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DriMaster: Condensation Control Made Easy

Condensation, one of the major causes of damp within properties, becomes a more likely occurrence during the winter months. One of the most effective solutions is to install a positive input ventilation fan and Twistfix are proud suppliers of just such a product: the Dri-Eco-Heat-HC.

The Dri-Eco-Heat-HC positive input ventilation fan can be quickly and easily installed in any property with internal roof space. When operating at ordinary temperatures, the fan uses heat in the loft to take advantage of solar thermal gain; if the temperature drops particularly low, it is a matter of simplicity to activate the integral heating facility, distributing fresh, warm and filtered air.

The installation of the Dri-Eco-Heat-HC delivers immediate benefits, one of which is its ultra-low power consumption. An intelligent system, it monitors evidence of condensation and, if none is detected, automatically goes into standby mode to save even more energy. The unit operates at a whisper-quiet level to avoid disturbance and is supplied with a comprehensive 7-year warranty.

Air quality within a property equipped with a Dri-Eco-Heat-HC is significantly improved. The unit encourages movement of moisture-laden air, directing it out of and away from the property, reducing air pollutants and helping to combat damp caused by condensation. Complying strictly with Parts F & L of Building Regulations Ventilation requirements, the Dri-Eco-Heat-HC is currently available from Twistfix at the extremely competitive price of just £325.01 exclusive of VAT.

For more information, please visit the product page, where you will also find a user guide and installation instructions in PDF format.

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Crack Stitching the Twistfix Way

The Twistfix Crack Stitching Kit is the perfect solution for any contractor repairing cracks in brick, block and stone walls. Containing everything required to achieve professional results every time, the kit offers incredible value for money and is one of our best-selling products.

At the heart of the crack stitching kits are our helical crack stitching bars. Fabricated from high-grade (304) stainless steel, the high-tensile precision profiled bars are strongly bonded into horizontal slots that have been pre-cut into bed joints, stitching the cracks and restoring structural integrity. The retrofit brick reinforcement solution causes minimal disruption and is permanent once installed and will continue to evenly redistribute tensile forces across the structure, guaranteeing its stability.

Crack stitching bars are a particularly popular solution to the cracks that become apparent in older buildings, thanks to the minimal level of disruption caused while installing. Also, upon completion, both the bars and the grout used to cover them will be completely concealed, retaining the original character and aesthetic of the structure.

The Twistfix Crack Stitching Kit's contents have been specially selected by experts in the field of remedial masonry work and centre around 10 helical crack stitching bars of 1 metre in length; two thicknesses are available (6mm and the stronger 8mm) to suit the project at hand. Along with these, a tub of specialist WHO-60 masonry repair grout is included in the kit, with a yield of approximately 3L of smooth, effective polymer-modified product. The grout is used in conjunction with the supplied Grout-Master applicator which features a unique Hi-Flo nozzle. To allow for ease of use, a Helix mixer paddle and brick jointer are all supplied in this comprehensive kit. A mini crack stitching kit is available for smaller jobs.

All kits are available singly at a most competitive price or, to further enhance their cost effec­tiveness, in wholesale packs of 6 or 12. Please contact us for details regarding larger orders.

For more information on our range of crack stitching solutions for brick, block and stone walls, please contact us on 0845 123 6006 or email sales@twistfix.co.uk.

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Damp Proofing: Your Summer Project

Though the warm weather means that damp is probably the last thing on our minds, the summertime is in fact the best time to carry out damp proofing work. With the walls and the ground beneath at their driest levels, damp proofing work can progress with more rapidity and success.

Rising Damp Kit

Ground water at the footings level of a structure is absorbed into walls via capillary action. The level of the water usually tops out at around one metre high, leaving a tell-tale line; this is the classic symptom of rising damp. As water evaporates, it leaves salts behind which draw more and more moisture from the air, exacerbating the problem.

The warm weather means that groundwater is down to its lowest levels. A lack of moisture allows the walls to dry thoroughly, making conditions perfect for installing damp proof courses. Shorter drying times mean that painting and plastering can be carried out quickly after the damp treatment is implemented.

Treating rising damp is made easy with the Twistfix Rising Damp Kit. Our specialist damp proofing cream is fabricated using an emulsi­fica­tion process before being separated into handy cartridges for your convenience. Once applied, the cream migrates quickly and evenly into the pores of damp walls, delivering an effective, lasting chemical damp proof course. Plastering additive is included in the kit and acts as a salt-inhibitor.

For more information on rising damp and how to prevent or treat it, please contact our expert team on 0845 123 6006 or by email sales@twistfix.co.uk.

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Potholes, Doll's Heads and £1m per Month

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!

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Confirm your Details and Win an Apple Watch!

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.

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Death Watch at Hampshire Haunted Mansion

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.

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You Need the Twistfix App: Here's Why...

Most people are now familiar with using a mobile device to access the internet and purchase goods. Doing so via an app rather than by mobile internet is the best way to do it for lots of reasons and so Twistfix have created our very own mobile app for your convenience. Why download? Read on to find out….

It’s FAST. Time is of the essence. Time flies. Time is money. These expressions haven't taken root in our language for no reason and time continues to be the most important thing in our lives! Saving time is therefore always a good thing and the Twistfix app helps you to do just that with its fast browsing and purchasing experience

It’s SAFE: your online security is as important to us as it is to you. We have worked closely with our digital agency to ensure payment systems are as secure as possible online, with the latest, most effective software protection in place

It SAVES: downloading the app costs nothing and only takes a moment. App users can then enjoy an across-the-board 2.5% discount on our products compared to online prices

It’s FUN: app users will be able to join in exciting competitions to win cool tech prizes such as the Apple iPad mini and Sport Watch we have given as prizes in the past.

It’s CURRENT: we will continue to work with our digital agency to ensure you get the most modern experience, updating the app where necessary. We want to make things as smooth, practical and aesthetically pleasing as possible to optimise your time spent using the app. Product updates will happen automati­cally, meaning you always get the most accurate information at your fingertips.

It’s INFORMATIVE: we have worked hard to create a complete set of how-to guides that facilitate your work with our products. Clear, competent and reliable, these guides are immediately accessible through the Twistfix app.

It REMEMBERS: will store your invoices and accounts as long as you want it to, helping you keep track and stay in control

Get the Twistfix app today and start enjoying YOUR unlimited 2.5% discount.

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Exclusive: Special Offers on Damp Proofing Cream

Whatever the season, one thing is guaranteed in the UK Climate: rain. This increases the level of ground water and necessitates a damp proofing course in many structures (a physical damp proofing course is a waterproof layer built into wall bases to prevent absorption of this groundwater). Where this damp proofing course is missing or otherwise rendered ineffective, damp proofing cream can be injected to prevent rising damp; Twistfix supply a wide range of damp proofing creams, all of which are currently available with attractive price reductions.

Damp proof courses can be rendered ineffective in a number of ways, including:

  • Paving, concrete or soil being located at a level whereby the damp proof course (DPC) is bridged
  • Mortar pointing or render coats being extended across the DPC
  • Wall cavities becoming blocked and building up to a higher level than the layer of waterproof material
  • Alterations to the building that break the continuity of the DPC; this continuity can also be broken by structural movement

Twistfix damp proofing creams are BBA Approved and deliver many benefits, including:

  • Quick, simple and effective installation. Injection cream is installed up to a full 4 times faster than high-pressure injection systems; after injection, the powerful water-repelling cream percolates along mortar beds, lining capillary pores and preventing rising damp
  • Clean, safe handling. The creams carry no hazard classi­fica­tion and so hassle-free disposal of containers is possible. The consistency means that there is no risk of spillage or mess
  • Competitive price. No special equipment is necessary and even more value can be gained by choosing one of our complete kits

Twistfix are market leaders in the supply of damp proofing products and our expert team can also provide clear, competent technical advice. Call our helpline today for all the information you need. Order NOW to take advantage of our price reductions!

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Lateral Restraints - Take a Bow

The walls of a property certainly deserve an applause for all their hard work, but if they start to bow as well then it's time to get Twistfix on the situation! Bowing, bulging or otherwise leaning external walls point to a lack of lateral restraint that requires an immediate fix.

Generally, house walls are structures that are particularly slender in ration to their height; it is this fact that leaves them vulnerable to buckling forces.  Restraint is usually provided in two ways; by securing external walls to floor diaphragms and by strapping façade walls to the brick-bonded buttressing partition walls that run right-angles to them.

Once again, it is older buildings that bear the brunt of this structural issue and the problems often occur when the restraint between the external walls and the floor joists and partitions are defective, inadequate or even missing altogether.

The lateral restraint tie is an incredible innovation that, like so many others, is taken for granted. The retrofit tie rods are used when the façade of a building has become disjointed from the main structure, providing reconnection and enhancing resistance to thrusting and buckling forces. Drill-tipped tie-rod systems are specifically designed to tie external walls to timber joists located in structural floor diaphragm or to stud; they can also be used with stud walls.

The range of lateral restraint systems is large and diverse, in reflection of the differences between structures. Our long-series 12mm diameter heavy duty helical ties are designed to reconnect and strengthen masonry wall junctions, which is a particularly efficient method of transferring lateral forces back to buttressing walls.

Combining various types of restraint types is noted for its benefit of forming small box-like structures within the larger structure, dramatically increasing lateral restraint and stabilising the external wall.

Check out our videos to put the strength back in your structure!

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Baseline 8: First Choice for Cellar Tanking

When basement conversion started to get popular, it was variously termed as a ‘fad’, ‘trend’ and ‘craze’. This has proven to be very far from the truth, however, and extending your property in a downwards direction is more popular now than ever before.

This increase in basement conversions has been driven partly by ever-increasing land/property prices and partly by improved access to better basement waterproofing technology and materials. One of these materials is Baseline 8, a high quality waterproofing membrane, which is available as part of a comprehensive kit from Twistfix.

Baseline 8 is a cavity drain membrane that allows for timber-frame studs to be attached to the waterproofing membrane’s front; this means that required services (including electrical wires) can run safely and unencumbered between membrane and studs, preventing its penetration and subsequent compromising.

Membranes are connected with strong butyl waterproofing tape, creating a watertight seal - this is especially important at the junction of wall and floor, a particularly vulnerable area. The system for draining water is then completely sealed, isolating masonry from internal finished and facilitating water disposal without the liquid ever getting near the new living area.

The Baseline 8 Water­­pro­­ofi­­ng Membrane Kit includes:

  • 1 x roll of Baseline 8 water­­pro­­ofi­­ng membrane - choose 40m2 or 48m2
  • 1 x 22.5m roll of wa­­ter­­pro­­ofing tape or 4 rolls of butyl rubber rope
  • 1 x box of 200 brick plugs with ready-mounted waterproof seals

If you’re thinking about basement conversion then you need to check out all the facts as it is a complex, delicate task that must be managed by professionals using quality products such as Baseline 8.

Find out all the information on the technical aspects of Baseline 8 on our website and do not hesitate to get in touch with our expert team if you need advice. Get it right first time with Twistfix.

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