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18th October 2013
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The October 2013 release of Approved Document A of the Building Regulations now includes reference to the Eurocodes. The old British Standards are no longer being maintained and will become increasingly out of date, so engineers need to be using the new Eurocodes.
My kettle's been acting erratically for the past week. Normally, I switch it on and a light glows in the switch itself. Once the kettle's boiled, the switch flicks itself up and the light goes out. For the past week the electricity's not been getting through consistently. The light - and electricity - have been going on and off pre-boil. I haven't had time to buy a kettle so have resorted to keep flicking the switch up and down, holding it down when it's working to keep it working and also manoeuvring the kettle on its base to try for a better connection.
All this is dangerous yet I've continued.This morning the operation had taken more than 20 minutes and, thinking the thing had broken completely I fetched the piano stool and - standing on it with knees braced against the cupboard, I reached up to the top of a kitchen wall unit to grab my filter coffee maker (unused for years) with the aim of filtering boiling water into a jug. That's dangerous too.
This week we're carrying an item about the Ladder Association's training scheme and in visiting the website to see the latest 'Idiots on Ladders' photo's, I was amazed at the risks some people will create, to get the job done. With some of them though, I thought: "I've done that" or even: "I'd do that" (despite it having been deemed dangerous by those who'd taken and posted the photo).So what is it?
Are those of us who take risks (generally having assessed them) both at home and whilst going about our paid employment lazy, stupid or in too much of a hurry to play it safe? Are we perhaps living in a mollycoddling age in which we're discouraged from taking any risks at all, however slight - and as a result are 'over the top'? Or are we perhaps even seeking that frisson of excitement by taking a risk and not coming to any harm?
Please get back to me with your thoughts - even if it's to call me an idiot! And yes. Come Saturday I'm off to buy a new kettle. But whether that's because what I'm doing to achieve my morning coffee is dangerous, or because I'm having to wait too long for a drink, I'm afraid I can't tell you...
This Week's News
At an event in the House of Lords on Tuesday, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson received the first report from Grown in Britain, an initiative created six months ago with a mission to kick start a sustainable future for the UKs forests and woodland.
Welcomed by Government following the recommendation by the Independent Panel on Forestry in 2012, Dr Peter Bonfield OBE was asked to independently chair and develop the action-based initiative.
Following feedback from customers looking for the traditional look of a tile with the easy to install and maintenance benefits of a panel, Rearo, one of the UK's leading providers of laminated and solid surface materials, has developed Versa-tile.
Steve Macdonald, Trade Marketing Director of Freestanding Division Hoover Candy UK, shares his point of view...
Following September's focus on equipment inspection, the 2013 Ladder Exchange has moved into its second month, emphasising the importance of training for ladder users during a record breaking year for ladder training - which has seen the number of users trained, leap 40%.
Allowing people and companies to trade their old ladders in for safe, new ones, this year's Ladder Exchange is highlighting a different theme for each month between September and December.
Abacus Elements is a range of easy to install, tileable, wet floor systems for the perfect bathroom. Made in the UK by Abacus Direct, the waterproof structural foam boasts high insulation properties and high compressive strength.
Maurizio Pettorino, Managing Director UK & Ireland of Indesit Company, has been elected Chairman of the Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances (AMDEA). He assumed leadership of the association on Wednesday, on the retirement of outgoing Chair John Morrissey.
Formica Group is proud to manufacture its popular and widely-used range of kitchen worktops, splashbacks and upstands at its bonding facility in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham and to this effect, Axiom by Formica Group has announced that from September 2013, all of its marketing literature will incorporate the 'Made in Britain' logo.
High Pressure Laminate (HPL) for commercial applications is also made at the Formica Group factory in North Shields.
With sustainability set to stay at the top of the Government's agenda and the Government Buying Standards for furniture a mandatory requirement in all public sector and central government tenders, an environmental expert who specialises in the furniture industry is urging businesses not to leave it too long before finding out how to get involved.
Specialist in masonry worktops Jetstone, has appointed Barbara Goryca as its sales representative in the Greater London area. Barbara is not a new name in the stone and kitchen industry; in the past she has worked for quartz manufacturers Silestone and Okite, as well as for a big German stonemason.
Professional tilers using BAL Max-Flex Fibre can win a brand new van in a free draw open to users of BAL's newest products. These are the first in a family of adhesives to be based on pioneering Fibre Strand Technology - FST - unlike anything seen before. Tilers need only to register at www.tilers-demand.com, then log their purchases online, with each purchase earning a free entry.
The Ram Kitchen Collection, relaunched to the UK market by PJH Group last year, has been enjoying steady growth since as its competitive price point combined with its unquestionable heritage and solid, robust design, are becoming recognised and welcomed by the consumer.
Ideal Standard's new Ceratherm 100 Dual shower system has a German engineered exposed thermostatic bar valve. Its slim and elegant form incorporates three key innovations: the cool touch body, fast fix brackets designed to make simplify installation, as well as water saving features including an Eco stop button which limits the water flow rate up to 50%. It also has a built in temperature limiter which can be set at installation to ensure user safety.
The shower pack comes with a 12 litre per minute flow regulator in the rainshower and an eight litre per minute flow regulator in the handspray to reduce water usage.
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