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The summer weather has got the whole of the UK in a good mood but spare a thought for your brickwork. Though it can't complain about the heat, it will nevertheless show its displeasure if not properly cared for!
Hot sunshine causes thermal expansion pressure to build up within the bricks, causing cracks to appear. These fractures, if left untreated, will steadily deteriorate, possibly resulting in a loss of structural integrity and the ingress of moisture. Filling cracks in brickwork is vital task that reduces the risk of dampness and instability. The task is made easy with Crack Injection Mortar from Twistfix; each kit contains 250g of pre-coloured injection mortar and a syringe with extension tube. Check out our step-by-step guide below.
- Prepare the area by making sure that there is no dust, dirt or other debris in the cracks to be filled. The product works best when bricks are pre-wet but not soaked.
- Mix the specified ratio of water and powder together
- Fill the cracks using the product; this operation is facilitated with the supplied syringe and nozzle.
- Once dry, the product leaves bricks ready to be sanded, shaped and modelled; this can be done up to 12 hours after application
- Clean tools and spillages using fresh water
Crack Injection Mortar is available from Twistfix in a range of different colours in order to match any style of brickwork. Only natural pigments are used and the product displays excellent adhesive characteristics.
Foam fillers are used in abundance across the construction industry, offering a quick and efficient solution. An ever-growing number of foam-filling specifications require fire-resistant properties to be included and Twistfix now supply fire-rated foam to meet these requirements.
To be properly effective, fire retardant foam must be of the correct specification and type, as well as being installed with precision by a qualified professional. The tough demands of current Building Regulations must be met, ensuring that the foam-filling application will provide a high level of protection in the case of fire.
Twistfix offer cost-effective access to industry-standard fire-rated foams, namely B1 Handheld and B2 Gun Grade foam. Both of these products adhere strictly to the specifications laid out in IN 4102 Part 1 for Construction Materials and BS476 Part 20. When used as a component within a fire-resisting joint, the foams are intended to be combined with fire-rated intumescent sealant; this will ensure that the maximum fire rating is achieved.
One of our most popular products is the B2 Gun Kit, which delivers the very best value for money and contains everything required for professional, reliable results. The kit includes an applicator gun and cleaning kit along with Everbuild B2 Firefoam; this superior formula comes loaded with special features, including:
The ability to expand to 50 times the original volume
A fire-rating of up to 2 hours in specific joint configurations (combined with intumescent sealant where applicable)
Curing time of just one hour, after which the foam can be sawn, plastered over or cut as required
High level of fire rating protection, offering considerable retardation of flames and smoke compared to standard grades such as B3
Added insulation and acoustic properties
For all the tech specs, check out the individual product pages and, if you need advice on making the right selection, then contact the expert technical team at Twistfix.
Wherever they are found, from roads and footpaths to driveways, patios and car parks, potholes are dangerous and unsightly. They are a particular problem for motorists, a fact which has recently been highlighted by local authorities after the results of Freedom of Information disclosures were revealed last week.
The results of the UK-wide survey have revealed the worst roads in Britain in terms of potholes, based on the number of complaints received. With a massive 545 complaints, Mellor Brook By-pass in Lancashire is by far the worst in the UK, though none of the roads in the top ten have less than 150 complaints. Other notable pothole-filled roads include the A345 in Wiltshire, Attercliffe Road in Sheffield and Main Road in Cheshire.
Edmund King is the President of the AA. When shown the results of the survey, he said. "...our potholed roads are a national disgrace. We are rescuing record numbers of drivers whose vehicles are damaged by potholes. Insurance claims for damage caused by potholes is soaring. The lack of investment on local roads means highway authorities are doing little more than papering over cracks, with drivers picking up the pieces.”
Tarmac Pothole Repair from Twistfix is one of the best ways to restore order from the chaos created by potholes. A versatile cold-lay asphalt of highway-quality, the product delivers immediate repairs to any pothole-damaged surface whatever the current weather conditions.
Find out more details about this amazing product on our website.
The summer months are the perfect time for carrying out roofing projects. Work can proceed rapidly and, when finished, the roof will be ready to protect the property for the coming cold, wet weather in the following seasons. Twistfix are proud to number among the carefully-chosen distributors of the Firestone EPDM Rubber Roofing System, a hugely-successful product that has been on the market for more than four decades.
Since its launch is the USA more than 40 years ago, more than a billion square metres of Firestone EPDM has been sold. This impressive figure makes Firestone EPDM the most popular type of roofing membrane in the world, testament to its superlative levels of quality, safety and efficiency.
Unsurprisingly, Firestone EPDM has received a number of awards and accolades in its time. Greenpeace, the environmental organisation, conducted an in-depth study of the material and shared the results in a publication entitled 'Building the Future'; the study concluded that EPDM is an 'environmentally-friendly choice of roofing membrane'. In a published list of roofing membranes, the Association of Community Technical Aid Centres (ACTAC) named Firestone EPDM as 'the best-buy roofing membrane'.
EPDM, which stands for Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer, is a hugely innovative material, designed to exhibit robust resistance to water, extreme temperatures, ozone and UV radiation. It delivers powerful insulation and can be installed quickly and easily, creating a seamless finish that provides total protection.
Firestone EPDM rubber roofing is available as separate pieces from Twistfix but, for a more cost-effective choice, we recommend our comprehensive EPDM kit. As well as a piece of membrane in your chosen size, the kit contains all of the fixings, adhesives and trims required to achieve a professional, lasting result.
As one of the largest suppliers of damp proofing and tanking products in the UK, Twistfix boast superior purchasing power.
This enables us to command a highly-competitive market price, the savings from which we are delighted to pass on to our customers, allowing them to source great value, high-quality products in a cost-effective manner.
We have recently secured a deal with the only UK manufacturer of cavity-drain waterproofing membranes and, as a result, we are happy to announce that a number of British made membrane products are now available at a new and permanently reduced price. These include:
This high-performance waterproofing membrane is especially suited to civil engineering and construction projects, where it can be used to successfully waterproof basement floors and combat seepage. Designed with robustness in mind, Baseline 20 has an especially-enhanced drainage capacity and, once installed, provides an impermeable waterproof surface upon which can be directly laid floors and screeds.
Type-C compliant, Baseline 20 is approved for use in Grade 3 or 4 dry environments, is available both a 40 m2 & 20 m2 roll and is ideal for manual handling.
Designed for tanking basement walls, the Baseline mesh membrane kit contains a tough, long-lasting HDPE mesh membrane, with a surface that allows the direct application of adhesive dabs or wall plaster.
The membrane has a load-bearing capacity of 150 kilo-newtons per square metre and the kit contains all of the necessary ancillaries such as fixing plugs, butyl rubber tape and waterproof seals.
Baseline 8 is a cavity drain membrane which allows the attachment of timber-frame studs. This permits unencumbered services, including electrical wiring, which can run safely between the membrane and a stud wall, preventing compromised effectiveness.
The kit includes brick plugs with ready-mounted seals and either waterproofing tape or butyl rubber rope; these seal the system and isolate masonry from internal finishing.
Get all the details on the tanking membrane product pages and contact our team if you need advice or information.
Sales of bottled water in the UK have rocketed over the past couple of weeks, which has been attributed to the sunshine and pleasantly-warm weather this month. But don't forget that your garden gets just as thirsty and will be needing more water than usual as summer approaches!
Before summer really starts to kick in, it's predicted that we'll have to endure plenty of rain first. So this is your last call to get your hands on a Rainwater Harvesting System; localised droughts and hosepipe bans occur in this country every single year and if it happens where YOU live, then your garden is at risk of dehydration.
As well as the obvious environmental benefits, it will save you money too. Anyone who has to pay the water rates will know just how precious a commodity fresh water actually is. During an average year, a typical roof in the UK will be covered with about 80,000 litres of usable water; that's enough to fill more than 1,300 baths!
Harvested rainwater is not only good for watering parched gardens. It can also be used for washing cars, windows, greenhouse, patio, cycles; you name it. You could also use it to top up your pond or even to flush toilets.
The Twistfix Rainwater Harvesting System is simple to use, easy to install, guaranteed to be of 100% quality and competitively-priced.
Damage caused to vehicles by potholes in the road is an expensive business. The AA recently released shocking statistics about the problem, which revealed that drivers and insurers are collectively spending over a million pounds EVERY MONTH on pothole damage to vehicles, prompting the motorist's organisation to declare that the UK is suffering from a 'pothole epidemic'.
The first four months of 2018 have been the worst on record, with the number of pothole-damage claims equalling those for the whole of the previous year. The 'pothole epidemic' was said to be a 'national embarrassment' by the AA, who attributed the shocking rise in claims to government spending cuts that cause councils to neglect essential road maintenance.
Janet Connor is the Director of Insurance for the AA and was quoted as saying that "local council budgets have been squeezed to the extent that competing priorities mean they don't have the resources to keep their roads up to scratch". She also pointed out that the AA received a large number of pothole-damage claims in which the car was described as 'severely damaged and un-driveable', a description that was unheard of in the previous year.
The estimated figure of £1m a month referred only to claims made, masking the true extent of the real figure. Many drivers with comparably minor damage (such as a ruined tyre, for example) would not have made a claim as it would not be worth paying the excess and losing no-claims bonuses.
Reactions to the claims have been generally angry, with most drivers and insurers pointing the finger of blame squarely at the government. In a bizarre yet effective campaign in terms of publicity, one driver highlighted potholes by filling them in... with the heads of dolls!
Twistfix don't recommend the doll-head method; aside from being completely ineffective at repairing the pothole it seems mighty cruel on the poor doll! Our Tarmac Pothole Repair formula, which is an extremely versatile and tough cold-lay asphalt, is much more suited to the job and it won't give nightmares to small children.
Check out the product page to find out all the benefits of Tarmac Pothole Repair from Twistfix!
If you've been enjoying the sunshine recently, then you're not the only one! The annual weed invasion has begun and it's time to get tough on these green garden invaders with the Twistfix professional collection of weed control products.
This is our basic, standard option, designed to combat growth of hardy weeds. Ivy is a particular problem at this time of year; the creeping weed grows extremely quickly and can damage structures and trees. Roundup is used all over the country by local councils to control ivy, grasses and other weeds on paths, roadsides and other hard ground.
For controlling annual and perennial weeds, Roundup Provantage 480 is a more advanced glyphosate weedkiller. It works by disabling the enzyme system of green plants; these enzymes are not present in humans, animals, fish or other living things and so it is perfectly safe and non-toxic to anything but green-leaved weeds.
Weeds that come into this category are the notorious Japanese knotweed and hogweed, both extremely invasive species. Hogweed is known for causing burns and allergic reactions while Japanese knotweed is so damaging and pervasive that it is against the law to leave it untreated on your property. Roundup Pro Bio in an economical 3-pack kit is tough enough for the job.
Hollow-cane invasive plants like Japanese knotweed need special treatment and successfully solving the problem requires the use of a herbicide injection gun. Carefully calibrated to dispense an exact dosage of glyphosate deep into the stem portion of the weed, the Twistfix Stem Injector Tool is a crucial weapon in your armoury.
Check out these products and more in the 'Weed Control' section of the Twistfix website.
After several years of debate, the new GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) has been ratified by the EU and will become part of UK law later this month. The new legislation has been designed to offer enhanced protection to any EU citizen who has their data stored by companies and organisations anywhere in the world.
Data protection is of serious importance and is currently covered by the UK Data Protection Act. The GDPR enhances this protection in several ways, ensuring that data is kept safer than ever before and also allowing customers access to such data. After viewing data that is kept on them, customers can demand that it is deleted or altered if they so wish. As well as covering directly-identifiable personal data, such as email addresses, the GDPR also legislates indirect forms of identifiable data such as cookies and IP addresses.
Data storage and retrieval systems will be vastly upgraded In order to be as robust as possible; any breaches to systems must be promptly disclosed to customers. Powerful new encryption software will ensure that data is non-identifiable and an appointed data officer will carry out regular tests to all systems in order to ensure full compliance is maintained.
If you are a subscriber to our newsletter, you will need to re-confirm that we can continue to use your data to get in touch with you. We will shortly be sending out information on how to do this. It is vital that you give us this confirmation or we will have to delete your data and you will no longer receive our newsletter unless you re-subscribe.
All Twistfix customers who confirm their data with us will be entered into a special prize draw to win an Apple Series 3 Watch. This smart piece of kit features Built-in GPS and GLONASS, a fast dual-core processor and W2 chip, heart-rate sensor, barometric altimeter, accelerometer and gyroscope. Water resistant and equipped with the latest Bluetooth capability, this versatile device could be yours simply for clicking the confirmation link; look out for information on this coming soon. Get in touch with our expert team for clear, competent advice and information.
Fancy being on the 'Death-Watch' and meeting a choir of spectral nuns? How about being manhandled by cold, ghostly hands? Or maybe listening to the whispering of unseen children as the temperature plummets to unnatural levels? Us neither! Employees of Perma-Fix Ltd, a Twistfix-registered contractor, showed extreme bravery recently as they took their chances with these frightening forces...
The story starts way back in the 11th century, when Wymering Manor was built in Portsmouth, Hanpshire. Records show the first owner of Wymering Manor was King Edward the Confessor in 1042, then after the Battle of Hastings, it fell into the hands of King William the Conqueror until 1084. With a confirmed entry in the Domesday Book, the property is reckoned to be the oldest house in Portsmouth and is a Grade II Listed Building valued at £375,000. But Portsmouth City Council have been unable to sell the property due to many reports of 'hauntings' going on within its walls.
The council took possession of the property in the 1960s, leasing it to the Youth Hostel Association until 2006. Since then, the property has been on the market but has failed to attract a buyer. Jeremy Lamb is a chartered surveyor, one of several who has tried to sell the spooky property. He said, "It's certainly a unique house. It attracts lots of people who are intrigued by its levels of paranormal activity; they refuse to work alone there at night."
Wymering House was finally placed in a property auction but failed to meet its reserve price and therefore did not sell. Portsmouth City Council then took the decision to donate the house to the Wymering Manor Trust, who plan to restore the house and open it as a tourist attraction.
When completed, repair works, including the substantial woodworm treatment, will have cost an estimated £500,000. To help get things going, Portsmouth City Council have provided a £30,000 donation and Perma-Fix Ltd were contracted to assist with a chronic woodworm problem in the hard-wood timbers of the property. Using Twistfix products, to achieve a truly professional eradication of the deathwatch infestation, the timbers were treated quickly and effectively.
To attract mates, these wood-boring insects create a tapping or ticking sound that can be heard from within the hard-wood structural timbers of old buildings on quiet sleepless summer nights. They are named after the vigil beside the dying or dead, and by extension those of a superstitious nature have seen the deathwatch beetle as an omen of impending death. Thankfully, no ghost sightings were reported by the Perma-Fix team!
A haunted house is certainly not what anyone wants to live in. But the fact is that woodworm could turn out to be a much more serious problem, particularly Death-Watch Beetle. Luckily, Twistfix are here to help with our professional woodworm eradication products. We may not be ghost-busters but we are definitely woodworm-busters. Check out our products NOW.