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Need to Repair Chips and Cracks in Masonry? Look No Further!

November 30, 2016

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Are there cracks in your mortar window sills? Have your stone sills been chipped? Do your outside steps have holes in the stone or brick? It can easily happen with weathering over the years. The good news is, there’s a fairly straightforward repair.

TBS stock Everbuild Epoxyset repair mortar, both standard set (technical specifications here) and rapid set (technical specifications here). It’s a three-part general purpose repair mortar based on epoxy resin technology.

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It can be used to repair concrete, screeds, stone or  brick in even the most demanding domestic and industrial situations. It’s stronger than conventional mortars. You can even use it on steel.

Epoxyset is formulated to withstand chemicals, impact and abrasion. So it’s the best way to repair wear and tear damage to  floors, steps, pipeskerbs and sills. Because it is so hard-wearing, Epoxyset can be used in high-traffic areas, on walkways or ramps, and on industrial floors.

Epoxy mortar for repairing of concrete

Epoxyset packs come with finishing solvent and gloves. The mortar can be laid easily with a trowel, in either thin or thick layers. Ensure surfaces are free from flaking material, dust, rust and grease. Saw or chisel edges to a defined area to a depth of 3mm. Here are some DIY instructions for applying epoxy mortar.

NOTE: When bonding to stone, especially if the area is quite large, you may need to apply a priming coat.

So you don’t have to worry whether the postman is going to fall headlong down your steps. Get down to TBS and get yourself some Epoxyset.

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Waterproofing a Wetroom or Shower? This is the Kit for You

November 30, 2016

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Have you got a shower or wetroom that needs waterproofing? TBS has the ideal product for you: the Dunlop Shower Waterproofing Kit. It is specially designed to make the job quick and easy. It prevents water penetrating into plasterboard etc., up to 1.5m high in a two-walled shower, and up to 1m in a three-walled shower.

The kit comes as a tub containing: 500ml primer, 4.5kg waterproof coating, 100mm x 10m corner tape, and 1 x 1m floor matting. It can be applied to wall angles, corners, around pipe holes and structural fixtures.

Dunlop offer a handy video on how to use the kit: How to Waterproof a Shower. You can also find the Technical Data Sheet here.

Last but not least, installers can enjoy a 10-year guarantee when the kit is used as part of a system of Dunlop adhesives and grouts. So, for a watertight shower or wetroom, pay TBS a call!

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Amazing End-of-Season Offer on Makita!

November 29, 2016

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As the season for landscape and garden maintenance draws to an end, TBS are offering a not-to-be-beaten special offer on some great Makita tools.

We are offering a Makita PLM4626N 4 stroke, 140cc, 46cm Lawnmower PLUS a Makita UH4861X 48cm, 230v 400w Electric Hedge TrimmerAND a Makita UR3000/2 240v Electric Line Trimmer/Strimmer, all for the amazing price of £350.00 + VAT.

That’s a saving of £100 on the combined retail prices! So why not snap up this great deal while you can, and have some brand new kit ready for next season. Just call by or give us a ring at any TBS branch.

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Bathroom Ceramics: How Close is Too Close?

November 24, 2016

The bathroom / toilet / loo – whatever you call it, one thing’s for definite: it’s private, isn’t it?

Clearly, whoever had this put in, didn’t think so! Is this what they mean by “close coupled”?

Image: cheezburger.com

Image: cheezburger.com

We rather thought this arrangement went out with the ancient Roman public latrine (see photo), but apparently not.

Roman latrine in Ostia, Italy

Roman latrine in Ostia, Italy

Mind you, a form of privacy can be easily created…

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Click images to enlarge

Have YOU seen any wild and wacky bathroom arrangements? Tell us below – or even send us a pic?

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Thinking About a Loft Conversion? Here Are Some Tips

November 24, 2016

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With finances tight these days, moving house can be beyond people’s budget. Which is why it makes sense to consider extending your present home.

The loft space in your house can, with a bit of imagination and planning, be made into a thing of beauty – adding value and character to your home.

These pictures may give you some ideas.

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What about planning regulations? In the UK, a loft conversion is considered a permitted development, with certain conditions:

  • A volume allowance of 40 cubic metres additional roof space for terraced houses
  • A volume allowance of 50 cubic metres additional roof space for detached and semi-detached houses
  • No extension beyond the plane of the existing roof slope of the principal elevation that fronts the highway
  • No extension to be higher than the highest part of the roof
  • Materials to be similar in appearance to the existing house
  • No verandas, balconies or raised platforms
  • Side-facing windows to be obscure-glazed; any opening to be 1.7m above the floor
  • Roof extensions not to be permitted development in designated areas
  • Roof extensions, apart from hip to gable ones, to be set back, as far as practicable, at least 20cm from the original eaves.

You can find out more by visiting this link: Planning Portal – Loft Conversion

Here is a handy link for practical considerations: How to go about planning a loft conversion. Needless to say, TBS will be happy to advise you at every stage from planning to execution – just give us a call!

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