2018 Winter Ruck Sack Project

B-Hive Supplies are proud to be associated with Cool To Be Kind, a Chelmsford based community group focused on helping those of us who sleep rough on our streets.

Following last years success, we are again reaching out to our community to request your help. We need your ruck sack contributions!!!

Cool To Be Kind aims to provide help and support to rough sleepers in the South East. We offer this help and support via our outreach teams, distributing food and clothing twice a week and offering friendship and regular contact. The rucksacks are an essential part this outreach and with the winter weather fast approaching, your contribution could make an enormous and direct difference to real people in our region.

What are we looking for?

Hats
Socks
Soaps
Tooth paste & Tooth Brushes
Sleeping bags
Spoons
Fleeces
Underwear
Tins of food
Flasks
Gloves
Rucksacks

If some or all of these items could be placed within a ruck sack in advance, that would be fantastic. If you would like to contribute just a couple of items, we’d be more than grateful. We can then package them as required. (Please note, knives, forks, aerosols and perishable foods cannot be used).

Contributions can be sent to us at B-Hive Supplies in Chelmsford, or if you are unable to drop them of, we can arrange collection.

Delivery Address: B-Hive Supplies – Unit 6 Beehive Business Centre, Beehive Lane, Chelmsford, Essex. CM2 9TE (Please call in advance to give us the heads up – 01245 860589)

For more information about Cool To Be Kind and the work we do, please go to www.c2bk.co.uk

Do you do………??? (Update)

Very exciting news… (If anyone can in fact be excited about underfloor heating products!!!)

We now have an update to the “Do you do…. ???” piece from last week.

Alongside the already vast offer for underfloor heating solutions, our supply partners have just released two new systems for the retro/refurb market.

Solid screed overlay 15mm system board for use with 10mm pipe. Lay your finished floor directly on top. Ideal for retro-fit & refurbishment.

20mm 400kpa 200 micron EPS foiled & routed floor system board for use with 16mm pipe – Lay your finished floor directly on top. Ideal for retro-fit & refurbishment.

For more information and pricing, please let us know.

Do you do………???

So, we seem to be having quite a few “Do you do….?” questions regarding our underfloor heating offer. Just to clear things up, we decided to borrow a few images from one of our suppliers to outline the full breadth of our offer….. By the way, if you don’t see what you need, get in touch, we’ve pretty much got a solution for every scenario.

Clips & Rail system for use when screeding. 16 or 20mm pipe. New build and refurbishment.

Aluminium heat diffusion plates system for battened or joisted floor construction. For use with 16mm pipe. 150mm & 200mm centres available.

25mm EPS foiled & routed floating floor system board for use with 16mm pipe – Requires 18mm Ply or T&G before floor finish is applied. (Thicker versions available)

Solid screed overlay 18mm system board for use with 12mm pipe. Lay you finished floor directly on top. Ideal for retro-fit & refurbishment

Solid Insulation Over Lay. 18mm expanded, load bearing polystyrene system board for use with 12mm pipe – Lay your floor finish directly on top*.

Between joist 25mm foiled & routed insulation boards, for use with 16mm pipe. (Thicker versions available)

Lo-Flo latex Screed system boards. Design for use with 22mm Latex screed and 12mm pipe. Ideal for retro-fit

Castillated pipe system board for screed floor construction (Egg Crate). For use with 15 or 16mm pipe.

If you have any questions or would like data sheets for your own sales or hand over pack, please let us know.

Otherwise, keep on fitting, and we hope to hear from you soon.

 

New Rems Tooling Offer

Morning all, just to let you all know we’ve just placed the all new REMS tooling offer live on the B-Hive site.

Robust, reliable, well priced and available form UK stock, these tools really are the ideal companion to our Mulilayer Pipe & Press-Fit (MLCP), Pegler Yorkshire Xpress and Buteline plumbing offerings. All jaw profiles also available. If you don’t see the jaw profile you need on the site, please get in touch and we’ll price it for you there and then.

REMS Mini-Press S 22 V ACC – 578015 – 57816

REMS Mini-Press Radial Pressing Machine – 578012 – 578×02 – 571014 – 571×02

REMS AKKU Press Li-LON 14.4v – 571013 – 574×01 – 571014 – 571×02

For more information and pricing please go to the site or call us on 01245680589.

All New B-Hive App

Introducing the all new B-Hive mobile App. Packed with all the information and links you could need to our products and pricing right in the palm of your hand.

Click on the below link or image from your mobile device for easy access exactly what you need when you need it.

https://bhivesupplies.beezer.com/

 

 

 

The New Light Weight Over-Lay Underfloor Heating Boards

The Disman Aqualay Underfloor System is easy to install.

Aqualay Master Panels are used to cover the majority of the floor area to be heated. Universal Panels are used as pipe
return ends and for areas with complex layouts allowing the pipe route to be positioned without compromise.
The panels can be fitted onto a wide range of substrates including concrete, screed, asphalt, chipboard and plywood. These panels are not designed to span across floor joists and must be fully supported by the floor which they are to cover. The panels
can be fixed using flexible cement based tile adhesive or low expansion PU Foam with screws and washers. The panels provide
an insulated floor surface with pre-set channels for pipe work.
When the water pipes have been fitted and tested, preparation of the Disman Aqualay surface for the final floor finishes can begin.

The Disman Aqualay Underfloor Heating System Solution is a high performance pipe carrier panel designed for use with Wet/water based systems.

The Disman Aqualay panels are produced with pre-set pipe channels set *100mm, and 150mm centres and comprise of 3 different panel options;
Disman Aqualay Master Panel
Disman Aqualay Universal Panel
Disman Aqualay Multiflow Panel

Each panel offers uniquel designed benefits that make Disman Aqualay a superlative system for underfloor heating.Disman Aqualay over-lay panels are designed to provide a durable overlay pipe routing system for use with low pressure water heating and cooling systems. Disman Aqualay provides benefits such as insulation against downward heat loss, heat transfer across pipework centres, improves warm up time to floor finishes and provides controlled spacing for pipe-work. The Disman Aqualay is available with pipe channel centres set at *100mm for 12mm diameter pipe and with 150mm centres for Disman underfloor heating pipe diameters of 12mm and 16mm.

Disman Aqualay Master Panels are manufactured using high density extruded XPS as its core element finished with a hard wearing cementitious surface. Running through the body of each Master Panel is a series of highly effective heat transfer cores, manufactured from a unique conducting cement compound designed to transfer heat from the water pipes to the panel surface. The patented Master Panel is unique in structure, providing insulation against downward heat loss whilst at the same time effectively transferring heat from the water pipe to the floor surface.

Disman Aqualay Universal Panels are manufactured using a lightweight polycement based compound as its core element. These panels provide installers and designers total flexibility for complex pipe route layouts. Disman Aqualay Universal Panels effectively transfer heat across the floor surface, however they don’t offer the same level of insulation as the Disman Aqualay Master Panel.

Disman Aqualay Multiflow Panels are manufactured using high density polystyrene with cement reinforced surfaces. The
eight channels of the Multiflow are designed to retain heat within the water pipe ensuring heated water is directed efficiently to the required heating zone.

Aqualay -Master panels panel size pipe diameter (mm) pipe centres (mm) pallet qty
Panel thickness
15mm / 4 channel 1200mm x 600mm 10 150 160
18mm / 6 channel 1200mm x 600mm 12 100 160
18mm / 4 channel 1200mm x 600mm 12 150 160
21mm / 6 channel 1200mm x 600mm 15/16 150

A few recent reviews left by clients on the site or social media…… Trumpet well and truley blown!!!

Melvin C, Chelmsford

“From start to finish these guy had everything covered. They were able to answer all of my questions, provide the type of system I wanted, create the design and supply the kit without any issues at all. I’d be more than happy to put my name to any recommendation for B-Hive Underfloor heating. Many thanks guys.”

XXX Plumbing & Heating

Got to say massive thanks to . We needed a couple of mlcp fittings and were miles from any suppliers so he got in the van himself and dropped them down. Top service. Great products too. Cheers Team B-Hive!

👍🏻🙌🏻

ANON Plumbing & Heating

Mlcp from . Good kit, good service.

3 recommendations in a week ain’t bad going……

That is all.

 

 

 

A chat with Frank….. A life less hurried.

So, a few months ago I got chatting to a guy I know on Moulsham Street in Chelmsford. He’s a nice old guy, out walking his dog, I know him from the pub. Clearly eager for a chat, he started talking about something he knew I would respond to….. rugby. Probably the one of the few things that this charming, well to do guy and I have in common. So, we chatted for five or ten minutes about the changes in the game since he and I were playing (30 years for him, not so much for me), putting the rugby world to rights.

Anyway, while I was chatting to him, a guy stopped to read the details on the B-Hive Underfloor van. Ever the opportunist, I politely broke the conversation from my evergreen friend and asked if I could help this new guy. Tony, it turned out was re-furbishing a house in Chelmsford but couldn’t find the underfloor heating system that would work for him. So, yet again I started to chat to a guy on the street about something I find very easy to chat about.

Tony’s plan was to completely renovate a 19th century cottage. He was planning on getting as much insulation in as was practicable, replacing all the sash windows with reproductions, using the most efficient gas boiler he could find, whilst trying to maintain the character of the building….. “sounds expensive” I said.

Anyway, as the proportions of this cottage weren’t what he needed for his family, he wanted to do away with any unnecessary bulk in each of the rooms….. specifically radiators (his words). Underfloor heating, he said, was what he wanted.

In the space of about 10 minutes we’d established exactly what he’d use, gone through the pro’s and con’s of each system or solution available on the market, screed, floating, diffusion plates…. everything we could think of between us (he’d done his homework). By the end it seemed the best solution was one that met pretty much all of his needs.

Aligned with the Delta Dore home management control system, to help Tony monitor everything at home from his offices in London, we settled on a solid over-lay system board. Disman routed Fermacell panels laid directly onto the existing floor boards (new insulation below), and run with 12mm MLC pipe back to the centrally place Disman underfloor heating manifold under the stairs.

Raising the floor height by just 19mm, Tony decided that there was more than enough head height in his property and was happy to move forward with pricing and design. Furthermore, this system helped with his wife’s desire for ceramic floor finish, perfect for underfloor and laid directly onto the boards.

A few months latter the system’s in and working, Tony’s happy, his wife is happy, I’m happy and I think Frank, my old buddy on Moulsham Street was happy for the chat. I was in a rush that day…. work, family etc. all the pressures we all experience in day to day life, but I’m glad Frank stopped me. If he hadn’t I wouldn’t have got the sale. I won’t be rushing past him on the street next time….. and I must buy him a pint….or two.

For more information about B-Hive or the products mentioned, please call us on 01245 860589 or go to www.bhiveunderfloor.co.uk

 

 

Underfloor Heating In Chelmsford

It’s good news for the plumbers and heating engineers of Chelmsford. B-Hive Underfloor has opened a new trade counter just off Beehive Lane in the City Centre. Stocking pretty much anything you’d need for a new, replacement or repair of an wet underfloor heating system, we also stock multilayer pipe and press fittings, the excellent Buteline plumbing system, Heatmiser thermostats, tools and other plumbing essentials. Standard and designer radiators are available to order as well as boilers, heat pumps, cylinders and anything else you’d buy at a standard plumbers merchants.

Product, Price, Service are the rules we stand by. If you’ve got a ‘like for like’ price from anywhere else, including the internet, we will match or beat it…. as long as we’re not losing money!!!

With 14 years experience in the trade, our guys have the experience needed to help you with any questions you may have and are happy to speak with the trade or the public.

So, pop along and see us or give us a call on 01245 860589 to arrange an appointment or site visit. Alternatively, take a look at www.bhiveunderfloor.co.uk for an overview of our product offer.

We look forward to hearing your knock at the red door……..

 

Power Flushing – what is it and is it needed?

We all know that underfloor heating is an incredibly efficient, beautiful-to-walk on way of heating that will keep the whole house evenly warm. But it’s not easy to fit after the house is built and if often added during a home refurbishment or when adding an extension on. This often means that a new underfloor system is ‘bolted-on’ to an existing heating system. Which is fine of course, and works really, really well when the system is correctly balanced after installation.

However, should you be concerned about any rust in the existing system? Well, if the old system has a LOT of rust or sludge in it then you might need to consider get a power flush done to avoid potential problems in the future. One other alternative is to have a filter installed on the flow pipework just before the manifold. But make sure you have access to it and remember to check it regularly. Not sure if your system needs a power flush? Don’t worry, your installer will advise you. Most plumber and heating engineers these days have their own power flushing equipment, but if yours does not then it would pay to go to a specialist power flushing firm like Powerflushuk.com

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