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Here’s a Handy Mobile App for Roofing Calculations

August 1, 2017


We’ve just found out that a former TBS account holder, Rod Hair, has produced produced Jack Rafter, a mobile phone app specially for roofers.  It lets you work out things like:
• Rafter Lengths
• Hip/Valley Length
• Rise
• Rafter Plumb and Seat Cuts
• Hip/Valley Plumb Cut & Seat Cut
• Hip Backing Bevel
• Jack Rafter Edge
• Hip/Valley Top Mitre Cut

It will do this for you in metric or imperial and in 5 different European languages.  And all this can be yours for a very minimal fee on download sites like iTunes.  For Android users, here’s the link .

Nice one, Rod!


Blast from the Past: an Original TBS Bag from c.1979 Discovered

July 21, 2017



Wowee, what a find! TBS Daventry yard man and super-sleuth, Ray Lunt, was visiting a relative and came across this. It’s one of the very first rubble sacks produced for our company, almost certainly for our first branch, on Islington Road, Towcester. This opened in 1978 and you can read more of its story through this link.


We guess the bag must date the period 1978-80. Do any staff or customers remember these bags? Do you know who the artist was? We’d love to find out more, so please use the COMMENTS option and share your reminiscences!


The original Towcester yard c.1980


Meanwhile, on a Tractor in Saudi Arabia

July 20, 2017


No words necessary! We liked it.


New at TBS: Tuffbank Boxes to Keep Your Tools Secure

July 17, 2017

The Daily Mail warned recently about the latest “peel and steal” craze that is robbing tradespeople of thousands of pounds worth of tools.

Every 24 minutes, according to statistics from the Master Locksmiths Association, a tradesman’s van in the UK gets broken into. It causes anger and grief, not to mention insurance headaches and vehicle repairs. What can be done to prevent this? Experts suggest:

  • at home, keep your keys (including spares) well away from windows and doors
  • leave your glove box open overnight, to show you don’t carry valuables there (like your GPS)
  • consider fitting CCTV and outdoor lighting, and maybe a vehicle tracking system (GPS or VHF)
  • get a heavy duty external van lock fitted to the van doors. AT TBS we sell this model from Kasp
  • Robust construction from heavy duty 2mm and 3mm steel plate throughoutKeyed alike 5-lever deadlocks both sides with heavy duty chubb-style keys, welded security id numbers and 6mm reinforcementUnique external and internal anti-jemmy systems and fully welded continuous piano hingeStrong gas struts and safety catch fitted as standard – conform to industry standardsReplacement keys available, using the unique key numberPowder coated for maximum durability

You can find more details here: data sheet for TB1 Van Box, and data sheet for TB12 Truck Box.

Image: Mercury Press & Media

We have one of each model on display for your inspection at any TBS branch. We want to help you stay safe.


Dunlop Floor Leveller on Special Offer at TBS in June

June 6, 2017

Dunlop’s new formula LX Range of Floor Levelling compounds are proving popular with our customers.

Even better news is that they are on special offer throughout June 2017!

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