Trade Tip: Re-Point Old Masonry with Hydraulic Lime

February 20, 2017
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One of the perks of being a Builders’ Merchant is that you pick up all sorts of hints and tips from experienced tradespeople. A long-established family business of stonemasons told us about the benefits of pointing with lime mortar.

So, when the nice folks from the trade blog Local Traders asked us for a guest post, we took this as our subject. You can find the article by clicking on this link: Repoint With Hydraulic Lime

We offer an in-depth look at the best way to point up natural stone or old brick walls, given that cement mortar (especially when treated with waterproofer) doesn’t filter out moisture and can therefore cause the face of the stones to drop off.

Experienced set-ups like the National Trust only sanction hydraulic lime for these older properties – which was the time-honoured method for centuries, after all. Here’s a quick peek at its many advantages.

  • Excellent workability and good water retention.
  • Good plasticity, high cohesion and low shrinkage.
  • Resistant to sulphates and freeze-thaw actions.

TBS sells hydraulic lime in 25kg bags, at 3.5 Newton strength. Note: these must be stored in a dry place.


Taking the Train? Don’t Forget the Sink Plunger!

February 15, 2017


A brilliant piece of ingenuity! Oh, and by the way, TBS sells these – just click here: Industrial Sink Plunger.

Do we have a new market here: commuters?


Help Your Doors Close Quietly – and Safely!

February 15, 2017


Has this ever happened to you? You fit an overhead door closer but forget to fit a door stop. It’s easily done, and the resulting damage is costly – and infuriating! But there’s a simple solution.

TBS stocks the Briton range of overhead door closers.


With one of those, you’re probably going to need one of these as well.


TBS stocks the Carlisle floor-mounted oval stop in chrome or brass,

We stock the cylinder and rose stop in chrome or brass

and the cylinder and rose stop, also in chrome or brass.


Wheelbarrows and Skips – Tips from the Trade

February 15, 2017

Source: cheezburger.com

Talk about adding insult to injury! But seriously, how do you tackle the task of emptying wheelbarrows into skips? We asked some of our experienced tradespeople. Here’s their advice:

  • Not all skips are the same. Some have a flap door on the front, so you may not even need a ramp. Shop around before you hire.
  • If you need a ramp, 2 scaffolding boards, one on top of the other, is the traditional way. They’re usually 13′ long. The double thickness gives the ramp strength and prevents it bowing too much.
  • Make sure the skip is positioned so you have enough room for a decent run-up.
  • No need to get a ramp right to the top of the skip. Just build it so you can get the lip of the barrow over the lip of the skip then pivot on that to tip the barrow. It means you only need a smaller ramp and there’s less hill to push up.
  • If your barrow does start to tip over on the ramp, then get out of the way and don’t try to stop it. It’ll only take a couple of minutes to shovel the spillage back up, which is a lot quicker than a trip to hospital!

This post from DIY Doctor gives helpful advice on where you are allowed to site a skip in the UK and what you can (and can’t) put in it.


The Cutting Edge – Reisser R2 Cutter Screws

February 13, 2017

TBS stocks the revolutionary R2 Cutter Screws, from Reisser. These only appeared on the merchant stage six years ago, but their strength and reliability are already making them a favourite with customers. Just look at what they offer:

  • The unique, patented twin slots allow you to screw close to the edge without splitting the timber
  • A reinforced collar prevents snapping and gives depth for a wide pozi screw, reducing the risk of ‘cam-out’ (where the screwdriver head slips off the screw under heavy torque)
  • The thread is wide, deep and lubricated, giving up to 40% reduction in drive resistance
  • The yellow tropicalised coating gives up to 20 times more rust-resistance than a standard BZP screw
  • The needle point enables the screw to penetrate almost any timber without the need for a pilot hole

ReisserWe sell them in boxes, buckets or cases of mixed sizes. All this comes at an attractive price, too. So you can see why tradespeople are going over to Reisser R2 Cutters. Why not pick some up at TBS and give them a try on your next job?

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