or warped and it begins to get annoying. There is a simple solution to this niggling problem.
In order to adjust your doors here is what you do:

1. To adjust the doors to go up or down undo screw B and tighten afterwards

2. To adjust the doors to go left or right

Undo and tighten screw D

3. To adjust the doors to reduce the gap on top Undo and tighten screw D and screw C

4. To adjust the doors if they overlap the cupboard-Undo and tighten screw D

5. To adjust a door that is sticking or rubbing together Undo and tighten screw C

In all cases just move or tilt the doors to the required settings and tighten screws back.

How to Replace Kitchen Mixer Taps

1. Turn off the water supply to the taps check to see if you have isolator valves fitted if not turn off the stopcock from under the kitchen sink

2. To turn of the hot water you may need to run the hot water taps until the tank is empty

3. Remove the old taps and set aside

4. Clean the surface of the sink where the taps were

5. Take your tap-turn them upside down and insert the two long copper pipes supplied into the holes at the back and tighten

6. Insert the long threaded rod and tighten.Then insert the half moon shaped rubber washer over that

7. Place tap in hole and slip the metal half moon shaped bracket onto the rod followed by the brass nut with a slit in it

8. Tighten the nut over the rod until it grips the work surface tightly

9. Apply some PTFE tape to the threads and connect the water supply pipes onto the copper pipes-Tighten all compression joints


10. Turn on water and test for leaks

How to fit a Kitchen Sink

1. Place the sink upside down on the worktop

2. Make sure the distance around the sink from the front of the worktop to the back is the same

3. Trace around the sink and make an outer line mark on the worktop

4. Draw a second inner line or exactly the same as the first but 10mm in

5. Drill holes using a 20mm flat drill bit in the corners of the inner line.

6. Place the jigsaw blade into the drilled hole and cut out the inner shape ( safety- Wear eye protection and a mask)

7. Support the end cut of the worktop other wise it may drop and break the surrounding areas

8. Apply some clear silicone or sealant to the rim of the sink

9. Turn the sink upright and place into hole or cut out and press firmly down-remove excess silicone.

10. Secure the sink to the work top using the clips or clamps supplied

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