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Posted by snug concepts on February 24, 2010

In Bristol today working in one of the old 1890’s houses.
Coal dust plaster gets everywhere.
Went to put up curved metal tracks in 2 bay windows. Very easy job as tracks already bent for me and being screwed into upvc facias. When doing this kind of job use self drilling screws as they leave a neat finish if you happen to screw in the wrong place. Normally the builder or window fitter will put wood behind the upvc so you get a good fixing.
All went up well and the curtains looked great.

Next the biggest drop curtains I have ever done 147” drops. I used scaffolding in this customers house to get up that high , also the curtains were extremely heavy so the extra support instead of using a ladder was crucial. The track was a heavy duty corded swish metal rail suitable for heavy weight curtains. All went well and the curtains looked beautiful.


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Curtains for the College

Posted by snug concepts on February 14, 2010

Date 29/01/10

A rare occasion working in the original Trinity college where they teach people to be vicars etc.
Working in the accommodation area where there were 3 large bedrooms and a very very large living area. The curtains were extremely heavy as 2 of the windows were between 5 and 6 metres wide.
Used a white heavy duty aluminium track to take the weight of the curtains. Pulling up the curtains was a long job manly because the  curtain lining was blackout in the bedrooms. The best way to pull up large curtains is to attach the string in the heading tape to a door handle thus allowing you hands to pull the tape more freely and quickly. Tiebacks were added finishing the effect of the window.
All the track was easy to put up into wood battens already attached to the walls.  All went well and the customer very happy with the end result.

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Old for New Venetian Blinds

Posted by snug concepts on February 8, 2010

5 o’clock start today Contract working on a military base ..

Very big job taking down old blinds and putting up 28 new venetian blinds in the conference rooms for reduction of light when using the overhead projector. A mammoth task as the old blinds had been up for 20 years and looked like they had never been dusted.

On surveying the first one we found that the screws holding the brackets up had rusted to the steel lintel so no way were we going to be able to just unscrew them. So out came the electric power drill and we just drilled through the screws to loosen them enabling us to get the brackets off.

This was definitely a 2 man job as the blinds were all behind pelmet boards and were in box sections to limit the amount of light coming through. Not a lot more can be said just ploughed along changing one after another until the job was finished about 6.30pm long day when we got home.

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Bay Pole

Posted by snug concepts on February 2, 2010

Date 21/01/10

Very large job taking down pelmet boards and swags and tails to install new poles and curtains.

Firstly I would like to say when you are confronted with this kind of job you are left with a large number of holes in the wall from the brackets holding the old boards up.

You will have to fill these in. A little tip is to just push the plug inwards into the hole this stops any splinter of plaster making the hole worse, then fill with a quick drying filler to speed things up.

Bay Window without Pole

Bay Window

Anyhow back to the job in hand. I have chosen (with customers permission) to use the best pole on the market (well I think so) the Swish Belgravia 29mm antique brass pole. The reason I chose this pole is that the brackets are quite substantial and the customers curtains are heavy fleece lined ones which good support.

Being pinch pleat curtains the pole has to be cut down to the exact size as the curtains cannot be adjusted after they have been made.

This job is a bit different as they have plastic central heating pipes running up the side of the window behind the plaster board. A little tip is to ask the customer to put on the central heating for a bit so the pipe warms up you can usually tell where it is. If not put the bracket about 3” away from the recess and they should be alright. They are normally between 5” and 9” away but please check as all buildings and builders are different. The bracket has a support on it for strength and you can adjust a cm if need be. There’s photos showing where I have put the brackets.

Cut down the pole to your required size and check on the brackets the curtain length before you set every think up to finish. The Belgravia has Allen screws to tighten the pole to the bracket and the finales. All done in about 2hrs thats including putting the new curtains up. See pics.

Bay Window Elbow Joint

Completed Bay Window with pole and curtains

Completed Bay Window with pole and curtains

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