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Recently a lot of good music has been released. I do like music and spend around 60% of my time listening to music, it is always on when I’m working assuming that I remember to take my radio!
I also regularly attend gig/concerts for bands and artists, some who are well known and others that are not. Listening to music is a massive hobby for me.
The other day while fitting around 40sqm of the slimline mesh membrane in a home I was happily listening to an album called “This is all yours” by alt-J (go listen its good). The homeowner came and politely asked me to turn it off. Maybe they didn’t like it however I think they thought it would affect my work. I don’t think it does and I beg to differ. I had to oblige. It led me to think of while builders/contractors are working what is the overall opinion on the use of music. Maybe this is a question for the homeowner? What do you think? Music is great, not everybody shares the same music taste that’s what makes it great. People aren’t willing to listen to new stuff if that’s not what they are into. So now I have made it common practice to ask before I play any sort of music on a job to avoid a repeat of last week.
I get the frustration. I’m in your house and I’m playing my music. It’s not a problem for those that are out all day. In the meantime I’m looking forward to summer and with it comes lots of outside job. Roofs, Damp Proofing, dealing with weeds in the garden. Twistfix as always my number 1 place for Roofing Materials, Damp Proofing Cream and Roundup.
I think it’s the perfect time for my sort of work.
When mineral-based building materials get wet, a certain amount of water is absorbed into them. This absorbed water is one of the leading causes of structural problems such as damp, frost damage, cracking and moss growth. Twistfix offer a range of products designed to safeguard against this form of damage, including Damp-Seal water repellent cream.
The Masonry Protection Cream has many advantages, which include:
- Massive reduction (over 80%) of water uptake
- Water-vapour permeability is retained at a high level
- Durability – with excellent penetration power and exceptional resistance to UV light
- Strong resistance to alkalis
- Easy application with roller, spray or brush
- Reduced chance of spalling and staining
- Strong adhesion to overhead or vertical surfaces
- Four times the efficiency of liquid water repellent
Masonry that has become damp is an ideal environment for the growth of moss, algae and lichens. Twistfix moss removal biocide provides a powerful and professional solution to the problem – just follow these simple steps.
- First, make sure you are wearing eye & breathing protection, overalls and rubber gloves
- Using a brush, remove as much surface moss as possible
- Dilute the concentrated product with water in a suitable container to make 25 litres of ready-to-use biocide
- Using a low-pressure spray, apply the product to patios, driveways, roof tiles or other masonry
- Enjoy the clean, clear and long-lasting results!
Click here to find out more... Don’t let moss be the boss or damp be the champ – fight back with Twistfix! And, if you have any questions, don't forget that you can have them answered live, instantly and expertly with our chat function.
Yet again we find ourselves facing another vote, this time a snap general election. Next month we’ll have to go and vote for who we want to run our country.
After last year’s referendum and before that the Scottish referendum, which I’ll admit didn’t affect me.
I speak to quite a lot of people who are really fed up of needing to vote, all the run up and campaigning political parties do etc. Then there’s the problem that people don’t know who to vote for, young and old a big percentage of people are undecided or could easily be swayed. Labour say they want to build more homes, as do the conservatives. Which do we trust? Which do we believe? Unless of course your lifelong supporters of a certain political party and vote for them each time. If that’s the case campaigns are really ‘flogging a dead horse’ when they explain how there method is best for the country. I’m pretty clear on my views which I won’t go into on this blog as I don’t want any of you to think that Im trying to persuade you to vote one way or another. This blog will remain impartial
What I want to do is express the big need to vote. So many people don’t turn up at the polls and your vote is wasted. Register to vote before 22nd May, Vote on June 8th.
In the meantime I have been doing a few Damp Proofing jobs in Wales this past month. I’m literally living there now. I remember a few years ago when I was called regarding a job to rebuild part of a wall on a school. It was December and cold, I went to take a look but it never materialised however I’m back there now and pleased its warmer!
Once found in almost everything from paint to petrol, lead is now much less commonly encountered. This is because its drawbacks and dangers grew ever more apparent in the light of new research and technology advanced sufficiently quickly for us to find more suitable alternatives.
One of the main uses of lead was as a roof covering and lead flashing (on bay tops, valley gutters and cavity trays for example) remains a somewhat effective option in this narrow field. Many older buildings, particularly churches, still have their old lead roof (though these have become a prime target for thieves over the years).
It isn’t just churches that have had their roofs attacked; many domestic properties have also fallen foul to scrap thieves. This common problem, along with the fact that lead is very heavy and well-known as a toxin, has seen the amount of lead used in construction fall dramatically, ironically increasing its potential cash value even further.
So, what’s the alternative? In a word, Ubiflex. It has all the qualities and benefits of traditional lead flashing without any of the pitfalls and you can purchase the product as part of a complete kit from Twistfix. Here are some important details…
Ubiflex is a modified compound which centres on aluminium mesh as its core component
It outperforms lead in every respect, from its complete lack of toxicity to its recyclable qualities
One of lead’s most noticeable physical properties is its spectacularly-heavy weight: Ubiflex on the other hand has a very impressive strength/weight ratio and is at least 80% lighter than a similar amount of the outdated metal
Seamless runs of up to a massive 12 metres can be easily installed and cutting the material is unbelievably easy
Tested exhaustively under an uncompromising barrage of tough conditions, including water, temperature, wind, UV and more, Ubiflex displays unmatched qualities and needs almost no maintenance
Non-lead flashings are well-known to would-be scrap metal thieves as having little resale value and so your property will be left alone
The Twistfix Ubiflex kit comes with all of the fittings and accessories you need to complete a professional installation and rolls of the material can be purchased separately if required
Penetrating damp is a term that broadly describes intruding moisture from an outside source that has breached a property. The ‘outside source; should be coming from a number of places and could require the services of an expert if the source is not immediately apparent.
Spotting Penetrating Damp
Patches of wall may become moist as the problem takes hold, leading to discolouration and damage to decorated surfaces. It will become immediately important to identify and rectify the incoming water issue at its sources it could be a leak in a pipe or even water that has permeated through structural barriers.
Identifying the Source
The most important and obvious problem is to halt the water ingress through this often proves to be the difficult part. Building envelopes develop leaks and there are many ways for water to find its way in, from defective door and window joints, leaking gutters, faulty or damaged flashings and, the invisible cause, missing roof tiles. Rainwater can reveal weaknesses, particularly in prolonged and heavy showery periods.
Masonry walls absorb water naturally and can do so without hassle under normal circumstances. It the walls are subject to constant or near constant rain water attack, particular from driving rain or the saturating effect of a leaking downpipe, the absorbed moisture can saturate brick or block to its limit, the excess appearing as penetrating damp.
Bricks in particular paos a problem as their fine capillaries mean that water is transported around the internal structure at a rate tenfold that of other materials. Hairline cracks are common as water takes its erosive path at the mercy of gravity.
Solid walls are more likely to be affected than cavity wall construction by this type of penetrating damp. This is not to say that the cavity wall is a perfect solution as they can become blocked, which has the reverse effect of allowing water to bridge the gap. Cavity walls retrofitted with insulation foam also have a tendency to allow water percolation.
Treating the Issue : Simple Steps
Immediately, locate the source of the water intrusion. If you can't get someone to help you; your landlord or local council might be a good bet. Knowing where your water stopcock is will help ease panic in emergencies, too.
Once stopped, it is simply a matter of keeping up good regular building maintenance by carrying out such tasks as checking roof coverings and flashing for water tightness, keeping gutters clear of any obstructions and making sure they are leak free, checking windows and door frames for potential gaps.
Safeguarding masonry requires keeping wall cavities if they exist, clear of obstructions and checking regularly. ANy eroded or defective mortar joints should be immediately repointed and any cracks and crevices kept filled. Finish with Twistfix high strength masonry water repellent for a lasting result; it;’s 100% vapour permeable lines rather than blocks masonry pores, allowing evaporation and preventing a damaging freeze/thaw cycle from beginning.
Any construction or renovation project requires the same basic three things to have a chance at success – careful planning, quality materials and knowledgeable users of these materials. When attempting renovation work on an older building, the same things apply except you have to really up the careful factor to maximum! Luckily, the experts at SRS (Midlands) know their stuff inside out and, using products supplied by Twistfix, recently carried out a complete, large-scale overhaul of an historic church.
Many contractors will happily say ‘no job is too small’ but the staff at SRS (Midlands) are equally used to saying ‘no job is too big!’. Lesser men would have baulked at the mammoth task but for Senior Projects Manager Mike Cooper and his dedicated, cherry-picked team, it presented an exciting, unique and absorbing challenge, to which they rose admirably. The benefit of many years of practical experience combined with their implicit trust and confidence in the quality of Twistfix products meant they knew they could get the job done, and get it done right.
Cambridge Road Methodist Church in Kings Heath, Birmingham, was completed back in 1903 and, in the intervening years between then and today, had understandably lots some of its former glory. The work list was extensive and included:
- A full overhaul and upgrade of the structure inside and out
- Restoring the stability of the structure, particularly the turrets and spire base, which had suffered from extensive movement and resettlement
- Stabilising several masonry separations using Twistfix helical bars wrapped around the tower , like hoops around a barrel. Crack stitching products were then installed to reconnect cracked brick panels
- Intricate securement of all side turrets, roundels and terracotta arches using Twistfix retro-fitted wall ties. Working with the terracotta required extreme delicacy and so ended up being the most time—consuming part of the two-month project — main engineers Worrall & Associates instructed SRS (Midlands) contractors to remove all of the old terracotta mortars to the miniature spires on the turret tops, before grouting them using a resin mortar before a full repointing scheme, which fully concealled the structural masonry repairs.
Main contract Trendgrey Ltd were extremely satisfied with the results and the grand church is once again restored to its previous magnificence, thanks to the dedicated work of Twistfix-registered contractor SRS (Midlands) and the consistent professional quality of our masonry repair products, systems and solutions.
Find out more about the range of masonry repair products available NOW from Twistfix at the most competitive price.
A long, particularly cold winter that has extended well into the spring has left many roads, driveways and footpaths riddled with potholes which, unless attended to, will continue to get worse and possibly present a safety risk. The professional solution comes in the form of the Ultra Crete Asphalt Repair Kit, available from Twistfix now at a very special price...
The Ultra Crete Asphalt Repair Kit is the choice of professionals all over the country, from private contractors to large industries, councils and local authorities. Efficient, safe and reliable, the kit contains everything required for a lasting repair and comes with the usual Twistfix guarantees of effectiveness.
Potholes are unavoidable; the surface fatigue experienced during general usage causes vibrations which lead to tiny hairline fractures. The edges of these begin to work loose and water gets inside which, when it freezes, expands and widens the crack. This lets more water in and the freeze-thaw cycle is set in motion, progressively widening the cracks until the surface material begins to come apart.
Potholes can be dangerous to pedestrians who can easily trip on the unlevel surface, particularly if the light is low. They are also an impediment to driving. Damage to cars is often experienced as loose stones from the pothole are dislodged, an issue that also makes the pothole even larger. Repairing them immediately they are noticed is clearly essential and there is no better way to do it than with Ultra Crete.
The kit contains a cold-lay asphalt and delivers swift, lasting repair to a number of surfaces, including driveways, courtyards, roads, car parks, footpaths, patios and sports courts. It can be used in any weather condition with equal effectiveness and the permanent repair helps to prevent damage occurring again.
You can now save a cool £45 when you buy the Ultra Crete Asphalt Repair Kit from Twistfix. For just £141.48 fully inclusive of VAT, you receive three 25kg tubs (resealable and recyclable) of cold lay asphalt plus 750ml of bitumen cold joint sealer to guard against the dreaded freeze-thaw cycle.
This is a limited-time offer so stock up now and start filling in those potholes!
The weather recently has been more than a little changeable, even by British standards. There has been lots of rain in many parts of the country after several warm and sunny days, and more is on the way; Twistfix surface treatments can help you repair any damage that has already been done and prevent any more from occurring.
Check the walls, particularly near the junction with the ceiling. If there is any discolouration, touch these areas to see if they are damp to the touch
If a large area is damp then the wall may appear a uniform colour with no dark patches; look out for telltale areas of crumbling plaster
Black mould is often present and this can give out a dank, musty and unpleasant odour
Roof leaks can be stopped in their tracks with our Roof Sealer Paint, which is an acrylic surface coating designed to deliver optimal performance. Applied without primer, the paint seals and waterproofs any perforations or cracks in flat-roof coverings via reinforcement fibres that are dispersed within the formula.
Best of all, you can use this product for emergency repairs as it waterproofs instantly on application, even if it's raining. Proper curing is guarantees as the paint will not wash off in the process.
Walls need equal protection and our Penetrating Damp Treatment is more than up to the job. The versatile formula can be applied with brush, spray or roller to suit your needs and, once applied, creates an air-permeable barrier that allows brick, block and stone walls to breathe. The silane-siloxane barrier that is created prevents any further moisture ingress, however hard the rain is driven against the wall.
Whatever surface it is that needs protecting from the weather, Twistfix have got it covered: literally! Let us help stamp out damp by providing you with surface treatments of the most professional standard.
Perhaps the best definition of a weed is ‘a plant in the wrong place’. Indeed, to an untrained eye, many weeds do not appear to be so at all: Japanese Knotweed was introduced to this country via a Victorian botanical garden, where it was prized for its beauty. Of course, this voracious plant is now recognised as the single most damaging and invasive species in the UK.
However pretty some weeds may look, they are going to cause damage to the soil and to other plants, so it's vital that you either take the time to find out just what’s growing out there or call in a professional. In the case of Japanese knotweed, you’re legally obliged to get rid of the stuff; mortgages may be refused on properties with a knotweed problem and if it spreads, you're liable for the damage it causes elsewhere too.
Another one of the major nasties is giant hogweed, and this is really one you need to be careful with. It’s full of sticky sap that causes a reaction in human skin, making it become ultra-sensitive to sunlight. May people have been severely burned as a result of coming into contact with giant hogweed and so it's vital you're able to recognise it.
These are the heavyweights of the weed world but there are literally hundreds of other common offenders such as dandelions, daisies, buttercups, nettles, chickweed and dock leaves. All of these can be real pests when it comes to maintaining a healthy garden but you can step in and give Mother Nature a helping hand with our range of weed control products.
As well as a selection of chemical treatments, we also supply high-quality knapsack sprayers and injection guns, to ensure that the chemicals are properly applied for maximum effectiveness.
*Roundup Provantage 480 and Roundup Probio are sold for professional use only. The purchaser must ensure that the indended user holds the appropriated certificate(s) as required by Sections 8 and 9 of The Plant Protection Products (Sustainable Use) Regulations 2012. Users must wear suitable clothing (coveralls), rubber boots and suitable protective gloves (not provided)*
Cracks in brickwork are an extremely common structural issue and the effects can become serious if the cracks are not immediately attended to. Getting the job done doesn’t have to be a stressful or difficult process: just follow the simple Twistfix guide and you’ll be repairing cracks like a pro before you know it!
The main issue with cracked brickwork is that the cracks provide the perfect route for wind-driven rainfall to penetrate masonry walls. When the weather is cold, water within the openings freezes and, as water expands by around 10% in volume when it turns into ice, the cracks are widened by the resulting pressure. The tiniest hairline cracks can thus become much larger very quickly, allowing more water to penetrate each time. More water means more expansion and the freeze-thaw cycle is set in motion, progressively worsening the issue and causing more damage to the bricks.
An effective filler, properly utilised, will get rid of any fissures and crevices that may have developed. When filling cracks in mortar joints, the process involves mechanically widening the cracks in order to allow for repointing of the wall at a sufficient depth using new mortars.
Cracks in brickwork require a purpose-made injection system to make sure that they are filled to an adequate depth.
PREPARE the cracks by using a vacuum or air-line. This is essential to remove loose or friable particles as the substrate must be free from dust, dirt and other contaminants if a long-lasting, successful repair is to be achieved.
MIX the injection mortar in strict accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Be aware that mixing adhesives causes an exothermic chemical reaction and the generated heat can limit workability of the product, meaning it has to be applied within a short time of being prepared. Users should therefore have everything they are going to need ready before this stage.
TRANSFER the injection mortar to a caulking cartridge that is fitted with a nozzle suited to the width of the crack to be filled. Nozzles are available that can inject resin into cracks a single millimetre wide.
INJECT the crack sealant as deep as possible, ensuring that the opening is completely filled from base to surface.
MATCH the colour of the repair to the substrate while the sealer is still tacky, using tinting agents or brick dust.