Brace yourselves, Winter is Coming.

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Christmas is just around the corner! Unfortunately, that means so too, is the ruthless weather that can be a nightmare for many buildings.

However, fear not! National Maintenance Week – founded by The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) aims to encourage people to make sure their home or business is prepared for the harsh weather. The major problem points for many buildings are damp or decaying walls, loose or missing roof tiles and blocked gutters.

gutter picBlocked gutters are perhaps the most common of issues during autumn and winter, and despite how nice the yellow, orange and red leaves might look, they can cause havoc in drains and gutters. A blocked gutter can lead to damp walls, rotten roof supports and general foundation damage. A clear gutter is vital, therefore as part of National Maintenance Week, Friday 28th November has been designated National Gutters Day.

The prospect of cleaning out your gutters might be a daunting task, and you may not know where to start, but fortunately, SPAB have compiled a short list of tips to help you figure out what exactly you need to be checking for.

Here’s the list:

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Gutter maintenance, despite not being the most glamorous of tasks, is essential, especially during the winter months. Just a few minutes spent clearing weeds and debris, or just a few pounds spent to mend a leaky gutter can save many hundreds, and possibly thousands of pounds in the long run.

If during your maintenance checks you unfortunately discover that your gutters are beyond repair, we have an affordable roofing and guttering range which you can find here: http://bit.ly/1pf3eQ1.

All of our gutters are:

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Guest Blog: On the Ball with Metal

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This week’s guest blog comes from Tom Harold, 44, USA.

There has always been a certain level of creativity in my life, but I guess it just took a long time to figure out the best use for it. My father was both creative and naturally handy with tools, and I learned all the basics from him, as well as his enthusiasm for the work and a desire for quality craftsmanship.

However, after a string of creative jobs, it was on a trip to my local museum that’s sculpting became my passion. I saw a machine there that was full of billiard balls rolling around on wire tracks. The balls corkscrewed upward on a special lift, then rolled and bounced and banged back down to the bottom, where the viewer cranked a handle to operate the lift and start the whole process over again.

I was transfixed. This machine did absolutely nothing practical, and yet it was the greatest thing I’d ever seen in my entire life. It seemed like the most fun and fabulously involved mechanical effort anyone had ever conceived. Then and there I decided I would build one.

My efforts began small, with 10-gauge copper wire. I managed to make my first piece, and it actually worked very well. I was very pleased, and one of my co-workers even asked to buy it.

I worked with copper for a couple of years after that, honing my skills, but all the time working toward the day when I could scale up my efforts and transfer over to steel work. The artists I admired all worked on large pieces crafted from carbon and stainless steel. I wanted to achieve the kinds of mechanical feats they were creating.

weldEventually I built up the courage to take a class on art welding. I was desperate for a welder, and sold everything I could think of to raise the money – including a rare vintage guitar amplifier!

At the time, I also needed a career change, but rather than go back to deskwork, I followed my heart and applied for a welding job. To my pleasant surprise, they hired me!

I spent the next year learning anything and everything I could about working with metal. My sculpting abilities grew in leaps and bounds as I literally welded eight hours a day. I also was able to get hold of lots of scrap metal and now had abilities and material to weld as well!

That year I created two new stainless sculptures and advance very far on a large sculpture commission titled Opportunity. My work was now of solid and reliable quality, and I was able to execute designs that were on the level of many of my idols.

I’m incredibly pleased and proud that others enjoy my work and want to make it part of their own lives. I’ve hardly scratched the surface of my abilities, and I look forward to doing more work and pushing my designs even further.

If you’d like to see more of Tom’s amazing kinetic metal work, you can find him at:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tomharoldart
Website: http://tomharold.com/
Instagram: http://tomharold.com/
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/TomHaroldArt/videos

If Tom has inspired you to try your hand at welding, you can find a range of metal and welding essentials such as a protective helmet, gloves, aprons, sleeves and welding rods at our online store here: http://bit.ly/1p1sQ2z.

If you’re interested in being a Metal Store UK Guest Blogger,  feel free to get in touch with us, we’d love to showcase your work!

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The Metal Store Wins Customer Satisfaction Award!

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It’s been a great week for everyone at The Metal Store this week, as we’re very proud to announce that we were awarded a Platinum Medal from Bizrate for customer service.

The Metal Store received an outstanding 9.4 out of 10 for customer satisfaction between 1st August 2013 and 31st July 2014.

General Manager Louise Glennie said: “We’re extremely proud to have received this award. It’s testament to the hard work of all our staff. We would not have won this award if it wasn’t for our superb staff, who go over and above to ensure every customer’s needs are met to the highest possible standard.”

The Bizrate Circle of Excellence – founded in 2000 – is a distinction earned by retailers who go above and beyond the norm to provide exceptional service to their online customers.” What makes this award special, is that it is based on real customer feedback.

With this in mind, we’d like to say a huge thank you to all our great customers who gave us such fantastic testimonials, which ultimately helped us to win the award. To read what our customers said, please visit http://www.bizrate.co.uk/reviews/-/260274.

You can find the Metal Store at www.themetalstore.co.uk. You can also find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/themetalstore and on Twitter @themetalstoreuk.

Some customer comments:

Metal store will be my first port of call for any metal that I require Thank you for an excellent service”

 

“Good quality product. Metal Store had the product I wanted that was not available elsewhere.”

 

“Very easy to order online – telephoned in advance to check delivery times – very nice friendly response and guidance how to proceed with ordering”

 

I am building a metal frame to mount an expensive flight simulator to. I found everything I needed from the metal store instantly. I highly recommend.”


Guest Blog: Horsing Around With Metal

This week’s guest blog comes from Will Thompson, 41, Scotland.

For years, I worked as a welder fabricator all over the world, working in many different roles from farm machinery to very large ships.

Although I enjoyed my career, I always thought there was something missing, so I started creating metal sculptures in my spare time.

I’ve always admired the majestic beauty of horses since I was a young boy, and thought they would the perfect model for my metal sculptures – combining two of my favourite interests, metal work and horses.

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Will’s First Sculpture

The first sculpture I ever made was a near-life-size horse. I made it from 700 metres of 6mm round bar, TIG welded together, and it took me around six months to complete as I was still working full time.

Although I’ve always admired horses, although it may be hard to believe, I’ve been terrified of them for most of my life, but through making these sculptures, my fear has diminished and I now work with horses every day.

Sculpting has lead me to change my outlook on life, in the way we view animals the way we feel about ourselves in our own hearts.

Nowadays I mainly just make horse heads, as my time is restricted due to work commitments. It takes me a while to make each one because I make them in my own time. That way, it remains a hobby, and something that I enjoy doing. That’s also why although people have offered money for my work, I’m not particularly interested in selling them. Sculpting is in my heart and mind and in a way, my dreams are not for sale.

If you’d like to see more of Will’s work, please visit Sculptures by William Thompson on Facebook.

You can find a wide selection of round bars – used by Will to make his sculptures – on the Metal Store website. We sell Black Mild Steel Round Bar, Bright Mild Steel Round Bar, Stainless Steel Round Bar, Aluminium Round Bar and Brass Round Bar

If you’re interested in being a Metal Store UK Guest Blogger,  feel free to get in touch with us, we’d love to showcase your work!

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Twitter: @TheMetalStoreUK
Website: http://www.themetalstore.co.uk/