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Bonfire Safety Tips from eDecks

Bonfire Safety Tips from eDecks

Before we get into the safety, we want to know what is your favorite part of Bonfire night? or the lead up to it? Here at eDecks we love

The fireworks themselves – ohhhhhh!!! arghhhhhhh!!!

Hot dogs

Bonfire Toffee

Sparklers

Toffee Apples

Food in general to be honest.

Let us begin the safety tips shall we.

  • Tell your neighbors lets be kind and courteous
  • Only burn dry wood – anything damp will cause smoke.
  • Check for hedgehogs we are a fan of those prickly little critters
  • Look up – yep check there are no cables above where your bonfire is going to be sounds simple but many people forget.
  • Build your bonfire away from your amazing shed, beautiful fencing and awesome decking. And especially your home
  • Keep water or a hose pipe ready to go in case of emergency’s
  • Keep children and pets away from it
  • Don’t leave it unattended
  • Once the fire has died down spray the embers with water to stop it reigniting.

That’s some of the best tips we can offer obviously please check Humberside Fire for more details and important contact phone numbers (or your region if not in Humberside) as we can only advise.

From all of us at             have a safe and fun bonfire night

 

 

Fire Door Safety Week

 

 

This week running from 24th September to 30th September is fire door safety week here at eDecks we have pledged to help spread the word. Why you might ask is there a whole week dedicated to fire doors? Well now, more than ever, it’s a very important subject especially with the Grenfel towers disaster and at eDecks we want to pass on some knowledge we have to help keep you safer.

 

Remember safety is everyone’s responsibility, if you see it report it!

 

Some fire door facts

  • In 2015-16, there were 614 dwelling fires per million people in Great Britain.
  • Dwelling fires are the most common type of primary fire, accounting for 43% of primary fires in 2015-16 and almost a fifth of all fires.
  • There are about 3 million new fire doors bought and installed every year in the UK, the vast majority made from timber. (Source: British Woodworking Federation)
  • A dodgy fire door is a sure sign of an unsafe building generally, yet two thirds of parents with children living away from home admit that even they would not know what to look for. (Source: Atomik Research, September 201540)
  • A recent survey of 2000 UK adults by Ironmongery Direct has revealed that a quarter of people are unaware that fire doors must be kept shut at all times.

Common Fire Door Failures

  • Over 61% of fire doors inspected had problems with fire or smoke seals.
  • More than a third had incorrect signage.
  • 230 fire doors inspected had gaps bigger than 3mm between door and frame.
  • More than 20% had unsuitable hinges.
  • Almost 1 in 6 had damage to the door leaf. (Source: FDIS18)

As stated above the below link was created by fire door safety week, to be able to arm you with the knowledge to known if you need a new one? The 5 step check is easy to follow just click the link to view. You can even print it too. 

 

 

Now we have informed you of a few common faults and mistakes lets help you choose 

a new fire door. All our fire doors are 30 minutes fire rated all are 44m thick. We have a variety of styles from walnut doors to white doors  a complete collection of oak doors and introducing our brand new Grey range of fire doors to give you, a little bit of something different.

Whatever you choose you can rest assured that our 30-minute fire rated doors are tested to the required BS 476-22:1987 standard.

 

Timber: Natural Knots & Shakes

Due to timber being a natural product, it is therefore affected by the environment and natural conditions that it is exposed to, much more than a manmade product would be. We find that particularly during the Summer months, many people deem that their timber product is faulty or has defects, a conclusion which is reached due to the appearance of cracks and splits in the timber.

In actual fact, this is very rarely the sign of a defect – it is simply the timber responding to its surroundings. Wood alters in a bid to match its environment in terms of moisture and temperature, which is known as an equilibrium, and whenever there are changes in the environment, the timber will seek to match them itself. The air’s moisture content is constantly moving up and down, as is the temperature, and the wood tries to match this – if the moisture content drops, the wood then dries out further as it looks to reach an equilibrium, which can cause it to crack and split.

knots shakes

Many people then assume that this means the wood has become damaged, and that the timber is defective, however this is not the case, and is simply the natural product adjusting to its environment.

Checks are cracks which develop along the radius of a log. It rarely extends through the beam to the other side. Usually this is not a structural problem but is caused by moisture changes to the timbers throughout the seasons. Visually, a check is a long crack that appears as the sap wood of a timber shrinks around the heart of the wood over time. Checking is not a structural problem, and usually occurs only on one or two sides of a beam. Oak, however, can have surface checks everywhere, which many people feel add to the beautifully rustic appearance of a timber frame.

knots

Shakes usually occur around the growth rings of a timber. This is often just an aesthetic issue, like onion skin peeling away as the timber dries.

Dead branches drop off healthy, living trees all the time and wood knots appear in the trunk where the branches died. Knots are imperfections that cause living wood grain to grow around them and these imperfections are just a part of what makes wood a beautiful material with which to work with, and are totally natural and cannot be prevented.

shakes

Sound or tight knots are solid and cannot be knocked loose because they are fixed by growth or position in the wood structure. Unsound knots – loose or whole – are knots which fall out of the lumber when pushed or have already fallen out. They are caused by a dead branch that was not fully integrated into the tree before it was cut down. This does not deem the timber unusable as it can either be cut around, given extra support (if required for weight baring) or may not require any alteration at all depending on the project.

Part of the charm of owning wooden garden furniture or features are their natural ability to change and suit their surroundings. Because of it being a natural process, the cracking and splitting of timber cannot be prevented. However, if it is a concern for you this it is happening, the process can be slowed by applying a treatment to the wood.

timber

eDecks offers some of the best deals on Timber around, including all of the installation supplies and tools you may need. Not only do we provide plenty of unbeatable deals but also:

Super-fast FREE delivery on orders over £100*

48 Hour Delivery on many products

Handy FREE installation guides and instructional videos

*Free delivery applies to most of the UK, but some areas may incur a charge. Please check the eDecks website for more details.

Timber Stain: When To Use Them On Your Decking

If you decide that a decking paint isn’t something you are wanting to finish off your deck look with, then it may be worth considering either a semi-transparent timber stain or a clear sealer to protect your decking. Today we shall talk you through what a timber stain can do for your deck so you can decide whether it is something you would like to use on your project.

decking area

Timber stain retains the natural beauty of the wood, as it lets the wood grain show through. Generally speaking, a stain is less slippery than a paint as it gives a flat surface that protects the timber without creating a really slippery surface. When using a timber stain, you will find it much easier to use than a paint, and it is often more forgiving if you miss a spot here and there without it being obvious. As with decking paint, stains are also available in a wide range of colours, but we do recommend you testing a small area of your wood first, as the colour of the wood can have a different effect with a stain.

Stain does tend to have a shorter life span than paint, depending on the quality and amount of coats of the stain, but this is great if you soon get bored of the same colour. You will also find that a stain is more rustic looking, and for the most part, timber stain results in a more natural looking finish. So you can see the grain through the stain, but if you are wanting to conceal it, then a darker colour stain or a paint would be your best option.

Both paint and stain can give you a decking area that lasts years longer than it would if you left it untreated and these materials make the wood less water absorbent, resulting in the wood to stay dry on the inside. They also include compounds which are designed to protect the wood from harmful UV rays, which means much less sun damage to your timber.

decking stain

If you are considering leaving your wood untreated, it is worth bearing in mind that eventually the elements will wreak havoc on even the toughest of woods. With the exception of some extremely hard tropical hardwoods, you should almost always apply some sort of finish to your decking if you want it to last outside. Skipping a timber stain or paint can lead to the wood cracking, splitting, warping and even rotting before it should do, requiring lots of time and money to make repairs or replacements.

Stain or Sealer Application Tips:

  • When brushing the gaps between boards with a timber stain, be careful not to get much on the top surface, because each coat of stain will darken the stain colour.
  • Use a stain with less pigment to let more of the natural wood grain show through. Always test the stain before applying.
  • If you have a mix of old and new decking boards, use a stain with more pigment to make them look uniform.

decking oil

In conclusion, a little bit of effort to maintain your decking can be well worth it as wood is a natural, renewable resource and some of the faster growing species are very environmentally friendly compared to synthetic materials. Using a timber stain allows your decking to not only look beautifully finished, but which will last for many years to come.

eDecks offers some of the best deals on Timber Stains around, including all of the installation supplies and tools you may need. Not only do we provide plenty of unbeatable deals but also:

Super-fast FREE delivery on orders over £100*

48 Hour Delivery on many products

Handy FREE installation guides and instructional videos

*Free delivery applies to most of the UK, but some areas may incur a charge. Please check the eDecks website for more details.