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Bitesized CPD – 60 minute fire doors – frame edge gap sealants

60 minute fire doors – frame edge gap sealants   I am sure that we have all seen this before. Expanding pink foam squirted into oversized gaps around fire doors.   Here’s another “finished” article where we had the architraves removed for inspection behind.   There are many opinions but […]

Bitesized CPD – Fire collars and wraps to soffits.

Fire collars and pipe wraps to soffits   The above was offered to us as a solution to provide a 1 hour fire barrier to a concrete soffit by a very large and well known main contractor. We could laugh but as we all appreciate, fire is no joke. In […]

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 […]

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 […]