Why should I hire a professional Plumber?

Finding a reliable, professional plumber can be something of a lottery.  You want someone who turns up when they say they will, who does the job they were hired to do, in the time frame agreed. 

Unfortunately, anyone in the UK can call themselves a plumber, even if they have absolutely no qualifications in the trade. It’s also true that having qualifications and experience doesn’t mean the person cares about their work.

The simple truth is most of us have had dreadful experiences with plumbers.

When contacting plumbers, ask for reviews, or search online.  If a plumber is reputable and recommended, they are the ones you should be looking to hire.

Plumbing regulations change, so look for a plumber that is up to date with all the latest changes.  Ensure that they have valid insurance so if anything goes wrong whilst working at your home or after they have finished, you are covered.   

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The Mini Crawler Crane

One of the most versatile cranes for hire or purchase is the Mini Crawler Crane. It is incredibly useful and provides the multi-purpose use of being able to be operated indoors and outdoors. There are two variations, diesel powered and electricity powered, depending on just how accessible an electrical power source is. Electrically powered Mini Crawlers come in handy indoors, so as not to create harmful fumes.

Mini Crawlers can provide a wide range of heavy-duty lifting for various materials and is typically considered essential even for smaller construction projects or even for various other uses for businesses. One example is transporting waste, across work areas. They can also be used for transferring or loading extremely heavy pieces of equipment and material or even loading or unloading vehicles for transport. These incredible pieces of lifting machinery are small and mobile which makes them an incredible addition to practically any construction site.

Often the Mini Crawler Crane can be loaded with other additional features, that may be beneficial to your project, like:

• Radio-Controlled Operation
• Silent Running and Safe for Indoor Use (Electricity)
• Lifting Capacities of Up To 10 tonnes
• Practical Boom Lengths of Up To 21 metres

There is quite a variety of Mini Crawler Cranes that you can choose from, depending on the job site and job needs or requirements. You can choose a Mini Crawler based on capacity, maximum lifting height, maximum lifting radius, maximum working radius and if you will be using it predominately indoors. There are even some Mini Crawler Cranes that have a hydraulic blade on the front of it, that is designed to help even out rough terrain or can be used to help level out the crane when it is working on a terrain gradient of up to 13 degrees. These cranes are very handy for any job site.

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How Do You Become a Crane Operator?

There are a few paths and courses that are available for becoming a Crane Operator, however attaining a Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) card is considered the best and most in-demand qualification in the construction industry. The CPCS ensure that you have been trained up to national standards that have been set by technical specialists in the construction industry. This qualification involves intensive training courses that will help prepare you for rigorous Practical and Theory tests. It can be a long and expensive process but it leads to a very rewarding and well-paid position. On average, Crane Operators in the UK can make over £14 an hour.

After passing the Practical and Theory tests, a CPCS Trained Operator card (or Red Card) is obtained which is valid for two years as a ‘provisional’ qualification which means they can operate under close supervision until deemed experienced enough to operate unsupervised. This supervised period varies from one person to another but typically after three to six months most operators will be ready for an assessment to become a fully competent operator.

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Construction News 2020

Construction recovery activity seems to have slowed again, since August, and seems to be remaining around 11 percent below pre-lockdown levels, according to latest Office for National Statistics figures. The months prior to August, directly following the ease of lockdown restrictions, were immensely better for construction recovery.

Monthly construction output growth was at a record 21.8 percent in June and 17.2 percent in July, compared to the drop to 3 percent output growth in August. During this three-month increase, all new work sectors showed higher output than pre-lockdown, except for private industrial, which fell by 6.5 percent. The largest growth contributor being private new housing, which grew by 34.9 percent.

It is believed that the unpredictability regarding another lockdown or work restrictions are causing private commercial investors to remain cautious and skeptical. Record growth in repair and maintenance sectors is another demonstration of commercial hesitation, with growth being at 35.6 percent during the three-month growth period.

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Adding natural turf to your garden

Adding turf to your garden can be more effective if you choose to do it during spring or fall. If you want to do it during winter it will be too cold so the outcome might not be what you’re expecting. If you want to do it during summer and there is little rainfall in your town, it could be wise to wait because turf should be laid during rainy season so that it can be rooted in for a period of about six months.

Remove any existing grass or turf from the lawn

You can spray a ‘killer’ if there is a lot of weed and then remove them after two days when they are dead. Consider testing your soil pH. Good soil pH for turf is between 6.0 to 7.0, but you can adjust your soil pH if it does not fall between this range. Add a little of ground limestone if your soil is too acidic or ground sulphur if it’s too alkaline.

Level the lawn using topsoil if it’s uneven

Using a rake, distribute evenly the top soil filling all the holes. Remove any mounds of dirt on the lawn. After the top soil is evenly distributed, walk on the lawn slowly exerting pressure on it making sure the surface is packed together without living any inch. You can use a weighted lawn roller to pack it more effectively. Add more turf which will raise the lawn’s level for about 5 cm. Put some fertilizer over the soil. Unroll the patch of turf and gently press it to the ground by using your hands. Unroll the second and repeat the process. Continue the process until you finish the whole process. Then water your turf thoroughly and avoid stepping on them for 2 to 3 weeks. When the turf is rooted, move them to the new lawn.

These are just a few of the basic steps when you have the lawn at the ready, however, it is wise to do your homework on some of the lawn suppliers uk. You should choose a company who deliver turf all year round because they can ensure it’s delivered in prime condition. Many of the major players in this industry will have their very own state of the art equipment so they can load up the lawn inside the lorry at the optimum temperature while cranes can easily place the turf on your driveway so you don’t have to worry about the condition of the turf. It can take some time to plant and perfect a lavish green lawn but it’s totally worth it when the job is complete. You’ll not only have a nice looking garden, you’ll have a place for kids and dogs to play, a space that invited wildlife like birds, ants, worms and bees. Lawns can make you feel happier about your garden and you’ll be amazed how much difference a tiny or large bit of lawn can make.

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The best types of structural timber for a new build home

Building a new home can be quite a challenge when you do not have sufficient types of structural timber. Timber plays a very crucial role in the overall process of construction, and to a great extent, to the beauty of the home. Any homeowner should recognise that the basis of beauty is possessing the right type of timber.

Structural timber is the timber used for developing frames, posts and even columns within buildings, and this is also known as carcassing timber. Walls and floors are developed with the use of structural timber too. The timber is exposed to pressure and heat and specially treated depending on the intended use within the home. For a new home to outshine the existing home in a neighborhood, the homeowner can employ these four types of structural timber that have proven to be very beautiful on their own:

The Closed Truss

The closed trusses have a unique feature. They are beams developed to resemble a triangle. However, the bottom or horizontal part is the tie-beam and acts as a connection to two rafters. Under the closed trusses are various types or models of structural timber that have been found to be rather unique.


The Queenposts are developed from green oak, larch timber and even mahogany. The timber structure gives the home a unique figure of a “queen”. The bottom layer of the queen posts has two goalposts and two braces that hold the tie-beam in place. The queenpost is placed in the middle of the triangle with the collar at its top.


Other than the queen posts, there is also the kingpost truss. The kingpost displays a distinct shape of a triangle just like the queen post. However, there is a vertical member or kingpost that is placed in the middle of the posts. There are also two goalposts placed on the sides holding the triangle somehow “head high” just like in the queen post truss. The post in the middle of the triangle (i.e. the Kingpost) prevents the tie-beam from bending.

The Open Truss

There is also another category of the structural timber used in building house roofs known as the open trusses.

There are various types as explained below:

Swing braces

These are the structural timber that are curved and run from the wall all the way to the collar. This type of timber has two interrupted tie-beams that unlike the closed trusses, give the home a unique appearance. The Swing braces truss design is usually used in churches and big luxurious homes. It is a design you can definitely employ.

Interrupted tie-beam

This type of structural timber is employed when the high that is placed between the floor beam and the tie beam is not sufficient enough. This happens in situations where the length of the building is restricted based on its location or government rules and regulations. The rafter joins it in place of the shortened beam. The interrupted beams can later be interconnected to braces. Understanding these 4 different yet important types of structural timber can aid a lot in designing a home of your choice and design.

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