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  • How to Keep All Your Apendages!

    Workwear Safety Explained

    When you are working in areas where there are potential hazards, it’s vital that you wear the correct type of safety clothing. These have been designed to protect you from injury and enable you to carry out your role safely and in comfort. The different types of safety workwear each have their own benefits, depending on the work you’re involved in. Continue reading

  • Top 20 Tips On Effectively Insulating Your Home

     Insulating your home is one of the best investments you can make for your property. A home that is well insulated loses less heat in winter, which can result in reduced energy bills. Whilst insulating can cost money, research proves that it soon pays for itself with reduced energy bills. In many instances, you might be eligible to receive government grants to help meet the costs. Here are 20 top tips about how to effectively insulate your home.

    1. Loft Insulation

    A quarter of a home's heat can be lost through a roof without loft insulation. Fitting loft insulation yourself can actually be quite straight forward, which can save money on having to get it fitted. Loft insulation can last up to 40 years and could save you £150 annually.

    2. Loft Hatch

    As well as insulating the main areas of your loft, make sure to insulate the loft hatch too. Heat can easily escape through the hatch, so keep draughts at bay by adding strip insulation.

    3. Wall Insulation

    Cavity wall insulation is worth getting if you have gaps between the walls of your home. It works by filling in the gaps to prevent inside heat from escaping. Estimates suggest that around a third of a home's heat escapes via its walls.

    Draft-excluder4. Floor Insulation

    Insulating your floor could help to prevent heat from escaping. Sealant, from stores such as JT Atkinson, can fill gaps in the floorboard or skirting boards, reducing heat loss. Underfloor Edge Insulation, also from JT Atkinson, can easily be installed around the edges of a room to provide extra insulation.

    5. Carpet

    A good-quality thick carpet with underlay can help to insulate the floor of your home, but even adding a shaggy rug to wooden floors can make a big difference.

    6. Gaps in Windows

    For small gaps in windows use sealant to close them up, as this will stop any annoying draughts from entering your house. Consider replacing old windows with double- or triple-glazed windows, which could save you up to £175 per year.

    7. Fix Windows

    Make sure that all windows close properly. A stiff window that is not completely sealed shut can let air in and out. A few basic tools from JT Atkinson and a can of lubricant spray may be all that is required to loosen a stiff window and allow it to close properly.

    Nick-carter-smug8. Thick Curtains

    Curtains act as a great insulator, so in winter opt for really thick ones which, when closed, will act as a barrier against heat loss.

    9. Blinds

    Consider adding a black-out blind, thermal blind or insulation blind to a window. This can help to insulate your home and is especially ideal if you can't afford to get windows replaced.

    10. Draught Excluder's

    Sneaky draughts can get under doors, which can cool a room, so add a draught excluder to the base of a closed door to keep heat in.

    11. Draught-Proof Letterboxes

    Check to make sure that your letterbox is not letting any draughts into your home. It's a simple enough job to draught-proof a letterbox by installing a flap on the inside, but it can make the difference to the cosiness of your abode.

    12. Doors

    Replacing an outdated door that leads to the outside with a more modern one could help to prevent draughts from entering your home. In some cases, you might be able to replace it yourself if it's a basic straight swap. Gaps in doors can be sealed with bonding foam products such as those offered by JT Atkinson.

    13. Hot Water Tank

    Heat can be lost from a hot water tank, so make sure that it is sufficiently lagged. You can easily buy an insulating jacket from many DIY stores, and you could make an annual saving of up to £130. If your tank already has a jacket fitted, make sure that it is thick enough - ideally, it should be 75mm thick to be effective.

    14. Chimney Balloon

    If you have a fireplace, heat can escape up the chimney and cold air can come down. You can safely and effectively plug gaps in the chimney with a Chimney Balloon, which can even be used when a fire is lit. Whilst small gaps in the Balloon allow for necessary ventilation, its energy-saving ability means that it pays for itself in around three months.

    Radiator-shelf15. Access to Radiators

    Avoid putting furniture or sofas in front of a radiator, as you are effectively blocking the heat from circulating around the rest of the room and most of the heat will be absorbed by the furniture.

    16. Radiator Booster

    If a radiator is not positioned centrally in a room or doesn't provide sufficient output, a Radiator Booster is a handy energy-saving device that sits on top of a radiator and helps to quickly circulate heat. Its efficiency means that the thermostat in a room can be lowered, thus saving around £140 annually on heating bills.

    17. Radiator Shelf

    Fixing a radiator shelf above a radiator can stop heat from escaping upwards by forcing it to move forward to the rest of the room instead. Purpose-built radiator shelves can be easily bought, or with a few tools from stores such as JT Atkinson you can install a shelf yourself.

    18. Foil Behind Radiators

    Many people swear by adding foil behind the back of radiators to reduce heat loss from their home. It works by reflecting heat back into the room rather than sending it out through walls and windows. You can use normal kitchen foil, or specialist stores such as JT Atkinson can supply foil designed for the job.

    19. Pipe Insulation

    Prevent heat loss from pipes by getting them properly lagged. If the pipes are easily accessible, it is a job that you can do yourself, and you could save around £10 per year from insulating exposed pipes.

    20. Old Fan Outlets

    If you have any defunct fan outlets on the walls of your home that are no longer needed for ventilation purposes, then consider sealing them up with bricks or concrete blocks. If you do still require the use of a ventilator, you can buy anti-draught products from JT Atkinson that can reduce unwanted airflow.

  • 40 Ways To Save On Your Energy Bills

    With energy bills seemingly on a never-ending upward trajectory, it's up to homeowners to make changes to both reduce their energy consumption and keep the amount they pay for electricity and gas each month as low as possible. There are many things that can be done to keep your bills down, and whilst some of them are long-term solutions which may require some investment to begin with, many are very simple fixes which can save a few pence here and there. As the old saying goes, if you look after the pennies, the pounds will take care of themselves, so here are 40 top tips to help you regain control of your energy spending. bear-floor1. Keep bare floors covered. Quite a lot of heat is lost through the floors of properties, so insulating these with a rug or carpet is ideal to make energy savings. 2. Limit the use of portable electric heaters, which are good at heating single areas of your property but cost quite a lot to run. 3. Keep your central heating running if you go away during the winter, but lower than normal and only for a couple of hours per day to reduce the risk of pipes freezing and bursting. 4. Use the sun to help with heating by installing solar panels. This is a long-term solution, and you won't necessarily see much financial benefit straight away, but the rewards are far lower energy bills in the long run. 5. Even during winter, the sun's rays can help to heat your home. Ensure blinds and window shades are raised during the day to give you a boost on clear days. 6. Reduce the temperature on your thermostat when leaving the house during the winter. dial-Thermostat 7. Make sure all light bulbs used in your property are energy-saving bulbs. These are far less expensive to run than traditional incandescent bulbs. 8. When checking the light bulbs, ensure that all are the correct equivalent energy rating for the light fitting. This will help to prolong the life of the bulb. 9. Replace all halogen lights with energy-saving bulbs. In some instances, halogens can run hot enough to cause a fire hazard, but in any case the energy savings are massive. 10. Rather than using traditional lighting outside, install motion-sensitive lights, which only illuminate your garden when someone is there. 11. If you are likely to forget to turn your lamps off in the morning when you leave the house, consider using timers to do the job for you. 12. If you do not have a microwave oven, consider investing in one, as they use far less energy to heat up leftovers than doing so in a conventional oven. Full-Freezer13. Ensure that your freezer is always full, as it uses far less energy than an empty one. 14. When cooking on a stove top, try to match the size of the pan to the size of the hob. Heat is lost when using a pan which is too small for the hob. 15. Ensure that extractor fans in your kitchen and bathroom are always switched off directly after they have been used. When there is nothing to extract, you are wasting energy. 16. Always turn off appliances properly rather than using the standby mode. 17. Never plug in mobile phones to charge over night. Not only will you damage the battery, but you will use far more energy than is necessary. 18. Try to use laptop computers rather than a desktop, as they use far less energy. 19. When replacing a large appliance in the kitchen, look for an energy-efficient appliance with an A rating if possible. 20. If you have electronic devices such as the TV and games console all plugged into an extension cable, turn this off at the wall when none are in use. 21. Reduce heating costs by installing insulation in your loft. Underfloor Draft Excluder22. Keep draughts at bay by using excluders and checking the seals around doors and windows. 23. Using a smart electricity meter can help you to pinpoint appliances which are the most expensive to run. 24. Try to avoid re-boiling a kettle immediately after it has been boiled to make a hot drink. 25. Installing cavity wall insulation if applicable will help reduce heat loss through your walls. 26. Checking and replacing the seals on your refrigerator and freezer if necessary can reduce the energy that these appliances consume. 27. Washing your clothes at 30 degrees can save a great deal of energy on a cycle. 28. Many modern washing machines also come with a quick economy setting which costs far less to run than the usual full-length cycle. Programmable thermostat 7 day29. Using a programmable thermostat can help you to manage the heating in your home up to a week in advance. 30. Some thermostats even allow for remote operation using a mobile phone, so that your heating could be turned off if you are unexpectedly not coming home one day. Take a look at our Internet Thermostats. Internet thermostats not Hive 31. Replacing an old, inefficient boiler with a new one can help to cut gas costs. 32. Monitor the time you take in the shower, and ensure you are only spending the time that you actually need to in there. 33. Make sure a dripping hot tap is attended to as soon as possible, as it can cost a fortune in wasted energy. 34. Ensure that radiators in rooms that are seldom used are lowered if not turned off completely. 35. Preheating the oven prior to putting food in there can reduce the total time that it is needed to be used. 36. Turn the oven off before the time that the food should be ready and let the heat present in the oven finish off the cooking process. 37. Use double-glazed windows to reduce heat loss in all rooms of the house. 38. Ensure that your immersion heater has appropriate insulation to keep the costs of heating water down. 39. Install a wind turbine to harness the power of the wind to help generate electricity. 40. Ensure all windows in your house are closed before turning up the heating.

  • Mission Christmas with Monkey Models in Middlesbrough!

    You may or may not have noticed but it’s getting very close to Christmas now and Mission Christmas is back! Supported by  Steve and Karen from the TFM breakfast show.

    Last year 'Cash for Kids' managed to deliver over £1.5 million worth of gifts to children, across the North East who would otherwise have woken up on Christmas morning to nothing.

    This year we want to join in and help make these disadvantaged Children's Christmas mornings that little bit brighter. So our lovely staff from Middlesbrough are having a bit of fund-raising fun! All we're asking is that our super customers model our monkey suit and for everyone who does we're donating £2 to this wonderful, Christmas cheer spreading, cause.

    We also thought you might like to see these Monkey suite models for yourself so here they all are - We'll be adding more to the gallery as they come in. . . Enjoy! Oh and if you're in the area and fancy joining in feel free to drop by! You can even Donate Straight to CashforKids Here.  OR Text Happy to 70070 to donate £5.

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  • My Home Has Flooded What Do I Do Now?

    Returning to your house to find it flooded is one of the worst experiences for any homeowner. Flood damage takes a long time to correct but by acting quickly when you discover the problem you can prevent things from getting worse. What To Do The first thing to do is make sure your electricity and gas supplies are turned off. You can usually do this at the meter, however don't touch any electrical switches if you're standing in water as this could be dangerous. If you're in any doubt call the National Grid's emergency line on 0800 40 40 90 for electricity or 0800 111 999 for gas. Once you've made things safe you need to call your home insurance provider. Depending on the type of policy you have they may be able to help out by putting you in touch with local tradesmen. In any event they should be able to advise on what you need to do to prevent further damage - moving items to a higher floor for example. If items have been damaged check whether they can be disposed of or whether you need to keep them for an assessor to see. If there is still standing water in the house your first priority is to get rid of it. Contact the Environment Agency Floodline on 0345 988 1188 to find out what is happening in your area. It's pointless pumping the water out if overall flood levels are still rising. The agency should be able to tell you if there's help available with pumping. Your local fire service may be able to help here too. Remember that flood water may contain traces of sewage so take care and wear gloves and protective clothing when carrying out your clean up. Removing Any Outstanding Water My Home Has Flooded What Do I Do Now 2Once there's only a little water left you can sweep or squeeze it out or use a wet/dry vacuum cleaner to remove the last traces. It's important to remove any items like fabrics, carpets and soft furnishings that have become waterlogged. Contact your local council about disposal but, as above, check with your insurer before dumping the items. Depending on the amount of water it's possible that wooden floors will be okay once they've thoroughly dried out. A dehumidifier can be used to help remove moisture and these are available to hire and your insurer may have arrangements with a supplier. Plasterwork will have soaked up water and this may need to be chipped off and replaced. Partition or 'stud' walls will probably need the plasterboard skin replaced, the timber frame may be okay but any insulation is likely to have soaked up water and will need to be pulled out and replaced. Don't be afraid to ask friends and neighbours for help. People pull together in a crisis and you'll often find that you can help each other out. If you need to rent skips, heaters or dehumidifiers for example, you may be able to share the cost. Flood damage can take a long time to sort out completely. But by acting quickly you can minimise the impact and ensure that you return to normal as soon as possible. Related Articles: How To Defend Your Home From Flooding My Home Is Flooded What Do I Do Now Image Sources : Image One = www.theguardian.com Image Two = www.aaaflooddrying.com

  • How To Defend Your Home From Flooding

    As the seasons roll around, thoughts inevitably turn towards the ways in which we can protect ourselves and our homes from the elements. For those of us who live in areas that find themselves subject to seasonal flooding, this job can prove more troublesome than average. Making some changes to your home can help greatly reduce the risk that flooding poses to your home, helping you to enjoy peace of mind should the weather take a turn for the worst.

    Whilst buildings and home insurance will help cover the cost of returning your home to the state it was prior to the flood, with a few changes made to your property, the time, effort and money needed to do this will inevitably be reduced. Alterations such as installing ceramic tiles and using rugs on the floor downstairs rather than fitted carpets, and ensuring that electrical sockets are positioned at least a metre and a half from the floor can help you deal with the effects of a flood. Whilst they don't necessarily protect your home, they can limit the hardships you will face following the flood.

    In the kitchen, using free standing units that can be moved around the room should it be necessary is a great idea, as it can help to keep these out of harms' way, and also allows the walls to be reached without a barrier. Investing in solid wood or metal units will also mean that they will not necessarily need to be replaced should the kitchen flood. This will not be the case should your kitchen have units constructed from chipboard, which will swell if it is affected by flood waters.

    How To Defend Your Home From FloodingIn terms of actually defending the home from flood waters, there are a range of steps that can be taken. Firstly, it is important to assess the home, and find out exactly where the danger zones are likely to be. The best places to look to begin with are the doors, as well as any air bricks, gaps around pipes, and the garage door. Another area you might need to think about is your toilet, to prevent the back-flow of flood and foul waste water you may need to 'Plug' your downstairs toilet. The Floodtite Toilet "Panseal" could save you a lot of trouble it securely creates a seal around the toilet pan rim. It is fitted in seconds and requires nothing more than a few squeezes from a simple air pump (eg a normal bicycle pump).

    A flood plan should try to divert the way in which water flows towards your home, so the use of temporary flood barriers or sandbags is a vital early defence. If you live in an area with a high risk of flooding, it is certainly wise to ensure that these sorts of items are stored somewhere easily accessible in your house in preparation. If you wait until weather warnings are issued, many suppliers could have sold out, leaving you without. Also, having them stored somewhere that is easily accessed helps them to be found swiftly should an unexpected deluge occur.

    There are a wide range of products available to help with both the prevention of flood waters entering the property, and the clean up if the worst does happen. Items such as the Hydrosnake which helps to absorb water, and door barriers which provide a fast seal around the doors of a property to limit the damage that water can do are handy to have if your home is at risk.

     

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  • Preparing Your Home For The Winter Weather

    Winter is fast approaching and this means that for many people their electricity and gas bills are set to rise. Thankfully, there are some fairly simple steps that you can take in order to winter-proof your home, helping to keep costs down and in areas likely to be hit hard by the winter weather this year, to help to keep you and your family as safe as possible. Insulate The Attic Loft insulation is one of the easiest ways to keep the heat in your home. It is a well-known fact that warm air rises so stopping that warm air from escaping out of your roof will mean that the house itself remains warm and cosy even in the worst of the winter weather. Double Glazing This can be a costly suggestion to implement but it is well worth the investment. Well-fitted double-glazing will help to create a buffer of still air between your inner and outer windows, helping to keep that warm air in your house. Clear The Gutters Preparing Your Home For The Winter Weather 2Clearing the gutters should be done after all of the leaves on the nearby trees have fallen but before the first heavy frosts start and before the first snowfall. Clearing the leaves and debris out of gutters will ensure that they are working efficiently and will help to stop dangerous build-ups of snow on the roof by allowing melt water to drain away easily. Close Vents Any vents you have which leads to the outside provide an outlet to allow heat to escape. Keeping them closed will help to avoid cold draughts from getting into your house and will also keep your heated air inside. Add An Extra Blanket This is a very simple step that a lot of people overlook. If you are worried that one thick blanket might get too hot, then simply adding a second blanket can ensure a good night's sleep. If you feel that you have a bit of extra money to invest in keeping your bed warm at night, think about getting a good-quality electric blanket. There are few things better than getting into a bed which is already warm after you come inside from the cold. Adjust Your Diet Cereal and cold milk for breakfast and salads for dinner are all very well along with being healthy but they won't help to keep you warm. For the colder months, switch to porridge, soups, stews and other warming meals. If you are worried about the extra calories, don't be. Keeping warm burns a fair number and the rest can easily be worked off by clearing snow and other winter-related physical activities. There can be no doubt that winter is a dangerous time of year for everyone, but taking a few precautions while the weather is still reasonably pleasant can make all the difference to how comfortable you find the coming winter months. Image Sources : Image One = www.allatticinsulation.com Image Two = mrdiyguy.com

  • What To Do If You Think Your House May Flood

    Floods have become a regular feature of life in certain areas of the UK. Knowing how to deal with them and having plans in place in order to ensure that you are fully prepared to deal with a flood should you happen to live in an area affected by them is essential. It is not possible to completely flood-proof a house. If there is enough water around, it will find its way inside. However, here are some practical steps you can take. Fit non-return valves on drains and pipes. This is a very simple measure which helps to prevent sewage returning to the house along the pipes from the toilet and sinks. This can help to significantly limit the damage to your property after a flood has passed and is relatively cheap to put in place. Varnish wooden skirting boards. This does not water-proof the wood entirely, and it is less effective than fitting plastic skirting boards, but it is much cheaper and has the added advantage of making your home look good. Get high shelves. A fairly obvious tip, this one, but ensuring that your important documents are kept well out of the potential reach of any floodwater is essential. Every year people lose their insurance documents to the floods, and this seriously hinders the progress of their claim. Plan ahead and make certain this does not happen to you. When you first realise that your home is in an area affected by a flood warning, it can be very easy to give in to the urge to panic. This causes far more problems than taking a few minutes to think through your options, and having a pre-arranged flood plan helps you to avoid panic too. Put together a flood kit — a waterproof container which contains your home insurance documents, a torch, warm clothing, a first-aid kit and a supply of any prescription medicines you take, bottled water and non-perishable food. When you realise that your home is in imminent danger of flooding, turn off your gas and electricity. Move your family, pets, and flood kit to a safe position — usually the top floor or attic. Place sandbags (use pillowcases or plastic bags filled with earth in place of sandbags if you don't have any) around the entrances of your house. What To Do If You Think Your House May FloodIf you have time after sorting all of that out, move any expensive equipment out of the reach of the flood water, and consider moving your car to higher ground. If a flood strikes, it is worth considering whether or not you have any vulnerable neighbours who might need some extra help to deal with this emergency. Community spirit is never more important than when nature hits the community as hard as it can. Floods are one of the most devastating natural events to hit anywhere in the UK. Having a plan in place to deal with flooding can help to make it less devastating.

  • The Deals of November...

    November is the time when the weather starts turning, nights draw in and its getting colder, so to help ease the transition into winter we have 4 great products for our November ‘Deal of the Weeks', they are…

    The Worcester Wave ThermostatWorcester Wave W/C 3rd November

    The Worcester Wave is the latest thermostat from the Worcester Bosch group. Allowing you to control your heating and hot water from anywhere in the world using your smartphone and the Wave App, you can turn your heating up from your office or on the bus on the journey home. With multiple features including load and weather compensation the Worcester Wave is the smart choice for use with your Worcester boiler.

    Defender_-_Workshop_Twin_-_461_x_1000Defender Twin Head Halogen Work Light W/C 10th November

    This twin head work light is the perfect solution for working into the dark nights, with tough cast alloy heads it perfect for withstanding the rigours of site use. Its adjustable tripod allows it to be extended anywhere between 0.6m and 1.7m and with its directional 400W halogen fittings it can be positioned to light any space making it a perfect choice for those that need some extra lighting.

     

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    Scruffs Executive Jacket W/C 17th November

    The executive jacket is designed to keep you warm and stylish though the winter months, it comes with a warm fleece lining and is constructed from hardwearing Rip-Stop fabric to keep the wind and rain out. It has a relaxed fit and comes with the benefit of a concealed hood within the high neck collar, perfect for when the weather takes a turn for the worse. With its large external, zipped pockets you will always have somewhere secure to keep your personal belongings. Whether it’s for work or casual use, this jacket is perfect for all occasions.

     

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    Youngman 3 Way Combination Ladder W/C 24th November

    Lightweight and compact this 3 way aluminium ladder combines strength, durability and versatility. Perfect for light trade and DIY projects, its quick and easy to use with a choice of three settings but is easy to store and transport. It includes stabilising and restraining bars for added safety and has a solid build quality. Its three use options include 1) Extension Ladder 2) Step Ladder and 3) Stairway Ladder making it a great solution for all your ladder needs.

    Remember that our deals of the week star every Monday, and last until midnight on Sunday. Make sure you don’t miss out!

  • Part P In Your Home

    What do you know about 'Part P'?

    'Part P' is the area of Building Regulations covering electrical installations in dwellings. If these standards are not met, not only are we at risk of there being electrical hazards in our homes, it could jeopardise your mortgage agreement and home insurance. The good news is you don't need to know a huge amount about 'Part P', we can leave the details to the Qualified Electricians. In actual fact, we've managed to squeeze the most important bits that home owners need to know, into this two minute video. Helen explains the risks of not complying with 'Part P' and then introduces Chris. Chris is a Qualified Electrician who talks you through what steps an electrician will take in order to meet these regulations. Then he explains how a record is kept against your property, showing that work has been completed in accordance with the Building Regulations 'Part P'. This week the temperature has started dropping as winter is nearing and we've had to put the heating on in the office. We thought it might be useful for our customers to know about the range of thermostats out there and the different benefits they each offer. With this in mind we are going to be filming product reviews on 10 different thermostats that we stock online. Here they all are in no particular order.

    1 Danfoss FP975 Two Channel Full Programmer 2 Salus ST620WBC Wireless Programmable Room Thermostat compatible with Worcester Bosch Boilers
    3 Salus RT300RF Wireless Digital Room Thermostat with Receiver 4 Danfoss RMT230 Room Thermostat
    5 Honeywell CM927 7 Day Wireless Programmable Thermostat 6 Siemens RWB29 Twin Channel Programmer
    7 Danfoss TP5000 Si Programmable 5/2 Day Room Thermostat 8 Siemens RAA21-GB Standard Room Thermostat
    9 Siemens RDJ10RF/SET-GB RF Daily Digital Programmable Room Thermostat and Receiver 10 Salus iT500 Internet Thermostat

      The Electrician featured in this video works for E&P Electrics from Bedale North Yorkshire, they are based around 200m from our Bedale Branch. Chris was great as Helen just turned up one morning with her camera and he was happy to help us out, even though she didn't give him any rehearsal time. Thanks Chris!

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