Archive for April, 2017


Ladder Safety Concerns Us All – Especially These Guys!

April 29, 2017


We continue to be amazed at the way tradesmen and DIYers alike take risks with ladders. I-spy an accident waiting to happen! Create your own triple extender ladder by lashing three singles together??

Besides, if you’re working at that height, is a ladder the right option anyway? Maybe these guys should have hired a cherry-picker.

There’s a campaign on by the HSE (Health & Safety Executive) in the UK to make the regulations clearer and more accessible to businesses. They are also debunking some myths. Did you know, for example:

Ladders should be tied where possible

At least 3 points of contact should be made at all times,  i.e. two feet and a hand

You should not be expected to work up a ladder for more than 30 minutes at a stretch.


And how about this? Convenient, but scary. The answer here, of course, is to build a platform (or would those doors allow access to a cherry picker?). Maybe they doesn’t realise that a fall from only 15 feet is enough to break a bone or cause internal injury.


Whaaaat? Surely this must be faked! Not even a guy at the bottom with his foot on the lowest rung.

And finally…


As for this, words fail us! How many potential hazards can you spot? We managed 6 at least.

The HSE’s website has plenty of useful guidelines that you can refer to and download: things like an overall guide to Working at Height, and the Safe Use of Ladders and Stepladders.


A Toilet for iPhone Users? Clever!

April 28, 2017

This has been around for a while, but it’s still pretty clever.

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Click on images to enlarge

Digital artist Miloš Paripović has come up with a prestigious designer toilet for Apple fans.

The material is the same as for the iPod, iPad 3 and iPhone 5 – which naturally means this designer loo has been called: the iPoo!


The flexible cistern completes the picture by reminding you of the leaf in the Apple logo.

“Unlike some Apple products, this toilet fully supports Flash Flush,” says its creator.

The iPoo is still evolving. You can find more pictures and Miloš’s own comments by clicking here.

I wonder, is it compatible with an iPhone? Could be a quick way to dump spam…


The Outdoor Meets Its Match with Trex Composite Decking

April 28, 2017

The power of the outdoors has met its match! TBS is proud to stock Trex decking products. Trex are a market leader in composite decking, having perfected the technology since 1996. We now stock their Transcend decking boards and Trex fascia boards.

It’s true, you’ll pay more for Trex than for standard timber decking, but just look at these substantial advantages:

  • Fade and stain resistant
  • Won’t warp, rot, crack or split
  • Moisture and mould resistant
  • Splinter free
  • Washable with soap and water

Trex products are eco-friendly, being made of a blend of 95% recycled wood and plastic film – reclaiming factory waste and eliminating the use of harmful chemicals.

And that’s not all! With virtually every product covered by Trex’s 25-Year Limited Residential Warranty, you can rest assured that your investment is well protected. 

TBS stocks Transcend decking and Trex fascias in two colours: Island Mist Grey and Tiki Torch Brown. Other colours are available and we can get them for you. We also sell the associated Starter Clips, Universal Clips, and Decking Screws.

If you are wanting to ensure your decking has a maximum non-slip factor, TBS also stocks Deckwright Anti-Slip Decking Inserts. These are a flexible plastic T bar that holds a resin and aggregate formulation. When fixed into a deck board groove using DeckWright Adhesive, the insert sits a little proud of the deck and provides a secure grip. With timber decking it is usual to apply DeckWright Inserts to two grooves in each board for maximum effectiveness. With composite decking, you would only need to fit inserts between the boards.

If you’re passing TBS Daventry, we have an outdoor display of Trex for you to check out. For further information, give our Sales team a call.





Fancy Some Art Deco Style in Your Home?

April 25, 2017

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Did you see The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio? It’s based on F Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel of the same name. How did you like the architecture and fittings?


The interior decor in the film is sumptuous. Much of it is in the Art Deco style, a movement that began in the 1920s in France.  Could it be that the movie will spark renewed interest in this style? It’s certainly worth considering, with its glamorous straight lines and exuberant use of inlays.



Art Deco was an eclectic style and drew on many sources historic European styles, as well as the exotic themes of contemporary avant garde art.



TBS will gladly try to advise you if you want to experiment with some Art Deco in your home. It’ll give us a challenge!


Sterling OSB Panel Board Keeps Growing in Popularity

April 25, 2017


For many years OSB (Oriented Strand Board), also known as Sterling Board, has been a favourite in the building trade. This is hardly surprising, seeing how versatile – and affordable – it is.

It’s made of 95% criss-cross layers of thin, rectangular wooden strips, compressed and bonded together with 5% wax and synthetic resin. It is ideally suited to all kinds of building applications, including:

hoardings      shelving and racking       caravans        garden sheds       exhibition stands       interior cladding       agricultural buildings     packaging and crates       portable buildings       roofs      boarding up doors and windows

OSB is easy to work, file, sand, nail and drill.  Because it has no grain, you can drive a nail to within 8mm of the edge without it splitting.

Because it is reconstituted wood, there are no knots or voids to cause trouble when you’re sawing. Yet because it is real wood, you can glue it with any PVA adhesive. At TBS we sell Everbuild PVA. You can also sand the surface and paint it with any good quality wood paint.

TIP: If you’re using a power saw, use a slower feed rate, as the stranded structure can make the board bind.



OSB ususally comes in 8′ x 4′ boards.  TBS stocks two kinds:

11mm OSB2, the 2 signifying that it is intended for a DRY environment, i.e. indoors

18mm OSB3, the 3 indicating that it is suitable for humid conditions. OSB3 is BBA certified as structural grade.

Whichever OSB you are using, if it’s for an outdoor application, treat it with an appropriate preserver.

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