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27th March 2015
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Vessini brassware embraces manual and thermostatic shower and diverter valves. These include standard fittings and those that work in combination with the Vessini universal Easi-Box system which provides the installer with a simple installation procedure.
Doug Walter, AIA, Senior Architect at Godden/Sudik Architects in Centennial, Colorado, US, contacted us a couple of weeks back saying: “I’ve been a subscriber to KBzine since the Schwarz's era, and enjoy very much the British take on the industry, so much so that I even flew over to attend Interbuild one year”.
Doug has 35 years’ experience in residential remodelling and custom homes and has won more than 120 awards for his kitchens, bathrooms, and other remodelling projects.
The good news is that my house didn’t burn down yesterday; the fact that it could so easily have done means that I’m determined to draw attention to the need for us all to do the ‘Tick Tock Test’ this weekend…
My Facebook status probably says it best: “Just had a lucky escape... although it's only March & a rainy day, sunshine had reached my mirror - some six feet away from the window - & the beam had set light to this canvas box. Lucky Melissa Hobbs & I were home to investigate & prevent house from burning down. Watch where you put your mirrors peeps & don’t be fooled by the March sun!”
Comments from friends have taught me that it was the magnifying side of the mirror, facing the sun, which put us in danger. I’m well aware from writing about them that bathroom mirrors and cabinets often have magnifying sides so do please be careful about how you angle them when you leave the room – even if it doesn’t appear to be that sunny.
And although my smoke alarm is working fine, it hadn’t gone off before I discovered the smouldering canvas box. Mel puts this down to the strong smell of aftershave we were discussing in the downstairs hallway which kept us in that part of the house and thus closer to the source of the problem and more able to discover it before it could really do any damage. She’s convinced it was her father, who sadly left these parts (or so we had thought!) some eight years ago, come back to warn us. Whatever it was that tipped us off that something odd was happening, we’re grateful that it’s just a canvas box that was burnt and that John Austen’s not writing this leader in my place…
…Which brings me back to the ‘Tick Tock Test’. If you live in the UK you will be putting your clocks forward on Saturday night. As you’re doing it, make a point of testing all your smoke alarms and if they’re not working properly, resolve to replace them or fit new batteries, first thing Sunday. And while you’re at it, check where you and your family are keeping your mirrors.
This Week's News
Anxiety surrounding finding trustworthy tradespeople is leaving older people across the country struggling with home repairs. New research released by TrustMark, the Government endorsed find-a-tradesperson scheme, has revealed that almost a quarter (23%) of 65+ year olds don’t know where to find information and are not confident when it comes to choosing a tradesman to carry out work in their homes.
As a result one in five older people are leaving household jobs and repairs or attempting to carry out work themselves.
This graceful and flowing heat emitter makes an immediate and striking impression, thanks to its vibrant and fluid three-dimensional design. Utilising seductive curves and stunning optional LED side strips, the Tratto creates a warming halo effect, becoming the centrepiece of a modern bathroom.
Reward specialists and HR professionals could significantly increase employee motivation with a better understanding of the science behind the impact of pay and reward on employee behaviour. That's according to new research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, the professional body for HR and people development.
The report, 'Show me the money! The Behavioural Science of Reward', discusses how money may not be the straightforward workplace motivator we expect, and highlights how alternative approaches to reward may be more effective in increasing employees' intrinsic motivation to succeed.
This month has seen leading traditional sanitaryware brand Burlington further extend its reach in to the showering market. A brand new range of thermostatically-controlled, 10 year guaranteed TMV2 showers is now available from the classically styled brand to further increase the portfolio of products.
Aptly named after famous British rivers the Trent, Spey, Tay, Eden, Stour, Severn and Avon; the new Burlington Traditional Showers combine period styling with modern know-how that comes complete with TMV2 approved valves for added safety, an 11mm bore on hoses (the standard is 8mm), internal filters to remove impurities and a non-return valve.
The quality of customer service in the UK is being undermined by an over-reliance on websites and emails according to new research by alldayPA.
While we are happy to use online shopping when it suits our needs, most of us (70%) want to be able to speak to someone directly when it comes to making a complaint or trying to resolve a problem.
Fifteen Linear LR1160DB stainless steel double bowl sinks from Leisure Sinks have been installed as part of a refurbishment of the Moor Lane Halls development, Preston. The 99-bedroom apartment block has 15 communal kitchens, each shared by up to seven students.
Owned by student accommodation provider Sanctuary Students, Moor Lane Halls is located opposite the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) campus, a short distance from Preston City Centre.
Qube was launched last Spring as a range of contemporary modular bathroom furniture. Offering the quality construction and imaginative design for which Utopia is well known, the method of manufacture and handleless styling resulted in a very competitively priced range that has proved exceptionally popular.
Register my appliance, AMDEA's safety campaign, is supporting the Government 'Tick Tock Test', which is urging the public to test their smoke alarms when the clocks go forward over the weekend of 28th/29th March.
AMDEA (the UK trade association for manufacturers of large and small domestic appliances; representing over 85% of the domestic appliance industry and nearly 90% of white goods brands) recently launched its online safety initiative, with smoke alarms heading the website's general home safety tips.
Franke Sissons, which has been manufacturing for over 230 years, has headed a hard-hitting parliamentary discussion to outline the lack of surveillance for genuine CE Marking, required by UK law, on products fitted in commercial buildings.
Franke Sissons employs the majority of its staff from the Derbyshire area and says it could expand its business and create even more employment opportunities if mandatory proof of CE Marking at tender stage was instigated.
The bathroom accessories specialist has also added a range of new vanity units and beauty stations to its innovative Hang 'N' Lock collection for 2015.
The ArtiCAD sales team is strengthened with the arrival of Lisa Hayes as regional sales manager for the West and South West. Rebecca Bolt joins as regional sales coordinator, whilst Katy Waller is the latest member of the company's Client Care team.
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News in Brief
Miele is offering £75 cashback and free, 5-yr warranty on its WDA 110 washing machine - www.meile.co.uk … Bushboard Calacatta Marble wall panels and worktops took to the catwalk in London Fashion Week, at Osman Yousefzada’s show - email@example.com ... Which? April highlights AEG’s L75670WD Best Buy as a “a brilliant washer-dryer at a reasonable price" and commends Zanussi’s ZWF91283W washer - T: 08445 611611 … Roman’s new Bow Fronted Quadrant and One Door Quadrant simplify fitting a shower enclosure in a small bathroom - T: 01325 311318
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Councillor Pervez opened the Centre alongside the company's managing director Peter Bell at a special launch event last Wednesday.