So What Are Teplo Ties

tiWall ties are an essential element in the strength and stability of cavity walls, but by crossing the cavity they act as a thermal bridge between the internal and external leaves. Generally speaking, the wider the insulated cavity, the more substantial the wall tie needs to be and the greater the effect the tie has on the u-value of the wall.

The teplo tie is a wall tie which is made up of a composite material based on basalt fibre and this composite is resistant to corrosion whilst also being alkali resistant. This particular wall tie is a lot stronger and lighter than the stainless steel wall ties. In addition to this and perhaps the most important is that improvements can be made to the thermal insulation of walls because the teplo tie is twenty times less thermally conductive than stainless steel and thus can remove the thermal bridges which are created by the stainless steel wall ties.

Teplo ties improve the thermal insulation of walls through removing the thermal bridges which are created by the traditional stainless steel wall ties. Customers, architects and contractors have been able to improve energy efficiency of buildings and reduce the overall C02 emissions of the building through the significant improvement of the U value in the masonry walls because of teplo ties.

With a thermal conductivity of just 0.7w/mk they are highly professional wall ties and can be used in traditional cavity sizes of just 50mm-100mm but the U value is of most significance at 150mm+ cavities.

Due to the finish which is provided by the teplo ties, the sand finish they act as an excellent mortar key. In addition to this each tie is supplied with an end cap which will reduce the risk of this penetrating through anything on site and causing injury.

So shortly speaking, teplo wall ties minimise heat transfer through thermal bridging, improving the energy-efficiency of a wall and reduce the overall CO2 emission.

The most common size of teplo ties are:

225mm- cavity size 55-100mm
275mm-cavity size 105-150mm
325mm-cavity size 155-200mm

Sure there are many other sizes available on the market, but these are the most common ones.

Wall ties are an extremely important structural component that maintain stability within masonry panels. We are able to supply a number of wall ties in a whole range of lengths and types for use in a variety of applications to restrain and stabilise brickwork, blockwork and stonework.

DIY Interior Colours Made Easy

coInterior walls have a unique purpose in either brightening the environment or it can give you a warm feeling of comfort. In choosing the right colours it is important to know the different variation of colour tones such as your analogous from monochromatic shades, complementing undertones that go well in your living rooms, bedrooms and other areas. A few great ideas for those who can’t quite afford to hire a professional, why not seek out interior designing schools and request for their students? They will be eager to assist with some fresh new ideas and usually come with a fraction of the cost or even offer to help for free on their uni project.

As you start to research the many themes and look that will sit well with your personal style, have an idea of what you are inspiring to achieve and work your way through each individual rooms and decide if you are going to blend the elements or have each room play out a different story. Colours are all about bringing life to an environment so choose from the thousands of colour options available when shopping for paint and always seek the expert advice of your friendly colour consultants and sales people.

When setting up your space what do you consider as the easiest option when cleaning up and tidying up after a project? Do you use a bucket of soap and water or do you chuck everything in the bin? By the use of the right cleaning agent, you will prolong your brush life span so that it is not an additional cost on your next DIY and how can you save money when buying your resources? Colour mixing is a great way to cut cost as combining two shades can give you a completely different feel for your next room. If you have three areas you want to work with then it will be much more cost effective to get creative and combine the two remaining paint!

Once you start learning about colours and how to identify their variations, how to avoid common problems and equip yourself with correct gear and tools, it will be easier to do it every year when redecorating and you only need to learn these steps in the beginning and as you become more in tune with your colour preference you will be able to show off your skills at dinner talks. A few themes that are popular today are your sleek and minimalist look, bohemian styles and many others depending on your personal touch. So enjoy painting and I hope your walls will reflect the best in you by the end of your new project.

Air Conditioning Repair Tips – Do It Yourself

spIt might seem like a coincidence that your air conditioning unit fails to work only when you need it the most- during the scorching summer season. With a few fine motor skills, some technical knowledge, a bit of logical thinking and some common sense you might be able to correct some of these issues.

#Issue 1: My air conditioner does not cool well.


This is the most common issue that every AC owner faces. Here is the list of things you can do about it.

Make sure the thermostat is set to the right temperature.

Check for the circuit breaker. The issue could be as small as a tripped fuse.

Check if the outlet’s voltage meets your AC’s requirement.

Switch off the AC, remove the filter and get in cleaned. A clean filter allows easy air flow.

Clean the compressor and condenser unit with a damp cloth. Do not use a water faucet.

Make sure that the compressor is working. If it is working you will be able to hear the outdoor compressor and the fan will be turning. If not then it is the time to call your technician.

#Issue 2: Water drips and pools around the base of my AC


Water formed due to condensation and it usually exits the air handler through plastic pipe or a drain tube. Dripping may be caused by a leaky pipe that needs to be replaced o a blocked pipe that needs to be cleaned.

Sometimes condensation can occur when the pump that transfers the hot air into the condenser becomes non-functional. In this case, In this case, you would need the help of a AC technician.

#Issue 3: Huge chunks of ice forms in my AC


This can be caused due to a number of reasons.

Ice formation occurs if the indoor unit’s evaporator coil is frozen and cold liquid refrigerant starts flowing to the outside unit through the refrigerant line freezing up the whole unit. This can be resolved by turning the AC off and the fan on to melt the ice.

Pieces of ice can appear if the filter is not clean which in turn reduces airflow over the evaporator coil, causing it to freeze. Regular cleaning of the filter solves this issue.

Blocked or closed supply and return vents reduce the airflow to the evaporator coil thus causing ice formation. Make sure that these vents are not blocked by cloth or any piece of furniture.

Issues like refrigerant leaks, malfunctioning indoor blower and clogged evaporator coils should be repaired only by trained AC technicians or professionals.

#Issue 4: Weird noises come out of my AC


Certain types of noises can signal that something is wrong with your AC.

Rattling sounds are produced by fans that are loosely fixed. Tighten the screws, clean the blades and check for bent blades that may be striking the interior of the unit.

Screeching noises may be caused due to friction. Prevent the occurrence of this squeaky noise by oiling the air conditioner motor at the beginning of each summer.

Vibrating noise can be caused by simple reasons like a few loose screws in the unit. The solution is simple- tighten them with a screwdriver.

Issues like clicking noises caused due to defective relays and compressor and buzzing noise caused by malfunctioning compressors should be resolved by a trained technician only.


Four Common Tools Used in Tile Installation

3ddCeramic tile installation requires specialized tools that can cut through the rigid ceramic without shattering it. There are many different types of cutting tools available, each designed for different sizes and types of cuts. By understanding each one, you will be able to select the right equipment for your project.

Electric Wet Saw

Probably one of the most well-known pieces on the list, the electric wet saw is great for cutting notches, bevels, and, of course, center cuts. While this saw is one of the most expensive, it is a necessity if you plan to complete a large tile installation project. Many stores offer these items for rent if you don’t want to invest the money to purchase one.

An electric wet saw uses a diamond-edge blade to make accurate cuts. However, since the blade will quickly heat from scoring the ceramic, it utilizes a tube to feed water onto the blade. This keeps the blade’s temperature at an appropriate level and keeps dust from clogging the machinery.

Diamond Hole saw

For those who need to score tough tiles or drill a hole, the diamond hole saw easily completes the job. It fits any standard drill, so you can use your own equipment. To drill a hole, place the tile on a solid surface and gently press the bit until the tip scores the surface. You can also drill all the way through, if needed. The diamond hole saw creates clean cuts without damaging the surface finish.

Scriber Tool

Scoring softer materials does not require diamond encrusted cutting tools. One of the most common pieces of tile installation equipment is the scriber tool. This allows you to score the surface gently and then snap the ceramic in two. In order to use it, simply use a ruler or other straight edge as a guide and gently apply pressure as you pull the scriber across the surface. Normally, one cut will do the job and the piece will easily brake at the scribe line. However, should you need to make a second run across the score mark, do not apply too much pressure; if you do, the ceramic may crack.


Every tile installation job needs to use cutters. Not only do they score the surface for easy snapping, they also facilitate clean cuts when breaking the pieces apart. Cutters have an adjustable angle guide to help ensure the ceramic is properly angled.

To use cutters, place the piece on the cutting platform. Turn the piece so that the surface that you wish to cut is on the cutting guide. In order to keep it from moving, make sure it is flush against the stopper. Then simply pull the handle along the guide to score the ceramic. Once scored, push the handle down to break the pieces apart.

Tile installation can be a difficult process and is not necessarily a job for beginners. If you are uncertain of how to use any of these tools, or simply want to make sure the project comes out as you imagined, be sure to consult with a professional.