Archive for May, 2017


Definitely Heavy, Definitely Metal!

May 31, 2017


A pretty nifty bit of welding here. We like it!


State-of-the-Art Domestic Hot Water Cylinders from Joule

May 31, 2017


TBS stocks the Cyclone range of hot water cylinders, from Joule. They’re solidly built of stainless steel and butt-welded, which means you don’t get corrosion forming in crevices, which can be a problem with some other cylinders. So confident are Joule in the quality of these cylinders that they offer a 25 year limited guarantee on most of their range.

You can choose from direct and indirect models, depending on your requirements.

Direct cylinders use inbuilt immersion coils and are designed for low to medium domestic use. TBS stocks the 200 litre model but can order other sizes for you.

Indirect cylinders are linked via a heat exchanger to your gas or oil-fired boiler. They have one inbuilt electric element to give intermittent extra support. TBS stocks the 150 litre , 200 litre and 250 litre models.

Joule’s Cyclone range includes horizontal cylinders and calorifiers. There are larger, commercial or agricultural models available too. Wim de Rijk, our Eco sales specialist at TBS Daventry, will be happy to advise you. Call him on 01327 871990.


How About an Underground, Turf-Roofed Home?

May 19, 2017

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This futuristic dwelling in Pembrokeshire, Wales, actually dates back to 1998.

A family commissioned architects Future Systems to design an eco-friendly small dwelling to be built in a stunning rural setting.


The result is the Malator House, which uses the elements of landscape, ocean and sky in a beautiful way.


The design incorporates a turf roof, steel chimney and peephole doorway, along with operable porthole windows on the see-through facade.


The idea of an underground eco-home was made popular more recently when former Premier League and England international footballer, Gary Neville, had plans drawn up for one in the heart of the Lancashire countryside.


Unfortunately, Neville’s ambitious futuristic project, powered by renewable energy, has been abandoned. Neighbours branded it an eyesore and called it the Teletubby House, after the popular children’s TV series.

Even so, Neville insists he hasn’t given up on his dream of an eco-dwelling. Maybe he’s just ahead of his time – or fancies the Hobbit life?

What do YOU think? Can we consider underground dwellings as a future option? Would you live in one?


Meet the TBS Daventry Yard Staff

May 19, 2017


Just chillin’. Here are some of our wonderful yard staff at TBS Daventry.

In the middle we have branch manager Simon and his daughter Ellice, who does Goods In.

Behind them from the left are Lee, Mark and Ray.

They’re here to help you and to load your vehicle, and they’re quite nice too. Guys, we salute you!


Flood-Protect Your Home – Outside AND Underneath!

May 19, 2017

Weather patterns are changing. Some areas are getting way more rainfall than in the past. This can lead to flooding, which could even get into your house. If your property is vulnerable, what precautions can you take?

SAND BAGS are the traditional way to block doorways, drains and other openings into properties. They can also be used to weigh down manhole covers and garden furniture, and block sink, toilet and bath drains to prevent water backing up.

TBS sells Hessian Sand Bags and the Building Sand to fill them, either in 25kg bags or a loose 0.2m³ scoop. Bear in mind, though, that sandbags will seep water when they are full, so we recommend using thick polythene membrane underneath and behind the bags. TBS sells it in 4m width, cut to the length you require.

Here is a video clip on How To use Sandbags.


Finally, have you got a cellar that regularly floods? Do you have a toilet in the basement? Flooding can cause foul water to back up and fill your cellar with unmentionable mess. The answer could be to have a good quality non-return valve fitted in the main run of the drain. It stops any backing up – and is a good safeguard against vermin using the drain route into your property too! It isn’t cheap, but it’s a huge saving on wrecked carpets and furniture!

As ever, TBS is here to advise and help you, so call by or give us a ring.

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