Posts Tagged ‘protection’

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Effective Treatment for Rotten Timber? Send for the Lumberjack!

August 9, 2017

It’s a nightmare! You look somewhere that you don’t normally look (like the rafters in the loft behind your water tank) and the tell-tale signs are there: timber damage. You can’t afford to leave it. Something must be done!

Wet rot prefers timbers with a higher moisture content (above 25%), so it may be caused by inadequate ventilation under floors, the proximity to damp walls, or water leaks from sinks and baths, or poorly-maintained roofs.

Dry rot

Dry rot prefers drier timber, but it doesn’t stop there. It can travel through masonry in its search for food. If you spot white strands between brick and plaster, then you’ve almost certainly got it!

Woodworm

Woodworm refers to the exit holes left by the grubs of wood-boring insects. They exit in the warmer weather, so by now the holes will be there for all to see. Woodworm can cause serious damage to both internal & external timber, as well as wooden furniture. If left untreated, it can seriously weaken timbers, making things like rafters unsafe.

The answer’s in one can

TBS offers an effective all-in-one treatment for these nasties: Lumberjack Triple Action Wood Treatment. We stock it in 2.5 litre and 5 litre cans, and a 25 litre drum.

Triple Action is low-solvent and low-odour.  It contains fungicides, algaecides and Permethrin to actively kill and protect against all known wood rot, decay, fungi and wood boring insects. The fungicides and algaecides are finely dispersed, so they penetrate the wood quicker and get to work right away.

It is fast-drying and non-flammable. You can apply it to wet timbers without loss of performance. So it’s ideal for use on:

  • Sheds and garages
  • Window frames and doors
  • Fencing
  • Farm buildings
  • Roof beams and joists
  • Garden  and indoor furniture.
  • Floorboards

Two important notes: do not use on bitumen, plastics or roofing felt, and do not tip residue down drains (as it is lethal to aquatic organisms, good ones included).

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Protect Grass and Gravel the Professional Way

May 19, 2017

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Are you looking for a way to protect high-traffic areas of grass or gravel from excessive wear? Well, with TBS you can do so the professionals’ way.

ACO GroundGuard is a lightweight ground reinforcement system ideal for stabilising grass or gravel. It creates a surface which helps to reduce the risk of potholes, rutting or grass damage.

Manufactured from 100% recycled polyethylene. The system is exceptionally lightweight and strong, making for quick installation.  Sections are 585mm x 385mm and clip together easily.

ACO GroundGuard is suitable for a wide range of applications including paths, drives, parking areas, field entrances and access routes. It’s ideal for pedestrian pathways and for constructing wheelchair accesses compliant with Part M of the Building Regulations.

If you want to see the huge range of uses that GroundGuard can be put to, go to ACO’s website and click on “Applications”.

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And it’s tough! Correctly fitted, ACO GroundGuard has been certified to 250 tonnes per square metre, more than enough for almost any application.

In addition, ACO GroundGuard is over 90% porous and so reduces the rate of surface water run-off. This helps conserve groundwater and you save the cost of installing drainage.

So if you’ve got boggy ground as a result of all the rain and snow, think ACO Grounduard – and give TBS a call!

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Choose the Right Gloves for the Job with Showa

May 2, 2017

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Choosing the right glove for the right job is vital. The Health & Safety Executive has issued some handy guidance for FREE download:  Skin at Work: Selecting Gloves.

TBS is pleased to offer you Showa gloves. They’re a brand leader, made in Japan and meeting all EU safety requirements.  There are specific gloves for different purposes:

ULTRA LITE GRIP for jobs where you need protection but still need to be able to feel what you’re touching. Our own stock controllers wear these.
WET GRIP have a nitrile foam liner, ideal for watery conditions.
OIL GRIP – for slippery work; a seamless nylon liner lets them breathe.
THERMO GRIP – just what you need for the winter!
POWER GRIP have a polycotton liner for comfort and natural rubber palms for a firm grip – so no abrasion cuts.
CUT PROTECTOR have kevlar woven into them. That’s the stuff they use in body armour! So they’re pretty puncture and tear resistant. You could use them for pruning your roses too!showa_370

Showa gloves look good and come in different sizes: we stock medium, large and extra large. The Medium size come up a bit small, so they’d be good for the ladies, too, but we can order small if you need them.

Oh yes, remember to “Showa” your friends!

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On Your Child’s Life: Why You Should Check Your Smoke Alarms

April 20, 2017
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It’s always a good thing to check your smoke alarms – whatever the time of year. After all, a fire can start any time.

In 2014, 197 people died in house fires in Britain; 15 were children. The government has mounted the Fire Kills campaign to raise awareness. On this link you’ll find valuable information on fire safety in the home and in the workplace. Here you can see fire safety information for landlords.

You are 4 times more likely to die in a fire if you have no working smoking alarm.The key word here is “working”. Is the battery empty? How would you know? To find out, we strongly recommend you watch this video: On Your Child’s Life.

At TBS we stock the Kidde Home Safety Pack , comprising smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. So, if you haven’t got smoke alarms in your home, or if they fail the “working” test, call by and pick up a Safety Pack – for peace of mind.

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Could Power Tools Damage My Hearing? Try This Online Noise Meter!

March 21, 2017
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Noise is part of everyday life, but loud noise can permanently damage your hearing. Young or old, once you lose your hearing you can never get it back. The building trade is at particular risk because of the tools we have to use to get the job done. Tools and equipment that can cause hearing loss include:

  • Hammering
  • Drop forging
  • Pneumatic impact tools etc
  • Drills
  • Chainsaws
  • Explosive sources such as cartridge-operated tools or detonators, or guns.

If you use this equipment, you may think you know when to use ear protection and when you can get away with not using it. But can you be sure? The risks are pretty big! Here’s a nifty way of checking how aware you are.

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Now here’s a nifty little gadget for you: Click on the NIOSH Noise Meter and you can hear the different sounds and sound intensities of anything from a belt sander to a bulldozer. A red bar below shows how long it takes before a particular sound level becomes dangerous to the human ear. For example, a chain saw has a sound intensity of about 110 decibels. Without proper hearing protection, running a chain saw for only 2 minutes becomes dangerous to the human ear!

Here you can find a load more information from the Health and Safety Executive about risks to hearing at the workplace, as well as explaining your employment rights to correct hearing protection.

TBS are happy to advise you on the right hearing protection for you, whether it is disposal earplug worn inside the ear or ear defenders worn over the ears.

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