Carpentry & Joinery Question

Can i use a wooden batten instead to support the rail where i've got a concrete/steel lintel?

Above the windows in our bedrooms, there seems to be either a concrete or steel lintel. I've managed to hang curtains in the past, but it always looks messy, ie the curtain pole slopes a little, because the raw plugs and screws never get deep enough.

I've got a powerful drill, use the hammer setting and some strong drill bits. I'm unsure whether it's concrete or steel that I'm hitting, but I don't really want to drill into the lintel itself and possibly weaken it.

I've read that it's possible to put-up a wooden batten and to attach a curtain rail (one of the cheap lightweight plastic ones) to it. What I'm unsure of is, whether I can use no nails or something equivalent/stronger to fix the batten? If I have to use screws/raw plugs, then I'm back to my original problem of the lintel.

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Best Answer

We normally use a piece of 3 inch pencil round skirting board and liquid nails/pink grip or something similar will be fine. Put plenty on the timber in a squiggly line type make the walls first using a level offer the pencil round up and push firmly into place insuring its level then use a couple of nails underneath it to stop it from slipping until it sets. Once set, caulk around it and paint ps maybe paint it before fitting and just touch it up where required once stuck n its a good idea to remove some of the wallpaper prior to sticking if possible because you want to stick it to the plaster/wall not the paper
Hope this helps
Tony

Answered 8th Sep 2013

anthonybaker painters & decoraters

Member since 19 Apr 2012

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