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Top home snagging jobs to do before winter

Autumn and winter can be an expensive time for homeowners. Rain, wind and freezing temperatures can combine to cause property damage that requires costly repairs, especially when it affects heating and plumbing systems. With the cost of repairing a boiler alone totalling anywhere between £150 and £400, it’s easy to see how the strain put on a house by winter weather can leave you out of pocket.

Now is the time to give your property a thorough going over. With that in mind, we’ve made a checklist of useful snagging jobs to take care of before winter takes hold.

Exterior pointing

Mortar plays an important role in the stability of your house, and can be damaged by the ingress of water that goes on to freeze. If you find any significant holes between bricks, use a hammer and chisel to chip out loose mortar before filling them in with a pointing trowel.

Garage doors and joinery

When checking garage entrances, ask yourself: do the door mechanisms work? Are the locks OK? Use a drill driver to tighten any loose fixings.

Guttering

Look for gaps between joints, misaligned sections, or missing clips. Check downpipes are attached to the wall. A rainstorm is a good time to check guttering and pipes are working properly, and to spot any leaks or spills. A waterproof sealant can be used to fix anything that doesn’t merit replacing.

Roofing

Use a ladder to check the state of your roof. Are there missing or loose tiles or slates? Is flashing cracked or corroded? Identify problems and get them fixed before further damage occurs.

Garden gates and fencing

Make sure hinges, locks and bolts are working, and look for defects in walls, fences and posts.

Paving

Water should be draining away from the property, and there shouldn’t be standing water. If there’s a puddle larger than 1m2 and 7mm deep more than an hour after rainfall, you may need to correct the bed beneath the stones.

Garden furniture

Put away securely anything that could be damaged by winter weather. Check shed felting and windows while you’re at it. A nail gun makes short work of refelting.

Windows

This is a good time to paint or stain wooden window frames to protect them from the elements.

Electrics

Check outside lights and switches are working. If you have venting going outside from cookers or clothes dryers, check these are clear and that fans are working.

Heating

Look out for signs of problems and arrange to have them fixed as soon as possible. Unexpectedly high fuel bills could indicate a boiler problem. Cold spots are evidence of faulty emitters, while noises from pipes usually mean air is trapped inside.

Plumbing

Make sure fittings and pipework are fixed and in order. Are exterior waste pipes free of blockages and damage? Check grouts and seals are in place – these can be repaired using waterproof sealant. In the kitchen, look for signs of leaks from sinks and appliances.

Loft

Check insulation is in place and free from gaps. Make sure the loft hatch is insulated and sealed to prevent draughts. Check pipework and extracts are connected and working.

Once you’ve checked these items off your list you can rest easier knowing your home is properly prepared for the winter. To equip yourself with any of the tools mentioned above, or to seek further advice on how to take care of snagging jobs around the house, get in touch at our Redhill store.

How has workwear changed over the years?

Imagine this: you’re busy at work on the site, shovelling sand into the cement mixer, when Doc Brown screeches to a halt in his DeLorean time machine and says “Great Scott! We need to go into the past to see how builders dressed back then. Jump in, Marty!”

As you wonder who Marty is, perhaps also crossing your mind is what kind of weird and wonderful fashions you’ll see on your journey through the ages. Did the Ancient Egyptians wear hard hats? Why would you wear a waistcoat on site if it wasn’t high-vis? And just how comfortable would a pair of cords be in summer?

In the name of curiosity, we take a look back at workwear throughout the years and see how fashions and necessities have changed.

Headgear

Protective headgear did not come into common use until shipbuilders and dockworkers created helmets by covering their hats in a shell of dried tar. Later, companies began to make leather protective hats for miners, which in the early 20th century became steel hats similar to military helmets worn in WW1. The 1940s saw the arrival of fibreglass and aluminium helmets, followed in the 1950s by plastic hard hats, not unlike those worn in construction today.

Thanks to Directive 89/686/EEC, which came into force in 1992, safety helmets are now required on almost all construction sites, and have saved countless lives. But you don’t have to go too far back to find mind-boggling photographs of girder-straddling construction workers wearing flat caps or going bareheaded.

Eye wear

An early example of safety goggles can be found in P. Johnson’s patented ‘eye-protector’ of 1880 – two layers of semi-transparent cloth which offered some shielding from bright light, but very little protection from impact. Around the turn of the last century, a French scientist used a liquid-plastic-coated glass to create safety glass, which led to the creation of the first industrial safety goggles. But it wasn’t until the late 1970s that protective eyewear became practical and more commonly used.

Today’s protective eye wear is lightweight, comfortable, and even fashionable, meaning that workers have no excuse not to comply with safety regulations.

Gloves

Gloves go back a long way – at least as far as 1370BC and Tutankhamun’s tomb, and were also used by the ancient Greeks and Romans. With tanning one of the earliest industries, gloves were made to provide protection against cold, heat and injury, as well as dirt and disease.

Now safety gloves are required for a range of manual work, and modern varieties offer flexibility and comfort as well as protection.

Clothing

Thanks to paintings discovered on the walls of their tombs, we know the Ancient Egyptians wore precious little when they were building the pyramids. These images show slave labourers dressed in what look like skirts, which were probably made from linen. While this would have helped them stay cool in the sun, it would have offered next to no protection while they worked.

Fast forward to the mid-19th century, and manual labourers were positively overdressed. Navvies commonly wore flat caps, heavy boots, corduroy trousers, and even waistcoats while they toiled. Trousers were loose and worn to the stomach, Simon Cowell-style, and had to be held up with suspenders.

Nowadays, construction workers benefit from man-made materials that enable workwear to be lightweight and breathable while still offering a degree of protection. Clothing can be fire-retardant and durable, as well as reflective to increase awareness on sites.

Footwear

Navvies used to wear heavy boots edged with iron and with soles of an inch or thicker. While these sound restrictive, they would have at least offered some protection while working, which could not be said for the footwear of earlier workers.

In the 1980s, workboots such as those made by Dr. Martens became part of high street fashion, and this in turn has fed back into the design of current protective footwear. Safety boots now come in a variety of fashionable styles, and include breathable and water-resistant materials to improve comfort, as well as essential features such as steel toe caps and shock absorbing soles.

So there you have it, a whistlestop tour of history’s workwear. Now, even when the sun’s beating down and you wish you could take off your high-vis vest, you might think yourself lucky that you’re not sweating your bits off in head-to-toe wool.

At Fixings and Powertool Center, we stock a wide range of workwear both functional and fashionable, as well as all of the necessary Personal Protective Equipment. Don’t get caught out on site – make sure you’re properly equipped for the job. Contact us here for more information.

The best multi-purpose power tool to own

There’s a lot to be said for having a single tool that can do the job of many. For one, it saves space in the van or toolkit. For another, it could save you money.

Most power tools are fairly similar in nature, being little more than a power source, a motor, and a moving implement. The difference is how the implement moves. Drills rotate, saws move back and forth, and sanders rotate or vibrate. However, there are a number of power tools on the market that combine various functions to give users added functionality in one device.

If you only have enough in your budget for one power tool, which one will perform the largest number of functions? We take a look at some of the multi-purpose power tools available and give our recommendation for the most useful one.

Drill/driver

Also known as rotary drills, drill drivers combine the ability to drill and screw in one power tool. This is extremely useful when dealing with a large number of fixings, especially in tough materials, as it allows you to drill pilot holes and drive in screws using the same tool.

If you add a hammer function to the drill, you’ll have even more power to get into hard surfaces such as masonry. This mode moves the drill bit forwards and backwards as it spins in order to create a hole more easily.

Oscillating multi tool

For all-round versatility, it’s hard to better an oscillating multi tool. Also known as multi cutters, they benefit from a wide variety of interchangeable attachments that allow them to perform a number of different functions. Utilising rapid side-to-side motion, these tools can cut, sand, polish, grind and sharpen. They’re handheld and are available in corded and cordless models. They come with a standard choice of attachments, but additional ones can be purchased if you want to expand their functionality.

Circular saws

While circular saws can only be used to saw, it’s the number of different things they can saw that makes them versatile. By fitting different types of blade, it’s possible to cut through wood and plastic as well as tough materials like metal and masonry.

So which multi-purpose power tool should I buy?

While the existence of multi-purpose power tools has helped reduce the need for various separate tools, nobody has yet invented the tool that can do everything. So until this fabled Swiss-army power tool materialises, it will still be necessary to arm yourself with at least a couple of power tools.

Of the list above, we recommend you go for a drill/driver with hammer action, and an oscillating multi tool. This combination will allow you to tackle most standard jobs, won’t cost you a fortune, and will help save space.

It’s best to go for power tools with at least 12v of power, and make sure you get more than one year of warranty. Finally, don’t forget to keep your tools well maintained. Check out our blog on how to care for power tools here.

If you have any questions on the best power tools to go for, just visit our Redhill store or drop us a line. Our friendly team is always happy to help.

The most essential tools for gardeners

For garden owners, this summer’s extreme weather has made keeping up with the gardening more of a challenge lately.

Some areas of Britain have seen a month’s rainfall in the space of a day, which has understandably been catastrophic for more fragile plants. Then there have been the sporadic heatwaves which have broken records and left lawns parched and flowers shrivelling. All in all, it has meant that many gardeners have had their work cut out.

During periods of intense gardening such as this, it’s essential to make sure you’re fully kitted out with the right tools. The last thing you want is to be taking on a rampant garden with nothing but a rusty old trowel and a pair of holey gloves.

Here’s our list of the tools gardeners shouldn’t be without:

1. Lawnmower

The combination of heavy rainfall and searing heat this summer has meant lawns are growing at an exasperating rate, making the need for a trusty lawnmower even more essential. There are several options to consider. Hover mowers are good for unusually-shaped gardens, but not so good for large lawns, while the wheeled variety trades manoeuvrability for control and ease of motion.

If you have a lot of grass to cut, then it may be wise to consider a petrol mower, as these have the added grunt to chomp up a large lawn and don’t require a mains connection, leaving you free to mow as far as you like.

2. Rake / leaf blower

Autumn is just around the corner, and with it comes the change in the trees. Before we know it we’ll be ankle deep in fallen leaves, so now’s the time to make sure you’ve got a sturdy rake. If you’d rather give your back a break from hard work, you could consider investing in a leaf blower. Splash out on one of these petrol-powered puppies and you’ll soon have leaves scurrying into a corner where you can easily bag them up.

3. Secateurs

When it comes to pruning plants, bushes and trees, a good pair of snips is worth its weight in gold. For easy-to-reach plants such as roses you can use a small pair of clippers, but for taller plants such as notoriously unruly bamboo it’s best to equip yourself with a pair of extendable secateurs. This handy tool will allow you to reach those high up branches and shoots without needing to get the stepladder out of the shed every time. Just be sure to wear protective gloves when dealing with thorny customers.

4. Trowel and hand fork

With colder and wetter weather on its way, gardeners will already be thinking about moving some plants indoors for protection. This is where a trowel and fork come in handy. Make sure you go for ones with comfortable handles, as this will reduce the strain on your hands during long bouts of replanting. Inspect the blade to make sure it’s well-fitted and up to the task of digging in hard ground, and you can even find some with depth marks etched into the metal to aid with planting.

5. Hose reel

For times when the mercury is soaring, it’s essential to have a garden hose to keep your lawn and plants looking healthy. Even if your garden is devoid of grass and plants, having a hose is still a must; for those with paving or artificial grass, you can easily blast away dirt and debris to leave it looking clean and shiny. Grab one with a hose reel to stay tidy and avoid irritating kinks.

There are plenty more useful tools for the garden, but this selection should stand you in good stead for the majority of gardening jobs. If you’ve got any questions about the best types of tools for gardening, or any other queries, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

 

Top tools for flooring

There are many different ways to finish a floor, and the materials involved can vary widely in cost. For instance, depending on the floor area and quality of product, carpeting your home could cost anything between £2,000 and £12,000.

Whatever flooring you opt for, there are certain tools you will need to install it. Let’s take a look at them:

Tools for laying hardwood/laminate flooring

Retractable knife, metal straight edge, tape, circular saw, drill with spade bit, adhesive, handsaw, wood chisel, hammer

If you’re laying wooden flooring on a concrete sub-floor, you’ll have to put down a damp-proof membrane, followed by an underlay. Both these steps will involve cutting, so get yourself a retractable knife and metal straight edge. You’ll also need tape to stick together the sections of underlay.

For cutting wooden floorboards down to size to fit the room, use a circular saw. Make sure the saw is fitted with the appropriate blade for cutting the wood you’re using.

When it comes to fitting boards around pipes, use a drill fitted with a spade bit to create a hole for the pipe. Then use a saw to cut a wedge section out of the board, and stick it in place using adhesive.

You may need to cut down doors and their frames to accommodate the new floor. Use a handsaw to cut into the doorframe, then a hammer and wood chisel to remove the unwanted section.

Tools for laying carpet

Hammer, adhesive, retractable knife, metal straight edge, tape, carpet stretcher, carpet tucker

Fitting carpet involves placing a strip of gripper around the perimeter of the floor to help hold the carpet down. Gripper comes with nails already embedded in its surface, but you’ll need a hammer to bang them into the wooden floor below. If the sub-floor is screed or concrete, then you can use an adhesive to stick down the gripper.

Sizing the carpet and its underlay to the room will involve some cutting, so make sure you’ve got a retractable knife and metal straight edge to hand. Use tape to stick sections of underlay together.

When fitting the carpet, you’ll need a carpet stretcher and carpet tucker. These metal implements are used to stretch the edges of the carpet towards the wall and hook them to the gripper strips. You can also use the carpet tucker and a hammer to fit the carpet edge under the threshold strip in any doorways.

Tools for laying vinyl flooring

Retractable knife, metal straight edge, adhesive, sealant, sealant gun

Whether you’re laying vinyl flooring in sheet or tile form, you’ll need a retractable knife to cut it to size or to fit it around obstacles such as sinks.

To fix the vinyl to the floor, use double-sided tape or spray-on adhesive, but make sure the room is well ventilated before using the latter. If your vinyl floor is in a bathroom or other area that might get wet, you can use a waterproof sealant along the edges to prevent moisture collecting underneath.

Tools for laying ceramic/stone tile flooring

Tiling adhesive, gauging trowel, notch trowel, spirit level, circular saw, floor tile grout, grout float, grout-finishing tool, sealant, sealant gun

When fixing the tiles to the sub-floor, use a gauging trowel to apply the tiling adhesive to the floor, then spread it using a notch trowel. Check the flatness of the tiles as you lay them using a spirit level. For cutting tiles down to size, you’ll need a circular saw fitted with a tile blade.

Once the tiles are all in place, use a grout float to work the tiling grout into the gaps between the tiles, then smooth it off with a grout-finishing tool. Seal the edges of the floor with sealant.

General tools and safety equipment for laying flooring

Regardless of the type of flooring you’re installing, there is some equipment you will always need. A tape measure is essential for measuring the sections of flooring, and a soft broom and dustpan and brush can be used to keep floor surfaces clean before and after laying.

It’s important to stay safe during various stages of laying flooring. Protect your knees from hard floors with a pair of knee pads. When cutting or drilling any flooring material, wear safety goggles, gloves and a mask.

At Fixings and Powertool Center we stock a wide variety of tools and equipment for laying flooring. Whether you’re after the best tools for the job, or advice on how to go about it, our team of friendly experts is here to help. Contact us here.

Types of power tools and their uses

Electrically-powered tools have been around for over a century – without them, productivity and profitability in the building world would plummet. Before their invention, large teams of labourers were needed to perform tasks that today can be carried out much faster by one or two people equipped with power tools.

So if you’re someone who uses a power tool on a regular basis, stop for a minute to think about all the time and effort that tool has saved you, and be thankful that someone had the bright idea to invent it!

All power tools are similar in their makeup. They’re basically a power source, connected to a motor, which then moves an implement. The difference is the motion they create. While other types of power tool exist, the examples below cover those that are most commonly used in building and renovation jobs.

Drills/drivers

Electric drills and screwdrivers primarily employ rotation either to bore a hole in a surface, or turn a screw or bolt. There are a few different types to look out for:

Also known as a drill driver, a rotary drill is your basic electric drill/screwdriver. With a chuck that holds either a drill or screwdriver bit, the two functions are combined in one tool for efficiency. You can go from one mode to the other with a flick of a switch, as well as change the direction of rotation from clockwise to counterclockwise.

Standard drill drivers are great for use in softer materials such as wood.

Drivers are dedicated to turning screws and bolts, and have a great deal of torque at their disposal, which means they can put a screw into dense hardwood without stripping the head. One caveat: they use special bits that cannot be used by other drill drivers.

Drivers are useful when you have a lot of screws to take care of.

Hammer drills include a selectable hammer action, which moves the chuck in a rapid forward and backward motion while it rotates the bit. This simultaneously pounds and grinds the surface area, making clean holes even in tough materials like concrete and steel.

With the ability to switch to standard rotary drill and driver modes, the hammer drill is a great all-purpose drilling tool that packs a punch.

If it’s serious drilling power you’re after, then look no further than a rotary hammer drill. These are larger and have a lot more power than standard hammer drills, and can even be used with a chisel attachment to break up concrete. Due to their high power, they utilise special drill bits, and operators need to wear ear protection.

Saws

When you need a portable tool to cut something, there are a couple of ways you can go:

Circular saws employ a rapidly rotating toothed circular blade. Depending on the type of blade used, they can cut wood, plastic, metal and masonry. Equipped with helpful cutting guides, they’re good at producing straight edges, which makes them especially suited to woodworking.

Reciprocating saws have a straight blade with a serrated edge that moves back and forth to saw through materials. While powerful, they lack finesse and manoeuverability, so they’re best used when neat lines are not the priority. They’re great for hacking off tree limbs or even cutting through nails embedded in wood.

Grinders and sanders

Another tool to employ a rotating implement is the angle grinder. Its variety of attachable abrasive discs can be used to grind, polish, sand or cut a range of materials including stone and metal. Angle grinders are generally used in construction and metalwork.

For smoothing wooden surfaces, use a sander. Whether it has a rotating belt, a spinning disc or a vibrating pad, a sander uses a piece of sandpaper attached to a rapidly moving surface to create friction. These are useful for removing layers of material, such as a finish that’s been applied to furniture.

When purchasing a power tool, we recommend choosing one with at least 12v of power, as well as more than a year of warranty. Some of our favourite makes include Makita, Bosch, DeWalt, and Milwaukee.

For more information on power tools and their uses, get in touch with our team of friendly experts. We also have a repair and servicing shop to keep your tools running. You can contact us here.

How to become a builder

Are you good with your hands? Does the idea of working outdoors appeal? Do you prefer your tea on the strong side? If the answer to these questions is yes, then a fabulous career in the building trade awaits you!

There are many benefits to becoming a builder. Thanks to the UK’s current construction boom, builders are in high demand, which means there is plenty of work to be had, and it’s varied; jobs range from residential and commercial building, to civil engineering and service to trade. Then there’s the teamwork and banter that building projects can provide, making for an enjoyable working day. And finally there is the pride to be had when looking at a completed build and knowing that you contributed to its success.

But just how do you go about becoming a builder? Do you have to go to building college? Is there a test? And where exactly do you buy a left-handed screwdriver?

We’ve put our heads together, carried out some detailed research, and whittled the options down to this essential list.

Apprenticeships

One in five construction employers uses apprenticeships to recruit new blood, which makes these schemes a reliable route to employment for inexperienced jobseekers.

Apprenticeships offer the opportunity to learn while you earn, meaning you get paid to train on the job, and at the end you get a useful qualification to show for it. There are many levels of education available through apprentice schemes, and the better your experience and qualifications, the greater your opportunities.

As an incentive to employers, the government offers grants to help companies meet the costs of providing apprentice schemes. Its website also has a useful search function for finding an apprenticeship.

Building courses

If you’d rather just concentrate on the studying side of things, you can get your qualifications before you find work. Institutions like City & Guilds offer a wide range of courses that teach everything from essential skills like plastering and decorating, to specialist trades such as heritage construction. Along with the variety of subjects and the value of a certified qualification, the benefit of these courses is that they provide students with a theoretical understanding of a trade before they head out to test it in the world of work.

Just have a go

There’s a lot to be said for jumping in at the deep end; it’s the quickest way to learn. For those that prefer to get stuck into work straight away, they need only go online or scan the jobs pages of their local paper for entry-level building positions. Granted, they will probably find themselves performing menial tasks at first, but they’ll soon get to try their hand at a range of more skilled jobs, and there really is no substitute for hands-on experience. If you’re willing to learn, you’ll soon find yourself picking up a whole host of skills that will form the basis of your new trade. Remember, everyone has to start somewhere.

Before you start applying for jobs, make sure you’ve got a professional-looking CV and a couple of good references. If you’re just starting out these can be from a teacher or a family friend in a reputable position. For help creating a CV, check out this site: https://www.fish4.co.uk/career-advice/construction-worker-cv-template/.

If you’re in need of further advice on how to embark on a career in construction, then why not pop in and bend our ear about it? We deal with members of the trade on a daily basis, so when it comes to the latest goings-on in the industry, we’ve always got our finger on the pulse. Our staff are friendly and knowledgeable, and they’re always happy to help – they’ll even show you where we keep the left-handed screwdrivers. Get in touch here.

How to maintain your power tools

When it comes to power tools, the secret to a long life is proper regular maintenance. A well-maintained drill could last 15 years, but treat it shabbily and it will cost you time and money, until it ends up on the scrap heap.

What’s more, a faulty tool can be a safety hazard. Keep tools in good condition and you’ll keep yourself safe, while also complying with Health and Safety standards.

Sometimes repairs are unavoidable, but the better you treat your equipment, the longer it will stay out of the repair shop. Here’s a list of common maintenance tips designed to help prolong the life of your power tools:

  1. Keep tools clean

Construction areas aren’t the cleanest of places, so keeping your power tools clean requires regular effort. Before and after using any power tool, give it a check over to make sure there’s no crud stuck to it. Have a rag handy to wipe off any sawdust, grease, etc., and use a can of compressed air to blast debris out of hard-to-reach parts.

  1. Look after cords, hoses and batteries

Plugs, cords, air lines and batteries are the weak links in most power tools. Check plugs and cords are intact before attaching to mains power, and don’t be tempted to use anything that seems damaged, or bodge a repair. When not in use, roll up cords and hoses to avoid kinks that can lead to faults. Keep batteries away from extreme temperatures, and don’t let them run all the way down before recharging.

  1. Check safety features

Inspect safeguards before use to ensure they’re in place and intact; not only can a faulty guard damage the tool, it can also injure the user. Never tamper with or remove a tool’s safety guard, and unless you know what you’re doing be sure to have repairs carried out by a professional.

  1. Don’t use old or broken attachments

The friction and stress that attachments like drill bits, saw blades and sanding discs experience make wear and tear inevitable, but continuing to use worn or damaged parts can break the tool or, worse, cause injury. Check the business end of the tool before use for excessive wear, cracks or missing parts, and be sure to replace anything damaged. Not only will you help prevent further damage and possible injury but you’ll also get better results from the tool.

Don’t forget to protect yourself with safety equipment when dealing with power tools.

Follow these simple tips and you should find that your tools last longer. However, if they do suffer a breakdown, or if you decide it’s time they had a tune-up, then don’t forget our site includes a repair and servicing shop. Our highly-trained team of experts are on hand to diagnose, repair and service a wide range of makes and models of power tool. To book an appointment, or to find out more, get in touch here.

Our simple guide to screws and bolts

There are so many varieties of screws and bolts that sorting through them all can be something of a headache. That said, we’re always up for a challenge, so we’ve put together this handy guide to everything with a thread.

Types of screws and bolts:

  1. Wood screws

Sharp-tipped screws for use in wood. Outdoor varieties include stainless steel, zinc-coated, and Japanned.

  1. Decking screws

For fastening outside decking. Covered in a waterproof coating to protect them from the weather.

  1. Coach screws

For fixing large, heavy pieces of structural wood. Masonry use requires a pre-drilled hole and a plug. They have a hex head that is turned with a socket or wrench.

  1. Carriage bolts

These bolts have a rounded head and a square anti-spin shoulder. Used in fastening timber, they’re turned with a socket or wrench.

  1. Drywall screws

Specially made to be used in plasterboard. These have a trumpet-shaped ‘bugle’ head that goes into the board without tearing up the exterior.

  1. Machine screws

Straight-shanked and shaped like a bolt. Slotted head is turned with a screwdriver. Pre-drill a hole to provide a strong fastening.

  1. Roofing bolts

Mushroom-headed bolts used for fixing roofing and guttering. Double slotted with a square nut.

  1. Self-tapping screws

These create their own thread as they are being driven. Often used for fixing metal. Stainless steel or zinc-plated self-tappers are recommended outdoors to prevent rusting.

  1. Tek screws

Drill point enables them to tap their own hole. Used in sheet metal and cladding. Usually hex-headed or Pozi-headed. Also available with a bonded washer to create a water-tight seal for outdoor applications.

  1. Hex bolts

Hex-headed bolts with a partial thread. A popular choice in construction and machinery. Tighten with a socket or wrench. Also available as fully-threaded hex set screws.

  1. Concrete screws

Self-tapping screws for concrete, brick, and masonry, they don’t require a wallplug. Hex-headed; use a socket driver or wrench to turn them.

  1. Blue concrete screws

These specially-treated concrete screws are resistant to corrosion, making them ideal for long-term outdoor use.

  1. Socket screws

The head contains an internal hex connection that is driven with a socket. They’re handy for when a lack of space makes screwing difficult.

  1. Security screws

Designed to stay put permanently, these non-reversible screws feature a special head that can only be turned clockwise.

  1. Mirror screws

These come with a chrome cap that covers the head once installed to provide an attractive finish. Used in mirrors and glass.

We stock a wide range of screws and bolts for all your fixing and fastening needs. If you have any more questions, our team is always happy to help, so get in touch at our Redhill store.

DeWALT Demo Day – June 21st 2019

Don’t miss our exclusive DeWALT Demo Day on Friday June 21st!

We’ll have all the latest new DeWALT products and will be doing demonstrations in store. Plus there will be special offers on the day:

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