Archive for June, 2017


Working in Dust and Fumes? Here’s How to Guard Your Health!

June 30, 2017


We all have a moan about Health & Safety now and again, but some parts of it are really vital. Just ask a retired tradesman whose lungs are half full of MDF dust if he’d do things differently next time around!

The debate is on over whether MDF (Medium Density Fibreboard) dust causes cancerthis article tells you more. What is certain is that the dust particles have an unusual shape, which causes them to stick to the lungs. So you’d do well to be prepared!

Dust and fumes of any sort are a health risk in any number of trade and DIY situations. Particular care should be taken with the following:

  • soldering  
  • welding
  • using adhesives
  • sawing certain materials, e.g. MDF
  • grinding metal  

Here you can read more about the dangers of construction dust and how to guard yourself against it.

TBS takes these things seriously. We stock a range of masks and respirators to protect your lungs and nasal passages.

Ox FFP1 Respirator Pack : general purpose face masks for average levels of dust.

Ox FFP2 MDF Respirator Pack : a denser weave for finer, higher density dust.

If you’re dealing with FUMES, you need to be extra careful. Thinners, adhesives, some solders, and the fumes from welding require a full mask for proper protection. TBS stocks the Ox Twin Half Mask Respirator.



Do Your Teeth Grate When You See Things Like This?

June 30, 2017
Click on images to enlarge

Click on images to enlarge

Whether you’re in the trade, a DIY-er, or a passer-by, how do you react to something like this?

Does the stickler in you want to run and get a hammer and cold chisel right away?



If you had THIS on your kitchen floor, would you be mentally straightening it every time you saw it?


Would you stand a cupboard on this to hide it?



This guy is clearly tempted to use his bare nails and turn the cover round – just to remove the offence!

What about YOU? Are you a stickler for things being just right? Feel free to tell us in the COMMENTS option!


Using RSJs or Heavy Lintels? Here’s Why You Need Padstones Too!

June 30, 2017


Doing a job involving RSJs or concrete / steel lintels? Have you stopped to think of the massive weight being borne by the masonry below the two ends of the lintel?

Standard aggregate blockwork isn’t really robust enough to bear such direct weight. In extreme cases, this can even lead to cracks in the wall. What you need is padstones. They’re made of denser, stronger material than normal blockwork (typically to 40N/m2). Padstones bear the weight and distribute it evenly to the masonry below.


TBS sells padstones in 440x140x102mm, 440x140x215mm and 440x215x102mm sizes. We also sell concrete lintels from Stressline, in a variety of profiles and lengths, as well as steel lintels from Birtley (CB90, CB70 and CB50 cavity lintels, SB100 and SB200 box beam, internal, external and timber frame).


A padstone in place for the lintel Photo:


Harvest Rainwater for Future Use, with This Great Value Product

June 28, 2017



It’s been a fairly dry winter, they say, but the rains are coming. Have you considered recycling rainwater for garden use? It’s so simple: just install a butt and a diverter kit from your downpipe, and nature does the rest!

Here’s a handy and informative article on How to Recycle Rainwater.

TBS stocks the Garden Lake 200 litre Water Butt Kit. It comes in an attractive wood grain effect and with a stand, diverter kit, and a child-safe locking lid – all for only £34.00 + VAT.

So do yourself and the environment a favour, and harvest your rainwater with some help from TBS. Just give our Sales team a call at any branch.


Fancy a Man-Cave? Creative Designs for a ‘Masculine’ Home

June 28, 2017

How to make a home feel male – without beer cans everywhere? Well, these pictures show what can be done!

Interior & furniture designer G. Papos undertook to convert a former craft room in a residential loft for a busy bachelor client. The result is a pop aesthetic that enhances the industrial characteristics of the building.

“The boy done good”, we say.

‘Industrial’ style, with exposed brick walls, wooden beams and minimalist furniture that highlights the style – these seem to be the keynotes for fittings and decor.



You can find more information and some more photos here and here.

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