Posts Tagged ‘plumbing’


Buteline – the Easy-Fitting, Solder-Free Plumbing System

July 4, 2017
Just push and clamp

Just push and clamp

TBS is getting increasing demand for the Buteline Plumbing System. It’s a polymer system for hot and cold potable water, suitable for both domestic and commercial applications. Made in New Zealand, it complies with all the requirements of the WRAS (Water Regulations Advisory Scheme).

So, what’s so special about Buteline? For a start, its lightweight, one-piece design. It’s fitted by crimping with a clamp, so there’s no soldering. You don’t need O-rings or inserts, so there’s no outlay on consumables like flux, solder or gas refills. That means faster installation,  so your productivity is higher .

Buteline is environmentally friendly, with no scale build-up. It can be installed with no connection to metals, so there’s no danger of corrosion. Its permanent non-demountable joint is vandal-proof and provides greater joint security, so you’re unlikely to need a plumber call-out.

Last but not least, you get long service life – and a 25 year guarantee! So, if you’ve got a water pipe job looming, why not speak to our Sales advisers about Buteline.


Click here for a review of the Buteline system in PHPI Magazine. See what  happened when professional installer Roger Bisby decided to test the strength of the  crimped joints by using some Buteline as a towrope – with the handbrake on!

At TBS we are finding that Buteline is attracting not just domestic plumbing installers but also constructors of caravans, mobile homes and house boats. Call our sales advisers at any TBS branch for further information. We regularly hold Buteline Trade Breakfasts, so why not find out when the next one is and come along!


Have You Met the Soil Pipe Monster?

June 9, 2017
Image: Niknaks Blog, via

Image: Niknaks Blog, via

Don’t know where this is, but hats off to whoever does their displays!


Plumbing: It’s All in the Detail, Right?

June 9, 2017

As we all know, it’s those thoughtful touches that make a job just right.

Which clearly isn’t what happened in these pictures!

Click on images to enlarge

Click on images to enlarge



white-trash-repairs-try-to-fall-off-again-you-stupid-thingSo tastefully done!

Have YOU stumbled upon any more examples of plumbing fitting that didn’t quite work? Got any pics? We’d be happy to give them an airing here on the blog!


We’ll Keep You ‘Soldering’ On

March 7, 2017


Alternatives come and go, but copper pipe is still very popular with plumbing and heating installers. TBS stocks it in 15mm, 22mm and 28mm.


For fittings, you can choose between Solder Ring (which have solder already attached) or Endfeed (which don’t).  Whichever you use, you’re going to need flux before you apply the torch.  TBS stocks Laco Flux Paste, which is non-acidic, non-toxic and lead-free. It’s water-soluble and contains a detergent, letting you flush through fast and keeping the tube clean.


If you’re doing repairs to existing pipework, you’re going to need to think about protecting old joists, skirting, carpets, you name it, from the heat of your soldering. TBS stocks Laco Cool Gel, a heat barrier spray that sticks to any non-porous surface and protects it. It is non-staining and will evaporate within 48 hours.


Or you may prefer a mat. We can offer you the Rothenberger High Temperature Soldering Mat. It’s mighty efficient, but bear in mind that you have to hold it, leaving you only one hand for actual soldering.

For all your soldering needs, come and talk to our friendly plumbing staff, or give them a ring at any TBS branch. We want to help you “solder” on!


Call a Plumber! Some Cringeworthy DIY Here

January 13, 2017


Plumbing: the art of getting water from one place to another?


We never cease to be amazed (or horrified) at the ingenious kludging that goes on sometimes to bring this about.


OK, they may be quick fixes while the plumber is called…


… but sometimes you wonder…


… if it’ll still look like this in 6 months!

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