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  1. Flat roofs: if you can't torch it, mech fix it
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    Flat roofs: if you can't torch it, mech fix it

    Warwick Badams, Fixfast

    The NFRC’s great Safe2Torch campaign is getting strong support across the UK’s flat roofing industry. There’s now a growing awareness that the torch-on method isn’t always appropriate for fixing bituminous roofs.

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  2. The UK living roof market - engineering for long-term success
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    The UK living roof market - engineering for long-term success

    Jonathan Brown, Fixfast

    Jonathan Brown, Fixfast’s living roofs expert, highlights the need for engineering to protect the long-term performance of living roofs.

    It’s great to see the UK living roof market really taking root. With the sector growing nearly twenty percent last year, it’s clear property owners now recognise the significant advantages living roofs offer in terms of improved ecology and design. This growth means new jobs and a more progressive direction for the roofing trade. But I want to highlight an important and as-yet unreported issue that requires attention and mitigation.

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  3. Commonly Overlooked Living Roof Engineering Issues
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    Commonly Overlooked Living Roof Engineering Issues

    , Fixfast

    Here we take a look at some of the commonly overlooked issues we have seen in under-engineered living roofs.

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  4. The new SureFast flat roofing fastener system from Fixfast
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    The new SureFast flat roofing fastener system from Fixfast

    Warwick Badams, Sales Executive

    SureFast is the latest innovation to the flat roofing market from Fixfast, and this post shows a video of specialist contractor ICS Ltd installing SureFast fasteners with a Danosa membrane.

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  5. The different grades of metal used in self-drilling fasteners
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    The different grades of metal used in self-drilling fasteners

    Jack Mumford, Technical Consultant

    In this blog post we explain the common grades of stainless steel used in self-drilling fastener manufacturing, the difference between each grade, and in which applications the correct grade should be used.

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  6. How we perform wind load calculations for flat roofs
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    How we perform wind load calculations for flat roofs

    Jack Mumford, Technical Consultant

    Wind load calculations for flat roofs are essential as due diligence for contractors or designers. Rather than seeing them just as a necessary piece of paper though, a wise contractor will take the opportunity to check what the project really requires.

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  7. Fixfast ColourDrive System
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    Fixfast ColourDrive System

    Geoff Gray, Customer Service Executive

    Following our recent blog 'Should you use an impact driver to install self drilling fasteners?', we've been thinking about the importance of making self drilling fasteners as easy to install as possible.

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  8. How we can help you to save time on site
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    How we can help you to save time on site

    Stephen Coppins, Customer Service Manager

    The recent ‘Farmer Review of the UK Construction Model’ highlights several severe issues that need addressing in the construction industry. The warning was stark: ‘Modernise or Die’.

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  9. Can you use impact driver to install self drilling fasteners?
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    Can you use impact driver to install self drilling fasteners?

    Stuart Watson, Field Service Technician

    We are seeing a increase in the use of impact drivers for the installation of fasteners - but is this tool suited to this compared to a traditional impact driver?

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  10. Understanding HAV  syndrome, and how you can prevent it
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    Understanding HAV syndrome, and how you can prevent it

    Paul Reeves, Technical Manager

    HAV (Hand Arm Vibration) syndrome affects 635 persons a year, and those working outside with hand held power tool are some of the most likely to be in danger.

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  11. Fixfast Ltd and Fixrite join forces
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    Fixfast Ltd and Fixrite join forces

    Mike Napthine, Marketing Manager

    We've worked with Fixrite as a distributor in Ireland for over twenty years, and both companies now feel it's time to join forces.

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  12. A look at the Fixfast technical laboratory
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    A look at the Fixfast technical laboratory

    Zach Badams, Technical Executive

    When customers visit us at our Head office in Sevenoaks, Kent, they are often surprised at the extent of the technical laboratory. As you can see in the above photo, this room hosts a raft of equipment which is.....

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  13. Why you should use thermally broken fasteners for flat roofing
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    Why you should use thermally broken fasteners for flat roofing

    Jack Mumford, Technical Consultant

    Traditionally, flat roofs were fixed using the metal fastener and plate combination. However, this transmits heat from the inside of the building to the outside atmosphere through the fastener, which seriously reduces the thermal efficiency of the building.

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  14. How to install a KATT fixed access ladder
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    How to install a KATT fixed access ladder

    John Hynes, Head of Safe Access

    KATT fixed access ladders are delivered to site as a flat pack kit, and then installed on site. Watch the video to see how easily two people can assemble it.

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  15. The Height of Safe Access
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    The Height of Safe Access

    John Hynes, Head of Safe Access

    New standards and changes to sentencing guidelines have been put in place for working at height, and these have put building managers under pressure to upgrade their fixed access and protection systems.

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  16. What difference does the drill point make?
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    What difference does the drill point make?

    Jack Mumford, Technical Consultant

    There is a huge range of different drill points for fasteners, each with many different names, in this blog we explain the most commonly used ones

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  17. A guide to self drilling fasteners for roofing and cladding
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    A guide to self drilling fasteners for roofing and cladding

    Geoff Gray, Customer Service Representative

    Selecting the correct self-drilling fastener for roofing and cladding applications can be a daunting task for anyone new to the game - This simple guide will explain what you need to know

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  18. Fixfast at UK Construction Week
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    Fixfast at UK Construction Week

    Mike Napthine, Marketing Manager

    Fixfast exhibited at UK Construction Week 2016 held at Birmingham’s NEC in October; occupying space within the NFRC pavilion which was the ideal position to enhance our reputation as leaders in our industry. Attracting over 30,000 trade visitors and more than 650 exhibitors, Construction Week is the UK’s largest construction trade event and a fantastic way to gain recognition.

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  19.  Understanding corrosion classes according to BS EN 9223:2012
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    Understanding corrosion classes according to BS EN 9223:2012

    Paul Reeves, Technical Manager

    British standards can be complex. However, it is essential to understand the relevant ones when specifying building components. This article aims to help you understand the fundamentals of BS EN 9223:2012 & how it can apply to specifying the correct grade of fasteners for the building envelope.

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  20. Fixfast Open Day
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    Fixfast Open Day

    Nick Clarke, Marketing Executive

    On the 4th of October 2016, Fixfast opened its doors to a number of key customers and industry associates for a day of learning, networking, putting faces to names and free food.

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  21. Chris Duffy joins Fixfast to lead on specification
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    Chris Duffy joins Fixfast to lead on specification

    Mike Napthine, Marketing Manager

    With over 30 years experience in the roofing and cladding industry, Chris Duffy has joined Fixfast as National Specification Manager.

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