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  • Oak Internal Doors

    So you have decided you want to purchase oak internal doors and solid oak internal doors.

    There are a huge range of oak doors to choose from. Until approximately ten years ago there was only a choice of a handful of oak internal doors. These days you have hundreds of designs to choose from. We are asked if our oak doors are solid oak. The answer to this is that all internal oak doors are engineered these days. This means they have a genuine oak veneer over the top of a solid mixed core. If you ask other doors companies if there doors are solid they will tell you they are. The question to ask is if they sell solid oak internal doors. As I have already stated one piece oak doors no longer exist or at least they are as rare as hens teeth, as the saying goes. The reason for the change over the years to engineered doors is due to cost and environmental concerns. By utilising the mismatching timber on the inside of the door you can use all the tree. Years ago the mismatching timber may have been destroyed. Using oak veneer means that all of the panels and styles will match. Another advantage of engineering is that they are very unlikely to warp or twist, like one piece solid oak doors. In fact in many years and tens of thousands of doors sold by ourselves we cannot recall ever receiving a complaint regarding twisting and warping. There is a misconception that internal doors cannot be trimmed anymore. This is not true. For many years you have always been able to trim oak doors, up to six millimetres from each edge. Things have moved on again and now many of our doors can be trimmed by up to eighteen millimetres from each side.

  • If you thought DIY is all about indulging in boredom, think again?

    So you've bought your internal doors or some door handles and now it’s time to get on and start fitting them – are you going to be bored – well read on. DIY is a hands-on and practical job, but at the same time is something that doesn’t require too much brain power. When you are trying to read or write, or when you’re doing maths...

  • Internal Doors DIY - How To Fit A Lock

    In this DIY instructional article we are going to cover how and what you will need to fit a lock to an internal door. As long as you are reasonably competent at DIY, fitting a lock to your internal door should not be too difficult.

  • Internal Doors DIY - How To Fit A Lock

    In this DIY instructional article we are going to cover how and what you will need to fit a lock to an internal door.

    As long as you are reasonably competent at DIY, fitting a lock to your internal door should not be too difficult.

    So first things first, here are the tool you are going to need.

    A Square
    Tape Measure
    Door Jamb
    16mm Augur Bit

    Nothing that a decent tool box shouldn't have.

    The first thing we need to do is to make sure that the lock we have will fit the door. The best way to do this is to take the old lock with you when buying your new lock and compare the two, to make sure the new lock is no deeper than the old one. The other way, if the door doesn't already have a lock fitted is the measure the side rail of the door, that the distance from the edge of the door to where either the door panels start or the door glass is, and then to make sure the new lock isn't longer.

    Now that you have your lock, we need to fit it. It this is a new door then the lock should be between 900mm to 1m from the floor. If the door frame has had a lock already fitted, the best way to determine the positioning of the door lock is to position the lock to match up with the strike plate on the door frame and them mark the position of the latch on the doors frame. Now close the door and mark on the door where the marks on the frame comes in contact with the door.

    Using the latch marks as a guide [lace the lock on the door edge and mark the top and bottom of the lock, allow and extra 5mm top and bottom. Using the square mark in a center line, this will help when drilling out the lock.

    Before drill out the lock from your internal door use the door jamb to stop the door moving while drilling. Now use some tape to mark the length you want to drill into the door on the drill bit, again add about 5mm leeway. Then using the center line you have drawn on the door edge make a series of drill whole to cut out the lock space. We then use the chisel the smooth out the drilled whole. Once the lock while is nice and smooth place the lock into the whole.

    With the lock in place mark the edge of the lock plate, we now need to chisel out a recess so that the lock will sit flush with the door. Once the recess is cut out hold the lock against the side of the door and mark where the center point of the handle spindle is and the key whole is. Now repeat this on the other side of the door. Now drill out these two wholes,by drilling in half way from one side and then drill out the second half from the other side, this will help stop the door splitting.

    Now insert the door lock and tap into place and use the screw provide to secure the lock to the door frame. Now attach the handle and cover plate to the sides of the door.

    If this is a new frame you will need to chisel pout the strike plate on the frame for the door lock, once this has been completed and screw in you have finished. Well done!

    Kaybeedoors hopes that you find this little tutorial helpful, of cause if you are not confident in your own handyman skill please get a professional to fit your lock.

  • If you thought DIY is all about indulging in boredom, think again?

    So you've bought your internal doors or some door handles and now it's time to get on and start fitting them - are you going to be bored - well read on.


    DIY is a hands-on and practical job, but at the same time is something that doesn't require too much brain power. When you are trying to read or write, or when you're doing maths, suddenly every little noise can be a distraction that can be frustrating and mean you're less productive. With DIY however you're able to focus on more than one thing at once which means that you can do many other things while you're screwing, hammering or plastering. Here we will look at some great ways to take advantage of this ability to multitask.

    Listen to Music

    Listening to music, Dog Looking at and Listening to a Phonograph Listening to music, Dog Looking at and Listening to a Phonograph. Beverly Pack (Flickr.com)


    Having some music on is a great way to make DIY more enjoyable. This still allows you to concentrate on whatever you're doing but the work becomes a lot less dry and boring as you are able to sing along and lose yourself in the music.

    Watch TV

    If you are building a flat pack desk or something similar then there's nothing to stop you from doing this in front of the TV while you watch your favourite program or a film. In fact this is a great way to save yourself time and get more done - rather than thinking to put on the TV while you're working, wait until you would be watching TV anyway and then plan to do your DIY then so that you can kill two birds with one stone and get more done that day.


    This is a great opportunity to catch up with your correspondence. Just put a friend or relative on hands-free and this way you can chat to them while you're working and make sure that you don't go too long owing anyone a phone call (which can get embarrassing...).

    Another way to do this is just to invite someone over to help you or to hang out while you do the DIY, this way it can become a great social activity and you can have a good catchup as though you weren't doing the work at all.


    It's now possible to read while you work thanks to the brilliance of the Kindle. All you need to do is to lay it on the ground or a surface next to you, and that way you can read while flicking the pages by just clicking the buttons. With a regular book this isn't possible because you have to hold it open, but this way it will stay on the page you want it.

    Failing this you can also use an audio tape to accomplish pretty much the same thing or listen to a podcast. Stick your MP3 player or phone in your pocket with the headphones in and enjoy having a story read to you while you work, or even learning Spanish or whatever works for you.



    Thinking RFID Thinking RFID-boetter (Flickr.com)



    This is a great opportunity just to have a think and to make plans for the next few days or to come up with solutions to problems. This is one of the great things about DIY - it keeps you busy but allows you to concentrate on other things and thereby get some real 'you' time.

    Julia Watson is a home improvement blogger and owner of Lean To Conservatories which excels in providing an instant design and conservatory quote.

  • Internal doors - How to Stain Them

    If you decide not to take advantage of our staining service and want some advice on staining your wooden internal doors then just read on.

    While staining your doors can really enhance the natural beauty of the wood it is a little harder to produce a uniform and professional look than painting them. Its also important to point out at this point that there are several different types of wood stain for doors. A wood stain either enhance, bring out the wood grain or it can in fact obscure the grain. Another factor to consider is whether you are staining an internal door or an external door. Here we will be describing staining an internal door, the main difference would be the protection level of the stain plus you would want an oil based stain, for internal doors an oil or water based stain will be fine.

    Types of Satin for Internal Doors

    Heres is a short video describing the different types of stains available.

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    So now we've covered the different types of stain we can now move on to preparation. Preparation is very important before applying your stain, as any sanding after the stain has been applied will in fact remove the stain, as stain does not penetrate as deeply as paint does. So a good sanding down is needed to remove all surface marks. This would include removing any previous staining, varnish or paint, the use a 20-50 grain sanding paper is ideal. Once sanded al the sand dust should be completely removed. If you have just bought some new internal doors from us this should not be necessary, but the older your internal doors the more care should be placed in removing all marks and blemishes.

    Next we can move onto the stain process itself. With soft wood such as pine or fern etc. a stain conditioner is recommended, this is to help you get an even stain over the whole wooden surface. Again like the stain itself stain conditioner can come in several variations, such as water or oil based, don't forget to allow the conditioner to dry completely as per the instructions.

    Staining a wooden internal door


    With the wood surface now dry its time to add the stain. Use the same type of stain as you did with the conditioner, in other words if you used an oil based conditioner then use an oil based stain and visa versa. To apply the stain use a paint brush or a cloth apply a think coat of stain, slowly in the direction of the grain, using smooth strokes. Allow this first coat of stain to semi-dry, typically 3-10 mins depending on whether the stain is water or oil based, be sure to check the instruction on the tin. Once this time is up you can remove any excess stain with a clean cloth and allow the wood to completely dry. If you require a deeper stain first make sure the internal door or whatever you are staining is totally dry then give the door a light sanding just to slightly rough up the surface making sure not to remove the stain you have just applied and then just repeat the process again.

    Kaybee Doors hope that this will provide you with some useful information, here is a link to the WIKI on wood stain if you would like some further reading Wood stain.

    For some more info on the different types of wood stain just follow this link; Stain Info

  • Important Things to Consider Before Buying External Doors

    Important Things to Consider Before Buying External Doors.

    Exterior doors are core to any house. Because they are usually exposed to harsh weather, choosing the right ones is a very significant factor to consider both at the economic and functional levels. Many people put a lot of emphasis on aesthetic aspects of their external or exterior doors whilst neglecting some very vital factors. There are numerous factors to consider when you want to buy a good exterior door that matches your needs and adapts to your home's design and style. There are also myriad provisions for changing your old door design to your preferred or latest design. Here are a few tips.


    Like internal doors, exterior doors come in variety of designs. These include sliding doors, folding and bi-folding doors, among others. Each type of door has its benefits. For instance, folding doors are a very effiecent use of space and look stunning , see our image below. Therefore, depending on your requirements, you should be in a position to choose a door that suits your home design and needs.


    External Folding doors From Kaybee Doors internal doors External Folding doors From Kaybee Doors



    It is important for your exterior doors to be secure and deter burglars and any other form of destruction. Before buying an exterior door, it is important to understand the degree of security that is required in your home. This would included adding insurance approved locks. Generally, a quality exterior door should provide an instant signal to burglars that they cannot force their way in.


    Extenal Composite Door

    Extenal Composite Door



    When planning to buy an exterior door, it is vital to consider the area in which it is going to be applied. Residential exterior doors are generally used for exit and entry purposes while commercial and industrial exterior doors are used both for security purposes and to regulate traffic flow. In more delicate areas such as lockers and banks, installation of alarms and intercoms may be necessary to improve security.


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    Type Of Material

    When choosing your external doors, you will have a wide range of materials to choose from. These range from wood, steel, and composite doors. You should choose a material that is tough and durable such as our oak external doors. The choices of material also depend on your requirements and the amount of time that you are ready to spare in maintaining it. For instance, although wood is preferred to other materials when durability and the capacity to maintain temperature are considered, it requires more maintenance time when compared to other materials such as PVC.

    In general, making the right judgement before buying your external or exterior door is a vital step towards your home improvement. Choosing the right exterior door not only makes your home improvement process easier but also provides you with the right aesthetic aspects and the level of security that you require in your home. As such, evaluating the different offers in the market is imperative before settling on an exterior door for your home, that why Kaybee Doors only brings you the best doors at the best prices. We are so confident of our in our doors that we have a price match promise.

  • We are always trying to save o...

    We are always trying to save our customers money, one way is to insulate your doors here an how-to adding a door sweep http://t.co/4Oy9QO8u

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  • Hitachi Drill Offers

    Hi there, we have a great little offer from one of our Twitter followers, they have a great deal on some of their Hitachi drills.
    If you saw our last post, you will have seen the video on how to install handles to an internal door. To do this type of DIY you will need a drill, and as we all know having the right tools in a very important part of doing a job right. We also know that tool can be very expensive, so when we see a good offer we like to point this out to our customers.

    Here is the link Drill Offer

    Happy DIYing

    Small disclaimer Kaybeedoors takes no responsibility on any and all action take from any information we provide on our blog, we are not a affiliated in any way with any offers, complains or website shown in any blog post.

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