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How will your driver know where to leave my goods?

Given how important deliveries are within the construction industry, it’s imperative that they are delivered to a location where they can be safely stored and easily found, if no-one can greet the driver.  At Multifix, we are proud to say that we have a 99.3% success rate when it comes to our deliveries, but how do we know where to leave your items?  In this article, we will explain how we achieve this and go into detail about some of the measures we take to ensure you get what you need safely and securely.   We always try to meet a member of the team  When our drivers are 10 minutes away, they will give you a call to let you know that they are to be expected.   This therefore allows you to either meet us at a location of your choosing, or for you to send a team member down to greet us and pick up the goods.   If we can have a face-to-face meet with either you or a member of your team, we are able to guarantee that your goods will be safely delivered.   You have the option to tell us where to leave them  However, for a variety of reasons, this isn’t always possible. Maybe you’re up against it a bit and can’t take the time out to meet us, or your team are busy going flat out to hit the deadline and don’t want to stop.   We understand this can happen, so via our customer portal, you have the power to upload a photo of exactly where you want us to leave your items.   There’s nothing worse than having your items left in a location you don’t want them to be in, or one that risks them being unintentionally damaged, so having your seal of approval is always a huge help.   We will always take a picture for your records   In the event that we can’t meet you face to face or we haven’t been told a location to leave the goods, our drivers – who have many years of working with sites – will leave them in a secure location themselves.   Rather than leave you to find it though, our drivers will always take a picture of the delivered goods and upload that to your order via the customer portal, so you can see yourself exactly where they have been left.   We don’t want you wasting time scrambling around to find where they could be, so this proof of delivery is a very effective way of getting around that.   Having you in mind, always   As you can see, we have a plan A, B and C when it comes to ensuring your delivery is successful as we know how important it is that you receive your goods in a timely manner.   It is because of using this three-pronged approach that we have the success rate that we do and the entire system was devised very much with you in mind.   To find out exactly where we deliver to, you can click this link here.  

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I only want own-van delivery, how can you help me?

When your order doesn’t show up as expected, we completely understand why that is so annoying for you, as the knock-on effect from that can be very damaging.   As a result of repeated missed orders, some of you have taken the mindset of ‘if my order isn’t delivered by a company’s own van, then I don’t want to know’, given that you get much more assurances with a company’s own van than otherwise.   At Multifix, we are very proud of our van fleet and in this article, we will explain how we can help you, if own-van delivery is what you’re seeking.  A formidable fleet  From our warehouse at Barking, we have 15 vans that are ready and waiting to transport your goods to you, when we say we’ll get them to you.   You can also live track your order via our customer portal, which will not only give you an accurate estimated time of arrival, but will also show you exactly where they are on the map.   On top of that, our drivers will contact you when they are 10 minutes away, giving you time to prepare for when they arrive.   Reliable drivers   We take it upon ourselves to hire our own drivers, as we like to know exactly who is driving our vans and trust the people doing so.  Our drivers have been with us for years and know their routes like the back of their hands, while always doing their job to the best of their ability.  In fact, some have struck up professional working relationships over the years, with some clients even insisting on a certain driver delivering their products!  Trusted and accredited  In addition, we are very proud of the fact that our van fleet has FORS Silver accreditation, which means that we “employ good practice and comply with the requirements laid out by the FORS Standard”.   This means that our drivers have been well trained, that our vans have additional safety measures as standard and most importantly, that your delivery will be reliable.  For more information on what FORS accreditation means and how it impacts you as a customer, please click here.   Where do you deliver to?  It’s worth noting that our own vans do not go nationwide – they cover a decent portion of the country, especially in the south, but we can’t go across the country just yet.   Those areas that are out of our reach are tended to by professional couriers. We have a 99% delivery success rate with our couriers, which make up around 8.5% of our daily outgoing vehicles. You can see exactly where our own vans will deliver to here.   Proven to help   Having our fleet of vans is very important to who we are, as we believe it is one of the best ways that can ensure reliable and successful delivery.   We are always looking to improve both our fleet and our routes and we will always assess whether we can expand in a way that is beneficial for you.   To speak with an expert about our own-van delivery, or to find out more about how Multifix can help you, please get in touch with us here.  

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I don’t want to switch supplier, so why should I listen to Multifix?

At Multifix, we are self-aware enough to acknowledge that if you’re with an existing supplier, there are likely a number of reasons why you aren’t looking to switch.   However, we are also aware that there will be some who aren’t happy with their existing supplier, but don’t have the energy, time or motivation to analyse alternatives and jump ship, even if it could work out better for them.   As such, we have put together a quick-fire article explaining why it could be in your benefit to consider what we have to offer.   We could solve any delivery issues you may have  With 15 vans at our disposal and our own paid drivers, if you are in our geographic reach, then we will personally deliver your items to you.   Your order can be live-tracked and an accurate ETA can be found, while in addition, our drivers will call you when they’re 10 minutes out, so that you know when to greet them.  We are very proud to have a 99.3% success rate with our deliveries, while 75% of our deliveries arrive on site before 12pm midday.   We can make things more efficient for you  Management isn’t easy and if there are ways to streamline your processes and make life easier, it’s always a win.  That is one of the reasons why we have designed our customer portal in the way that we have, as with our portal, you can use it so that it becomes a valued management tool.   With the portal, in addition to live-tracking and getting an ETA, you can also access proof of deliveries and invoices, as well as setting up spending limits.  Being able to do this will hopefully make your life easier and what’s more, the customer portal and all of its features are completely free to use.   We can potentially help you faster   One of our core values at Multifix is speed. We know you can’t wait around for things, hence why we try as hard as we do to get your orders to you as quickly as possible.   We carry that belief into all other forms of our service too – you’ll have a quote back within 30 minutes, you can order online via our portal in 30 seconds and we have a knowledgeable customer service team to answer your calls as soon as they come in.   While we agree with the saying ‘it’s a marathon, not a sprint’, we feel that by being as fast as we are, you can have everything you need for the proverbial marathon a lot sooner.   A possible difference   Ultimately, we want to make a difference for you and to make sure that you are getting the best service that you can possibly have.   Therefore, if you are maybe in a position where you aren’t overly enamoured with your current supplier and may want to try something different, we are more than happy to set up a trial with you, so that you can get a feel for us.   You can find out how to get the most out of your trial here, but if you want to see what some others have said about us, please watch this video here.  

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The importance of using air bricks properly

The use of air bricks is fundamental in the UK, but there are quite a lot of regulations to consider when using them that need to be factored in.   These regulations adhere to both NHBC Standards and Building Regulations Part F, which covers all ventilation in building developments, so utilising air bricks is useful given the ventilation regulations.   In this article, we will cover what air bricks are, what these regulations are and why air bricks are so important.   Firstly, what is an air brick?  An air brick is a specially designed brick that has holes in, which allows air to circulate through them and add ventilation to cavity walls, lofts or underfloor areas.   Not only does this improve the air quality within the building, which is especially pertinent for older buildings, but they can also make buildings cooler in the summer.  With proper ventilation in place, the lifespan of a building’s structure will last longer as it will be less likely to suffer from mould or internal structural damage, so having them is very important.   What are the key regulations surrounding air bricks?   When using air bricks, there are a few things that need to be factored in. For a start, air bricks should be no more than two metres apart and within 450mm of the end of the wall.   How many air bricks you use is dependent on the length of the wall, but ideally, you’d want your air bricks to be a metre and a half apart, as that is the optimum space apart to maximise airflow.   On the topic of airflow, air bricks need to be kept clear of any obstructions that could hamper that.   The reason why the spacing is so important, especially for underfloor voids, is to make sure the airflow is adequate enough to meet NHBC Standards, which at the spacings listed, will do so.  Finally, for those following DPC construction regulations, a large air brick will meet these and also boost ventilation, making them very useful.   Can you have too many air bricks?  Yes, you can, which is why it is recommended to have them spaced out between 1.5m to 2m apart. Too many air bricks can cause drafts, energy inefficiency due to heat loss and structural weaknesses.  As an example and by using the method of spacing them 1.5 metres apart, if you had a building with a perimeter of 20m, you’d use 14 air bricks in total.  But would I need to use them in every wall?   No, you don’t necessarily have to use them in every wall, but it is advised to have them in walls that surround things like bathrooms or kitchens.   Generally speaking, they won’t be needed for internal walls, but are advised and recommended for use on outdoor walls.  Aside from what’s been mentioned, what other positives are there to using air bricks?  As a result of the better ventilation, air bricks do a great job of ensuring that condensation is largely prevented, which rules out the possibility of mould or damp spots on the walls.  They are also relatively simple to install and don’t need anything special or complex to get them bedded into the building’s design.   In addition, they also prevent wood from rotting in timber floors, as anything wooden will likely remain dry thanks to the ventilation.   An essential product  Taking everything into consideration, it’s easy to see why air bricks are so important and why they are so frequently used.   Using them properly has a huge amount of benefits, all of which do wonders for the buildings themselves.  You can see what types of air bricks that we stock at Multifix here.  

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Understanding Grab/Panel adhesive and how it can help you

Having covered two of the three glue types, which you can see for PVA glue here and PU glue here, we are now looking at the third – grab/panel adhesive.  Despite being referred to by multiple names, grab/panel adhesives are all very similar in their desired purpose, to fix two or more items together with no or minimal mechanical fixings.   In this article, we will explore what they do, how they can help you and what they are predominantly used for.   What is grab/panel adhesive?  Grab/panel adhesive is a paste-like substance and is predominantly used for skirting, architraves or bonding timber panels.   Grab/panel adhesive can come as either solvent, solvent-free or a hybrid polymer, which is still solvent-free, but has a very different formulation behind it.   To find out why solvent or solvent-free is such a debate, click here to read an article we have written covering the topic.   What are the pros of grab/panel adhesive?   Because of how effective grab/panel adhesive is, it drastically reduces the need for mechanical fixes, e.g. nails or screws, which in turn means faster installations as you don’t need to spend time installing mechanical fixings or decorating/repairing the marks they leave behind.  Also, thanks to the hybrid element of the product, it can be modified in a number of ways to make it more task specific.   These would include faster drying times, stronger grab, greater flexibility and increased transparency, amongst others.  Hybrid grab/panel adhesives are extremely versatile and will stick to virtually anything – so much so, that that they will even work underwater.  What about the downsides?  The product you’re using needs to be right for the job at hand and with grab/panel adhesives, there is a lot of choice, which is both a good and a bad thing.   Obviously, it’s great to have so many options, but it can be hard to nail down the right one for the project. This can be tricky as finding the right adhesive for the right substrate can depend on a few things.   The most pertinent are its porosity and the temperature it can work at, so some research needs to be done before you commit to buying one. This is especially the case as hybrids are expensive.   A strong product   Despite the need to properly hone in on what you need, grab/panel adhesives are very much worth the money and will make life a lot easier for you.   Being able to do something properly and at speed is a huge help and not having to decorate after is like the proverbial cherry on top.   To find out more about grab/panel adhesives and to discover more on what we offer, please feel free to get in touch with us. You can do so here.  

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The pros and cons of PU glue

With carpentry, there are three main types of glue that you can use – polyurethane (PU), Grab/Panel or PVA glue.   All of them have their uses and all of them are hugely reliable, but they are all different and have their own unique strengths.    As such, we will be profiling all three of them and their pros and cons on an individual basis and the first glue we will look at is PU glue.   Firstly, what is PU glue?  Polyurethane, or PU, glue is a type of glue that is best used for structural timber bonding, flooring or heavy load use. It can be used to glue timber to brickwork, plaster and concrete.  It comes in four different types – fast setting, slow setting, standard and thixotropic. These are mostly self-explanatory; fast setting can set within five minutes, slow setting can take 45 minutes and the standard is usually around half an hour.   Thixotropic, meanwhile, is for vertical applications as it doesn’t run. You can have a fast set thixotropic or a slow set thixotropic, but it still won’t run.   The reason why the thixotropic variant doesn’t run is because of its jelly-like formulation, which prevents it from trickling down.   What are the pros of PU glue?  The bond generated from PU glue is very strong and that is immediately a huge positive. When applied, the glue will fizz and expand, to the point it will fill irregularities or gaps in the bonding materials.  In addition, it reacts very well to moisture. In fact, if you lightly spray the bonding material with water, PU glue will not only set faster as it will draw water from the air rather than have water leave the glue itself to bond, but it will perform better too.   This makes it great when dealing with damp or frozen materials, as it will still thrive in those circumstances.   Those sound good! What about the cons though?  Because of how PU glue fizzes up when it is applied, you need to either bond the materials with machinery or by clamping them down. As a result of the glue’s reaction, the bonded surfaces are prised apart, so it is imperative that the workpiece is either clamped or mechanically fixed whilst the glue cures.   If you were to just rest one bonding material on top of the other using PU glue and then just leave it, you would come back to notice the materials had deviated slightly and were no longer lined up straight.   An example of this would be if you bonded two materials together but failed to clamp them, you could find that as the PU cured, the items would separate by around 5mm, which in turn results in a weak joint and a useless bond.    Also, PU glue is extremely hard to clean up whilst uncured and is a very messy product and as such, it may be wise to use PPE when using it. If it spills over and gets on your tools or your clothes, it’ll likely leave a permanent mark.  In the event uncured PU glue spills over, you can use a cleaning solvent – such as a foam gun cleaner – to clean it up, but the results are only fairly limited.   As such, anything important must be removed, covered over or masked up when using. When cured, the bulk of the glue can be cleaned off with a sharp knife, chisel or scraper, but there will be residue left behind.   Your best bet then is to remove the rest with an abrasive product, such as sandpaper or wire wool.    Forging a strong bond  There is a reason why PU glue is revered and while caution is advised while using it due to how messy it can be, it’s a very good and reliable glue.   If you are working on a project where heavy load structural timber bonding is required, then it won’t let you down.   To speak to an advisor about what types of glue that we provide at Multifix or what may be best for your project, please get in contact with us here.  

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PVA glue – what are the best applications for the different types?

With there being three key types of glue to use, at Multifix, we have decided to highlight the good and not-so-good bits about all of them.  You can see our first glue review here, which is about PU glue. For our second instalment, we’re going to look at the pros and cons of PVA glue.   In this article, we will look at the different types of PVA glue, what they all do and where they are best used.   What exactly is PVA glue? Polyvinyl acetate, otherwise known as PVA glue, is used for timber bonding, non-structural applications and for general assembly work. This includes things like furniture and laminating timber, while it’s also important to note that it is used with fixings in load critical applications.   There are three types of PVA glue and all of them offer something different. The first is D2, which is general purpose and isn’t designed to be a wood adhesive. Instead, it’s mainly used as a primer or a sealer.   You can use D2 to coat new plaster before painting over the top, for example. Then there is D3, which is your standard waterproof-once-dried PVA glue, which is the most common PVA glue and the one that is most widely used.  Finally, the D4 is PVA with a resin within the formula, making it something of a hybrid glue of sorts. It is stronger and sets faster than D2 and D3.   What are the benefits of using PVA glue? Whereas PU glue is very messy, PVA glue isn’t. It’s very easy to tidy up and can be cleaned away with water if it spills over anywhere. In addition, if it bleeds through, it dries clear.  Also unlike PU glue, it doesn’t foam up, so it doesn’t need any clamping equipment to hold the workpiece whilst the glue cures, which further adds to the ease of use. In all cases, the bond will be enhanced if clamping is used, but clamping isn’t imperative to the operation.    You also don’t need any applicator guns or other equipment for it, you can just use it straight from the bottle.   If you so desire, you can make it set faster by using controlled radio waves. The radio waves activates the polymers inside the glue and makes it set a lot quicker, which is ideal in production environments where high throughput is required.  What about the negatives? The setting times for PVA glue can vary depending on a range of factors, but they can be quite slow, which can be a bit of an issue.   These factors include the temperature of the material and surrounding environment, porosity of the materials being bonded together and the ability for water vapour to escape from the bonded area, amongst others.   It will take at least 10-15 minutes to set, sometimes up to an hour, while it can take 24 hours to fully cure.   In addition, PVA glue has no gap-filling properties and as such, requires clean and smooth surfaces to work properly. For example, if the timber or materials to be bonded together have a rough surface – ie, sawn timber – the PVA will only bond areas that are physically in contact with one another.   This means that in the areas with either no or poor contact, the PVA will dry, but it will have no effect at all on the bond strength.   It’s also very inconvenient to use on cold or wet products and this can slow the setting time even further, while when it comes to bonding, it’s only really for use with timber-to-timber applications.   PVA is primarily a timber-to-timber adhesive. If multiple substrates, such as concrete, brick or plaster are being bonded together, then a PU or hybrid grab/panel would be a better option, especially as some hybrid adhesives can bond to metal and glass.   A dream for wood  While PVA glue does have its limitations and can’t be used for a wide range of other materials, when it is used for timber-to-timber, it can really excel.   The fact it’s so easy to use also makes it highly convenient, so when the shoe fits for it, it will be a reliable glue for you.   To find out what glues we have at Multifix or speak to an advisor for what may be best for your project, you can get in contact with us here.  

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Benefits of using Brick Jackets in the cold

The British weather can, at times, cycle through all four seasons in a single day. We do our best to power through and to try and get the job finished in rainy circumstances, but sometimes, we need some assistance.   That’s where brick jackets come in. They aren’t the most glamorous of products and are very simple in what they do, but they are extremely effective.   But what are brick jackets and more importantly, how can they help you? In this article, we will explore what they are and highlight their benefits.   First thing’s first – what are Brick Jackets? Much like the name suggests, Brick Jackets are exactly that – jackets for your bricks. They are made from a  water resistant ultra-durable woven polypropylene material and as they are 500mm x 500mm x 760mm, they meet the size specs for standard and imperial brick sizes and will cover about half a standard pallet.   They are reusable and have a life span of between four and five years, while they are also lightweight and easy to carry by those on site.   In addition, you can get your company branding on them, if you so desire.   Why are they important?  Brick Jackets are important as when the rain, hail or snow starts to fall, your bricks need to be covered. If they get wet, they can start to have efflorescence and that could lead to financial issues, as you’ll likely have to buy more.  Efflorescence is a deposit of salt from bricks that come into contact with water and can be especially problematic if this happens within the first 72 hours, as it can degrade the quality of the brick.   As such, having a brick jacket around is important and could save you money. All they are designed for is to cover your bricks to keep them dry when you’re working.   Sometimes, the best solutions are the ones that are the simplest. And with Brick Jackets, there is a simple solution that can really assist you.  An easy win Working in England can be unpredictable for site workers, given the nature of the weather involved.   As such, having Brick Jackets available is a quick and easy win for those seeking to not only maintain the bricks, but to also prevent wastage.   At Multifix, we do provide Brick Jackets and you can purchase them brick jackets here.  

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What does Multifix actually sell?

While we are very much a construction supplier, one question we are asked is what do we actually sell at Multifix?  This is a question that is entirely fair, as many different construction suppliers will supply different parts to different sectors.   In this article then, we will explain exactly what we do sell and look at the sectors within the construction industry that we provide for.   Carpentry fixings  When it comes to carpentry, we will have everything that you need. Be it Paslode guns, fuel cells, fire foam, screws or nails, we have you covered.   In fact, when it comes to nails, you will have a fair share of choice. If it’s Paslode you need, we can provide that, but we also stock Fischer nails too.   We also provide some specialist items too, such as powered respiratory masks. We have been specialising in carpentry for 30 years and counting and taken a lot of feedback along the way, so our range is very much catered to your needs.  Brickwork sundries  Our brickwork range is constantly growing, but we have a very good range of sundries available for your projects.   By stocking brands such as Ancon, ARC, Timloc, Visqueen and others, we have an expert range for you and can assist on a wide range of projects, including low rise.   Whether it’s cavity stop socks, wall ties, DPC or weep vents, we have you covered and we even have some specialist items too, such as flexicorners.  Firestopping equipment  As a result of partnering with Protecta, we have a wide range of firestopping products that make a huge difference when it comes to guaranteeing safety.   These include FR Acrylic and FR Graphite, while we also have a number of FR accessories available for purchase, too.   Given the Protecta range is always expanding, including the development of the 80mm batt, the firestopping goods we stock are all innovative and forward-thinking, while meeting  all necessary regulations and requirements.   Other essentials  In addition to all of this, we also offer a good range of other key essentials. This includes unbranded PPE, packers, shims, hand tools such as screwdrivers and chisels, decorating tools, paints, fillers and abrasives.   We also sell blades, including jigsaw, reciprocating, planer and diamond, as well as a range of drill bits, drywall products and sealants.   Finally, we also sell other miscellaneous items such as ladders, cones, while we have a very small selection of power tools available for purchase.  A healthy range  At Multifix, we strive to have the best range of products available and that is why we value customer feedback so much, as it enables us to stock the things you actually need, rather than the things we think you’ll need.   We are always looking to grow our range and take on recommendations, but as for what we actually sell, we hope this article covers it pretty well.   For further information as to what Multifix stocks or is able to stock, or to place an order, please feel free to contact us. You can do so by clicking here.  

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What is BREEAM certification and why is it important?

As construction seeks to be more sustainable in light of the net zero targets, you may have seen that certain projects are being given BREEAM certification.   Whenever we see something has certification, we assume it is good, but what exactly does BREEAM certification mean and why is it important?  In this article, we will explore what it stands for and why it is being seen as integral to the overall construction net zero goal.  Firstly, what is BREEAM and what does it stand for?   BREEAM stands for Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method, which given its length, makes sense to have an acronym!  Essentially, it assesses how environmentally sound buildings are and how sustainable the practices have been for their development.   This doesn’t only include the building process, but also things like waste management and pollution prevention.  Is it easy to gain BREEAM certification?  Gaining BREEAM certification is a five-step process that is easy enough to put the wheels in motion for and can all be done online.   1. First, you have to find a licenced BREEAM assessor  2. Once that is secured, you can then register your project for BREEAM assessment.   3. The next step is the assessment itself  4. Then a quality assurance check of the assessment itself is carried out.   5. If the assessment and the quality assurance check is all in good order, then you will receive your BREEAM certification!  What does having BREEAM certification actually mean?  It entirely depends on your score. BREEAM certification is graded into six categories, which operate as star ratings.   If the project scores under 30%, it will be given a zero-star rating and branded unclassified. If it is between 30 and 44%, it’ll be given a one-star ‘pass’ rating, if it’s between 45 and 54%, it’s a two-star ‘good’ rating.  The top three are the ones you’d want, with 55% to 69% being a three-star ‘very good’ rating, while 70% to 84% is a four-star ‘excellent’ rating. Top of the tree is an 85% or higher percentage, which gives you a five-star ‘outstanding’ rating.   Naturally, if you have a four or five-star certificate, that would mean that the project was an incredibly sustainable process and that would be great for hitting net zero targets, in addition to aiding the environment.   It would also reflect well on you, as it would show you are using forward-thinking measures on a development that can increase its asset value thanks to its better-performing assets.   A more sustainable future  The net-zero target for 2050 is something that the entire construction industry is striving to achieve and with strong BREEAM certification, that goal will be easier to achieve.   There are 550,000 buildings and counting with positive BREEAM certification across the world, as net-zero becomes more and more important. To see this growing in the UK is definitely a good thing.   At Multifix, we are putting further emphasis on sustainability to do our bit for the net-zero goals. You can find out about our recent sustainability pledge with Ecoligi here.  

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What is your turnaround for out of stock Ancon products?

With brickwork, Ancon products are highly valued and of great importance to a number of projects up and down the country, which is one of the reasons why we provide their products.   For further information of what we can offer from Ancon, click here. However, given their products are so popular, occasionally we run out of stock.  As such, in this article, we will explain how long these delays are and how the quantity of your order for out-of-stock products has an impact.   What is the general turnaround?  The short answer is that it depends on the quantity that you are ordering. If you only need a few boxes of something, then the turnaround is two or three working days.   However, if you are ordering a pallet full of Ancon products for example, then the turnaround time is around five working days.  We understand that a week can be a long time to be kept waiting and when the lead time exceeds a week, the knock-on effect of that can be costly. As such, Ancon has done all it can to make sure it’s a week at most.   Why does the quantity make a difference?   To answer this quickly, the higher the volume, the longer it will take as there’s more to get in. Taking the example of the boxes and the pallet, a few boxes won’t take Ancon long to get together and send to us.   However, in the event you need a pallet load full of Ancon products, it will take them longer to source it all and to get it over to us.   However, as explained above, we do all we can to ensure that the longest you’ll be waiting for your Ancon product will be around five working days.   Giving you what you need as quickly as we can  At Multifix, we always try to have a healthy supply of stock in place at any point, so you can rest assured that we always try to stay ahead of demand.   But in the event that we fall short, we hope that this article has explained sufficiently the lead times and the reasoning behind them.   For information of our Ancon availability or to place an order with us, we will always welcome your contact. To find out how to get in touch with us, click here.  

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Hammer fix, nylon plug and frame fixing – what are the differences?

When it comes to securing objects to surfaces, there are three main types of fasteners to use – hammer fix, nylon plug and frame fixing.   All three are capable of getting the job done to a high standard and all three fasteners are used for projects up and down the country every day.   But what are the differences between the three? In this article, we will look at all three types and explain what they do and how they differ.   Hammer fix  The hammer fix fastener is normally used to secure lightweight fixtures, so things like electrical boxes and cable trays, to concrete or masonry walls via a pre-drilled hole.  It is a metal anchor sleeve with a pre-installed nail or screw attached to it, with the sleeve expanding as soon as it’s been hit with a hammer, to make a solid hold.   Able to be used with stone, concrete and brick, hammer fix fasteners are easy to use and you don’t need any fancy tools to install them – just a hammer will suffice.   In addition, they are a reliable and assured fastener and will never let you down, should you choose to go down that route.   Nylon plug  Nylon plug fasteners are also a good fit for lightweight fixtures, but are capable of securing heavier items too, like shelving brackets, curtain rails or picture frames to walls or ceilings.   They are essentially plastic anchors that have a pre-drilled hole in them, but they can be used in concrete, brick, plasterboard and drywall.   Much like the hammer fix fastener, it needs a pre-drilled hole and can be fitted with a hammer, before being tightened with a screw. This allows the nylon plug to expand and grip onto the material.   While there is a little more to do than when using a hammer fix, they are still very easy to install and their versatility is useful.   Frame fixing  Last but by no means least, frame fixing fasteners are the go-to when it comes to needing to fit something heavy to masonry, concrete, brick or stone, such as machinery, signage, handrails or structural elements.  A frame fixing will be made up of a threaded metal sleeve with a screw and is installed after drilling a hole through what is being fastened and the material.   The sleeve is then placed inside the hole and the screw is tightened, securing the object to the material.   Something for everything  All three of these fasteners are incredibly useful, but they all come into their own depending on how heavy the object being fixed is.  For something light, the hammer fix is the right fit, for things slightly heavier, it’s the nylon plug that’s the best bet and for more heavy-duty fittings, frame fixing fasteners are the answer.   To speak to an expert to find out further how these three can help you, or to find out what we stock, click this link.  

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The benefits of using B3 foam instead of traditional methods

Recently, more and more construction workers are looking to use B3 foam for their tasks, especially when it comes to insulation and sealing.   But just what are the key benefits of using B3 foam? And how can using it not only make your life easier, but also help you get the job done well?  In this article, we will look at some of the key reasons to use B3 foam and look into just how much it can help you.  Firstly, what is B3 foam?  B3 foam is a polyurethane foam that self-expands and is used to fill gaps in the construction process.   Alternatives to B3 foam include expanding foam tape, non-expanding foam and other fire-rated foams, amongst others.  A gamechanger for insulation  The biggest selling point for B3 foam is its insulation capabilities, which have the potential to be revolutionary when used correctly.   When applied properly and with care, B3 foam can make a huge difference in regards to boosting energy efficiency and keeping the heat in.   The B3 foam itself expands when used to completely fill gaps, adding an insulation layer in the process and preventing the possibility of things like air leaks.   In fact, B3 foam will form an airtight seal when it is applied, so the chance of an air leak or any thermal bridging is pretty much wiped out.   This all makes a huge difference, making it easy to see why B3 foam is becoming more and more popular.    Expanding power and fending off moisture   As touched upon, another big pro to using B3 foam is the manner in which it expands after it’s used, which allows it to fill in pretty much any gap completely.   B3 foam can expand to two to three times its original volume after being applied, which enables it to completely cover the area it has been applied to, even if it is being applied in a peculiar area with obstructions.   In addition, B3 foam is very moisture resistant and this makes it a great choice for use in a basement or a loft, or any other humid or damp environment.   As it can help condensation buildup and moisture breaking through, this subsequently reduces the risk of any structural damage, as well as mould.   Easy to use and durable  Finally, using B3 is very easy. By using a foam gun, you can get to areas that would otherwise be difficult to access, while it is also compatible with a variety of core surfaces.   This includes the likes of wood, metal, concrete and masonry, which makes it a very versatile and adept product.   It is also incredibly durable and long-lasting, which is naturally very important. The lifespan of B3 foam is akin to the lifespan of the building it’s been applied to, which makes it incredibly low maintenance once it’s been applied.   Once it’s done, it’s done – you’re highly unlikely to have to go back to it or find a replacement in the immediate short term.   A more efficient way  There is a reason why B3 foam is becoming more and more popular and it’s something that we’re very much aware of at Multifix.   We are always working on our range and are making sure that we have suitable levels of stock at our warehouse for your use.   To see what types of B3 foam that Multifix offers, click this link.  

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Drywall stud and track vs timber stud and track – what’s better for you?

For framing walls or ceilings, it’s normally a choice of using a drywall stud and track system, or a timber stud and track system.   Both of these options are very good, but both have slightly different purposes and strengths, which makes it a case of using one or the other.   In this article, we will delve into what they are and what they do so well, while also examining where they are best used.   Drywall stud and track  A drywall stud and track system is a lightweight metal system, which is very easy to handle and used for non-load-bearing interior walls, in addition to ceilings.   The purpose of a drywall stud and track is to provide a strong framework for attaching any drywall panels, but it is also moisture resistant, which makes the system great for use in a bathroom or an area where mould may be an issue.   Drywall stud and track systems are very easy to install and allow straight framing, as well as making sure the wall or ceiling surfaces are smooth and level.   Timber stud and track  As the name suggests, the timber stud and track is made up of wood instead of metal, which makes it heavier to handle, but like the drywall version, it is still straightforward to install.   They tend to come in just one size, but they can be cut down on-site if needed. Unlike the drywall version though, the timber system can be used for both load-bearing and non-load-bearing interior walls.   Whether it’s being attached to drywall, plasterboard or panelling, the timber stud and track system will deliver and being timber, are more environmentally friendly than the drywall version.  The timber version also boosts thermal insulation, so that combined with being renewable makes them a very popular choice.   Good options all round  Ultimately, the choice comes down to what project you are working on. If you’re working on a residential project, where environmental benefits are very much factored in, then the timber stud and track system will likely be preferred.  However, if you are fitting out a basement or an area where moisture or mould can be problematic, then the drywall version will be the best option available.   Both are good choices and when utilised to their full capabilities, both will stand the test of time and deliver.   For further information about either drywall or timber stud and track systems, we’ll be happy to talk to you and explain what stock we have. You can get in touch with us here.  

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The construction industry is struggling, but are things getting better?

It’s no secret that things in the construction industry at this moment in time are not in the best of health. There’s hardship everywhere you look and unfortunately, it’s a very difficult time for many.   At some point, there will be a light at the end of the proverbial tunnel, but the question on the lips of many is when is that light going to start to become brighter?  In this article, we will look at the current state of the construction industry and analyse where potential shoots of positivity could come from in the remainder of the year.  What’s actually happening at present?  The picture is a somewhat bleak one, with construction companies folding at the highest rate in a decade, according to the Financial Times.  According to the government’s Insolvency Service, 4,280 companies in construction went under between June 2022 and 2023, which was 16.5% more than the previous year.   The picture didn’t improve for the rest of 2023, with it being reported by insolvency practitioner Begbies Traynor in January 2024 that 7,849 firms were at risk of collapse.  That report from Begbies Traynor also highlighted that construction was the number one industry under significant financial distress.  Is there any positivity on the horizon?  The good news is yes, although it may still be a harsh ride until the end of the year. Currie & Brown have recently published their April 2004 UK construction market outlook and there are positive signs ahead.  They are forecasting that there should be an increase in construction activity, although there is a risk this “could strain the current limited labour and contracting resources.”  As such, they are hoping for a more staggered approach instead of “a synchronised rush where everyone pursues projects simultaneously.”  In addition, they believe that despite the slowdown, there is ample long-term demand and they feel that companies who can position themselves strategically will be best placed to deal with the spike.   The upturn isn’t just predicted by Currie & Brown, either. S&P Global believes that a painful six month period of decline is now over, as March 2024 saw the strongest increase in new orders since May 2023.   This is especially encouraging as it has shown that a period of growth is coming to the construction industry, which is really important.   The Glenigan Index isn’t quite as optimistic in the short-term, but does believe non-residential construction is showing signs of life, which is good.   Reasons to be hopeful  The Currie & Brown report is certainly a ray of sunshine amidst an otherwise cloudy backdrop and a much-needed one at that.   Naturally, there is still a long way to go, as per the Glenigan Index, but the S&P Global insight was especially positive.   As outlined in this article, we understand that things are very tough for everyone at present – whether you’re a small firm or a nationwide giant. If you have any concerns that we may be able to help with, feel free to get in touch with us. You can do so here.  

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The second staircase guidance and how it impacts you

While the country was enjoying a bank holiday for Good Friday, the government published technical guidance on the second staircase rule at long last.   This had been months in the making and now housebuilders have a definitive answer, it is set to make their lives a lot easier.   But what exactly is the guidance and why is it so important? In this article, we will explain what the guidance is and how it can affect you moving forwards.   What is the guidance?  Back in December 2022, the government revealed that all new residential buildings over 30 metres would need two staircases, however, this was protested by a number of industry bodies.  The reasons for the protestations revolved around safety.  As such, the government sat down with them and agreed that the height should be lowered. In July 2023, the government knocked 12 metres off the height, so now any residential building with a height of over 18 metres will need two staircases.  With that agreed, the government stated in October 2023 that there would be a 30-month transition period from the approved document's release date.   On March 28, the approved document was released, meaning that the guidance will kick in at the start of October 2026. From this date, it will be compulsory for new buildings over 18 metres being built to have two staircases.   How will the transition period impact me?  During this time, any new applications for buildings over 18 metres can either follow the old guidance, or choose to follow the new one.   The existing guidance states that a building of over 18 metres can just have a single staircase, but there is a reason why the second staircase guidance is being brought into effect.   Ultimately though, the choice is to get ahead of the curve before October 2026 or to just have a single staircase like normal.   Does a second staircase guarantee safety?   This is where there is some conjecture, as while on the face of it the answer is yes, the deeper answer is a bit more nuanced.   While the guidance insists on two staircases for buildings over 18 metres, it doesn’t say anything about having evacuation lifts or a second fire-fighting shaft as compulsory.  It does state that in the event of an evacuation lift being fit, then they should be provided in an evacuation shaft, which will come with an evacuation lift lobby and a protected stair, but that’s it.   This has angered some bodies, who believe that while this is just a minimum requirement, the guidance doesn’t go far enough in keeping people safe.   Clearing up the news   New regulations can throw people off kilter as it can change how they work, but as a result of reading this, you will hopefully be aware of the impact of the guidance.   If you would like to get in contact with us to discuss it further, you can find out how to contact us by clicking this link. 

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Grab Strength Test

In this video, Daniel takes a few branded adhesives and compares their grab strength test with the Multifix Stuck-it Extreme

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How a speedy supplier can improve your supply chain

The famous saying “slow and steady wins the race” certainly is true in some aspects and when it comes to a project, you can’t rush quality. However, it doesn’t always apply.   This is especially the case when you need service from your supplier quickly – be it getting a quote, making an order or receiving a delivery.  In this article, we will explain just why speed from your supplier matters and how it can make your life a whole lot easier.  More time to prioritise the things that matter  With a speedy supplier, everything falls into place much easier. You aren’t spending your day waiting around for a quote, you aren’t falling behind schedule because your deliveries are late and you can order what you need within seconds.   This allows you time to solve other issues and to focus on the things that really matter on your projects, whatever they may be.   Irrespective of what project you’re working on, being efficient helps significantly and if you can find a way to ensure that with your supplier, it all helps.   Speaking of help, what can Multifix do when it comes to speed?  Speed is one of the things prioritise so much at Multifix – and especially prioritising it while not compromising on our reliability or quality of service as a result.   For example, we’ve worked especially hard to be in a position where we can guarantee that you’ll have a quote back within half an hour.  In addition, should you be on our customer portal, it’s possible to make an order within 30 seconds. Everything on the portal is aimed at your convenience and that includes speed.   As for deliveries, 75% of our deliveries are on-site before 12pm midday. In some cases, we’ve been able to have goods ready before site work even starts.   When it comes to making your life easier, these are things we’ve found really help.   Rapid resolutions  We know how much speed can make an impact on your lives and your work projects, so that is one that will always remain one of our core customer values.   One aspect of our speedy service is our delivery though, which we are delighted to say has a 99.3% success rate. To find out exactly where we deliver to, click here.  

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