Archive for November, 2016


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

November 30, 2016


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.


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.


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”?



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…

Click images to enlarge

Click images to enlarge

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


Thinking About a Loft Conversion? Here Are Some Tips

November 24, 2016


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.



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!


How to Fill Irregular Gaps in Masonry – and How Not To!

November 23, 2016

Fix & Fill-500x500Everbuild Fix & Fill Expanding Foam is a quick setting, polyurethane based foam which expands greatly on application and yields up to 50 times original can contents.

Fix & Fill sorts irregular gaps, fixes framework, insulates and deadens soundIt can be cut, sawn, plastered and sealed over after approximately one hour.

TBS sells FIX & Fill in 500ml and 750ml cans. We also sell Everbuild’s No Waste Expanding Foam, which has a longer shelf life and has the great advantage that you can keep what you don’t use, and it won’t set in the can. TBS even sells replacement nozzles.

While we’re on the subject of filling gaps, here are a couple of pictures showing unorthodox ways of doing it.

Click on image to enlarge

Click on image to enlarge

We can only assume this is the public library or something. Is this going to be made structurally sound and turned into an artwork? Or is this just cheapskate workmanship?


And from the “neat & tidy” department (not!) we have this! Old tarmac, a bit of timber and some expanding foam. That’ll do the trick! You half expect to see a toy car or an old sandwich in there…

If you’re wanting to learn how you should fill gaps in masonry, then click on this link or this one for some helpful clips.

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