The Advantages and Disadvantages of Push-fit Fittings

Different Types of Plumbing Fittings
– In the UK there are two ways in which most plumbing is done, the first and most common is done with copper pipe and fittings, the other is the newer plastic push fit system. The copper pipe and fittings has come under scrutiny recently as the joining of the copper pipes is increasingly
difficult as it is often time consuming and awkward due to the fact that copper pipe is often supplied in straight lengths meaning that it needs
to be joined or bent when ever a change of direction occurs. Plastics on the other hand, like that of the push fit system helps to eradicate this awkwardness. Push fit gives you a simple and easy way to make a joint without losing reliability and can be straightforwardly broken down and reassembled.

Advantages of Push-fit
– Plastic pipe is flexible; it is able to bend in a non-linear fashion. Copper piping has limited flexibility.
Plastic piping will not burst. Copper piping has a tendency to freeze and burst leaving huge amounts of damage making it harder to introduce this into
cold areas like cellars. Very much in contrast to plastic pipe.
Due to its flexibility plastic pipe can be pushed thought holes in joists rather than being laid in notches. This is not realistic with copper piping
as it is hard to get the holes in line.
Push fit systems can also be used with copper pipe when so desired as it is very adaptable.

Disadvantages of Push-Fit
– Due to its flexibility the plastic pipe will not support its own weight. This is will not jeopardize its ability to work however, but it would be difficult to poke a bent pipe through a hole in floor boards.
Plastic pipe cannot come into contact with anything that is very hot, for example a boiler. If in contact with a boiler there is a possibility that it could melt therefore it is advised that metal pipe work is used for the first few feet.
Aesthetically the plastic pipes are bigger and less attractive than its copper counter parts.
Plastic pipes and fittings are pricier than their competitor copper.

Availability
– Like that of the copper piping, plastic piping is available in both 15mm and 22mm diameter. They are available in a wide range of accessories
including: straight, right angled and Tee couplings. Washing machine taps, tap connectors, in-line stopcocks, one-way valves, stop ends and tank connectors.

Useful Suggestions
– If you don’t normally use plastic fittings it is certainly worth keeping some around, especially in the winter. If a pipe bursts you will be able to fix the problem in a matter of minutes and the effects will be long lasting.

Insights Into Interior Design Designing In Style. Part Ii Traditional – Jacobean And Victorian

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Interior design has always been impacted by fashion trends – both historically and in the modern day. In this article series, “Designing in Style,” I explore the meaning of style for interior designers.
I draw on my experience working alongside many of London’s best-known interior design teams. This second article in my series introduces traditional/period design, with a focus on the Jacobean and Victorian styles.

Traditional design uses materials that reflect the wealth and opulence of historic times. London Interior Designers will often take the best of the features that were available back then and skilfully combine them with elements that are available today. Traditional/period interior design projects tend to focus on elegance, with a look and feel that is comfortable, rich and sumptuous, although sometimes also a little fragile.

The Jacobean theme is popular in London mansions and other residences that have a real sense of history. The Jacobean style focuses on heavy wooden features, with dark-stained oak often used to create panels for walls and floorboards. Oak is also often used for the furniture, and the overall interior design feel is that of robustness, with pleasantly-proportioned pieces to fill the available space. Tapestries are also an important part of the Jacobean look. However, many interior designers recognise that tapestries can be impractical nowadays, and one approach often used by London’s best-known consultancies is to recreate the tapestry appearance on modern upholstered furniture or curtains.

One caveat with Jacobean interior designs is that the style does need plenty of natural light, because otherwise the darker wood stains can seem uninspired. This can be problematic in smaller London residences, but is generally not an issue with more luxurious mansions that often feature huge south-facing windows and substantial grounds.

The Victorian interior design style, by contrast, is considered a more staid approach. Interior designers often focus on small rounded tables, often covered entirely in cloth, and fat, heavily-buttoned chesterfield settees. So much of London became urbanised in Victorian times that the style also came to include nature as a theme for textiles, serving as a counterpoint to accelerating industrialisation. Consequently, Victorian interior design schemes often feature floral elements and birds on both walls and furnishings.

In the next article in my “Designing in Style” interior design series, I will focus on a third and final period style that is particularly important for London residences – the Georgian style.
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Flat roof repair

When the roofs at Britvic Soft Drinks’ distribution centre in Norwich began to fail, a quick high performance waterproofing and repair system was necessary. Britvic turned to Acrypol, the UK’s leading manufacturer of cold applied acrylic polymer waterproof solutions and coating.

Britvic needed to repair both roofs, as they were suffering from deterioration, including holes causing water ingress to roofing joints. They didn’t want to replace the roofs and were looking for a less costly substitute. It was also critical that the distribution centre stayed operational throughout the repair process to check productivity would not be compromised.

Thanks to a comprehensive repair system supplied by Acrypol, comprising System 15 and Metal-Kote, the two roofs with a combined size of 3,759m2 now look and perform as good as new – at just a fraction of the cost of replacement. For this to be achieved, the specification of Acrypol’s System 15 and Metal-Kote proved ideal with effortless installation processes, both cold-applied over existing surfaces, causing minimum interruption to the business.

As it is appropriate for a eclectic range of applications, Metal-Kote, was specified to allow waterproofing and repairs to the metal surfaces. Metal-Kote was applied straight on to the surface after an thorough pre-application cleaning process of the roofing surfaces, including gutters and joints. It provides a 100% watertight seal that also prevents any existing rust from spreading.

1,725m2 of Metal-Kote was spray-applied to the profiled sheet metal roofing. With one application, it has dramatically enhanced and reinvigorated the tired metal roof, returning Britvic’s roof to its former glory, without the cost or trouble of a roof replacement.

System 15, which comes with Acrypol’s 15 year guarantee, was specified to deliver an unrivalled waterproofing integrity whilst offering convenience, safety and long-term performance. Taking a fraction of the time and cost of other refurbishment and replacement systems, 2,034m2 of the economical, yet highly trustworthy, acrylic waterproofing system was applied to the existing rooftop, roofing joints and 380 linear metres of guttering.

Following the application of Acrypol’s comprehensive roofing repair system, phase one in Britvic distribution centre’s renovation programme is now concluded. Starting from the top the employees of one of Europe’s biggest suppliers will have a workplace that is of the highest standard.

How To Switch Suppliers Without Triggering An Exit Fee

UK residents have many choices when it comes to energy suppliers, but that doesnt mean that switching is always easy. Even when a new deal crops up that is better than another, a customer has to worry about exit fees. These can include fees also called cancellation and termination fees. These fees are assessed whenever a buyer tries to opt out of a previous energy contract before the actual period of service is over. They can range from as little as 5 to up to 50 per fuel type. Due to the simplification of the UK tariff structure, you may find yourself suddenly signed up to a more expensive tariff once your old tariff is no longer available. This automatic enrolment can also oblige you to pay an exit fee if you want to switch after the period for enrolment is over. Its the wise consumer that keeps an eye out for fees and asks about them before switching, even when the switch was not of their own doing.

Fixed rate plans

Fixed rate agreements usually carry early termination fees, and they tend to be more expensive than other plans. This can make it difficult to switch from one type of plan to another, as the fee will offset any savings in cost. Even if you have a change of heart in the middle of the winter season, you might find youre stuck with your deal, unless the utility will allow you to switch without a fee. If you have a fixed tariff, you will need to see what types of fees are associated with terminating the account before you actually decide to make that decision. You may find that you can still switch, even if it costs you, or that the company will waive the fee as long as you remain with them and not some other utility. The costs to terminate a fixed rate plan also depend on how far along you are in it.

Sometimes, you get lucky

If your energy supplier has to change the tariff rate, they must give you 30 days to decide whether you want to keep the tariff or not. If you choose not to keep it during this time, no termination fees apply. The reason for this is that the company has changed the terms of the contract making the previous contract null and void. Thus, the termination fees associated with the contract also do not apply. However, this is a special case and isnt bound to happen much. It might happen with a fixed rate if the supplier thinks theyre going to lose money by selling you their gas at a lesser price than the market can withstand. However, most fixed tariffs have excess leeway built into the price structure, so this might not ever happen to any of your tariffs. Instead, you might have to wait for the contract to be officially over.

Another option for switching

If you simply wait for the contract period to be over, you will also be given 30 days to make a switch without termination fees. Of course, by that time the heating season will be over and you probably wont know what next winter will be like either. The time period is limited and if you miss notifying your supplier of how you want to switch, you can lose the opportunity to do so without incurring an exit fee. Keep an eye on your contract terms to determine when you can switch without penalty.

When your previous tariff is dropped

You will also get the opportunity to switch when your previous tariff is dropped and becomes unavailable. Companies that are simplifying their fee structures will send out a letter advising you that you need to change your tariff or they will do it for you. Some will put you on their standard plan and others will pick a more expensive plan. Whatever it happens to be, it will also come with termination fees. If you want to be in control of switching, you have got to abide by the time limit set for making those choices. Otherwise, once the other tariff is in place (whether you agreed to it or not), you wont be able to make another switch without triggering exit fees.

Wood Flooring Is Eternal Says Designers

Homeowners should consider wood flooring ahead of any other options, a group of Canadian designers has said. Speaking to the Canadian Press, Genevieve Gorder, Candice Olsen and Vern Yip, who judge the work of new designers each week on HGTV’s “Design Star”, all said wooden floors are their preferred material, with Gorder describing it as “the one medium that is eternal.”

“It’s been in interiors since the beginning of time and it’s sitting in our front yards,” she said. “There’s nothing else like it.”

Despite this timelessness, all three added that wooden flooring was at the very forefront of good interior design.

-Wood is both natural and trend-proof,- Olson said, and can bring a much-needed warmth and timelessness to modern rooms. -Even people who love modern style, she said, -don’t want a home where everything looks like George Jetson lives there.”

When given the choice between real wood and a laminate flooring, each designer said they preferred the genuine article, with the overall consensus that -nothing quite replaces a true wood floor.-

Interestingly though, it’s not just wood flooring that’s been getting fresh attention recently, but wood finish as a whole. According to Yip, it makes a great material to cover walls and ceilings, while old wooden platforms can also be hung up as art.

“Any time you have an entire wall of one material, wood or something else, it’s so striking,” he said.

This new attitude to wood is far from unique. Earlier this year The Guardian’s Huma Quereshi said that while the overriding style of the last decade was a timeless mix of -whitewashed brick walls teamed with wooden floors-, interiors styles are growing -more individual and less prescriptive-.

And as hardwood flooring is so perfect for those who like to redesign, refresh or just experiment – it can be retreated with a new finish up to five times – it should be no real surprise that it’s such a popular material.

According to The Times’ Gwenda Brophy, it’s our attitude to how wood can be used here the UK that’s changed. Gone, she says, is the -spirit-sapping pine panelling- of yesterday, and in its place a more imaginative – and very grown-up – approach in a number of contemporary homes. And that can only be good news.

To read more about the different types of wood flooring available in the UK, visit Timberland Flooring, where there are a wide range of stunning wooden flooring options available for you to choose from.

Landscaping Supplies For Your Garden This Spring

Railwaysleeper.co.uk provide the landscaping trade with various mulches, wood chips and bark products along with landscaping oak, fencing materials, landscaping screws and more to make their creations just as they imagine. New railway sleepers, used or reclaimed railway sleepers can all work wonderfully to provide great bases for growing plant life.

Railways sleepers can be used in multiple ways for the garden, such as for raised borders, vegetable and flower beds, driveway and path edgings and soil retention.

Get Landscaping Supplies For Your Garden This Spring

We aim at offering you quality materials and guide you with timely delivery for all of your landscaping project needs. If you are looking to make a lovely garden for this spring, then why not buy from us? We specialise in landscaping supplies to enhance the design of your lawn and private grounds. By creating the perfect outdoor landscape not only will you give yourself a wonderful location to enjoy the weather in, but it can also enhance the overall appeal of your home which could consequently improve property value. So waste no more time in investing in landscaping supplies.

This spring brings plenty of new landscaping products here at Railway Sleepers UK. A wide and full range of timber fencing and landscaping supplies, structural green oak beams, air dried oak beams and almost everything that is required to finish your garden building or decking project. We produce in bulk to source new landscaping sleepers in almost every size and type including oak sleepers, larch sleepers, treated softwood sleepers and rustic round edged softwood sleepers.

Contemporary Landscaping Supplies And Railway Sleepers

You will have to adapt modern solutions for modern design gardens. Railway Sleepers UK hold a range of special railway sleepers to fit your entire garden requirement.

On the website you can view our Contemporary Landscaping and Garden Railway Sleepers collection that lists all the products available which are best suited to these kinds of projects. They include mini sleepers for raised beds, machined and moulded sleepers, complete kits to create your bespoke raised bed or herb boxes and more.

UK mainland delivery is available with for any order size. Alongside sleepers and general landscaping supplies, you can also order decking kits, oak beams and timber fencing.

Contact Railway Sleepers

Visit the website today and place your order for all the landscaping supplies you need. We are eager to give customers the best service and price match guarantees on a range of products.

For more information call +44 (0)1536 267107 or email: Website: www.railwaysleeper.co.uk

Achieving Greater Business Energy Efficiency

A recent article by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy listed 10 programs that spurred organisations and customers to save energy. The findings acutely show that behavioural programs can be especially effective.

Improving energy efficiency is an important topic on the timetable of most organisations these days. The benefits are numerous, from lowering carbon footprint to the most outstanding of all cutting down on costs with energy. So million dollar question is: How to enhance business energy efficiency?

There are many ways to do so but this is not quite what I want to talk about in this column. I wont be propounding you change all the lights in your company to LED lights, even though that is one the most cost effective ways to enhance your business’ energy efficiency.

In this item I’d like to contest what is more effective consumer education or infrastructure updates. One could say that by combining both you could achieve greater results but that you will have to adjudge once you have finished reading this article.

Purchaser education has proven to be an effective way to better energy efficiency of households and businesses alike. When combined with programs that apply social science to energy conservation it can incite individuals to reduce consumption and make choices that will enable their companies to save as well.

Such programmes are an attractive way to reduce energy consumption since they have low initial cost and require little change to existing business processes / lifestyles.

However, simply relying on consumer/employee education might not be adequate. There is a real danger that energy efficiency gains seen from consumer/employee behaviour will go away over time.

That is when infrastructural upgrades come into the picture. Even though they necessitate a greater upfront investment if evaluated properly and done right such upgrades could generate better benefits. The down side is that most of these benefits will only be noticed in the long run.

But there is no better time to start upgrading your business with more energy efficient machinery. With many governments around the globe offering funds to subsidise these changes. For instance here in the UK the Government is creating the Green Investment Bank.

If you are unsure of which route to take in order to save energy. Why not ask for professional help. Hire an energy consultancy or an independent energy broker to inspect your premises and suggest the best and most effective options for you business.

Flexidry Enhancing Energy Efficiency For Modernahus, The New Green Housing Solution For The Uk

ModernaHus, the new generation of energy efficient green homes for the UK, will have 9500sm of its underfloor heating screeded with FlexiDry F1/7 day dry floor screed.

ModernaHus is being introduced in the UK after long trials by Scandinavian builders, Skanska. This innovative green home solution has already been adapted by several countries across Europe, and has been in the test phase in the UK for several years.

After two years of trials and considerable adaptation to suit the UK market and environment, the ModernaHus UK project is now underway and is scheduled for completion by October 2011.

The first phase of the ModernaHus UK project will comprise of 108 one to four bedroom residential units, in a rejuvenated site in Coldharbor Lane, Brixton. A good majority of the construction elements will be manufactured offsite and delivered to the site, ready for installation. This prefabricated building system has been found to be successful in bringing down the effective construction time while ensuring site safety as well as quality and finish of the products.

For energy efficiency, ModernaHus combines a well insulated building envelope, under floor heating, ground source heat pumps, solar panels and a central biomass boiler. The ModernaHus homes which will be 30% more efficient than normal homes, has obtained the Code for Sustainable Homes, Level 4.

With energy efficiency figuring as the priority for modern buildings, FlexiDry fast drying floor screeds is one of the screeds that is very much in demand by most major builders. When underfloor heating system can enhance energy efficiency, the use of the right screed is found to compound its effectiveness by acting as a thermal mass to dissipate the heat. FlexiDry floor screeds act as very good thermal conductors of heat and cut down the thermal losses and reduce the amount of heat required at the source. With an efficiency of 20-30% more than the normal anhydrite screeds, and drying times as less as 3 days to 21 days, FlexiDry is currently the chosen name for most of the major projects like ModernaHus.