Plumbing & Heating

Mira Showers sponsors Heating Apprentice of the Year

Mira Showers

Mira Showers is supporting the nation’s young installer talent by sponsoring this year’s HIP UK Heating Apprentice of the Year competition. The annual event, launched in 2009, represents an opportunity to recognise the hard work, ability and dedication of the next generation of installers. The regional heats offered apprentices across the country the chance to participate in a series of …

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Are all plumbers rescuers at heart?

plumbers rescuers

Roger wrestles with his inner rescuer. I was visiting a manufacturer of safety equipment recently and went to use the gents and found the place flooded out. There was one guy with a mop trying to clear it up but he was like the Sorcerer’s apprentice, the loo just kept overflowing. As fast as he cleared it up more appeared. …

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Baxi extends 200 & 400 range

Following the launch of its Baxi 200 and 400 Combis, boiler manufacturer Baxi has added heat only models to its super-powered range. Weighing in at just 19.5kg, the Baxi 200 and 400 Heat boilers are said to be the lightest in the UK, and include a number of time-saving features, which mean installations can be completed quickly. Available in outputs …

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How to diagnose & repair a motorised heating valve

motorised valve problems

Solving motorised valve problems: In this video, Roger explains how a motorised valve works and discusses how you can easily diagnose and repair a motorised valve, avoiding the need to buy a costly replacement. Please let us know if you like our Plumbing Basics and Tricks of the Trade videos.  

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Suspended sentence for unregistered gas worker

Scaffold Inspectors

A man has been fined and given a suspended prison sentence after working on a number of boilers without being Gas Safe registered. High Wycombe Crown Court heard how Philip Locke carried out work on a boiler in 2013 without being registered, faults were later found with the boiler. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuting issued a letter to …

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Baxi partners with Expert Trades

expert trades

Baxi has joined forces with Expert Trades to try and make life easier for its installers, by helping them to win more business and spend less time on admin and paperwork. Expert Trades was set up in 2013 to provide tradespeople with business tools (accessible online and via an app) to help them manage and grow their businesses more effectively. …

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Landlord prosecuted for gas safety failings

Scaffold Inspectors

A Preston Landlord has been given a suspended prison sentence after failing to ensure gas appliances in one of her properties were checked for safety. Preston Magistrates Court heard that following a concern received from Preston City Council about the gas appliances in a property on Alvern Avenue in Fulwood, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) made contact with the …

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Fine for unregistered gas fitter

Scaffold Inspectors

An unregistered gas fitter from Farnborough has been prosecuted for carrying out illegal gas work which was found to be unsafe. Basingstoke Magistrates’ court heard how Mr Fergus Leask, who also trades as Eldan Plumbing, had assured the homeowner that he was Gas Safe Registered. When he was unable to supply the gas safe certificate months after installing the boiler, the …

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Pegler introduces large scale press fittings to UK

Pegler Yorkshire

Pegler Yorkshire has extended its stainless steel XPress Press Fit range of fittings to included sizes up to 168mm – said to be a first for the UK market.  The two new additions complement the XPress range offering a complete system from 12mm through to 168mm. “We are constantly looking at what the market wants and addressing needs of specifiers …

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How to fit a bath: Abacus Bathroom Installation

bathroom installation

Roger Bisby demonstrates how to fit a bath from Abacus Bathrooms. Incorrectly fitted baths can easily move and allow water to seep down the back so it’s very important that they are fitted properly. Roger Bisby talks through some key points to consider when fitting a bath including ensuring that the bath is level along both planes. www.abacus-bathrooms.co.uk

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