Bathroom Ceramics: How Close is Too Close?

August 8, 2017

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”?

Image: cheezburger.com

Image: cheezburger.com

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? Feel free to tell us (use the Comments option)  – or even send us a pic?


TBS Offer Domestic and Commercial Drainage Solutions from ACO

August 8, 2017


Are you needing to sort the surface drainage of your patio or driveway? TBS stocks channel drainage systems from ACO, a UK market leader.



Aco RainDrain is a channel made of Vienite, a high-strength polymer concrete, with a galvanised steel grating. It comes in 1m lengths. We also sell the corresponding outlets and end caps.





Aco HexDrain is an attractive and high-strength channel made of polypropylene. It comes in 1m lengths. We also sell corner units, to enable a right-angle bend, as well as end caps and leaf guards.




Aco Brickslot is widely used in domestic block paving and threshold projects. The 1m polypropylene channels simply clip together and the paviors are laid on top, leaving discreet drainage slots. We sell corner units for this product, too.


For further information, and for other paving questions, feel free to contact our Sales team at any TBS branch.


Modern Apprenticeships at TBS

August 3, 2017


As a company, TBS has always believed in giving youth a chance. We have sometimes taken on young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and watched them blossom as training and responsibility come their way.

For this reason, we welcomed the Modern Apprenticeships initiative. In partnership with the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP), we have been helping to train several younger people in different aspects of business life.


Semlep recently produced some videos showcasing companies large and small that have embraced the vision of apprenticeships, and TBS is one of them! Follow this link to watch the whole clip.



Wheelbarrows and Skips – Tips from the Trade

August 3, 2017

Source: cheezburger.com

Talk about adding insult to injury! But seriously, how do you tackle the task of emptying wheelbarrows into skips? We asked some of our experienced tradespeople. Here’s their advice:

  • Not all skips are the same. Some have a flap door on the front, so you may not even need a ramp. Shop around before you hire.
  • If you need a ramp, 2 scaffolding boards, one on top of the other, is the traditional way. They’re usually 13′ long. The double thickness gives the ramp strength and prevents it bowing too much.
  • Make sure the skip is positioned so you have enough room for a decent run-up.
  • No need to get a ramp right to the top of the skip. Just build it so you can get the lip of the barrow over the lip of the skip then pivot on that to tip the barrow. It means you only need a smaller ramp and there’s less hill to push up.
  • If your barrow does start to tip over on the ramp, then get out of the way and don’t try to stop it. It’ll only take a couple of minutes to shovel the spillage back up, which is a lot quicker than a trip to hospital!

This post from DIY Doctor gives helpful advice on where you are allowed to site a skip in the UK and what you can (and can’t) put in it.


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!

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