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Great DIY projects anyone can achieve

Sometimes the most enjoyable way to spend a weekend is to get your teeth stuck into a DIY project. However, finding the right one can be tricky at times. Here are a few ideas to get the imagination trickling, as well as some of the products you might need to get the...
Choose Local over Big Business

Choose Local over Big Business

Whether you’re a local tradesmen, or you have a DIY renovation happening at home, or maybe you have a small one off task such as building a clothes rack for the room you’ve just moved into, the decision to buy local has a number of positive benefits. Let’s look at...
Industrial Furniture: A DIY’ers Dream

Industrial Furniture: A DIY’ers Dream

The popular design trend for interiors is Modern Industrial. Hardwood timbers, worn metal joinery, blending old and new: honest, no nonsense, hardwearing and reliable. Its accessibility and straightforward approach to design makes it a DIY’ers dream. But understanding...
What is White Rust?

What is White Rust?

White rust, also known as wet storage stain or storage stain, is the white powdery substance that can form on the surface of a galvanised metal. This powder is a form of natural corrosion. This corrosion is damaging to both the aesthetic and the anti-corrosion layer...
What is Galvanisation and Why is it Used?

What is Galvanisation and Why is it Used?

Galvanisation is the process where a zinc coating is applied to steel or iron, in order to give it a protective layer, resistant to corrosion. The most common method of galvanisation is dipping the steel or iron into a pool of molten zinc. This method is called...
Annealing – Making Metal Ductile

Annealing – Making Metal Ductile

What is Annealing? Annealing is a heat treatment which alters the physical and often chemical properties of a metal to see it increase in ductility and decrease in hardness. Annealing involves heating the metal to a certain point and then slowly cooling. It is often...
Tempering – Making Metal Tough

Tempering – Making Metal Tough

What is Tempering? Tempering is a heat-treating process used to increase the ‘toughness’ of iron-based alloys so they are able to resist fracture. Typically, this process is done after the hardening process so some of the hardness can be reduced. Less hardness in a...
Understanding Metal – A Metal Glossary

Understanding Metal – A Metal Glossary

For anyone who doesn’t live and breathe metal every single day, the industry terms can be extremely confusing. Some of the terms used within the metal context have very different meanings and interpretations in other industries. So, to help minimise confusion and make...
Pantone Colour of the Year 2019- Living Coral

Pantone Colour of the Year 2019- Living Coral

Every year since 2000, Pantone have released a ‘colour of the year’, which observes colour trends for the forthcoming year. Pantone are the industry leaders in colours, enabling colour critical decisions for brands across the world. Pantone are the global...