Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Great Britain’s network of canals and waterways is home to at least 15,000 people. Owing to housing shortages and soaring prices in recent years, canal living has become an increasingly popular alternative to inland housing. In fact, a Self-build.co.uk article published a few years back says the continuous demand for floating homes has led British Waterways (the government body previously tasked to care for rivers and canals in Great Britain) to forecast the need for 11,000 more moorings until 2018. In England, the city of Birmingham, with its share of canals and rivers, is a favourite spot for houseboats.
Friday, February 6, 2015
Birmingham, West Midlands (January 20, 2015) - Badger Anodising (Birmingham) Ltd., a leading provider of anodised aluminum and metal polishing services, celebrates its 30th year of providing quality workmanship and excellent customer service. Under managing director Andrew Law’s supervision, the company has grown into a reputable anodising and metal polishing specialist firm that many businesses in U.K. trust. Badger Anodising saw its humble beginning as a metal plating company in the jewelry quarter in Hockley. In 1985, Andrew Law acquired it from the previous owner and developed a more diverse customer base. Within five years, the company turned into a successful enterprise with fifteen full-time staff.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Anodising is the process of producing protective films to guard metal surfaces such as aluminium and aluminium alloys from damage and chipping. The decorative finish achieved through anodising protects aluminium from corrosion. This process is commonly used on items like door knobs and other fixtures and appliances with metal surfaces. Aluminium anodisers use this process in many different applications. An article in Electrophoretic cites some examples of sectors/industries that employ anodising:
Monday, February 2, 2015
The fascia board is a long straight board that runs along the roofline, the point where the roof and outer walls of the house meet. It gives the house a clean finish by connecting the end of the rafters and trusses, creating a smooth appearance along the roof’s edge. Its primary function is to prevent moisture damage in the home’s interior by protecting the roof. It also acts as support to the bottom rows of tiles and guttering. As one of the house’s shield against different weather elements, the fascia board also suffers cumulative damage. The common cause is the heavy weight from gutters clogged by debris, water deposits or ice dams during winter. Although there are gutter technologies that remedy this problem, the fascia itself deteriorates over time. Most fascia boards are wooden, but wood rots easily so home builders resort to metals like aluminium to strengthen the roofing system.