Archive for the ‘Tips’ Category

this image, courtesy of Raven Housing Trust, shows just how destructive condensation can be

Preventing Condensation Part1

  Here are our top 10 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 drain the water out of the bath as soon as you’ve finished! Drying clothes on radiators generates […]

Using a conservation vent as a drain outlet on a period cottage, North Devon Wall

Improving Exteriors in Conservation Areas

Rainwater from down pipes used to emit from an open drainpipe on this old wall. It looked a real mess but what other alternative was there? Now, the pipe is finished off with a cast iron conservation 4 or 5 inch cowl, it looks neat, tidy and in keeping with this period cottage, North Devon […]

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Installing Quatrefoil Channel Grating Part 1

Channel Gratings are ideal for collecting surface water along the lengths of pavements, drives and at the base of doorways and conservatories. Here we are installing a Quatrefoil channel grating at the base of a 2.4 metre wide garden step in the grounds of a listed building. Our system uses the Manthorpe plastic channel with […]

Installation of channel gratings

Installing Quatrefoil Channel Grating Part 2

Once the channel gratings are all in place, carefully mortar/concrete the pathway ensuring the fall is towards the channel and the channel falls gently towards the drain hole. It may be worthwhile placing the cast iron Quatrefoil grilles in position to ensure the concrete doesn’t distort the plastic channel. Allow to set and then clean along the plastic […]

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 […]

Condensation

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 […]

Cast iron used for bridges, steps and walkways

Cast Iron for Steps, Bridges and Walkways

Cast iron has been used for centuries in properties for ventilation and drainage but it’s original use would have undoubtedly been in castles as covers for wells and as walkways and bridges. In more modern times, Georgians and Victorians used cast iron grilles along pavements to allow light through to the basement below and as bridges over […]