Helpful Free DIY Guides and Advice

Hallgate Timber has put together a few step-by-step guides to help you in preparing for and maintaining your garden buildings and a guide to hanging your gates. Please click on the links below to view these guides.

If you have any suggestions on new guides that should be added please contact us and we will do our best to add them to our site.

General notes on timber

Timber is a natural product and as such is prone to knots, cracks, warping, shrinking and discolouring. All these properties are natural and are not faults in the timber. Proper treatment and storage of timber can help to eliminate warping and discolouring. Timber should always be stored flat and level, preferably undercover. If you are using timber for flooring it should be allowed to acclimatize inside the house before it is laid this can take a few days, this will reduce the amount of shrinkage and movement. If timber is to be used outside it should be treated regularly with a good preservative even if it is pressure treated. Hallgate Timber sells a wide range of timber preservatives in its new shop and will be happy to advise you as to the best product for the job in hand.


Base Guide(pdf)

Garden Building Treatment Guide(pdf)

Gate Hanging Guide(pdf)

Wood Dust Guide(pdf)

Wood Working With Machinery(pdf)

Health and Safety Policy Statement(pdf)

Our Warranty(pdf)