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  1. School Gutter Maintenance
    30 Jul, 2017
    School Gutter Maintenance
    Hello, Its been a very busy month or so since my last post. I've been working hard in the office, but wanted to share my latest field experience. We have the job of maintaining gutters at a Grammar School, which are in many parts very high and difficult to access. We work with another local company, PG Platforms at Snodland who provide the equipment, Andy our Project Manager has his IPAF licence so can operate the machinery, which gets him up to the awkward gutters for clearing and repairing
  2. Full Roofline Clean
    09 Jun, 2017
    Full Roofline Clean
    Hello Everyone, Its been a few weeks since my last post. Today I spent most of the day cleaning up the roofline on a bungalow in Kingswood, near Maidstone. I really enjoyed the work, it was all white but the gutters were full of moss and debris, the fascia boards and outsides of the gutters were dirty with green algae, spiders webs and general dirt. We used a mild chemical in spray bottles with microfibre cloths, the finished job was all shiny!
  3. Guttering on bungalow
    10 May, 2017
    Guttering on bungalow
    Hi Guys, I just didn't realise how important it was for the guttering on a house to work correctly. This bungalow in Allington, Maidstone had approx. 30-40 year old grey pvc guttering. They used to have a car port along the side too, when that was removed it exposed the guttering which was not in great condition and leaking. I learnt today how to get a flow on a gutter run, by tying a string line from one end of the gutter run, attached to the gutter bracket and pulling it tight while
  4. Tricky Over flow pipe from boiler
    04 Apr, 2017
    Tricky Over flow pipe from boiler
    Hi Guys, My second experience out in the field. What looked like a very simple, small job to replace a wooden soffit board and gutter. Not at all!!! Once up at the Roofline (Which I learnt is where the roof meets the house), it was apparent there was an overflow pipe from the loft that had been installed pushing the soffit down and creating a problem in the gutter, which was continually overflowing in heavy rain. The fitters were to install a black upvc soffit, which had to be expertly
  5. First day in the field
    30 Mar, 2017
    First day in the field
    My first day in the field, we had to replace a roof on a bay window. The existing roof was made from lead, which had been folded in the middle incorrectly. Allowing water to gradually seep inside the lead and soak into the wooden board below. The water then continued over a long period of time to enter the room below soaking through the wooden board and through the ceiling inside the bay window. The problem was explained to me by Andy, the Partner and Project manager with the firm. He always