Bitesized CPD – Fire batt installation
Fire batt installation to a rectangular damper. Here is how not to do it! Defects: 1. Small pieces instead of single batt. 2. Perimeters of batt not coated with ablative paste. 3. Raw edges visible. 4. Incorrectly applied intumescent mastic. Fire batt is a high density mineral fibre board coated […]
Bitesized CPD – Deflection heads to plasterboard partitions
Deflection Heads to plasterboard partitions Deflection heads are used within plasterboard partitions when needing to allow for movement (up, down or both) within the structure at the head of a partition. This movement (or deflection) is created by live and dead loads on the floor or roof above. The partition […]
Bitesized CPD – Expanding fire foam to fill voids.
Pink fire Foam, how many times have you seen something like this on site? Increasingly expanding (pink) fire foam is being used to fill holes and penetrations. Do you know whether it is really a fire barrier? In the photograph above it is being used to fill a penetration through […]
Bitesized CPD – Incorrect installation of HeliBars
Installation of HeliBars. Chase not cut to correct depth. On one of our recent projects the specification called for the fitting of HeliBars. This was required due to cracking of brickwork above door and window frames. If installed correctly HeliBars are a versatile and cost effective structural repair system […]
Bitesized CPD – Fire Doors – site alterations – what is permissible and what is not.
“What alterations can be made to a fire door?” The photograph above shows a fire door for a riser that was delivered to site too large to fit into the frame. The installer decided to cut it down at the top, removing the hardwood lipping, intumescent strips and label. This […]
What is a Clerk of Works?
What is a Clerk of Works? The Clerk of Works, often abbreviated to CoW, is employed by an architect, project manager or a client on a construction site. The role is primarily to represent the interests of the client in regard to checking that the quality of both materials and […]
Keeping up with industry developments
How to keep up with industry developments Keeping up with industry trends is important, whether you’re a Clerk of Works, Construction Inspector or anything else. In this article, we explain why and show you how. Whatever industry you’re in, it’s important to keep up-to-date with the developments in your industry. […]
Health and Safety Inspections
What are Health & Safety Inspectors looking for at your site? By their very nature, construction sites carry significant risks to people working on them. Whatever your role is on a site, whether you’re a project manager, bricklayer, crane operator or even a Clerk of Works in London, everyone […]
Why continuous learning is important for a Clerk of Works
Why continuous learning is important for a Clerk of Works Never stop learning. It’s important in any profession, but especially important if you’re a Clerk of Works in London. Things change so quickly in the construction industry. New regulations come and go all the time. You also have new ways […]
Let’s raise a glass to the clerk of works
Opinion Let’s raise a glass to the clerk of works 18 September 2017 | By Chris Fadoju Clients are beginning to realise that technological innovation in construction needs to be accompanied by an experienced human presence on site to achieve the best results, says Chris Fadoju, a partner at Pellings. […]