How to Lay Block Paving – and Not Like This!

March 24, 2017
Click images to enlarge image: cheezburger.com

image: cheezburger.com

Ah, the noble art of laying block paving!

There’s no substitute for proper, detailed planning – which clearly didn’t happen on the job pictured here!


Calculate your materials order, because “mix and match” doesn’t really cut it…


Image: pavingexpert.com

If you want to know how to do it properly, there is an excellent web page here: Block Paving Step By Step , and you can find a helpful 15-minute video clip here : How to Lay a Block Paved Driveway.

TBS Sales staff will be happy to advise you on any paving project, including calculating quantities, and offer some competitive prices!


Got a Landscaping Project? There’s Plenty We Can Offer

March 24, 2017


Have you got an area to landscape? Will you be using gravel or a decorative aggregate? TBS can help.

Whatever you’re going to have as the visible surface, what goes underneath is every bit as important. If you’ve ever topped up a gravel path year on year and wondered where the last lot went, it’s simple: it’s almost certainly sunk into the subsoil.

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The answer is to use a stabilisation membrane. TBS stocks Stratacheck, which comes in two sizes: a 2 x 25m roll or (for big jobs) a 4.5 x 100m roll. Here’s some of what it offers:

– High porosity, allowing rainwater to be naturally absorbed into the ground
– Conforms with SUDS (Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems) regulations
– Stops decorative aggregates from being lost into the sub-soil
– Reduces the depth of sub-base required
– Can be laid directly under turf – for use in trafficked areas

What’s more, it comes with a 40 year guarantee! But please note: Stratacheck is not a weed suppressant. So for a gravel drive or path, you should consider a weed membrane too. TBS sells Weedcheck, in 1 x 14m or 2 x 25m rolls.

If you’re after a substrate, TBS can offer you type 1 MOT, which is crushed rock (usually granite or limestone), or crushed building rubble.


Flamingo chippings

When it comes to what to put on top, there is plenty of choice. TBS can offer you the following, in Big Bags or 25kg bags:

shingle in either 20mm (gravel) or 10mm grade (pea shingle),

slate chippings in blue, green or plum,

Cotswold chippings (creamy white)

flamingo chippings, a classy blend of grey, pink and white – looks great when wet!

For any other aggregate and landscaping enquiries, give our Sales team a call at any TBS branch.




Creative Ideas for the Space Under the Stairs

March 23, 2017
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Click on images to enlarge

Have you ever wondered whether you could make better use of the space under your stairs?

Well, the fine people at The Top 10 of Anything have gathered some ideas. Here are just three – you’ll have to go to the full article to find the rest.



Full marks, we say, for the sheer ingenuity of some people.


Concrete Shuttering Just Got a Whole Lot Easier!

March 23, 2017


Have you discovered K-Form UPVC Screed Rail – the economical, efficient and environmentally friendly alternative to steel shuttering?

K-FORM is a 3m long UPVC rail made of recycled materials. It is lightweight and easy to use. Just one person can lay complete shuttering systems. Just think of what you save on time and labour, and you can pour more concrete in a day.

Being lightweight, K-Form spares you the Health and Safety issues of steel shuttering. But its top strip, made of harder plastic, is robust enough for you to use levelling equipment. It can be cut easily with a handsaw and no specialist equipment is needed, apart from a spirit level or plumb line.

K-Form has pre-drilled holes in the vertical face for locating steel dowels bars, and in the base for mortar anchoring. It also features a built-in expansion joint, end clips for joining and a removable top strip for joint sealing.


K-form is designed for a depth of 150mm, but it can be raised on a mortar bed to give you 200mm if required.

Once your concrete has been poured, K-FORM remains in place. No removing, no cleaning, no storing. So you save even more time.

Being made of UPVC, K-Form is resistant to petrol, diesel and oil.  This makes it suitable for filling station forecourts, industrial sites and agricultural applications, where steel may be unsuitable.

So do yourself a favour and move over to K-Form. Oh, and if you need the ready mix concrete to fill the frames, TBS can help you with a direct-to-site delivery. Just give us a call!


Could Power Tools Damage My Hearing? Try This Online Noise Meter!

March 21, 2017
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Image: drweilblog.com

Noise is part of everyday life, but loud noise can permanently damage your hearing. Young or old, once you lose your hearing you can never get it back. The building trade is at particular risk because of the tools we have to use to get the job done. Tools and equipment that can cause hearing loss include:

  • Hammering
  • Drop forging
  • Pneumatic impact tools etc
  • Drills
  • Chainsaws
  • Explosive sources such as cartridge-operated tools or detonators, or guns.

If you use this equipment, you may think you know when to use ear protection and when you can get away with not using it. But can you be sure? The risks are pretty big! Here’s a nifty way of checking how aware you are.


Now here’s a nifty little gadget for you: Click on the NIOSH Noise Meter and you can hear the different sounds and sound intensities of anything from a belt sander to a bulldozer. A red bar below shows how long it takes before a particular sound level becomes dangerous to the human ear. For example, a chain saw has a sound intensity of about 110 decibels. Without proper hearing protection, running a chain saw for only 2 minutes becomes dangerous to the human ear!

Here you can find a load more information from the Health and Safety Executive about risks to hearing at the workplace, as well as explaining your employment rights to correct hearing protection.

TBS are happy to advise you on the right hearing protection for you, whether it is disposal earplug worn inside the ear or ear defenders worn over the ears.

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