Well, if you
have all been just half as busy as me over the summer, you must be
abso-bloody-lutely knackered, but grateful for the work after a few
indifferent years. And it's that busy-ness which is the reason for the
long delay since the previous newsletter. So, what's on the menu this
As many of you
will know, most new content is generated in the short dark days of
winter when it's not fit outside for man nor beast, so not much has
appeared over the summer, but there is quite a lot in development,
including quite a few new videos with what one subscriber refers to as
the 'usual pavingexpert porn music' in the background.
two new pages that are worth looking at....
modified cement-based overlays – thin screeds of incredible strength
that can be laid over a new or existing concrete base to create
genuinely stunning decorative finishes in a wide range of colours and
an under-used technique in Britain and Ireland, but it's HUGE in the
States and there is phenomenal potential just waiting to be tapped by
someone with an entrepreneurial attitude. If you're looking for a new surfacing
option to offer your clients, this has to be worth a look.
a look at the new page
Gabions and Mattresses
I've been a
huge supporter of gabions (not that they actually need any support) for
over 30 years and it's great to see them being used ever-more widely,
so I decided to expand on the basic coverage they'd been given on the
website previously. The new page includes their cousins, the
mattresses, which are most commonly used for river bed protection, and
there's lots and lots of example photies including plenty of
decorative, artistic installations.
Installation Partners required for
revolutionary paving system
is an environmentally friendly porous paving system made from 100% UK
post consumer recycled glass that is bound together with a
technologically advanced multi-component elastic resin from Soiltec
Germany in association with BASF - The Chemical Company.
is extremely porous with a high level of sustainable void space that
makes a big contribution to sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDS),
in essence it rapidly filters storm water run off from roofs and other
surfaces directly back to the water table, thus reducing the pressure
on the local drainage system and the risk of flooding. It also captures
oil residue and hydrocarbons increasing the quality of the water
reaching the water table.
is mixed like you would resin bound aggregate, poured into place and
finished off. There is no need for multiple time consuming layers it is
one layer directly onto a sub base. There are 6 standard colours to
choose from at present but we can also produce a colour to
It can be
used for both domestic and commercial projects.
Ian Donley | firstname.lastname@example.org
| Tel: 01642 678 201 | Mobile: 07939 064 918
special offer that's landed on my desk. A well-known and well-respected
aggregates supplier has linked up with a major European supplier to
provide a weed-resistant jointing sand.
not some crappy sand that's been doused with a bucket of cheap
weedkiller. It is a genuine quality product where the sand is treated
to raise its pH value to the point where it is seriously deleterious to
weeds, grasses, mosses and all the other greenery that does like to
invade block paving.
to an alleged 'technical error' (which I reckon means the Germans
couldn't understand the Irish accent and vice-versa) the 25kg bags have
been incorrectly labelled as 20kg, and in the interests of consumer
protection, they are not, apparently, able to retail bags of kiln-dried
sand which actually contain 5kg more than is stated on the bags.
if a paving contractor or freelance supplier was genuinely unconcerned
about having 5kg of free sand foisted upon them, then they could,
perhaps, offer to buy the mislabelled bags for their own use. And the
be-sanded owner would be delighted to be rid of the stock they can't
sell through the usual routes.
obvious reasons, they are not going to sell individual bags. If you'd
like to acquire some of this overweight sand, you have to buy by the
pallet, so that the stockist can also bye-bye the pallets.
per pallet, with 25kg per bag (despite what it says on the packaging!)
makes each pallet weigh in at exactly 1 tonne, roughly enough to joint
400-500m² of typical block paving, and you can have a pallet for just
130 notes (plus the VAT, natch!), which equates to 3.25 quid per bag,
far less than you are paying at your local Builder's Merchant. When
they get the packaging right, this stuff sells for 6 quid a bag, so
it's a real bargain!
your chance to get yer mitts on a premium anti-weed jointing sand that
you can up-sell to your clients. It's superior to conventional KDS, and
you can supply it to your very special clients for no more than they
would be paying for normal sand. Everyone's a winner!
is located in a container in a haulage yard just 5 mins from a motorway
junction in north-west England. If you're interested, give me a
shout and I'll put you in direct contact with the owner.