Archive | April, 2012

Jim fixed it for us

26 Apr

Jim fixed it for us

He also, somehow had to charge for an extra m2 of cement, very pour indeed, strange that however much you measure and re-measure, add another good measure for safety, and get 2 engineers to survey … that all cement companies somehow manage to charge for if not actually pour an extra m2. Great job though, well done the driver, not an easy park on a very cramped and drizzle grey London day.


One hungry and one foundations

26 Apr

A well earned sandwich break after some back breaking toil laying foundations



Other Well Known Dalmations

26 Apr

other well known dalmations

CTUSM proving yet again that the art of punning has its own re-word. Their reward may will  be in Heaven or  hopefully a slightly larger venue.

The Only Way is Up for LED Downlighters

25 Apr

Cooper Lighting and Safety has launched an LED downlighter that has been designed to directly replace halogen downlighters.

The company said the DL 11 downlighter used 70% less energy than a halogen downlighter and had a life of 50,000 hours reducing maintenance costs. The down light has an efficiency of 50lumens/watt and can be specified in a choice of warm white, natural white or cool white colour temperatures. The DL 11 features a die cast aluminium body available in a choice of white or grey and can be supplied as a fixed output or dimming version.

Cooper Lighting and Safety

It’s Cold Outside

19 Apr

£200m for People Who Take Up Green Deal Scheme in First Year

Collectively, homes and businesses across the UK waste approximately £3 billion of energy every year. High quality, government accredited energy efficiency installations, designed to ensure British families and businesses pay no more than necessary to keep warm, might be the answer.


Heralded as a “revolution” in the UK energy sector, the Green Deal is the flagship government initiative to increase the energy efficiency of British properties in the public and private sector.

The Green Deal will allow private energy firms to provide domestic and commercial customers with double glazing, loft and wall insulation and other structural improvements designed to boost the energy efficiency of their buildings and reduce heating bills.

From autumn 2012, participating  companies and accredited retailers  will provide customers across the UK with quality-assured work to their homes, businesses and community spaces for no upfront cost, and without loans or advance finance.

The full cost of the measures will be recovered through instalments on the energy bill over several years, and because the Green Deal is not a personal loan or an advance payment scheme, there is no obligation to continue paying the instalments if you move house.

Suitability for the scheme will be assessed on a simple calculation, known as the “golden rule” of the Green Deal – the predicted savings from the energy efficiency improvements to your property must equal or exceed the cost of installation.

The Mortar Boys will provide further info closer to the time.


The New Heat

13 Apr

Who could remain cool at the sight of one of these radiators? Home-improvers up and down the country are having hot flushes over these unusual devices and although they might not all be to everyone’s taste, they certainly cause some heated discussion amongst The Mortar Boys.

Hose Designer Radiator

If you are looking for a centre piece then this is the appliance for you. The Hose designer radiator is an extremely eye catching design statement.  With over 20 metres of braded hose, this powerful performer is not only an effective heating solution but an iconic fashion addition to any home. Its industrial style is unique and will provide you with a talking point in your home, set yourself aside from your friends and leave traditional styles behind.  Around £995 including VAT.

Vasco Bryce Vertical Radiator

The multi award winning Vasco Bryce Designer Vertical Radiator is an envelope pushing technological marvel. The first aluminium radiator that can claim to be truly silent the Bryce has pushed the use of aluminium in radiator design. This radiator is fully enclosed meaning all the connections and other less pleasing to the eye elements are well hidden from view leaving the beautifully designed radiator to stand unhindered by them.

Victoriana cast Iron Radiator

This Victoriana radiator adds a touch of old-fashioned chic to any house. It looks and feels solid, is pretty efficient and is extremely easy to install. It retails at around £120 including VAT.

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