Sanitary Piping Best Practices 3

This week in our sanitary piping series were covering the last element of a sanitary plumbing system; discharge stacks.   Discharge Stacks All branch discharge pipes eventually reach the discharge stack; the pipe that discharges the sanitary waste into a drain. A key property of a discharge stack is that it is vented ( as … Continue reading

Sanitary Piping Best Practices 2

Our last post was on understanding sanitary piping covered tracks. This week we will discuss branch discharge pipes and their role in the plumbing system. Branch Discharge Pipes Plumbing appliances such as toilets, showers and sinks connect to the primary drainage pipes through branch discharge pipes. These pipes are simply smaller drainage pipes feeding into … Continue reading

Sanitary Piping Best Practices 1

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The main elements of sanitary pipework  are: Traps Branch discharge pipes Discharge Stacks Traps In the field of plumbing, pipework and drainage, a trap is a shaped pipe that retains water. The retained water acts as a seal to prevent foul air from escaping out of the system and into the building. The depth of … Continue reading

Calculating Wall Thickness During Building Part 2

Following on from Part 1 of our wall thickness sequence, this article looks at variables that can affect the stability of cavity walls. For cavity walls in coursed brickwork or blockwork: What is a cavity wall? A cavity wall is where the wall is composed of two ‘leafs’; an external and an internal wall separating a cavity. The cavity … Continue reading

Calculating Wall Thickness During Building Part 1

During building, wall thickness is a balance between creating the maximum amount of room space whilst ensuring that the house is structurally secure and stable. Other factors to be taken into account are the materials used in the construction of the wall, the number of storeys of the building and the storey that the wall … Continue reading

Ventilation of Roofs to Prevent Condensation

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Pitched Roofs A pitched roof is defined as a roof with a slope of 15 degrees or more. To ensure adequate ventilation of the roof space, every pitched roof should have openings at the eaves, between the ceiling and the roof itself. The total area of roof strips required under the eaves is equal to 10 mm … Continue reading

New employment contract announced by George Osborne

On the 8th of October this year, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne announced a new type of employment contract, called the employee-owner contract. The purpose of the new contract is to enable a more flexible workforce, by removing a significant amount of an employee’s working rights in exchange for shares in the company. … Continue reading

Roofing and its Effects on Bats

  Work such as loft conversions, roofing repairs or a roof replacement can have a significant effect on bats that may have made the space their home. This effect is important as many bat species in the UK are protected. What this means is that if they are denizens of your property, they are landing … Continue reading

Building Companies Have a Responsibility to Ensuring Their Workers Safety

More than five years after his death on the 29th of May 2007, the building company that the young Thomas Whitmarsh, 21, was employed by has been brought to justice. Thomas was working on installing the roof of the Menai Centre in Bangor, Wales when he fell six metres through an opening to the floor … Continue reading

Roofing Racers

  The Roofing Racers are a triathlon team wholly composed of roofing contractors, experts, trade press, manufacturers and distributors; running together to support the Macmillan Cancer Support and Great Ormond Street Hospital charities. Their ‘Raising the Roof’ scheme has already raised enough money to help build a new Neurosciences Centre in the Ormond Hospital. Their … Continue reading