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Showering is big business for installers


With the economy on the up and the work books getting busier, Helen Smallridge explains why it’s more important than ever for plumbing installers to have lots of shower options up their sleeve to meet the varying requirements of each customer. Showering is big business. As the quick, easy convenience of showering has taken over a long soak in the ... Read More »

10 tips for installing wood burners


As wood burners become increasingly popular with homeowners for both style and function reasons, David Ebbs offers some top tips on the important areas that should be considered when installing them. Wood-burning stoves are gaining popularity amongst homeowners for their ability to provide a practical heating solution while adding a stylish focus to the room into which they are fitted. ... Read More »

What installers need to know about changes to the commercial catering sector

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Working in commercial catering environments brings its own set of challenges. Mike Heads looks at the changes that have occurred in this specialist sector within the last few years. The normative documents relating to this specialist subject include BS 6173 – 2009, HVCA DW172 and the recent publication of IGEM/UP/19 Editorial 2014 (replacing TB 140). The kitchen design must include ... Read More »

How to make sure storage cisterns are installed correctly


Incorrectly installed storage cisterns can cause serious problems for businesses and residents alike. Dr Steve Tuckwell highlights common problems and looks at the necessary measures needed to prevent installation problems. Storage cisterns serve several purposes. They are used to meet peak demand for drinking water in premises where the incoming flow is insufficient, or to provide backup in the event ... Read More »

The air source heat pumps industry is growing

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At the launch of Mitsubishi Electric’s fifth generation of Ecodan air source heat pumps in Scotland late last year, John Kellett highlighted the potential growth in the renewable sector, pointing to the opportunities for air source heat pumps in particular. Proactive heating installers looking to expand their business are always on the lookout for new ways to differentiate themselves from the ... Read More »

Three steps to a more efficient heating system

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Professional installers understand that water treatment is essential to protect boilers and heating system components. Daniel Cheung explains how a thorough, high quality and consistent three-step programme can protect products, warranties and even the reputation of installers. A boiler and its associated heating system is an expensive piece of kit. Whether the system is being refurbished or replaced, correct and effective ... Read More »

A closer look at the Benchmark Scheme

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In recent years, boilers have become more efficient and sophisticated, so to ensure reliability it is more important than ever that boilers are correctly installed and commissioned. Mike Heads looks at the key procedures involved. The Benchmark Scheme is an agreed written procedure that has been produced by boiler manufacturers in collaboration with the HHIC (Heating and Hot Water Information ... Read More »

New F-Gas regulations – What installers need to know

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With the new F-Gas regulations (EU 517/2014) taking effect in January 2015 to phase down their use, Graham Wright summarises the challenges and opportunities that the latest legislative update presents to installers in the UK. Often used as a substitute for ozone-depleting substances (ODS) such as hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC), fluorinated gases (HFC) may not damage the atmospheric ozone layer but their ... Read More »

How to improve water efficiency

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For a four-person household, average water usage is 165 litres per person per day, according the Consumer Council for Water. Given that most people drink only around two litres, Steve Tuckwell analyses how much of the remaining 163 litres could be saved. Climate change is predicted to bring extremes in rainfall patterns, resulting in extended dry spells. At the same time, ... Read More »

What installers need to know about working on mobile catering vehicles

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Kim Morris reviews the regulations that need to be considered when carrying out any necessary work on mobile catering vehicles. Mobile catering vehicles could be a caravan, motor vehicle or trailer, which has either been converted for this use or specially constructed in a factory. Examples include the ‘hole in the wall’- style fish and chip, hot dog, burger or ... Read More »

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