Working in construction, like me I suspect the last thing you want to see when you get home is a cement mixer, brickies, plasterers, plumbers and all the other trades you’ve been working around for the previous 9 hours.
But there is something different about the BBC’s DIY SOS that sets it apart from the usual ‘someone buys a house, does it up, lives in it’ show that is a staple of so many of the channels these days. Nick Knowles and his team (in case you haven’t seen it) arrive at a property where there is genuine need and where the property that they live in is genuinely unsuitable for them. It might be a disabled child who needs specialist lift equipment as they grow, or somebody with a disease that makes them deteriorate and need a lift in the house, or a ramp to the garden.
I’ve seen quite a few of these over the years and there is something amazingly moving and uplifting about the programme when to be honest it could just be a slightly depressing version of the standard make over show. I think it is the camaraderie on site when all the trades pull together for someone in need. Whatever the reason I was surprised and really pleased to get a call from Mark Millar who features in the show.
He needed help. The latest project was a house in Bristol where a young man needed various adaptations to the property to radically improve his quality of life. There was one stumbling block – damp.
Mark hadn’t come across the problem before, patchy damp in upper rooms with no sign of a leak, and even in the floor area which was over a driveway. After a short chat I knew we could help.
A few days later Neil and I were in the van on our way to Bristol from Worthing armed with industrial vacuums, compressors, generator and plenty of bags. We’d been told about the catering so we arrived early and after demolishing a massive free breakfast we set to work extracting millions of damp insulation beads from the house which were bridging the cavity and causing the damp.
It was a strange feeling to see familiar faces from the TV, to be interviewed on camera and see all the back room things that go in to a show like this. By 4pm we were on the road home, feeling a massive sense of achievement and to be honest, good old fashioned pride. What use would all the state of the art equipment be if the rooms were damp and mouldy? We’d had fun, done a good deed and were fed like kings.
If ever you get the call I recommend you grab the chance to help. You’ll be glad you did.
And the bacon sarnies are amazing!
Blog Post provided by Aydin Sigva of Cavitech UK Ltd.
One of our members was recently called upon by the BBC to take part in their new series ‘Garden Rescue’ with Charlie Dimmock and the Rich Brothers.
The series will help people who have the money put aside for their dream garden but no idea where to start. TV favourite, Charlie Dimmock, and the stars of the 2015 Chelsea Flower Show, The Rich Brothers, will both pitch their designs to the customer who will then pick their favourite and hand over their money.
Red Terrain Landscaping was completing a job in Surrey Heath when he was approached by the programme’s project manager who has been aware of the company for some time and asked them to work on the show as a landscaper.
They arrived at the job on 16th October and were given two days to complete the garden with the teams help. The weather was against them on the first day but they soldiered on and even with a patio, decking and fencing to complete, they managed to finish by the deadline and as you can imagine, the customer was thrilled with the results and their new garden.
Alan from Red Terrain said “Working with Charlie Dimmock and the crew was a pleasure and I’m looking forward to next year with more builds with them.”
Keep an eye out for the show in the New Year and let us know what you think of the gardens.
Everyone at Checkatrade would like to say a massive well done to Alan and his team, it’s great to see our trade’s getting the recognition they deserve!
If you’d like to find out more about Red Terrain Landscaping, visit their page at www.checkatrade.com/RedTerrainLandscaping/
Industrial safety footwear experts Dr. Martens has launched their new, revolutionary footwear collection, DM’s Lite. Designed to provide ultimate comfort without compromising on function or safety, Dr. Martens has unleashed a game changer in the form of three new styles, the Calamus, Linnet and Corvid. Lightweight without compromise.
Weighing in at only 3.2lbs a pair, Dr. Martens’ Calamus are guaranteed to keep you light on your feet. Each pair of DM’s Lite comes with a Softwair memory foam footbed, positioned and shaped for arch support, and also includes breathable linings, padded collar and tongue for all-day ease and comfort.
When it comes to safety footwear, it’s crucial to have the right type of foot protection to suit you and your workplace. Research suggests that 2.1 million working days were lost in 2014/15, with over half caused by slips, trips and falls from height. DM’s Lite offer lightweight, comfort-driven styles, ideal for those working on their feet all-day. From the everyday DIY-er, to the full-time Transport Operations Manager, DM’s Lite makes for an ideal choice.
Aside from the lightness, each style boasts a range of safety benefits, including a composite toe cap, a flexible puncture-resistant midsole and a Nitrile rubber outsole that provides exceptional heat and slip resistance.
For more information on what you can expect from the new Dr. Martens range, click here.
As with all decorating projects, the secret to a good finish is to do your home work! By that I mean to; prepare yourself, prepare the room/area and the surfaces being decorated and make time!
A very helpful way to learn the basics of wallpaper hanging can be reading books and ‘How To’ articles on line and of course watching YouTube videos as they also let you know about which tools to buy.
My advice is to get the best tool kit that you can afford. This will make the whole project much easier, as using quality tools that are made well will always be better than using cheap and cheerful tools.
- Start off with a small project until your confidence builds.
- Always prepare the surfaces that are to be wallpapered, time spent preparing the surfaces to be wallpapered is time well spent!
- Wash old paste off the area to be wallpapered and rinse well, this is to prevent mould growing through the new wallpaper.
- After washing the walls – fill, sand and line.
- Make sure you buy enough wallpaper and some spare (it’s also very important to check the batch and colour codes are the same.)
- Have all the tools that are needed before you start.
My wall paper tool kit has evolved over 38 years but even now I still add to it whenever something catched my eye!
However, the basic kit always remains the same…
To hang wall paper. the following tools are a must;
- Sturdy wallpapering table (T-Class) t-class.com
- Pasting brush (T-Class) t-class.com
- Pasting roller, Scuttle/tray (Wooster) woosterbrush.com
- Brush (ProForm Picasso) proformtech.com
- Paint brush peg
- Roller extension pole (Wooster) woosterbrush.com
- Paste bucket (BucketGlove) bucketglove.co.uk
- Whisk (Mix-M8) mix-m8.co.uk
- Adhesive (Beeline) www.ciret.co.uk
- Sheers (Axus Decor) axusdecor.com
- Smoothing Tools PaperWiz & PaperWizFlex (Coral Tools) www.coral-tools.com
- Smoothing paper hangers brush (T-Class) t-class.com
- Plumb bob (T-Class) t-class.com
- Thin tipped pencil & pencil sharpener
- Sponge & soft cloths
- Snap blade knife (Olfa) olfatools.co.uk
- Sharps bin (Olfa D-C4) olfatools.co.uk
- Rubbish bag
- Bucket of warm water for rinsing
- White string (tie across the bucket to rest your paste brush on)
- mixing stick
- Seam roller (T-Class) t-class.com
- Dust sheets (Trimaco) trimaco.com
- Spirit level (Festool LEV 800 digital level) festool.co.uk
- Wet Paste Roller Sleeve Storage (Roller Keeper™) www.obvioussolutionsinc.com
‘Paste the Wall’ wallpaper
‘Paste the wall’ wallpaper is becoming the standard now. It basically means what it says, you paste the wall instead of pasting the wallpaper. This makes the process much faster.
The main plus of using this type of wall paper is that you don’t need to wait for the paste to soak in and you can hang straight from the roll…..with a bit of practice!
For the novice, the first thing you should do is check the pattern match.
This could be a straight match, where the pattern is straight across the wall or a reverse hang, where every other length is hung upside down. It could also be a drop pattern where every other length the pattern is seen to drop.
This and the other information can be found on the hanging instructions so make sure you read them as every wallpaper will have its own unique instructions.
You also need to make sure you buy enough wallpaper plus at least one spare roll.
It’s worth checking if the ceiling line or coving is straight. You can do this by drawing a straight line around the room with a spirit level and pencil then measure from that line to the ceiling/coving.
When setting out, position the pattern so its pleasing to the eye.
On the paste table; measure, match & cut each length allowing an extra 50mm to the top and bottom then mark the back of the paper at the top/bottom on the left, right and in the middle.
You do this so if you trim part off a length to fit some where else, you may cut this mark off.
A good habit is to gently reverse roll all the lengths of paper at both ends. This helps to stop the paper curling up when you have it on the table.
You will need to set our your room or feature wall by centering any patterns on say a chimney breast (remembering that the pattern on the paper is not necessarily on the edge of the paper).
Once you have done this, create a straight faint line using a Plumb Bob & Pencil, check it with a spirit level and then hang the first drop using the line as your guide.
Using a small roller pole, a roller/tray with a medium pile sleeve and a 50mm brush, paste an area of wall that’s just a little wider than the width of the wallpaper. This is so you never have to paste up to the length on the wall.
My trade tip is to position the pattern at the top of the paper so that its pleasing to your eye, then simply let the wallpaper make contact but not stick to the wall then smoothing the paper from left to right and up and down as you go. You can then align the pattern to the plumb line or pattern if you have got more than one length up.
A key tip is to keep the face of the wallpaper clean at all times.
Traditional ‘Paste to Paper’
Paste to paper is the traditional method and it also has its good and bad points.
Pasting a sheet of wallpaper and keeping the face clean is very important.
This is made easy by keeping the wallpaper in line with the edge of the paste table then pasting down the centre of the paper gently working your way to the edge. You must make sure you are always spreading the paste on the outward stroke.
The good points in this method is the paper becomes softer to handle and fold, creases less and can be stretched a little with skill and experience but it can only be pasted on the paste table and is then cut off the roll.
I always number every length, making sure to mark what is the top & bottom. When marking, do this on the left, middle and right as if you need to trim the paper you may cut off the markings.
The negative points are it has to be allowed to soak for the right amount of time and cut to a length that can be trimmed when on the wall.
I generally cut the whole room or feature wall on the paste table allowing for a pattern match, add an extra 50mm top & bottom for trimming but that comes with a life time of experience.
Make sure you always always read the hanging instructions label and follow the manufacturers recommendation on adhesives.
Vinyls and sponge-able wallpapers will require a fungicide adhesive.
Where I can, I always use a ready mixed trade quality adhesive as this has a thicker consistency but can be sometimes thinned to suit the various wallpapers like heavy duty hessian, vinyl’s, and embossed papers as well as flocks.
You should always use the same wallpaper adhesive to hang the lining paper and wallpaper.
Sachet or packet paste is still used and the secret to using this adhesive is to mix it to the right strength, and make sure it is lump free. Some powder adhesives are instant mix, which means its very hard to get lumps when mixing. When mixing your paste, always use clean cold water and clean tools.
My trade paste mixing tip is to get the water moving fast in a circular motion and whilst it’s being stirred gently pour the powder in, a little at a time.
Allow the mixed adhesive to “stand” for about 5 mins then give a final stir, it’s now ready.
Count how many rolls you’re going to hang then the wallpaper adhesive packet will have a chart giving helpful tips on how much water you need to add depending on the type & quantity of wallpaper you’re using.
When you’re overlapping any wallpaper in corners, around windows or hanging boarder;, use a strong border & overlap adhesive and always keep the paper clean by rinsing with warm water.
Hanging wallpaper around sockets and switches is easy once you know how but caution should be had when this is being carried out and you must always turn off the electricity when hanging wallpaper.
Cut a cross to each corner and trim the excess off or for the best results, ask an electrician to remove them.
To trim at the ceiling and skirting lines, gently crease the wallpaper into the crevice then push the paper in with a thin bladed spatula and holding your scalpel at an angle, trim the paper to the desired shape.
The spatula protects the wallpaper as the blade cuts it so always cut above the spatula.
Repeat this where ever you need to trim and also make sure the blade is fresh and sharp.
Papering around windows is easy once you know how too. It is, however, only possible to wrap the wallpaper into one side of the reveal, so its always best to wrap the sides.
To do this; hang a length straight, visualise your cuts as at some point their will be a little overlap and/or cut & splice.
Match a new piece to go on the face above the reveal and under into the window and splice though the two on the face. Take your time as patience makes for a job well done.
In many properties, both internal and external, corners can be out of level. It is so important that you understand this, and even more important to know that the wall paper must always be hung straight.
Cut a line right on the corner where the paper meets the skirting corner and also where it meets the coving corner which will allow for the paper to be smoothed round the external corner.
Check it is straight with a spirit level and once it’s right, carry on!
If it’s not straight, you will have to trim the returning paper about 15mm to 20mm then match a new length after trimming off the same section that is on the wall.
Depending on the type of wallpaper and pattern match, it can be overlapped by keeping it a few mm back from the edge and using over lap and border adhesive, but a much better finish can be achieved if it is spliced.
This process uses a straight edge and a very sharp snap blade knife. You cut gently through both papers and peel the underside off, roll with your seam roller and wipe with a damp cloth.
Never wrap wallpaper in and out of an internal corner – always trim about 3mm to 5 mm onto the unpapered wall.
Use overlap paste and plumb a straight new length out of the corner after matching it.
Always clean any adhesive paste off the ceiling or coving, skirting, windows and frames.
Change you water regularly.
Wash and rinse the cloths or sponges often.
IRWIN®’s Ultimate Tradesperson Competition Calls on Outstanding Tradespeople to Nominate Themselves, Friends and Colleagues for the 2016 title
LONDON, UK [August 3rd, 2016] – IRWIN® Tools, innovation experts in the hand tool and power tool accessories industry for over a century, has launched its annual Nominate a Tradesperson competition to find the UK and Ireland’s Ultimate Tradesperson.
IRWIN is on the lookout for trade professionals – joiners, electricians, plumbers, metal workers and mechanics to nominate themselves or colleagues and share their stories of when they have gone above and beyond to get a job done, no matter how big or small.
Tradespeople worldwide rely on IRWIN for superior performance on the job and now IRWIN wants to celebrate the UK and Ireland’s best. The successful candidate will receive a year’s paid apprentice for 2017, £5,000 (€6,440) to help build their business and a range of IRWIN products including IRWIN’s new Pro Comfort Screwdrivers, WeldTec™ Circular Saw blades and VISE-GRIP® cutting pliers.
The winner will be announced at the Build Show on the 18th and 19th October at the NEC in Birmingham.
Ahead of the 2016 winner being crowned, between June to October a monthly winner will receive a prize package bursting with IRWIN tools to the value of £660 (€851) as well as an all-expense paid trip for two to the Build Show to the value of £850 (€1095).
The competition now in its second year gives IRWIN the opportunity to recognise the positive difference tradespeople are making to the UK and Ireland. IRWIN spokesperson Amber Popowicz, Senior Brand Activation Manager explains: “We established Nominate a Tradesperson to find tradespeople who through their skills and dedication make a real difference. This could be a tradesperson who has shown their commitment to instilling their skills in the younger generation by working with apprentices or someone who always goes above and beyond to deliver exceptional client service.”
2015 Winner, Stacey Greenwell, from Stoke-on-Trent added, “When I began my career over 15 years ago I never thought I would become the UK’s Ultimate Tradesperson. I started buying uninhabitable derelict properties and renovating them to provide affordable housing to help my local town. It’s been such an experience to have won and it’s been great to have been recognised by such a long-standing company like IRWIN.”
To nominate yourself, a friend, a colleague or family member who you think deserves the recognition of UK and Ireland’s Ultimate Tradesperson, and to find the full terms and conditions of this promotion visit: www.irwin.co.uk/nominate
Marxman leaves a lasting impression and sees all Dragons vie to invest
Jenny, 50, a special abilities school assistant and Martin Chard, 50, a self-employed building maintenance man, are a typical couple bringing their four children, two Labradors and rabbit up in the picturesque county of Hertfordshire. But last night they found themselves in the enviable, and rare, position of having 5 of the UK’s biggest and most respected business people vie to invest in their business as all dragons made them an offer in the den.
Each of the dragons immediately saw potential in Martin’s invention and were keen to get on board.
Jenny and Martin were delighted to choose Deborah Meaden to be their partner and mentor given her vast experience and previous success with similar brands in the past. They gladly accepted her £50k investment for 30% of the business even though this wasn’t the top offer they received.
Jenny commented, “We had our sight set on Deborah from the very beginning. She’s a fantastic businesswoman with a huge amount of knowledge and experience in this sector that will really help us develop our offering and expand our network.”
Marxman is a new tool addressing the common problem of being unable to clearly mark a drilling hole, something regularly encountered by professionals and DIY enthusiasts alike. With one push the Marxman delivers a burst of brightly coloured chalk that marks any surface ready for drilling or fixing, even at a distance from the wall.*
Deborah Meaden commented, “The best inventions come from people solving a problem that lots of us experience but don’t do anything about. Martin is exceptional in that not only did he recognise and solve the problem through his invention, but he did so in a simple, elegant and affordable way. I can see widespread use of the Marxman with it becoming an essential part of all home and professional tool kits.”
Martin Chard came up with the idea for Marxman six years ago while trying to fit a sink. He couldn’t mark the drilling position on the wall and see the marks clearly so after a few time wasting attempts he reached for a can of black spray paint in desperation and marked it with that. After several other frustrating incidents like this and lots of wasted trips up and down ladders with broken pencils and felt tips not doing the job he started the process of developing Marxman so other workers could benefit.
Once a search of the patent office came back clear in 2009, Marxman began to take shape in 2010 as the first early stage prototype was developed. The first product was sold in 2014 and in March this year the duo secured a contract with trade retailer Wickes.
It was Jenny’s son Oren who came up with the name Marxman and up until recently the family have been manufacturing every unit themselves in order to achieve the level of perfection they wanted to ensure Marxman does the job.
Jenny commented, “Being on Dragons’ Den was extremely daunting and we were very nervous, we definitely got flustered when being grilled on the numbers – that’s not our forte!
“We are the first to admit that we have very little business experience and we know we need a lot of help. We’ve been able to get this far thanks to the extraordinary support we’ve had from friends, family and the various businesses big and small we’ve asked advice from along the way. We are extremely grateful to everyone that has believed in Marxman and played a part in our journey so far.”
Jenny and Martin plan to use Deborah’s investment to increase manufacture and grow the awareness of such a useful tool.
PRESS IT! MARK IT! DRILL IT!
Find out more:
Marxman Product Information
- Marxman is available from www.marxmanpen.co.uk and www.wickes.co.uk
- It retails at £9.95 and dispenses 250 doses
- Both Standard and Deep Hole Marxman can be used to mark a reference point directly onto any surface. From tiles and pebble dash to wood and metal, whatever the surface the mark will show clearly
- The Standard Marxman can mark clearly through depths of 45 mm and under
- The Deep Hole Marxman can mark clearly through depths of 45mm and over
- Marxman is a British made product which uses non-toxic ingredients and has very low global warming potential
See how Marxman works – https://youtu.be/HGbtUdJgCjY
Website – Marxmanpen.co.uk
Facebook – marxmanpen
Twitter – @marxmanpen
We’re delighted to announce that we have been accepted to be part of the Checkatrade.com website – the directory of recommended and trusted tradesman – and would like to thank all our customers who have helped us achieve this. To be included, we have undergone a strict vetting procedure and have been monitored to ensure we meet the required standards of trading.
Checkatrade is a free online search engine for consumers that offers a directory of trades and services in one place. By using the Checkatrade website, customers who are looking for reputable and reliable tradesmen in a specific area can be assured they will find high quality tradesman in one place in order to complete their projects. Customers also have the opportunity to view a full list of qualifications and insurance details without having to enquire.
All businesses on the site are continuously monitored to a strict standard by Checkatrade, as they gather feedback directly from consumers on the completion of all projects. This ensures that all feedback posted is honest and reliable.
We are very proud to have 100 % transparency and we strongly believe in all of the statements mentioned within the Checkatrade standard: http://www.checkatrade.com/Consumer/CheckatradeStandard.aspxand are happy we have found a site that cares about its customers as much as we do.
We hope this news will bring us closer together with our customers and allow us to show you how important your project and feedback is to us
Hodgkinson Builders is rallying the troops in a bid to turn the former changing rooms in the 3aaa Pavilion at Derbyshire County Cricket Club into a room, which can host community programmes delivered by the Cricket Derbyshire Foundation.
Checkatrade are appealing to members to give a helping hand.
The first of these programmes is designed to support and provide advice for those affected by suicide and mental health issues.
The makeover project – which is appealing for local trade’s people to come and help has even attracted support from Craig Phillips of Big Brother fame.
The makeover will take place on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 July, and the Foundation is calling for those wanting to contribute, help out, supply materials, or even make tea, to get in touch.
Andrew Bowley, Head of the Cricket Derbyshire Foundation, was recently approached by Mark Boynes, whose best friend, Alex Miller, committed suicide back in late 2012.
In 2013, Boynes launched Opening Up Cricket, a non-profit organisation in Lancashire which used the power of cricket to address mental health issues in young adults.
The team now hopes to roll this programme out in Derby at the newly-revamped location.
Boynes said: “In 2012, my best friend Alex committed suicide leaving an irreplaceable void at Sefton Park Cricket Club, where he played as a wicketkeeper, and he left a massive void in my life too.
“Alex had a history of depression and mental illness, but I’d be happy to admit that as a group of friends, we didn’t know how to deal with this. There was a period after where there was no help available to our knowledge, with trying to cope with the after effects of suicide.
“When we found out about a local charity called CALM, we didn’t know it existed. We began working with them to raise awareness, and it led to Opening Up Cricket, which provides mind and body sessions to address suicide and mental health issues in young adults. By using the friendships that develop through playing cricket together, we can address the mental as well as physical health of young people who play cricket.”
Andrew Bowley, Head of the Cricket Derbyshire Foundation, said: “Ian Hodgkinson was keen to support us by turning the former changing rooms into a standalone centre dedicated to providing help and support to those most in need.”
Ian said: “A few years ago, one of my employees suddenly committed suicide. It is a challenge when you think that everything is against you. What seems impossible can become possible with access to the right help and support. The Cricket Derbyshire Foundation hopes to provide practical support to people who are affected by this awful situation. In particular young men, as it is the biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK.
“We have received fantastic support from Craig Philips, Checkatrade Ambassador, who is set to muck in on day two of the project, and from Checkatrade, which has appealed to its members for hands-on help over the two day period.
“We are aware that so many people are touched by suicide and mental health issues and this space can to be a focal point for groups to use for survivors, carers and to raise awareness of this subject matter.”
The makeover will see the two rooms available, turned into one open space complete with computer terminals, sofas, disabled access and its own toilets.
Once finished, the room will be used to deliver the Opening Up Cricket programme and will also be used for schools for open learning and other community programmes.
Those able to help are asked to contact Andrew Bowley [email protected] Hodgkinson Builders or Tina Clough at Poppy-PR, who will also be helping on the day.
For more information, or to offer help to the community project, please visit The Hodgkinson Builders website www.bricklayers.com.
Checkatrade today are partnered with 8 Local Authority Trading Standards (TS) with many more in discussion. The Checkatrade team are going to be at the CTSI conference an annual event at The International Centre in Telford from Monday 20th June to Wednesday 23rd June. Chartered Trading Standards Institute is a professional membership association formed in 1881 representing trading standards professionals.
Local authorities will be attending the event to listen to a presentation from Kevin Byrne our Founder and CEO and to visit out more about partnering with Checkatrade in the fight against rogue traders and supporting legitimate businesses.
Last year’s CTSI conference Checkatrade held a competition on where TS professionals dropped their business cards into a hat and the winner won £500 towards a project for a worthy cause in their area, and a local Checkatrade member would do the work. The winner was Rebecca Finch, Community Project Officer from West Yorkshire Trading Standards, who decided to give the £500 to The Blind Society in Whitfield. They were delighted to receive the £500 and put the money towards having sensory lights installed. “We have been wanting to develop a sensory wellbeing room, so that we can offer holistic therapies to our clients and from people in the community. Part of the problem was that the lighting was too bright. This work has enabled us to proceed with the rest of the project and hopefully we will be able to offer Holistic therapies” said the home.
The work was completed by Checkatrade member JP Electrical. “I rewired the lights above the suspended ceiling, installed three warm white 600 x 600 led panels. All lights have dimmable drivers and are controlled via a retractive dimmer switch to give complete range of lighting levels. The led panel above the door also incorporates a three hour rechargeable battery back up for emergency situations” said James from JP Electrical
Most people with sight loss need and benefit from enhanced lighting. Some eye conditions can cause individuals to experience glare problems when in normal light levels, which could be uncomfortable or even intolerable for them. The Whitfield Wellbeing Centre are a community organisation that provides a variety of activities for people with or without sight loss.
Checkatrade and JP Electrical are thrilled to be able to assist the home and the local community.
I am a very clean and organised person, so as you can imagine from the beginning, I have always been obsessed with having a clean, organised van to enable me to carry out my work as quickly and as efficiently as possible.
When I first started as Electrician I was working on a job and the carpenter rolled up with a huge pile of Festool “Systainer” boxes and from that day on – I was hooked! All I wanted to be able to do was to turn up at a job and wheel out all of my tools and materials without having to spend hours lugging my things back and forth to the van. I started researching and found that the Systainer boxes at the time (over 15 years ago) were very expensive.
The years rolled by and I started to notice Bosch had started selling their power tools in L-Boxx’s so I began to replace my power tool range so I could have lovely stackable boxes.
Over the years I have had different types and styles of van racking systems in my van such as tall metal units as well as various upgrades of home made wooden racking.
After thinking my latest van racking (which I made myself from heavy plywood) was the pinnacle of organization – I then discovered Vantainer who supply what I can only describe as the answer to all your possible storage and racking needs! Very light weight and the perfect solution for organisation of tools and materials storage. And it looks great too!
The Vantainer system is a very simple and ultra lightweight design, combined with the Systainer storage boxes – this makes going from job to job an absolute dream.
I have noticed that driving around the van not only feels a lot lighter and quieter and I have also seen a dramatic drop in fuel consumption.
When I arrive at a job – I can see the tools I need so much more quickly due to the simple and effective labeling system. I can then grab the boxes I want and stack them quickly on my sturdy Systainer trolley which is so easy to use – and lock all the boxes into place – then I am ready to go – saving my back and time in the process!
Great Product Features
I want to explain more about the superb locking feature these boxes have which make this system so unique.
This revolutionary locking device enables the user to attach and detach boxes perfectly which makes maneuverability and transport so easy. The beauty of this means that you can open any individual box to access the contents, even when they are stacked together using the innovative T-Loc system.
Make it work for your trade
Then comes the completely bespoke nature of this system – these boxes come in an array of different sizes with different inner compartments to suit your very needs – and the boxes no matter their size will always lock together – it’s genius!
And then there’s the racking!
This lightweight racking system which is so quick and easy to install (much quicker than the entire weekend it took me to build and install my plywood racking !) and no hard labour required! Mounted on aluminum telescopic arms – the shelving is perfectly safe and secure to support even the heaviest of your tools. It is also completely adaptable to your van size and shape.
You can probably tell I am a big fan and with Checkatrade , you get the chance to treat yourself to a fantastic deal which you can not get anywhere else. I am not stopping with the my van – I am using the boxes in my garage and shed too as they are perfect for keeping the clutter out and making the space at home work for me as well.
Drive down costs
Make your working day more efficient with this great looking system and save yourself some serious money on fuel once your existing heavy racking is replaced with this lightweight system.
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