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metal pipe boxing

Where external pipework needs to be concealed and protected against the risk of accidental damage, vandalism or theft, Encasement’s Arma metal pipe boxing provides a tough and versatile solution that also improves aesthetics and adds a uniform finish to the project.

Already widely used in a range of social housing refurbishment applications to conceal and protect simple vertical and horizontal pipe runs, as well as more complex district heating and central boiler installations, Arma can help improve security on projects at risk from damage.

 

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Water supply

Frost is the greatest threat to water services throughout the winter.  UK Water Regulations require any fitting or apparatus to be correctly insulated to prevent frost, unless in a location that is heated for more than 12 hours a day [2]. It seems obvious when you are scraping the ice from the car on a frosty morning. However, the insurance claims show that many homeowners, landlords and occupiers seem to be unaware of this requirement.

In the worst-case scenario, the replacement of water supply pipes is required.  Traditionally this has required major excavations outside a property and usually a great deal of disruption and trauma within, over several days and possibly weeks – inevitably at high cost.

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Product review: Bosch Universal Aquatak 135 High Pressure Washer (£179)

Editor Victoria Galligan tackles a driveway and car in much need of a clean, with the new and improved pressure washer model from Bosch…

Jet washing is a regular task for housing providers as a variety of vehicles, paving and equipment need a good clean once in a while. And this model caters for the variety or different jobs you might face with a clever adjustable nozzle – so I got cracking on my dull-looking driveway and dusty car.

The 3-in-1 nozzle on the UniversalAquatak performs 10% better than its predecessors, according to Bosch, and allows the jet to be concentrated on a tiny area for cleaning in tight nooks and crannies. This ‘pencil jet’ setting can be adjusted to a rotary mode, or a fan spray for cleaning larger areas.

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Apprenticeships – Levi Pierre of Hightown Housing Association

A housing association has highlighted the positive impact that apprenticeships and traineeships have on individuals, businesses and the economy.

Hightown Housing Association says 19-year-old Levi Pierre apprentice has shown great potential and will become a role model for future learners.

Levi, who lives in Hemel Hempstead, spends four days a week at Hightown as a Property Maintenance Apprentice and one day a week studying at West Herts College for his Property Maintenance qualification.

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