Tubfix, an innovative bath frame construction kit, eliminates the hassle of getting the correct heights for your bath framework. Instead of the usual struggles associated with creating a wooden frame, Tubfix offers a cost effective, time saving, reliable solution.
Priced at just £39.95 (Ex. VAT) for the front panel and £22.95 (Ex. VAT) for the end panel, you can now benefit from a bath frame that takes just 30 minutes to install.
Forward-thinking inventor Laurence Beeke was one day replacing a bath when he came across the typical problem of fixing a wooden frame neatly and securing the narrow lip of the bath to support it, as well as making it strong enough to support a tiled finish.
A gap in the market
Straight away, he noticed there was no product on the market to combat these typical problems. So, Laurence developed a quick and easy, stable and secure bath and panel fixing framework.
Speaking about the short period of time it took for Tubfix to be produced from his first sketch on paper, Laurence said, “It was surprisingly quick. It only took around nine months, which was from the initial drawings and planning on a computer, to the product actually being shipped.”
Laurence stated the most rewarding part of his journey was receiving such positive feedback from the PlumbaseINVENT initiative in July. “To see people’s reactions were fantastic. The feedback at Installer2017 was really positive too, but I was delighted that a national retailer such as Plumbase showed so much interest. I’m so grateful for the chance to have my product in branches across the country.”
You can hear more about Laurence’s story and time at PlumbaseINVENT below:
Plumbase are thrilled to have Tubfix in stock and we are really excited to see Laurence’s business grow further.
You can find more information on Tubfix here.
Contributing writer: Tom Bullivant
At the InstallerINVENT initiative at Installer2016, Simon Brown debuted the Flueshoe to hundreds of installers. Since then, he hasn’t looked back and the Flueshoe has been gaining notoriety in the market now for just over a year.
Priced at just £49.95 (Ex. VAT) and £29.95 (Ex. VAT) for the additional de-burring tool, the unique cutter ensures a secure hold to guarantee a safe and clean cut for your boiler flue.
An installer himself, Simon was tired of struggling to cut boiler flues to an accurate length in a clean, neat, easy way. Wondering why there wasn’t a designated tool to prevent this, he set out to develop a solution.
Speaking to the Plumbase team he said “On one occasion, I was cutting a flue outside over a garden bench in the rain. The tenant of the house must have seen me trying to keep the flue steady, so he came out and held the other end. Although this was a nice gesture on his part, it wasn’t the professionalism I was wishing to portray so decided right there and then that I had to think of an alternative solution.”
Developing the Flueshoe
Almost immediately, Simon went to work trying to come up with a long term solution. From rough sketches on paper to using sheets of polystyrene, he eventually found a prototype which worked in the safest way possible. “I realised that – by employing the flue trimmer discs – I had eliminated a considerable safety risk as the flue could not be cut too short.”
After seeing Simon’s product and demonstration at the PlumbaseINVENT event in July, it was easy to see just how useful the Flueshoe is and what a difference it will make for the installers that use it. There are huge benefits to be had in terms of guaranteeing health and safety on site, something of even greater importance on projects with particularly large work forces where there are multiple flues to cut and install, and where apprentices may be entrusted with the task for the first time.
Heating Installer of the Year, Pete Booth (@PBPlumber) came along to Plumbase to demonstrate the capabilities of the Flueshoe for himself and prove just how easy a job flue-cutting can now be:
Changing the industry
A unique product on offer, the Flueshoe is bringing exciting times to the plumbing industry. Plumbase are thrilled to have the Flueshoe in stock at selected Plumbase branches, and we are really excited to continue to see Simon and his business grow.
You can hear more about Simon’s story and his time at PlumbaseINVENT below:
Contributing writer: Tom Bullivant
For many plumbers, the phrase ‘you often need three hands’, is a familiar one. Len Da Hand, designed and created by Adam Lowe of Shoe String Tools, is that extra helping hand and the perfect, transportable tool you should never be without.
Priced at just £23.95 (Ex. VAT), Len Da Hand offers an extra strong and flexible arm to support with a variety of projects.
The product took Adam six years and a lot of investment to fully develop, but he’s confident he has now launched the perfect tool that can help to support a pipe horizontally and vertically, while the attached steel arm supports pipes close to the joint for hassle-free soldering.
Speaking about when he first came up with the idea, Adam explained, “It was during my own work that I realised I needed an extra hand to be quicker and more efficient. I looked online for a tool to help me but I couldn’t find a single one. That’s when I thought it was time a useful, lightweight tool was created for the industry.”
After rigorous testing to ensure Len Da Hand offered the right amount of strength and durability on all kinds of jobs, Adam is now confident the tool is the perfect ‘handy’ plumber’s mate.
Putting it to the test
With the product being so adaptable, there are endless ways of using it to make your working day easier, and those time-consuming jobs you usually dread can now be quick and simple. Keen to showcase the great ways that Len Da Hand can help with everyday tasks was Pete Booth, (@PBPlumber), who paid us a visit at Plumbase HQ to see how versatile the tool could really be:
You can hear more about Adam’s story and experience at PlumbaseINVENT below:
Contributing writer: Tom Bullivant
One of this year’s newest inventions in the plumbing industry is PipeSnug, a quick, cheap and effective method for sealing a hole where a pipe exits the wall.
Now available at Plumbase and priced at just £4.95 (ex. VAT), this new, innovative product means the problems of messy mortar and expanding foam should be no more.
Chris Burdett, the creator of PipeSnug and a professionally-qualified bricklayer and builder for over twenty years, had had enough of preparing to point mortar around waste pipes and trying to obtain a clean finish. The task was time consuming – many builds had multiple entry points to correct and some were at particularly awkward locations and heights.
It was this which put the initial idea of PipeSnug into Chris’ mind. Working alongside his friend and business partner, Alex Lever, they formed Snug Solutions and spent three years developing the concept.
No point pointing
Created to suit a variety of plumbing or construction projects from loft conversions to kitchen and bathroom installations, the unique design of Pipe Snug is cost-effective, time-saving and easy-to-use.
The unique design leaves PipeSnug looking tidy and professional in any application. Heating Installer of the Year, Pete Booth (@PBPlumber) found out for himself when he came along to Plumbase to put PipeSnug to the test:
Both Chris and Alex attended the Plumbase Invent initiative in July, where staff took a look at a variety of exciting inventions, including PipeSnug. They received lots of positive feedback from Plumbase branch managers, regional managers and directors, particularly around the flexible use of PipeSnug for a variety of jobs across multiple projects.
You can hear more about Alex and Chris’ story here:
Contributing writer: Tom Bullivant
We’ve picked a selection of our favourite photos from the three days, did you beat Plumbase? Plus, don’t miss the Plumbase team at InstallerSCOTLAND between 6-7 September at the Scottish Event Campus, Glasgow!
The 3-day event is the UK’s leading plumbing and heating show and brings professional installers face-to-face with suppliers, manufacturers and merchants. We can’t wait to be part of it!
This year, organisers are expecting over 100 leading brands and more than 3,000 visitors. Those attending will be able to take part in interactive product demos, see industry speakers, win special prizes and access exclusive show deals. 2017 will also see the introduction of InstallerWORKS which offers practical installation advice around wet rooms and underfloor heating.
You can’t beat Plumbase!
Our Plumbase team will be at Stand D110, inviting installers to take us on in a series of fun challenges for the chance to win some amazing prizes. There will also be exclusive giveaways, free merchandise and the opportunity to see product demonstrations in our dedicated KD Navien display area.
We’ll be announcing more details about everything you can take part in soon – stay tuned!
As well as exhibiting, Plumbase is the official sponsor of InstallerINVENT too, an initiative which gives industry-inventors the chance to demo their designs to the plumbing and heating industry.
Originally started as a one-off, the scheme is now an on-going support service with Plumbase planning to play a very active part. Between our experienced staff and renowned suppliers, we hope to offer valuable insight, support and assistance to those bringing potential new products to market.
Are you a budding inventor with a product you would like to show?
Are you going to Installer2017?
Plumbase and Corgi Direct are proud to be supporting Gas Safety Week 2016, taking place 19th – 25th September.
Gas Safety Week is an annual safety week to raise awareness of gas safety and the importance of taking care of gas appliances. It is co-ordinated by Gas Safe Register, the official list of gas engineers who are legally allowed to work on gas.
Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning. Every year thousands of people across the UK are diagnosed with carbon monoxide poisoning. It is a highly poisonous gas. You can’t see it, taste it or smell it, but it can kill quickly with no warning.
If you’re a Gas Safe registered engineer, help remind customers they should:
- Check their gas appliances every year. Gas appliances should be safety checked once a year and serviced regularly by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Tenants – make sure the landlord arranges this. Encourage your customers to set a reminder so they don’t forget at staygassafe.co.uk.
- Check their engineer is Gas Safe registered. They can find and check an engineer at GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500.
- Check their engineer’s Gas Safe Register ID card. Make sure they are qualified for the work they need doing. They can find this information on the back of the card.
- Check for warning signs their appliances aren’t working correctly – eg. lazy yellow or orange flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room.
- Check they know the six signs of carbon monoxide poisoning – headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness.
- Check they have an audible carbon monoxide alarm. This will alert them if there is carbon monoxide in their home.
You can find all the kit you need, from Gas forms to Carbon Monoxide alarms on the Corgi Direct website.
Keeping bathroom Installers at the forefront of their consistent and creative product innovation has enabled Roman to achieve a strong position in the Market Place. David Osborne, Managing Director of Roman, answers your questions around how Roman has become the brand bathroom Installers trust today.
How have showering solutions changed over the past five years and how do you feel this has affected the installer?
Whilst frameless and semi-frameless for 6-8mm thick glass has developed, the biggest change has been the establishment of 10mm thick glass as mainstream top end products. Almost every 10mm product requires a second installer to get the product in place due to their frameless nature and weight.
When you design a new product is it all about end-user form and function, or do you make compromises for the installer?
As the leading UK manufacturer we definitely include the bathroom Installer throughout our design process and our own Installers form part of our product development process. The end user drives the look of the product but they also have to be installed easily. We do not compromise installation for style; we ensure that the products can be both stylish and installed easily.
Give an example of how your designs have improved for the installer over the past 5 years or so.
All of our frameless and semi-frameless enclosures follow the same installation and sealing methods without exception. Once you have installed one Roman enclosure the rest will follow suit.
Our Decem range is frameless which requires different installation and sealing methods. Decem is a second generation product from our Sculptures range and the product practices look similar, but from the installer’s point of view they are vastly easier. The Water Safe system has been introduced which makes frameless 10mm products easy to seal to provide a high level of water integrity. Some bracing systems in the marketplace could take longer to install than the actual product but Roman’s feature one straight forward bracing system that covers all of our products.
How recognisable are your showering solutions to the installer and how are they perceived by the installer?
Our 10mm range features our recognisable Water Safe system. This takes the grey area away from the bathroom Installer when fitting all of our frameless 10mm enclosures.
How do you know what installers want?
Our own installation team are heavily involved in our design process and we make sure we receive their feedback through the design and installation process. We ensure that we get feedback on the ease of installation, the time taken to install the products and our instruction manuals.
How important is after-sales-service to this sector and how do you minimise installation problems for yourselves or retailers?
After sales service is critical and as a UK manufacturer we like to create a big differential from ourselves to imported competitors. Our customer service team have all worked in installation or production so they know the product intimately and what common issues arise when installing products and the time pressure that the fitters face.
Check out our bathroom range online here.