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Cellar, Fresh Air Inlets and Sewer Vents

It sounds as if we’re describing three different types of vent here but the cellar vent, fresh air inlet and sewer vent are all the same vent. I’m sure you’ll want to know what on earth a picture of the Titanic has to do with all this but please read on… These rather splendid looking […]

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National Trust Restoration, Castle Drogo

This weekend we went along to see some of the conservation work being carried out at Castle Drogo, Chagford in Devon, England.  The castle is owned by the National Trust and the restoration work is a huge undertaking, likely to cost around £12 million. The scaffolding completely encloses the castle which is dwarfed inside by a […]

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Prototype Quatrefoil Channel Gratings

Our varied selection of 3 feet long gratings have always been a favourite for those wanting to replace ugly plastic and pressed tin grilles on top of channel gratings (also known as Ako drains) , with decorative cast iron grilles  Unfortunately, at 3 feet long, our grilles are not a perfect fit for sitting on top of the metric, 1000mm […]

Made to Measure cast iron grilles

Made to Measure

We have been making square hole gratings in a wide range of sizes for many years. It’s been a bespoke service and we have measured grilles for customers as and when they enquire and worked out the free area in mm2 that can be achieved for ventilation. While it started out with us making the occasional grille, it’s […]

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh

In November last year we spent a few days in Glasgow, looking for inspiration for new products and air bricks in listed buildings and period properties. Throughout the city are hundreds and hundreds of wonderful buildings and it wasn’t too long before we stumbled upon the works of the world renowned architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. We […]

Blocked Air Brick

What’s wrong here?

We’re often asked for advice on installation from customers and the trade so it’s always useful to see a photograph of the work proposed. Taking a look at the picture above, we saw a number of problems, here’s our thoughts and later a solution ……. The air vent appears to be blocked in a number of holes, especially the […]

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Cast Iron Air Bricks vs Clay Air Bricks

Cast Iron Air Bricks vs Clay Air Bricks  In the photograph above we’re comparing our GRID6 9×6 air brick with a similar sized clay air brick. If we take, for example, the corresponding 9×6 clay air brick in the photograph top right (middle of the 3 air bricks shown in buff) and compare the free air […]

Blocked up Fireplace

Ventilation Faults in Period Homes – Condensation Part3

We’ve already seen ways of reducing condensation and also how period properties were originally built to avoid condensation but now let’s turn our attention to faults with the ventilation in period properties.  It should be noted that these “faults” weren’t part of the original build but have been introduced either by the occupants actions or inaction […]

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Condensation in Period Homes – Condensation Part 2

We’ve already looked in our previous blog at the sources of condensation, but now let’s turn our attention to how its controlled in period properties. By looking at how our fore fathers controlled moisture in their homes, we should be able to find clues as to how we can alleviate condensation in the same properties […]

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Condensation – Top Tips

    Autumn is approaching and it’s that time of the year again – yes condensation is back! Here are some simple tips to reduce condensation……….   When taking a shower or a bath, keep the bathroom door closed and if there is an extractor  fitted, make sure it’s on. Don’t forget to pull the plug and […]