Page 1

AUTUMN 2017

THE ONLY MAGAZINE FOR PLUMBING & HEATING STUDENTS

INSIDE... MEET JOHN SAVAGE: APPRENTICE TO ENTREPRENEUR PIPEWORK, PUMPS & FITTINGS HALL OF SHAME THE BEST NEW APPS

WIN!

COMPLETE FLUXUATOR SET


Reg Registration istration U UK K App App Boiler and warranty registrations from your phone or tablet

18:3 18:34 4

O2 O2-UK -UK

100%

Welcome W elcome Joh John n

Create Notification

Allows details of new boiler installations to be entered which can be notified to Gas Safe.

Drafts

Access to pa rtially complete partially saved boiler installation details. Access to historical installation details. Data is kept in sync with the Installer Po rtal system so Portal installations entered elsewhere will also appear here.

Installations Account

V iew-only display of Installer View-only Po rtal user account information. Portal

Logout

Version V ersion 1.0.0. 1.0.0.1 1

Registration UK App for Viessmann Trained Installers Download the app to your phone or tablet from the Apple or Google store Login u sing your Viessmann Installer Portal username and password

H eating S ystems Heating Systems IIndustrial ndustrial Sy stems Systems R efrigeration S ystems Refrigeration Systems

Scan, t ype or speak (depending on which app you use) the boiler barcode Complete the registration on site or save it in your “drafts� to complete later Gas Safe certificates are sent by email on completion of the registration Extended warranties can be bought by yourself or later by the homeowner Warranty certificates are sent by email on completion

Viessmann Limited s Te elford s Te elephone 01952 675000

Not Viessmann Trained? Go to www.viessmann.co.uk/academy to book yourself on a course

Viessmann Academy

Scan here to book online


EDITOR’S NOTE | AUTUMN ISSUE 2017 | HIP MAGAZINE

01

AUTUMN 2017

THE ONLY MAGAZINE FOR PLUMBING & HEATING STUDENTS

INSIDE... MEET JOHN SAVAGE: APPRENTICE TO ENTREPRENEUR PIPEWORK, PUMPS & FITTINGS HALL OF SHAME THE BEST NEW APPS

WIN!

COMPLETE FLUXUATOR SET

EDITOR: BECKY MARTIN

editor@sng-publishing.co.uk

TECHNICAL CONTRIBUTORS: Lucy Mawer & Phil Heritage

ADVERTISING: PATRICK BLORE / MATT ASBURY sales@sng-publishing.co.uk GRAPHIC DESIGN: STUDIO 74 www.studio74.design

MANAGING DIRECTOR: NATACHA FIELDING

It’s September and that can only mean one thing: a new academic year to sink your teeth into!

natacha.fielding@sng-publishing.co.uk

PUBLISHER: CELIA MATTHEWS

celia.matthews@sng-publishing.co.uk

PRINTERS

Stephens & George, England

GENERAL ENQUIRIES To subscribe to HIP Magazine call 0870 774 3049 or subscribe online at www.hip-magazine.co.uk DISCLAIMER HIP Magazine is published by SNG Publishing Ltd (SNG). All content and artwork is © SNG Publishing Ltd or its contributors and SNG is a trade mark of SNG Publishing Ltd. No part of HIP Magazine may be copied, transmitted or published in any form or by any means without prior permission. Although SNG has made every effort to ensure the accuracy of this publication, it does not verify any claims or other information appearing in the advertisements contained in HIP Magazine. It therefore cannot accept any responsibility whatsoever for consequences that may arise from the content or artwork contained in HIP Magazine, including any errors or omissions or any opinions or advice given therein. This publication and its content is not a substitute for professional advice on a particular matter.

Here at HIP Magazine we’re so excited to be back that we have created a jam-packed magazine for you to enjoy. We have searched far and wide for the most amusing Hall of Shame images, the most interesting industry news and the most relevant information for you, the installers of the future. We understand that you will be looking at your textbook plenty of times throughout this year, so HIP Magazine enables you to have a little break from it whilst you continue to top up your plumbing and heating knowledge. This is why there’s a good mix of fun stuff and competitions as well as some practice exercises towards the back. The answers to these can be found on our website so make sure that you check your answers after you’ve done them! Feel free to follow us on Facebook and Twitter so that you are kept up to date throughout the year.

Becky Martin EDITOR

Advertisements are accepted for publication in HIP Magazine only upon SNG Publishing Ltd standard terms of advertising.

© SNG Publishing Ltd, 2017

HIP-MAGAZINE.CO.UK

/HIPPLUMBER

/HIPMAGAZINE


02 AUTUMN ISSUE 2017 | CONTENTS

SYLLABUS 56 58 60 61 62 64

05

24

26

20

Hot Water Multiple Choice Questions Cold Water Key Words Water Testing & Pressure Testing Gas Rates & Burner Pressures Central Heating Components Fabrication Techniques

REGULARS 01 03 04 52 65 66 68

55

Editor’s Note Plumberparts to the Rescue Industry News App-rentice Tweet All About It! Hall of Shame Products & Services

COMPETITION

FEATURES

06 WIN Complete

05 Will you be the Next HIP UK Heating Apprentice of the Year?

32 Made in Britain

Entry is now open for the 2018 competition. What you need to know about the biggest HIP event of the year!

08 Mental Health Concerns for the Nation's Van Drivers

Mercedes-Benz Vans report on the exclusive research they commissioned to mark Mental Health Week 2017

10 Understanding Boiler Warranties

Why fitting a magnetic filter like ADEY's MagnaClean could ensure boiler warranty conditions are met

12 An Interview with John Savage

HIP Magazine catches up with a former apprentice turned award-winning MD!

14 Hot Facts with Viessmann

Viessmann look at the changing faces of gas condensing boiler technology

18 High Efficiency in Action!

Wilo's small circulating pumps explained

20 New Terrier TRV Drives Higher Expectations

Pegler Yorkshire showcase their new terrier TRV and explain why it's an evolution in the drive to provide greater flexibility, reliability and trust

22 The Over & Above Solution Provider

Grundfos discuss their increasingly sophisticated product portfolio

24 Polypipe Helps Installers Succeed

Polypipe's innovative product range and commitment to the next generation is helping installers succeed in the industry

26 Step-by-Step Guide

How to install an Impey wetroom

28 Finding the Right Match

Ever just opted for a like-for-like boiler replacement? Alpha Heating highlight the potential pitfalls in this approach

30 Gas Safety: The Revolution

Corgi offers gas safety advice for today's installers

Fluxuator Set

WIN!

Ideal Standard mark the two hundredth anniversary of British bathroom brand Armitage Shanks

36 New Appointments at Worcester

Worcester, Bosch Group appoint a new controls & connectivity team to strengthen its support to the emerging connected appliance market

38 It's all in the Sales Technique

Vokèra encourages heating and plumbing students to plan ahead and consider their future business

40 The Future is Bright

How Baxi's partnership with Preston's College is preparing students for life outside the classroom

42 Underfloor Heating

The low down on what you need to know from Hep2O

44 Through the Keyhole

HIP Magazine has a nose around Belfast Metropolitan College

46 Avoiding A Manifold Nightmare

JG Speedfit looks at the impact of manifold positioning on UFH system performance

48 Step-by-Step Guide

How to use the Fluxuator

50 Keeping on Top of Changes Pace Assessment discusses the changes affecting apprenticeships

54 Setting the Standard

EAL highlights the benefits of qualifications

55 So You Want to Start Your Own Plumbing Business?

Powered Now offers some words of wisdom to consider before taking the plunge!


PLUMBING ADVICE | AUTUMN ISSUE 2017 | HIP MAGAZINE

PLUMBERPARTS

03

TO THE RESCUE

Filming the HIP UK Heating Apprentice of the Year You guys know I love making videos about plumbing and helping you out on YouTube to better understand plumbing installations and the basics. It was great to meet the students at Fulton College in Bristol and to learn more about how they were getting on and how apprenticeships had changed from my day (although that wasn’t too long ago…I’m not that old!)

d my interest in t visits to colleges an It was with the recen was invited by I t plumbing future tha the students of our UK Heating HIP the Magazine to film the lovely guys at HIP EY’s head AD at sed r Competition. Ba Apprentice of the Yea along and p po to y I was only too happ m, ha en elt Ch in ce offi video on our ugh you can watch the tho (al d un aro se no a have like!) YouTube channel if you had gone through intense. Each student s wa n tio eti mp co The ment room was to the final. The assess get to ge sta ats he a ided up into the present Tony and div overseen by the ever students had to The to using at college. d use all are we ys ba r with bends and radiators and a showe two fix , iler bo a ng ha d. After two days measured and marke y usl ulo tic me all s, set tested for leaks systems were pressure ir the , job s thi ing do of nel of judges. and marked by the pa

At the awards ceremony we lea rned that Tayla was the winner Wileman from Burton and So uth Derbyshire Co She accepted he llege. r great prizes an d had the dubiou of being inter vie s ho nour wed on camera by yours truly. Th contestants rece e other ived prizes for ta king part and all happy to have co seemed mpleted the asse ss ment. The standar so high and the pr ds were essure so great: I hope they all felt their achievemen pr oud of t of getting this fa r. It was a great da y with HIP, ADEY and the other sp the competition, onsors of not to mention th e college assess students. It was ors and wonderful to be a part of a day resonate for all th th at will e students. After all , from now on they say “I got to the fin ca n all al of the HIP UK Heating Apprentic Year Competition e of the ” for the rest of th eir lives and be pr oud of it.

You’ve embarked on the best trade ever. You’ll rarely be out of work and the skills you are learning right now will aid you for the rest of your life. It’s up to you to learn them! Have a great term, and I’ll see you on our YouTube channel ‘Plumberparts’. Remember to follow us on Twitter @Plumberparts and on Snapchat too. HOLD TIGHT!

 


04

HIP MAGAZINE | AUTUMN ISSUE 2017 | INDUSTRY NEWS

READ THE FULL STORY IN THE NEWS SECTION OF HIP-MAGAZINE.CO.UK

IMPEY’S ‘LITTLE BOOK OF WETROOMS’ Impey’s new guide ‘The Little book of Wetrooms’ has been designed to help overcome any sales objections and to offer an insight into the essential stages of planning and fitting a wetroom conversion. The ‘Little Book of Wetrooms’ is available, free of charge while stocks last, to installers of Impey products across the UK. As well as being used to help with the sales and specifications of wetrooms, the book – which is a handy pocket size – is perfect to reassure homeowners who are keen to understand the process of a prospective wetroom installation.  IMPEYSHOWERS.COM

ARISTON RECEIVES ‘READER RECOMMENDED’ STATUS

PLUMBERS GET CREATIVE FOR #FLEXYOURPEX COMPETITION

GRANT UK SUPPORTS BATH RUGBY FOR A THIRD SEASON

Ariston has achieved the accolade of ‘Good Housekeeping Reader Recommended’ status for its Clas HE evo and E-Combi evo boilers. The endorsement was granted following a survey of Good Housekeeping Readers via their reader panel. The compact Clas HE evo and the stylish E-Combi evo are part of Ariston’s range of highly efficient gas-fired boilers, boasting user-friendly interfaces, high quality electrical connections and advanced control options. Clas HE evo boilers have best-in-class NOx emissions, offering efficiencies of up to 90% and outputs ranging from 24kW to 38kW.

Ladders, swings, mug holders, and dumbbells are just a few of the creative uses plumbers and merchants found for Speedfit connections, as part of JG Speedfit’s ‘Flex Your Pex’ competition. The challenge was to make a video showing how many Speedfit connections you could make in under 60 seconds to demonstrate their strength and versatility, with extra prizes awarded for the most creative ideas. Peter Booth won the overall challenge for his mug holder made from Speedfit connections.

Grant UK first became a Bath Rugby Business Partner in 2015. Since then, the Club has gone from strength to strength, welcoming new training management and rising up the Premiership table. Grant UK looks forward to what the new season has in store, supporting Bath at all their home fixtures during the upcoming season’s matches. To mark their third year as a Business Partner, Grant UK will be redesigning their hospitality area at the Rec. The distinctive Grant branding will also be on show with the iconic red display boards located pitch-side.

 ARISTON.CO.UK

 SPEEDFIT-TECH.CO.UK

 GRANTUK.COM


UK COMPETITION | AUTUMN ISSUE 2017 | HIP MAGAZINE

05

WILL YOU BE THE NEXT HIP UK HEATING APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR? The winner of HIP Magazine’s biggest event of the year will go home with prizes worth thousands of pounds from the competition’s sponsors.

2017 ER WINN

How does it work? Each college can put forward one student for the competition. You can find the online application form on the HIP Magazine website at www.hip-magazine.co.uk and it must be completed no later than 1ST DECEMBER 2017. The entrant must be a Level 2 or 3 student who has completed an in-house practical test successfully and be no older than 24 years of age. Previous finalists cannot be entered and there can be only one student entered per college or campus.

What happens then? Students will be invited with their lecturers to attend one of seven regional events around the UK where they’ll spend the day competing against other students on practical tasks. Keep an eye on the HIP Magazine website to find out where these regional heats will take place. The winner of each regional heat – plus the person who has received the highest score overall from all of the seven regional heats will then go forward to the grand final which will be held at the ADEY Professional Heating Solutions’ Training and Conference Centre in Cheltenham on 25th & 26th April 2018.

What did this year’s winner have to say about it?

2017 prizes

Tayla Wileman from Burton and South Derbyshire College said: “I couldn’t believe it when my name was called out! I’ve never done anything like this before. The main thing I’ll take away from this experience is knowing that I can work within a time limit and do tasks like this.”

 FOR ALL THE LATEST COMPETITION NEWS VISIT HIP-MAGAZINE.CO.UK


06

HIP MAGAZINE | AUTUMN ISSUE 2017 | COMPETITION

FLUXUATOR SET COMPETITION

Fluxuator is the new flux applicator on the market and in this issue’s competition, six people will win a Fluxuator set consisting of 1 x 15mm, 1 x 22mm and a refill. Its ergonomically designed applicator makes the Fluxuator easy to hold, and the click system safely delivers the minimum amount of flux for maximum coverage. The key benefits are:  QUICK to use - just twist and go  SAFE - reduced risk of contamination  DURABLE and ROBUST to withstand heavy use onsite  SELF CLEANING FLUX with washable head system  EFFICIENT - up to 500 measured applications Fluxuator is available in 22mm and 15mm, with a one size fits both refill.

 For more information, visit fluxuator.co.uk

HOW TO ENTER... Don't miss out. For your chance to win, simply send an email to

admin@sng-publishing.co.uk and put ‘Fluxuator Competition’ as the email title. We’ll pick 6 lucky winners at random and notify them via email by 19th January 2018. Good luck!

HURRY!

COMPETIT ION CLOSES 19 JAN 20 18


08

HIP MAGAZINE | AUTUMN ISSUE 2017 | SPONSORED FEATURE

MENTAL HEALTH CONCERNS FOR THE NATION’S VAN DRIVERS Exclusive research commissioned by Mercedes-Benz Vans UK Ltd to mark Mental Health Awareness Week 2017 explored for the first time the issue of mental health within an often overlooked yet vital business community the nation’s van drivers, delivery professionals and van operators - who help to keep business moving.

Mercedes Sprinter

The research, conducted amongst 2,000 van owners and operators, highlighted that almost one in five van drivers describes their current mental health as poor or very poor, with three-quarters commenting that work is a contributory factor.

More than half of the van drivers with poor mental health said that increased time pressures (52%) and increased workload (50%) are factors affecting their mental health, with one in three believing that job uncertainty is contributing to their poor mental health and 17% of delivery drivers adding that road congestion is impacting on their state of mind.

Despite this, only one in three van drivers who believe their mental health to be suffering have spoken to their manager about their concerns, with more than one in 10

We need to create a culture in which anyone experiencing problems can ask for help in the knowledge that they will be supported. (12%) who haven’t spoken to anyone about their mental health at all. Steve Bridge, Managing Director, MercedesBenz Vans UK Ltd, commented: “With a continued surge in online shopping, an increasing reliance on same-day deliveries and spiralling traffic volumes across the UK, the real-world pressures on van drivers are changing. “Our research findings act as a clear call to van drivers to talk about their mental health concerns and work pressures with their employers and for employers to actively listen to the real concerns of their workforce not only during Mental Health Awareness Week but beyond.” James Harris, a spokesperson for the Mental Health Foundation said of the

research: “Compared to the national average, these figures indicate that van drivers are experiencing an increased rate of poor mental health. In part this may be explained by the pressures of the job, and the fact that van drivers can often be isolated. “This is important because we know that men are less likely to reach out for help, and are four times more likely to end their life by suicide. We need to create a culture in which anyone experiencing problems can ask for help in the knowledge that they will be supported.”

 More information regarding mental health and tips on how to look after it, can be found at mentalhealth.org.uk


10

HIP MAGAZINE | AUTUMN ISSUE 2017 | SPONSORED FEATURE

UNDERSTANDING BOILER WARRANTIES Some boiler warranties are now offering up to a decade of protection but many homeowners don’t realise that without an annual service and effective water treatment programme, this cover could become invalid.

be encouraged to think again. All of these symptoms are indicative that there could be a build-up of damaging black sludge in the system.

Black iron oxide sludge or magnetite contributes to around 95% of system debris and is the number one cause of heating system problems by a significant margin.

Warranties

Research According to Which? almost half of new gas combi boilers will develop a problem in their first six years. Research conducted by ADEY found that 37% of homeowners are currently experiencing issues with their heating system including noisy pipework, cold spots on radiators, loss of pressure, low and inconsistent heat levels and slow operation. Those who perhaps haven’t read the small print and assume these issues will be covered by their boiler warranty, but decided not to have an annual boiler service, should

The warranties offered by most major boiler manufacturers usually stipulate that damage caused by hard water scale deposits or sludge resulting from corrosion won’t be covered. This is why many now recommend that a magnetic filter is fitted with every new boiler installed. However, because of the very small particle size, truly effective filtration can only be achieved by using a filtration method that will work no matter what the size of particles. This is why many boiler manufacturers and installers recommend MagnaClean, because we’ve worked hard to ensure they succeed where other filtration methods fail to capture the finest particles.

It’s unlikely that all homeowners will want to know exactly what a magnetic filter does and how it works but we’re confident that the key benefits brought by installing an effective and proven magnetic filter will interest them. For example, by collecting and removing magnetite from a system, ADEY’s filters will reduce energy bills by up to 6% year on year, extend the boiler lifespan beyond the average 12-15 years and protect a system against breakdown and the associated repair costs.

...many boiler manufacturers and installers recommend MagnaClean...  Visit adey.com


KNIPEX Quality – Made in Germany

Pipe Wrenches and Water Pump Pliers Heating and plumbing professionals demand the best from their tools. That’s why every KNIPEX plier has innovation forged into it. Quality – Made in Germany.

Pliers Wrench Pliers and a wrench in a single tool

KNIPEX Cobra® Hightech Water Pump Pliers

> Replaces the need for sets of metric and > Push the button for adjustment on the workpiece imperial spanners > Fine adjustment for optimum adaptation to different sizes of workpieces and a comfortable > Smooth jaws for damage free installation of handle width plated fittings – working directly on chrome! > also excellent for gripping, holding, pressing > Self-locking on pipes and nuts: no slipping on and bending workpieces the workpiece and low handforce required

KNIPEX Alligator ® Water Pump Pliers > More output and comfort compared to conventional water pump pliers of the same length: 9-notch adjustment positioning for 30 % more gripping capacity > Good access to the workpiece due to slim size of head and joint area

For more details please contact: Contact UK North: Mr David Barnes 07464847278

Contact UK South: Mr Richard Beesley 07770898298

www.knipex.com


12

HIP MAGAZINE | AUTUMN ISSUE 2017 | INTERVIEW

AN INTERVIEW WITH...

JOHN SAVAGE


INTERVIEW | AUTUMN ISSUE 2017 | HIP MAGAZINE

13

The plumbing and heating industry is vast and it can offer many different career paths, so we caught up with John Savage, a previous apprentice who has gone on to become the award-winning Managing Director of Flame Heating Spares. He tells us how he came to set up his own business, which now operates seven trade counters throughout the North East of England…

HIP: How did you manage to get an apprenticeship and where did you do it? JS: I came across a trainee scheme with Plumb Center based in my hometown South Shields, so all my learning and work experience was carried out in-house with the company. Truth be told, I was seeking work from the job centre, anything that would pay me £100 a week, which at the time, when I was 17, was quite a lot of money.

It is an exciting time for the firm as we gear up for further growth, with the ideal goal of expanding nationally. JS: Flame Heating Spares is a fast growing Heating & Plumbing merchant based in the North East, serving both trade customers and the general public. We supply boilers, heating spares, plumbing equipment, bathrooms and renewable energy products from across our seven branches in the region and online through our website.

HIP: What attracted you to a career in the plumbing and heating industry?

HIP: What has been the biggest challenge that you have faced?

JS: I have always been confident and a good communicator and the industry is filled with people who have those traits! I soon got my teeth into it and enjoyed dealing with customers.

JS: Recruitment. We have built up an effective and successful business model, which has been implemented across our branch network but it can be a struggle to find the right employees to run our branches. It hasn’t been a major issue, but has sometimes delayed the opening of a branch in the past. However, I’d rather get it right even if it means taking more time.

HIP: What did you do after you became fully qualified? JS: After completing my training programme and in-house learning, I became a Trade Counter Assistant for Plumb Center. Within four years I became a branch manager at Parts Center in nearby Washington. HIP: Why did you decide to set up your own business? JS: Having worked in the industry and for some of the national merchants, I thought the time was right to take the plunge into business and build-on my experience accrued since I was an apprentice. I always had an ambition to run my own business, though, ever since a young age. In 2011, I saw a gap in the market and together with my business partner, Gary Riseborough, we established Flame and haven’t looked back since. HIP: How would you describe Flame Heating Spares to someone who has not come across your business before?

HIP: What advice would you give to any students who would like to pursue a similar career path? JS: Follow your dream. It might sound cliché, but if you believe in an idea, even if others don’t, just go for it. I also can’t stress the importance of working hard and getting to know your industry inside out. HIP: What is your favourite thing about the plumbing and heating industry? JS: Getting out and about and building relationships with customers. I still enjoy the day-to-day banter with colleagues and the tradespeople we deal with every single day. HIP: How did it feel to win the IoD North East Young Director of the Year award? JS: It was a great feeling, definitely one of my greatest personal achievements to date. I wasn’t expecting it, to be honest, and hadn’t

even prepared a speech! But it was a great evening and has heightened my standing within the industry and the North East business community. HIP: Why do you think your entrepreneurial skills have been so well acknowledged? JS: Over the last six years, Flame has grown from a single branch operation to seven, with double digit growth every year, so I think that has been a factor among my peers in the business community. I have also been fortunate enough to win a number of business awards, which has also helped the cause!

HIP: Do you take on apprentices? JS: Yes. As a former apprentice, I am keen to help others onto the career ladder, so we actively employ and oversee our apprentices’ progression. Some of our former apprentices have secured full-time positions and have grown to become integral members of the team.

HIP: What lies ahead for Flame Heating Spares? JS: We are pushing on with our growth strategy and plan to launch further branches, including a number of outlets in Scotland, outside of our traditional North East roots. It is an exciting time for the firm as we gear up for further growth, with the ideal goal of expanding nationally.  For more information, visit the Flame Heating Spares website, at flameheatingspares.com


14

HIP MAGAZINE | AUTUMN ISSUE 2017 | SPONSORED FEATURE

HOT FACTS WITH VIESSMANN Gas condensing boiler technology is changing, making installation and commissioning easier and improving boiler performance and energy efficiency. Here are four technologies worth looking out for…

SELF-CALIBRATING AUTOMATIC COMBUSTION CONTROLLER

This simplifies the boiler commissioning process by removing the need to make combustion-related settings manually. It also removes the need to manually change the gas valve or gas injector if the boiler has to be changed over from natural gas to LPG. Selfcalibrating combustion control also benefits the end user because it automatically adjusts the gas/air mixture to compensate for the fluctuations in gas quality that can negatively affect a boiler’s efficiency and reliability.

DYNAMIC PAUSE TIME OPTIMISATION

With the old-school approach of defined pause times, a burner remains off after each operating cycle until a minimum time period has elapsed and the boiler water temperature has fallen below a predefined limit. With dynamic pause time optimisation, however, pause times are matched to the rate at which water temperature increases during the switching interval. This improves efficiency by reducing the number of cycles and pre-purge phases, extending burner runtimes, and lowering standby losses due to low average boiler water temperatures.

PUSH-FIT CONNECTIONS

A new casing concept and an innovative tool-free push-fit system now make it possible to ready a Viessmann boiler for operation in just five simple steps. By installing the boiler on the bracket of the installation jig, all heating water and DHW pipes are already securely connected to the network without the need for clamps or soldering. The only threaded fitting necessary is in the gas connection. To see this, search ‘Viessmann 200-W step by step installation guide’ on YouTube: it’s a short film because the whole process only takes about one-and-a-half minutes!

 VISIT VIESSMANN.CO.UK

SMART ENERGY MANAGEMENT

The integral control units of domestic boilers now give more detailed information. A good example is the five-inch touchscreen of the Vitotronic control unit in Viessmann’s Vitodens 200-W boiler range. This provides continuous information about gas consumption and boiler power. It can also display information about solar yields and DHW cylinder loading status, temperature stratification, and temperature curves. Historic data is also easily retrievable.


FOR A FASTER CONNECTION

PUSH OR PRESS

WITH PEGLER YORKSHIRE

For a comprehensive range of quality, innovative plumbing and heating products backed by a superb technical support service, make sure you connect with Pegler Yorkshire.

FREE Phone: 0800 156 0010 email: uk.sales@pegleryorkshire.co.uk www.pegleryorkshire.co.uk


18

HIP MAGAZINE | AUTUMN ISSUE 2017 | FEATURE

The new Wilo Yonos-PICO

WILO SMALL CIRCULATING PUMPS: HIGH EFFICIENCY IN ACTION! Wilo was pleased to be able to help HIP by supplying a number of its latest Wilo Yonos-PICO pumps for the regional and final tasks in the recent annual HIP UK Heating Apprentice of the Year Competition. High efficiency small circulating pumps play a key role in all heating installations, whether as stand-alone pumps, integrated pumps in combi and system boilers or in under floor heating and renewable heating systems. Modern small circulators are simpler than ever to install and offer huge savings compared to old, uncontrolled pumps simply in terms of the lower energy requirements they have. The latest small pumps use around 90% less energy than their older counterparts. There are still millions of old pumps working every day around the UK that would benefit hugely from being replaced with a brand new pump.

Cost effective Although the technology in new high efficiency pumps is significantly more expensive than their predecessors, they can pay for themselves in as little as one year from the energy savings they bring – and with an annual life span of up to fifteen years that’s a huge cost saving over the life of the pump. All Wilo small circulators are ErP compliant and

selecting a Wilo pump effectively futureproofs the heating system you install it on.

There is loads of information on all things pumps at www.wilo.co.uk. It’s worth spending a while taking a closer look. There are helpful aids for heating installers available and you can download the Wilo App from the App Store for free, which gives you a lot of helpful information for day-to-day use.

The latest small pumps use around 90% less energy than their older counterparts.

The future These are exciting times for the heating sector and very exciting times for new entrants of the industry. Wilo wishes all apprentices and newly qualified heating engineers and plumbers a happy and successful career in a really worthwhile profession. The company looks forward to being able to help you all in the years ahead!  For further information visit wilo.co.uk

Wilo Si Smart Booster - typical of water pressure boosting pump sets you may come across in your work


It’s time to cut your air. Cutting out the air from heating systems, prevents corrosion and increases efficiency. Air inside a piped water system during installation or operation will: 1. Corrode the steel surfaces 2. Create magnetite 3. Wear out pump seals 4. Block up heat exchangers 5. Develops leaks with in radiators The SpiroVent range of domestic and commercial deaerators are quick and easy to install and come with an exceptional Spirotech guarantee.

Want to find out more or have a live demonstration of our products? Call us on 0208 451 3344 or visit www.spirotech.co.uk


R E I R R E NEW T R E H G I H S E V I R D TRV S N O I T A T EXPEC Pegler Yorkshire has launched the new Terrier TRV, an evolution in the drive to provide greater flexibility, reliability and trust. “The installation and contractor network across the UK relies on their reputation and quality of service to meet their client’s and user’s expectations,” said Sindar Singh, valves and heating market manager for Pegler Yorkshire. “By evolving our most iconic brand, we are helping to deliver on these needs and drive even higher expectations of heating control.” The new Terrier TRV is set to revolutionise domestic heat control. The design addresses the needs of contractors, from its ease of installation through to meeting the demands of Building Regulations and energy performance.

In addition, it offers a more stylish option with a greater user experience. The areas in which the new Terrier TRV differs are Design, Operation and Performance.

THE DESIGN – a flawless slim profile which alters the airflow to an Active Air Flow Vent System whereby the elongated open vents along the body are now enclosed in favour of open vents on top. Tests have shown that this provides a much more efficient flow of air because of the focused air chamber. In addition, the body has been manufactured in a bright white colour with a larger easy grip and easy care surface finish. To accent the design a feature chrome trim has been added and to support the needs of a variety of tenants a clear colour temperature window, which offers high contrast icons and intuitive colour coded settings. THE OPERATION – this has been radically altered to provide a more intuitive low friction mechanism, which offers effortless turning, making it easy for any dexterity. The temperature settings have been designed to be more sensitive providing a ‘jump to setting’ operation, ensuring tenants can be assured the valve is working to the exact setting they choose. In addition, the thermal head incorporates an ECO touch indicator that makes setting the 3 alignments simple just by touch - ideal for those with visual impairments. Arguably the most radical change of the new Terrier is its performance. Enhanced by a pure

copper element the performance provides a faster response to temperature changes. The Active Air Flow system draws room temperature air through discreet side vents up around the copper element. The flow of warm air rises effortlessly through the unobscured and protected element and out through the vents on top. Technical tests have shown that the new Terrier provides even better accuracy for temperature settings with a 33% lower hysteresis. Therefore, reaching comfort levels in a significantly reduced time when compared with other TRVs on the market. The new Terrier TRV range is supplied suitable for 8, 10 and 15mm pipework and is also offered in a tamper-resistant option. It fully complies with the requirements of EN215 - the European standard that investigates the physical as well as operational characteristics of the product. It is also “A” rated under the TELL scheme and meets Part L requirements.

For further information about any of Pegler Yorkshire’s products and solutions call 01302 560 560, email brochures@pegleryorkshire.co.uk or visit pegleryorkshire.co.uk


PROUD TO CHOOSE GRUNDFOS

“I always look for the best in new technology” HANNAH APPRENTICE PLUMBING & HEATING ENGINEER

INSTALLER COMPANION

WIN & EARN REWARDS

Combines training, news & reward schemes in one easy access point Join now at www.grundfos.co.uk/installer

IT’S A FACT. PROPER BALANCING MAKES A REAL DIFFERENCE. AND NOW IT’S REALISTIC Research shows a single unbalanced radiator can increase heating costs by 3.5%, whilst system wide imbalance raises them by 9-27%. That’s up to £120 extra per year in a typical UK household.

ru

3 nd

HA

Note: Grundfos ALPHA READER tool supplied separately to pump

g w.

Grundfos can help you change that, saving your customers money on their bills whilst giving you a fast, easy and chargeable service to offer.

ww

Traditionally though it has often been too time consuming to balance systems for efficiency – if all the radiators get hot, that’s been good enough.

FIND OUT MO RE

fos.co.uk/A

LP


22

HIP MAGAZINE | AUTUMN ISSUE 2017 | FEATURE

GRUNDFOS

THE OVER AND ABOVE SOLUTION PROVIDER Mention the brand name Grundfos to people, and most will immediately respond by saying heating circulators. However, there is much more to Grundfos than this and today they offer a surprisingly wide and increasingly sophisticated product portfolio.

This comprehensive range of products will provide you with the ultimate pump technology to match all of the various demands throughout the entire home. Plus, with Grundfos you can be sure any solution will deliver the optimal pump option that is reliable, innovative and that can be installed with minimal fuss.

We know that these products may not be quite as well known as the Grundfos UPS2 and ALPHA3 heating circulator ranges or indeed our family of SOLOLIFT macerators that have become increasingly popular in recent years. However, today Grundfos can also supply a range of additional pump ‘specialists’ that can meet a host of other specific demands.

Extended range of products This includes a range of shower booster and universal head shower booster pumps. These continuously rated pumps will minimise the turbulence within the pump head, which is a welcome feature. The SSR2 and STR2 ranges are positive head pumps for boosting water pressure, typically used in shower applications. The SSR2 and STR2 U n i ve r s a l options are positive and negative head shower booster pumps for boosting pressure where the outlet is at the same height as, or is above, the water storage tank.

Grundfos SCALA2 The latest kid on the block, and one that is creating a lot of interest, is the WRAS approved Grundfos SCALA2. Each unit is a fully integrated water booster pump that will provide the perfect water pressure to up to 8 water outlets – even with multiple taps and showers running at the same time. The SCALA2 combines the pump, motor, tank, sensor, drive and nonreturn valve in one neat package. So, when you next think of Grundfos, think of them as offering solutions over and above heating circulators.  Visit grundfos.co.uk to find out more.


EMERGENCY NUMBERS

FOR WHEN YOU NEED PARTS. FAST.

200+

OF YOUR MOST IN-DEMAND PARTS ALWAYS IN STOCK IN EVERY BRANCH*

65,000 ADDITIONAL PARTS AVAILABLE NEXT DAY

* 300 most in demand parts stocked in our network branches.

Your No.1 destination for parts

plumbcenter.co.uk


24

HIP MAGAZINE | AUTUMN ISSUE 2017 | FEATURE

POLYPIPE HELPS INSTALLERS SUCCEED UK plastic piping manufacturer Polypipe is committed to helping the next generation of plumbers to succeed in the industry, by providing an innovative product range and a network of support to plumbing professionals.

Polypipe offers four plastic plumbing ranges: PolyPlumb, PolyMax, PolyFit and PolySure. Together they offer both push and press fit solutions and all are available in a range of diameters, enabling installers to select the perfect solution for their job and their budget.

Polypipe's plastic systems offer valuable benefits for installers, in that they do not require specialist welding or soldering, thereby eliminating costly project consumables.

Ranges PolyPlumb is a hard-working and durable grey plastic plumbing system and is the choice of many plumbing professionals. PolyMax is a slim and sleek tool-demountable option, in a white finish, making it ideal for home improvement and retrofit projects. PolyFit is a hand-demountable solution offering maximum flexibility, making it the perfect system for first fix applications. PolySure is a permanent press fit system with slim profile fittings, designed to UK plumbing sizes for high frequency use in applications requiring additional security.

Installers can join Polypipe’s Registered Installer Network to gain access to a range of benefits, including business leads, marketing resources, technical support, an online quotation tool, and a free BPEC training course in warm water underfloor heating worth £400.

Polypipe also offers a range of training courses at its dedicated Professional Development Centre, where installers can learn about Polypipe’s products, together with installation best practice.

Polypipe also offers ongoing training and support for industry professionals. Training As well as supplying products that save installers time and money without sacrificing quality, Polypipe also offers ongoing training and support for industry professionals.

Polypipe's Professional Development Centre

 To learn more, visit polypipe.com


NOW. PUMP TECHNOLOGY OF THE FUTURE.

WILO YONOS-PICO 2.0: EVEN MORE CONVENIENCE, EVEN LESS POWER CONSUMPTION The new generation of the high-efficiency pump for domestic heating and air-conditioning systems. New functions and a more compact construction offer you maximum convenience for installation. ƒ

ƒ ƒ

ƒ

Maximum operating convenience thanks to ‘Green Button Technology’ with new, intelligent settings, intuitive interface and new functions Quick, easy installation and seamless replacement thanks to new, optimised construction Optimised energy efficiency thanks to adjustable EC motor, settings with an accuracy of 0.1m and display of the current power consumption Easy maintenance and higher operational reliability due to automatically and manual ly activated restartor pump venting function

WILO BRINGS THE FUTURE. Find out more: www.wilo.co.uk | T: 01283 523000 | E: sales@wilo.co.uk

Pioneering for You

Rh no

HIP_Pico2.0.indd 1

07/07/2017 12:40:39

PR

D U C T S

®

A Perfect fit...

The Rhino PipeTube incorporates strength, style and security - the perfect method of transporting copper pipe, conduit or similarly lengthy materials. A perfect fit for plumbing professionals.

PipeTube • • • • •

Transport up to 50 x 15mm pipes Key lockable at both ends Integral steel bulkhead for strength Profiled nose-cone for aerodynamic efficiency Available in 2 and 3 metre lengths

T. 01244 833790 E. sales@rhinoproducts.co.uk

T.01244 833790 E.sales@rhinoproducts.co.uk www.rhinoproducts.co.uk

20g crash tested

Rh no PR

D U C T S

®

WORKING FOR YOU

www.rhinoproducts.co.


26

HIP MAGAZINE | AUTUMN ISSUE 2017 | STEP BY STEP

INSTALLING AN IMPEY WETROOM This installation demonstrates how a simple and effective conversion can transform a dated bathroom into a modern, level-access wetroom.

ď‚Š Visit impeyshowers.com/easyfit

1A

1B

Firstly, the floor needs to be completely level when laying a wetroom floor former like the Impey AquaDec.

Use noggins to help achieve a level floor if necessary.

2

3

When laying the AquaDec floor former you will need to check where the pre-determined holes are placed so that you are able to screw them into the timber. The AquaDec needs no underboarding for joists in centres under 415mm.

The unique rotating waste plate can be positioned to avoid obstructions such as joists. Consider the positioning of the waste, especially if trimming the product to size.

4

5

Lay the waste base plate and pilot holes through the floor former, then screw the waste in.

Connect the sump up from underneath with one screw (hand tight only). Connect the existing waste pipe to the trap.


STEP BY STEP | AUTUMN ISSUE 2017 | HIP MAGAZINE

6

7

8

Prepare to tank the area by putting the supplied primer on the floor and on any porous walls up to 75mm. No primer is needed on the floor former. Wait until the primer is completely dry which usually takes about 20 minutes. If you use a sponge roller the primer may go off slightly quicker and save time.

Place the WaterGuard tanking membrane corner joint in first. Peel the backing off as you place it in situ to ensure you minimise any air pockets.

Leave 2mm at the corner and lay the long piece. Any overlap needs to be 75mm. Then measure 1m from the wall and mark the centre.

9

10

11

12

Use the WaterGuard main sheet membrane and cut to size.

Once you have laid the first sheet over the floor former, rub over the cutting guide to reveal where to run the knife to expose the waste.

Cut around it and remove the centre.

13

14

Run the butyl rubber sealant along all but the edges to seal the membrane to the jointing tape.

Lay the tiles, ensuring they are cut correctly to allow for the gradient in the AquaDec.

Use the knife to mark cuts. Then place the clamping ring back into the joint and screw in.

15

You now have a waterproof wetroom! Please note that we always recommend that the whole room needs tanking to provide an effective waterproof wetroom.

27


28

HIP MAGAZINE | AUTUMN ISSUE 2017 | FEATURE

FINDING THE RIGHT MATCH When a boiler comes to the end of its life, it is often simply replaced like-for-like. However, apprentices and newly qualified installers should take a step back and consider all the options before recommending a new boiler, to ensure they specify a system that is fit for purpose.

Alpha E-Tec

Looking at hot water requirements in particular, a boiler needs to be able to efficiently heat enough water to quickly meet demand. For the majority of homes with average hot water demands, combi boilers are the most suitable solution, as they only provide hot water to outlets when it’s needed, meaning energy isn’t wasted.

Having the right boiler can have a significant impact on the comfort of living.

boiler and hot water cylinder is often recommended as this system can cope with higher demands i.e. those that want to run two showers at once.

advancements over the years in their technical capabilities, giving customers’ even faster warm-up times and efficiency.

For example, Alpha’s new E-Tec boiler is available in two outputs and it can deliver up to 14.1 litres of water per minute.

Alpha boiler with GasSaver and FlowSmart

Combi boilers In light of their popularity, combi boilers continue to be developed, with significant

The wide waterways within the heat exchanger and a high efficiency Grundfos pump means the mains water is warmed up quickly for constant delivery of hot water. However, there are still occasions where a combi may not be the best choice – particularly when it comes to meeting hot water demands. For example, say the householder plans to extend and add more bathrooms; the output requirements will be larger. In these situations, a conventional

FlowSmart Another alternative is Alpha’s FlowSmart, which offers the best of both worlds. Alpha’s FlowSmart allows larger households to enjoy the energy saving qualities of a combi and the performance of a conventional boiler. FlowSmart uses approximately 25% less gas than a system boiler with a cylinder, but more than matches the hot water performance. Having the right boiler can have a significant impact on the comfort of living. Remember, if customers are on the lookout for a new boiler; conduct a thorough survey before specifying to ensure the right model is selected for the output demands of the property.  Visit alpha-innovation.co.uk


Heating Efficiency Packs

The handy way to buy heating controls Our Heating Efficiency Packs are newly upgraded to include the stylish RTW bi-directional TRV and the user-friendly TPOne programmable room thermostat. Available in a choice of eight product combinations these packs are suitable for updating systems and new installations. Give your customers better control of their room temperature and energy use.

40% reductions in energy bills could be achieved by installing a room thermostat and TRVs

The facts and nothing but the facts.

Domestic Gas Boilers

Commercial Boilers

Solar Thermal

Heat Pumps

Water Heating

Smart Controls

Spares & Accessories

Service

www.vokera.co.uk .co.uk www.heating.danfoss.co.uk Š 2017 Vokèra Ltd. All rights reserved.


30

HIP MAGAZINE | AUTUMN ISSUE 2017 | SPECIAL FEATURE

GAS SAFETY:

THE REVOLUTION Flammable gas was first recognised in the UK in 1667, according to the National Gas Museum, and as its uses were explored, considerations towards health and safety increased.

Gas safety milestones CORGI was founded in 1970 as a direct result of the Ronan Point event, and shortly after, we introduced the gas registration scheme, which became mandatory by law in 1991. This meant that installers were required to show evidence of their competence before being able to perform gas work, and the levels of safety increased for consumers. During the 17 years that CORGI gas registration was in place the number of domestic gas related fatalities fell from 30 to 12. And the Gas Safe Register (today’s regulator) has continued this momentum. The Gas Safety Trust’s research - which is funded by CORGI – identified that there were three carbon monoxide poisoning fatalities in 2014, and figures are decreasing each year. We strive for the day this reaches zero.

Considerations for today’s installer It took a disastrous event for the industry to wake up to the dangers and face its responsibilities, however. In 1968 a gas explosion blew out load-bearing walls in a 22-storey tower block at Ronan Point in East London. The corner of the building collapsed and sadly killed five people. Caitriona Deakin, CEO of CORGI Services, discusses how this disaster changed the face of the gas industry and shares advice for today’s installers.

It’s crucial that today’s installers understand the importance of becoming ‘Gas Safe Registered’ and that they renew it every 12 months, as it’s only valid for one year. In addition to this, it’s essential that installers are clued up on gas safety tips.

CORGI RECOMMENDS SHARING THE FOLLOWING WITH HOMEOWNERS:

1

Check all gas appliances including boilers, gas cookers and fires annually.

2

Check all appliances for warning signs to ensure they’re working correctly e.g. crisp blue ones instead of lazy yellow flames, black marks or stains on appliances and too much condensation in rooms.

3

Invest in audible carbon monoxide alarms and ensure they’re located near gas appliances.

4

Ensure that there’s enough ventilation for gas appliances to burn efficiently, and that vents are not blocked.

 For further information visit corgiservices.com


Get ahead. Get online. Mira’s For the Expert zone makes it simple. Discover the latest downloadable resources including step-by-step installation videos, training tools and dedicated support – all designed for the Expert. So whether you’re browsing on your phone, tablet or desktop you’ll find everything you need in one place.

www.mirashowers.co.uk/expert


32

HIP MAGAZINE | AUTUMN ISSUE 2017 | SPONSORED FEATURE

MADE IN BRITAIN:

200 YEARS OF ARMITAGE SHANKS Manufacturer Armitage Shanks marks its two-hundredth anniversary this year. Here HIP Magazine looks at the history – and the future – of this iconic British bathroom brand. Founded in 1817, the company emerged during a time when the lack of sanitation was so bad in the UK that life expectancy was only 40 years. The business has come a long way since then within the sanitation industry, with highlights including:  Being the first business to connect water closets to sewer systems, rapidly improving public sanitation  Building the first factory dedicated entirely to sanitaryware in 1851 in Armitage, Staffordshire  Generating influence that spread across the globe; by the 1890s, the business had offices in Australia, Amsterdam, Cape Town, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Warsaw and Brussels

Strong heritage And with 200 years of success behind it, Armitage Shanks has plenty of expertise to keep on innovating, ensuring it retains its place as the market leading sanitaryware provider in the commercial bathroom sector and healthcare bathroom sector.

Armitage Shanks has never stopped looking to and investing in the future, with a focus on utilising the latest in factory techniques, including the purchase of a £2.2m robot which is used to create innovative ceramic bathroom designs.

 Supplying sanitaryware to iconic ships, such as the Titanic and the Queen Mary  Adapting products and creating a virtuous glaze that made products more hygienic and durable. By the 1950s, all of its domestic products were made using virtuous glazes  Creating the original – and ironically ironic – avocado bath

While Armitage Shanks may be the last remaining large scale British manufacturer, it certainly isn’t a business stuck in the past. The brand looks forward to continuing to push bathroom boundaries in the future, growing alongside the latest group of trainee installers as the industry continues to develop.

...Armitage Shanks looks forward to continuing to push bathroom boundaries in the future...  To find out more about Armitage Shanks and its products, please visit: idealspec.co.uk.


YEARS AND COUNTING COUNTING

SINCE 1817

CELEBRATING OUR FIRST TWO CENTURIES IN BRITAIN’S BATHROOMS AND WASHROOMS. JOIN THE CELEBRATION: www.celebrate200.co.uk


TRUSTED BY THE BEST

Sometimes innovation goes unseen, existing only in the knowing glances of our talented engineers. Speedfit Technology is one such innovation with many interesting stories to tell. Billions of JG fittings are used around the world and are often found where least expected. Prestigious brands like Ferrari ®, Heineken ® and BT ® have trusted us for decades. Why? Because the same precision engineering, extensive research and rigorous testing go into all of our fittings from plumbing to drinks dispense to air compression & automotive.

PUSH-FIT IS BORN

BILLIONS OF FITTINGS

FERRARI, FORD TO BMW

JG INVENTED PLASTIC PUSH-FIT IN THE 1970s

BILLIONS OF JG FITTINGS USED WORLDWIDE

POWERING BRAKE & FUEL LINES FOR 3 DECADES

PLUMBING REVOLUTION

BOTTOMS UP

BT BROADBAND BOOM

AWARD WINNING SPEEDFIT RANGE LAUNCHED

95% OF PUBS IN THE UK BRING BEER TO THE TAP

JG INVENTED PUSH-FIT FIBRE OPTIC

IN THE 1980s

USING JG FITTINGS

FOR BT IN THE 80s. 2.5m SOLD EACH YEAR


Speedfit plumbing and heating blends push-fit with multi-seal technology for a reliable, leak-proof connection.

• Grip & Seal gives a firm hold on plastic or copper pipe • Superseal Inserts create a secondary seal • Twist & Lock compression for a leak tight seal • No tools needed - install, demount and re-fit in seconds • Safe, flame-free installs insurers and homeowners will love

speedfit-tech.co.uk


36

HIP MAGAZINE | AUTUMN ISSUE 2017 | FEATURE

WORCESTER APPOINTS NEW CONTROLS & CONNECTIVITY TEAM Worcester, Bosch Group has strengthened its support for the emerging connected appliances market by appointing a dedicated Controls & Connectivity team within its awardwinning Technical Support department. The five-strong team of technical experts will be fully dedicated to responding to all manner of practical questions and queries relating to Worcester’s growing range of smart and connected technologies, as well as those available via thirdparty manufacturers.

...the team will also have access to Worcester’s video calling platforms to offer added visual guidance. With the nature of technical queries relating to controls and connected products often concerning software as well as hardware, Worcester’s new team has been selected on the basis of their knowledge and experience in the digital arena. As well as being able to

address queries over the phone, the team will also have access to Worcester’s video calling platforms to offer added visual guidance. Installers wishing to speak to Worcester’s new Controls & Connectivity team can do so by calling 0330 123 3641.

 For more information on Worcester, Bosch Group and its Technical Support department, visit worcester-bosch.co.uk


PACKED WITH REVOLUTIONARY TECHNOLOGY

For over 50 years we’ve always been known for our product innovations, which is why our enhanced range of macerators and lifting stations are now better than ever. Their new access panels make the motors even easier to get to and the water level indicators are now simple to remove and check, making service and maintenance even quicker. Best of all, they’re designed with the same inlet and outlet locations, so upgrading is straightforward. Now that’s revolutionary.

Anything’s possible. Visit saniflo.co.uk to see how.


38

HIP MAGAZINE | AUTUMN ISSUE 2017 | FEATURE

IT'S ALL IN THE SALES TECHNIQUE

Vokèra Mynute

Neil Mattock, Marketing Director at Vokèra, explains why heating and plumbing students need to plan ahead and think about their future businesses. Whether you go on to start up your own company or join a larger business, you will be faced with the challenge of keeping upto-date with the shifting technology and legislation within the industry.

The role of an installer You must understand aspects such as modulation ratios, smart controls and ErP efficiency as well as maintaining a comprehensive understanding of the features and benefits of the various products on the market. However, this is only one of the challenges faced by those entering the industry.

On top of understanding the technical details, installers also need to put this sometimes complex information into easy-to-understand language for their customers and sell to them.

For many people outside of the industry, their understanding of the role of an installer is that it is limited to know-how, fitting and diagnostics. However, it is important to remember that an installer brings an additional toolkit along to every job, which not

only includes a fountain of knowledge, but also general communication and skills in sales.

Good communication is key Although working with people can often pose a challenge, skilful communication with customers from varying ages, backgrounds and levels of understanding is vital to a successful business. Understanding exactly how to communicate is down to the individual but manufacturers can offer help in making it as easy as possible to communicate the features and benefits of their products. In generating product materials that are easy to use, manufacturers can help installers sell to their customers.

facts are there, available to see with a single glance, saving precious time reading through lengthy product descriptions and boring homeowners with dull drawn-out paperwork.

Vokèra product icons For example, when Vokèra launches a new product, we ensure there is an extensive range of marketing support available to accompany the product. We’ve also been taking this a step further by creating feature and benefit icons that appear on all literature, which allow installers to easily identify the key aspects of each boiler. This in turn will help installers explain the features to their customers and support product selection. The new icons have simple and consistent imagery making it easy to identify what benefits it includes such as the cupboard fit icon and the text driven menu icon. All the

You learn a vast amount of technical information whilst studying. If you can absorb everything and then relay it to your customers in a concise and effective way, you are going to go on and have a successful business.

 For news and updates, visit vokera.co.uk or follow Vokèra on:   


Which boiler?

All of them. Every Worcester Greenstar gas and oil boiler has been awarded Which? Best Buy status.


40

HIP MAGAZINE | AUTUMN ISSUE 2017 | FEATURE

THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT Everyone is banging on about the skills gap, and it is true that we need more people to train as gas engineers. But to make this happen manufacturers need to join forces with higher education to make sure pupils are prepared for life outside of the classroom. Here Richard Green, Baxi’s training officer, explains how their partnership with Preston’s College works. Preston’s College is located near Baxi’s manufacturing centre in Bamber Bridge and support is provided in three ways: by providing equipment, training and factory tours.

The equipment Theory is important, but the most effective and enjoyable way to learn about boilers is to work on them and take them apart in a safe, controlled environment. The Baxi Training Centre has 12 working boilers and ten dry boilers which are replaced frequently so students can cut their teeth on the latest model. Once they’ve reached the end of their training lifecycle, the boilers are taken to the college’s workshop where students can take them apart and get a better understanding of individual components.

Plumbing & heating lecturer Andrew Whipp said: “Whatever level a student is at, the Centre is part of their education. Whether it’s simply touring the facility in the first year of a course, or attending active practical sessions in their third year, the Centre provides a very valuable learning resource for our students.”

The training Preston’s plumbing & heating second year students also get a full day’s session with a Baxi training expert. One of the challenges fully qualified gas engineers have is getting to grips with individual products, as what they fit is largely dictated

by customer requirements. This means an engineer could be fitting a Baxi combi boiler one week, and a heat only model from another manufacturer the next. Getting one-on-one time with an industryexperienced Baxi trainer means the students gain that all-important product knowledge, including insider tips that they might not necessarily receive in their usual sessions. The idea is when they’re fully qualified and working on their own, the students are familiar with the ins and outs of all models.

Getting one-on-one time with an industryexperienced Baxi trainer means the students gain that all-important product knowledge... The tour As well as practical training and advice, Preston’s students also get to witness every stage of the boiler manufacturing process. Not only does this give them a better understanding of the care and attention that goes into creating a new boiler, it also gives them a chance to preview technology currently in development.  Visit baxi.co.uk


7/9/10

15:36

M 5 1 O T P

U S E V A S

L W O C PE

I P PIPE COWL S E T INU

20359 Advert 221x135:Layout 1

Page 1

ON I T A L L TA S N I R E L ON BOI Compare the Compare thedifference differance

The Quickest, Neatest, Simplest and Lowest Cost Quickest, Neatest, installation solutionThe for pressure relief termination. 1 Pipe Cowl Cowl 1 Pipe Simplest Lowest n No fabrication – particularly usefuland at higher levels 1 soldered joint 1 soldered joint Cost installation solution for Neat finish n Tried, tested and approved by British Gas Neat finish every time time every n NHBC approved pressure relief termination Save Save No fabrication––complies particularly useful at higher n Manufactured to● EN1254 with all levels 30-40 15 ● Tried and tested by British Gas ● NHBC approved minutes minutes current legislations ● Manufactured to EN1254 – complies with all current legislations n Available from leading plumbing and heating merchants Available from leading plumbing and heating merchants

2 bends 1 tube 4 solder joints Every installation is different

www.pipecowl.com

The only fully tried and tested fitting for the PRV.

X I F K C I L

www.pipecowl.com

THE

C

IX F P O T ONE S

E P I P G N KI A E L A TO

n No

pipe cutting – particularly useful in awkward places n Seals holes in 15mm pipe n Just add flux to the Click Fix, clip it over the hole and heat until a seal is made. n Available from leading plumbing and heating merchants

www.clickfix.co

Call: 01384 442852 - Email: rjweng@btinternet.com Part of the RJW Engineering Group.

www.rjwengineering.co

www.pipecowl.com - www.click-fix.co - www.burstalert.co www.drainkey.co - www.dews.co - www.ssrods.co.uk


42

HIP MAGAZINE | AUTUMN ISSUE 2017 | SPONSORED FEATURE

UNDERFLOOR HEATING:

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Steve Harris, Technical Support Engineer for Heating and Cooling at Wavin, gives his top tips on selecting and installing underfloor heating systems.

01

02

03

USING UNDERFLOOR HEATING

GET THE RIGHT INSTALLATION

KNOW YOUR TIME FRAMES

The most common type of underfloor heating systems are those which are installed in the floor, where a wet screed is being applied to create a new floor. In this type of installation, the pipework is laid over insulation and a waterproof membrane and then covered in screed, which distributes the heat evenly. For existing floors, there are a variety of panel products that can be used which sit on top of the floor, often referred to as ‘FLOATING FLOOR’ SYSTEMS. Finally, there are ‘JOISTED SYSTEMS’ that sit in between existing joists and can be fitted from above or below. These systems are well-suited to installations in the upper floors of a building.

There are three main types of underfloor heating installations – staple systems, system plates and panel systems. The way to install underfloor heating will vary depending on what type of system you are using. SYSTEM PLATES are plastic sheets with pre-formed grips to hold the pipe in place, allowing for fast installation. STAPLE SYSTEMS do not have the same pre-formed grips and therefore offer more flexibility when installing underfloor heating. To secure the pipe, simply staple it to the insulation panel before the screed is applied. You don’t need to lay any pipe when using PANEL SYSTEMS as the pipe is already installed within the panel.

Installation time varies from system to system but as a general rule of thumb, it takes no more than a day to lay the pipework for underfloor heating. It’s often assumed that installing underfloor heating systems on top of existing flooring is quicker than other installations, but this is not necessarily true. You may need to alter door heights and skirting boards to accommodate the increase in floor height, which ultimately means more building work.

Installation time varies from system to system...

 For more information on Wavin’s Hep2O product range, visit: hep2oufh.co.uk


Home

A new chapter in programmable thermostats.

Introducing the T4 Series. The CM900 has been the installers’ preferred choice for years. But things have moved on ... The good news is that the more intelligent Honeywell T4 Series shares the same DNA as the CM900 with TPI & optimisation features, plus: • It has 1 and 7 day scheduling built in • It has a larger screen, making it easier to read • It’s easy to wire with a new wiring centre designed for installers • It’s simple to programme with an intuitive interface

Buy a new Honeywell T4 before the end of 2017 and earn extra Honeywell REWARDS points. Find out all about the Honeywell REWARDS scheme at www.rewards.honeywelluk.com

© 2017 Honeywell International Inc. EN3H- 3304 UK01 R0717

• It has OpenTherm capability built in • Ideal for any system, any boiler For more information about the intelligent T4 Series, please visit: honeywelluk.com


44

HIP MAGAZINE | AUTUMN ISSUE 2017 | FEATURE

Ever fancied having a nose around another college? Then look no further. This issue we went through the keyhole at Belfast Metropolitan College to indulge the nosey parker in you and we liked what we saw!

WHERE

Belfast Metropolitan College is the largest Further and Higher Education College in Northern Ireland and one of the biggest in the UK. It’s one of only thirty colleges in the UK to join the influential 157 Group. Founded in 1906 and with 37,000 student enrolments a year, Belfast Met works at a strategic level to provide education, training and skills to enhance individual, community and economic success. Plumbing / Heating and electrical trades are an important part of Belfast Met’s and indeed the industrial city of Belfast’s past and future. Each of the tutors who teach in these areas have vital industry experience which they are only too happy to pass onto the students.


FEATURE | AUTUMN ISSUE 2017 | HIP MAGAZINE

HIP EVENT

Belfast Met was thrilled to be given the honour of hosting the Northern Ireland regional heat of the HIP UK Heating Apprentice of the Year Competition on 2nd March at its Belfast City Centre Millfield Campus. The Northern Ireland regional heat played host to apprentices from all over the country competing against other students on practical tasks. It was a great opportunity for lecturers, employers, industry leaders and manufacturers to get involved and support the next generation of tradespeople.

 Visit belfastmet.ac.uk  follow @bfastmet  like Belfast Met

OTHER TRADES

Welding, Bricklaying, Woodwork.

45


46

HIP MAGAZINE | AUTUMN ISSUE 2017 | SPONSORED FEATURE The Push-fit People

AVOIDING A MANIFOLD NIGHTMARE

With storage space at a premium in modern homes, Underfloor Heating (UFH) installations are being affected as they rely on centrally-located storage spaces to house manifolds. Failing to position these critical components correctly will result in a greater outlay on materials. Toby-Howard Willis, Technical Sales Manager at JG Speedfit, looks at the impact of manifold positioning on UFH system performance.

The function of a manifold is to distribute water around a circuit via a number of valves.

Positioning a manifold The correct positioning of manifolds is essential in UFH systems. A manifold located at one end of a house requires significant force to distribute water to the side furthest away. Ideally, the circuit lengths of pipe to each zone should be 100m per circuit, which would allow for certain distance to get to and from that room. A poorly positioned manifold would increase the distance to and from a room, reducing the available floor area for pipe. When the distance from the pipe to the manifold exceeds a certain point, another manifold, pump pack, and wiring centre may be needed to provide the required level of force, incurring additional cost.

Storage space issues As hot water is taken from the boiler, it is broken down into individually controllable rooms or zones. This level of control ensures heating is only activated when and where it is required. To achieve this, each zone must have an individual supply coming from the manifold and the flow of water is then regulated via an actuator. Thermostats are also added to each room to control the actuators.

Older houses tend to have more storage

...manifolds must be housed centrally and should be accessible later to allow for maintenance. space. As open plan designs have grown in popularity, this has limited the amount of storage space on offer. In the absence of available space, a manifold will have to be stored in a less central location within the house, hampering system performance. Installers should remember that manifolds must be housed centrally and should be accessible later to allow for maintenance. A building design that allows for these conditions to be met enhances the desirability of a property, as owners can enjoy significant cost and energy savings over time. ď‚Š For more information visit: Speedfitufh.co.uk


THE ORIGINAL HEAVY-DUTY PIPE WRENCHES THE GLOBAL STANDARD


48

HIP MAGAZINE | AUTUMN ISSUE 2017 | STEP BY STEP

FLUXUATOR STEP-BY-STEP The Fluxuator has an innovative dosing head which ensures an even coverage of flux to copper pipes with every application. ď‚Š For further information visit fluxuator.co.uk

TO START

1

2

Cut the copper pipe and remove burrs or sharp edges from the ends of the pipe. Oxidized surfaces should be cleaned before applying flux. The flux contained is a self cleaning flux.

Remove the yellow cap from the refill tube and screw the tube tightly to the bottom of the dosing head. Use the cap on the bristle head after use to protect the head.

Turn the dial in a clockwise motion to the fill line, to dose the bristle head.

3

4

TO FINISH

For hard to reach areas, unscrew the brush from the back of the Fluxuator and collect flux from the bristle head. Apply flux in an even layer all the way around the pipe.

Push the pipe and fitting together, remove any excess flux with a rag. Heat the joint with a blowtorch and feed the solder as normal. Flush the piping system once the job is complete. When the brushes are low on flux, 1-2 clicks should be enough to effectively dose the bristle head.

When applying flux, position the bristle head over the pipe and twist back and forth 90 degrees until there is an even coverage of flux.


smart meet Introducing Wiser, the beautifully simple heating system from Drayton. Easy to install from app to thermostat, Wiser is the altogether better, smarter, easier solution. A flexible system that makes multizone heating simple and affordable.

Be the first to get Wiser. Visit us online to request your free information pack.

www.draytoncontrols.co.uk/Wiser

Coming soon


50

HIP MAGAZINE | AUTUMN ISSUE 2017 | SPONSORED FEATURE

KEEPING ON TOP OF THE CHANGES There is a lot of talk at the moment when it comes to changes to apprenticeships, including levy charges, trailblazers, pathways, levels and routes. Maintaining standards Good practice must be shared and standards must be upheld, however some things need to stay. One example is the core assessment requirements. For instance, the Level 3 gas route requires you to work with every type of gas system past and present, so you complete a number of practical tasks in a realistic working environment (RWE). These are hugely important to your training because they give you essential experience working with less familiar gas system components that you won’t be able to find at work. These tasks do not need a gas assessment centre, just a safe place for you to carry out tasks. They are, in fact, a great way to gain experience with unfamiliar materials (like corrugated stainless steel pipe) or old-fashioned appliances (flueless or open-flued appliance).

We believe it’s fundamentally important to build a good relationship between assessor and student by ensuring we work with students on an individual basis.

Professional support At PACE assessment we know NVQ & onsite assessment, and continue supporting apprentices moving into the construction industry. PACE offers a personalised coherent programme. We believe assessment should be done well and in a holistic fashion. That way we can cover ground faster and won’t compromise quality. Strategy is encouraged by awarding organisations and has improved success rates and customer experience amongst apprentices and employers. After all, your boss wants you to pass ASAP and get onto the more complex work he’s going to be paying for. There is also always room for improvement. The importance of a collaborative, coherent quality process is essential to your success. At PACE we continue to develop our own assessors to better support you, the student. Our quality assurance supports students and protects national standards. Together we are better.  Visit paceassessment.ac

At PACE we continue to develop our own assessors to better support you, the student.


52

HIP MAGAZINE | AUTUMN ISSUE 2017 | APP REVIEW

APP-RENTICE Rag and bone, ringer, handset, mobile, bleeper, cell…whatever you call your phone, it’s unlikely that you’re ever without it. So why not use it to go further as a plumber? We take a look at some of the latest apps that are available to make your plumb thumb app happy…

Free on both Android and iOS, TradeHelp has launched a brand new app that will enable you to operate your future business more efficiently.

The Grundfos GO Install App can help installers, plumbers and heating engineers to select the right pump for their needs.

It includes a variety of time and money-saving benefits, all at the touch of a button!

The App gives access to: product information, application know-how, easy sizing and selection, a handy replacement aid, pump selection guide, plus a great set of calculators that you can reference for a range of system parameters and trouble-shooting options. The GO Install App version boasts interactive data that includes the required head in water supply, friction loss in pipes, volume of expansion vessels and even sizing of radiators.

With a professional quotation tool, appointment management system, editable industry forms and access to 0% finance for your customers, the new app will help advance your growing business. What’s more, you’ll be able to increase your profits thanks to the TradeHelp Buying Group, which provides you with significant discounts and cash back on a variety of essential purchases, such as boilers, filters and fittings. For more information about TradeHelp please visit www.tradehelp.co.uk

PLUS – the Grundfos GO Install App now includes the WIN & EARN reward programme, rewarding professionals committed to fitting the best for their customers. Free to download on the App Store or Google Play.

Makita is the UK’s number 1 professional power tool manufacturer and to assist you throughout your working day there is the Makita app featuring: Quick Website Link Spirit Level Levelling Instrument Sound Level Meter Flash Light Distance Measure Battery Level Indicator (for your smartphone) The Makita app is free and contains no adverts. Download now from iTunes or Google Play www.makitauk.com/mobile-apps.html


SWITCH ON TO INDUSTRY SWITCH RECOGNISED ON TO ELECTRICAL INDUSTRY RECOGNISED QUALIFICATIONS PLUMBING AND GAS WITH EAL QUALIFICATIONS WITH EAL

WHY USE EAL?

WHY USE EAL? • A full suite of industry recognised qualifications

We have:

• Qualifications that equip learners with industry

* We have: to cover • A fullallsuite industry recognised cations cations recognised by Gas Safe and the yourofemployees’ trainingqualifi needs, from • Qualifi relevant skills, competencies, and understanding to cover all your employees’ training needs, Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating new joiners to ongoing professional development for work in residential, commercial, and from apprentices and trainees to ongoing Engineering (CIPHE) industrial settings professional development • Qualifications recognised by the JIB, SJIB, • Qualifications that equip learners with industry Electrotechnical Certification Scheme • relevant On-going solutions basedand support from time • Ongoing solutions based support from(ECS) time skills, competencies understanding and Competent Person Schemes served in and yourconstruction field served experts in your field for work inexperts domestic settings

qualifi high KEY Gas and plumbing qualifications for domestic qualifications and constructionfor markets “EAL’s“EAL experts arecations easy toare work with. They KEY FEATURES: Electrotechnical domestic, FEATURES: Flexible qualification delivery, including and a choice of Certifi cate or commercial, industrial installations quality, more and demanding and are very customer learner focused and Diploma routes Clear progression pathways - Level 1 to Level 4 career progression pathways from Level 1 to Level 3 make students aim higher.” concentrate on the important things to turn ClearINCLUDES: and Testing, Periodic Reporting, INCLUDES: EAL’s Key Stage 4 and 5 Inspection TechQuals for 14-19 year olds Quinton, Head of Plumbing and Electrical, Electrical Design and Verification, out theDavid best qualified electrical engineers.” UCAS point accreditation* South Gloucester and Stroud College

David Wyre, Managing Director, WA Electrical Engineer Training

EAL Awards EAL Awards EAL_Awards

EAL_Awards

01923 652400

01923 652400 customercare@eal.org customercare@eal.org www.eal.org.uk www.eal.org.uk

17th Edition Wiring Regulations

*qualification specific


54

HIP MAGAZINE | AUTUMN ISSUE 2017 | SPONSORED FEATURE

SETTING THE STANDARD Matthew Quelch, an External Quality Assurer with EAL, the specialist awarding organisation for industry, highlights the benefits of qualifications. There has been much talk about changes in the education system with the introduction of new apprenticeship standards and the need or otherwise for the inclusion of qualifications. Employers in electrical and plumbing trades want to see tangible evidence that someone is job-ready – that’s why they value qualifications. For those looking to enter these trades, a pre-employment qualification is a great way to demonstrate commitment to their career path – giving employers further confidence that taking them on will be a worthwhile investment.

With future industry skills in high demand, EAL's technical qualifications have been designed to inspire and encourage young people to choose careers in engineering, electrical installation and plumbing.

They are an ideal solution for schools, colleges and training providers wanting to offer learners a fully recognised, technical qualification as well as seamless progression to current relevant apprenticeships.

The EAL Level 2 Intermediate Diploma in Plumbing (qualification number 601/4562/6) is predominantly for 16-19 year old learners in full time education. It has been designed in partnership with employers for learners to complete during the first year of a study programme, allowing them to progress to the UCAS accredited EAL Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Plumbing and Heating (qualification number 601/4567/5).

The qualification provides learners with practical experience of plumbing and places them in situations they could face on the job.

Using a combination of practical workshops and theory sessions, assessment includes externally set and marked examinations, centre marked assignments / practical tests, and a final assessment.

Work experience is encouraged and employers should be involved in delivery and / or assessment of the qualification to help enrich the learning experience and provide a clear line of sight to work. As with all EAL qualifications, the criteria is regularly reviewed and refreshed to make sure it is up to date with current industry needs. It is a qualification which is growing in popularity and trusted by those working in the trade.

 To find out more about EAL’s plumbing qualifications go to eal.org.uk


SPONSORED FEATURE | AUTUMN ISSUE 2017 | HIP MAGAZINE

SO YOU WANT TO START YOUR OWN PLUMBING BUSINESS? Starting a new plumbing business can be immensely rewarding and is a real adventure. Benjamin Dyer of Powered Now looks at some things to think about before taking the plunge. 1

Do a good job

Know your strengths and your weaknesses that you may need to improve on, perhaps by further training. You want to be proud of every job you do for each and every customer.

2

Find work

Finding work can be hard, but a great reputation will go a long way. 70% of all jobs are by wordof-mouth or previous experience. Starting off with some private work at the weekends is the easiest way to make a start.

3. Think commercially Get back to prospects fast. And don’t be cheap: good work deserves good pay.

4

Organise well

Paperwork is often hard for plumbers. I suggest you use an app like Powered Now from my company. Make sure you have an accountant from day one.

Qualifications 5

Gas, oil and LPG all need particular qualifications. Health and safety is also important.

6

All the best

It’s hard to get started, but immensely rewarding when you succeed. I wish you good luck!

About the author Benjamin Dyer is CEO and co-founder of Powered Now. Powered Now’s mobile app aims to take the pain out of paperwork for plumbing and other trade businesses.

 Visit powerednow.com

55


56

HIP MAGAZINE | AUTUMN ISSUE 2017 | EXERCISE

HOT WATER Complete the following multiple choice questions.

Q1

Which of the following components will prevent scalding from a bath tap?

Ans.

Q5

What could be installed to overcome a dead leg in a hot water system?

a

Thermostatic mixing valve

a

Circulating pump

b

Surrey Flange

b

secondary circulation

c

Essex flange

c

Bypass system

d

Thermostatic radiator valve

d

Immersion heater

Q2

Which Building Regulation deals with hot water safety?

a

Approved Document Part H

b

Approved Document Part C

c

Approved Document Part G

d

Approved Document Part L

Q3

If hard water is allowed to heat above 25 degrees centigrade, what could the consequence to the plumbing system be?

a

Heat up too fast

b

Scale, blocking pipe work and damaging components

c

Nothing will happen

d

Will be more efficient for the customer

Q4

A rigid pipework hot water system has a working pressure of 4 Bar. At what pressure should the pipe work be tested for soundness?

Ans.

Q6 a

A plug

b

Be covered with insulation tape

c

A non resetting thermal cutout device

d

Insulation plate

Ans.

Q7

Ans.

To comply with current regulations, what must every immersion heater have?

Component that takes the expanded water on an unvented hot water system...

a

F and E Cistern

c

Cylinder

c

Expansion vessel

d

Tunn dish

Q8

What does the DHWC stand for?

a

Direct hot water cylinder

6 Bar

b

Direct hot water circuit

c

6.5 Bar

c

Direct hot water circulator

d

7 Bar

d

Discrete hot water cylinder

a

5 Bar

b

Go to hip-magazine.co.uk to download exercise answers for free

Ans.

Ans.

Ans.

Ans.


58

HIP MAGAZINE | AUTUMN ISSUE 2017 | EXERCISE

COLD WATER KEY WORDS All the jumbled words below relate to cold water. Can you unscramble them?

KEY WORD Q1

LEPABTO

Q2

EWHESMOLO

Q3

RUNTK MIAN

Q4

NPLPIICRE NIAM

Q5

ERBO ELHO

Q6

ILATNOESRTSII

Q7

RELUFRE

Q8

NIOTAMREPE

Q9

WKBLFCAO

Q10

INADIOCIIZCFNTE

Q11

WREAT ERTME

Q12

CLESA RREDECU

Q13

RIWE CUP

Q14

LODC ETRWA OASETGR TCINESR

Q15

LOTAF OAEETDRP LAVVE

Go to hip-magazine.co.uk to download exercise answers for free


60

HIP MAGAZINE | AUTUMN ISSUE 2017 | EXERCISE

WATER TESTING & PRESSURE QUESTIONS Water pressure is measured in bar pressure. 1 bar is the equivalent of 10m head of water or 100KPa. Q1. Using the above information, calculate the following showing your workings out:

a) 38m in bar pressure

b) 4.4 bar in kilopascals (KPa)

c) 150KPa in bar pressure

Water flow rate is measured in litres per second or litres per minute.  To convert from litres per second (l/s) to litres per minute (l/m) multiply the l/s by 60  To convert from litres per minute (l/m) to litres per second (l/s) divide the l/m by 60

Q2. Using the above information calculate the following showing your workings out:

a) 20 l/m into l/s

b) 0.20 l/s into l/m

c) 15 l/m into l/s

d) 0.12 l/s into l/m

Q3. Identify what the following pieces of equipment are used for and give an example of when you would use them.

ITEM

USED FOR

EXAMPLE OF WHEN USED

Hydraulic pressure tester

Weir / flow cup

Mains water pressure gauge

Go to hip-magazine.co.uk to download exercise answers for free


EXERCISE | AUTUMN ISSUE 2017 | HIP MAGAZINE

GAS RATES & BURNER PRESSURES Q1

Daniel is to carry out a landlord certificate to an open flue boiler. When checking the burner pressure he notices it is far too high. What effect could this have on the appliance?

1

Incomplete combustion

2

The flue not able to handle the extra products of combustion

3

Excessive boiler temperature

4

All of the above

Q2

Daniel goes to check the gas rate at the meter. Installed is a U6 metric meter. To check the gas rate of the appliance he is working on, does he?

1

Turn all gas appliances in the house on to full rate

2

Only turn on the appliance he is working on

Q3

Daniel takes a reading at the gas meter before he starts the test and a reading after he completes the test. How much time should be allowed for the test?

1

1 minute

2

2 minutes

3

3 minutes

4

4 minutes

Q4

Daniel's first reading is 00867 466m3 and his second reading is 00867 511m3. Over 1 hour, how much gas, in m3/hr, would the appliance consume?

1

1.85m3/hr

2

1.42m3/hr

3

1.35m3/hr

4

1.64m3/hr

Q5

When Daniel did his calculation he used a CV of 38.6 MJ/m3 and found the appliance had an input rating of:

1

17.23 kW

2

12.42kW

3

14.43kW

4

15.00kW

Q6

When checking the data plate on the boiler, Daniel noticed it was a range rated boiler with a maximum heat input of 11.5kW. Should he...

1

Pass the boiler, it’s been working ok with no issues

2

Carry out further investigation to why the gas rate is high

3

Decrease the gas pipe size to the boiler

4

Turn down the boiler thermostat, so the boiler will reach temperature quicker

Go to hip-magazine.co.uk to download exercise answers for free

Ans.

Ans.

Ans.

Ans.

Ans.

Ans.

61


62

HIP MAGAZINE | AUTUMN ISSUE 2017 | EXERCISE

CENTRAL HEATING COMPONENTS ď‚Š

A

B

Use the photos above to answer the following questions: Q1. What component is in the picture A? ANSWER:

Q2. What size pipework should be connected to fitting A? ANSWER:

Q3. In what location should this component be fitted?

a) b) c) d)

Before the pump and between the flow and return After the pump and between the flow and return After the zone valve and between the flow and return Between the vent pipe and the cold feed to the boiler

ANSWER:

Q4. What is the component in picture B? ANSWER:

Q5. Component B will connect to D1 and D2 pipes on an unvented cylinder. What is the maximum length of D1 pipe? ANSWER:

Q6. What is the minimum length of D2 pipe before a bend? ANSWER:

Q7. What is the maximum length a 22mm D2 pipe can be installed without bends? ANSWER:

Go to hip-magazine.co.uk to download exercise answers for free


With Sentinel X800 Fast Acting Cleaner, things will be short but oh-so-sweet. It prefers to get things done in less than an hour when it comes to removing corrosion debris from heating systems. It doesn’t like to stick around for long, but it’s the whirlwind reset your system needs.

#ThinkDirty SentinelProtects.com/Dirty


64

HIP MAGAZINE | AUTUMN ISSUE 2017 | EXERCISE

SITE PREPARATION & FABRICATION TECHNIQUES Complete the following multiple choice questions.

Q1

The type of compression fittings used above ground are...

a

Non-manipulative

b

Manipulative

c

Welded

d

Push-fit

Ans.

Q6 a

Joining two lead pipes together

b

Joining a lead pipe to a copper pipe

c

Joining a lead pipe to a low carbon steel pipe

d

Welding two lead pipes together

Q7 Q2

Medium Low Carbon Steel is colour coded...

a

Blue

b

Red

c

Brown

d

Yellow

Q3

MDPE stands for...

Ans.

A lead lock is used for...

A soundness test for rigid pipe is...

a

Left to stand for 45 minutes and then a further 2 hours

c

Left to stand for 30 minutes and then a further 1 hour

c

Left to stand for 1 hour and then a further 90 minutes

d

Left to stand for 30 minutes and then a further 1.5 hours

Q8

The name of the tool used to thread low carbon steel pipe is...

Medium density polyethylene

b

Maximum density polyethylene

a

A Pipe vice

c

Medium density polypropylene

b

Stock

d

Minimum density polyethylene

c

Stock and Dies

d

Deburrer

Which Building Regulation deals with joist notching?

a

Approved Document Part P

b

Approved Document Part G

c

Approved Document Part A

d

Approved Document Part F

Q5

A joist notch should have a maximum depth of...

Ans.

Ans.

a

Q4

Ans.

Ans.

Ans.

Q9

The recommended clipping distance for vertical 15mm copper is...

a

1.8m

b

1.2m

c

2.5m

d

1.6m

Q10

Which of the following plastics can be solvent welded?

a

1/ 8

a

ABS and uPVC

b

1/ 4

b

Polyethylene

c

1/ 2

c

Polythene

d

1/ 3

d

Polypropylene

Go to hip-magazine.co.uk to download exercise answers for free

Ans.

Ans.

Ans.


WE ASK TWITTER -

What's the best thing about being a plumber?

ï…´/HIPMAGAZINE


66

HIP MAGAZINE | AUTUMN ISSUE 2017 | HALL OF SHAME

HALL OF

IN ASSOCIATION WITH

f

That is one hot roo

Nobody puts

baby in the co

rner

ative

r is so altern

This radiato

When you just could n't choose which tap you liked best

They'll never cotton on...


HALL OF SHAME | AUTUMN ISSUE 2017 | HIP MAGAZINE

Here’s some shocking examples of what not to do! Whilst the vast majority of plumbers and heating installers do a great job, there are a few offenders out there who either don’t care or don’t know any better. We teamed up with our mate James from Plumberparts to showcase some of the biggest plumbing tragedies around.

This homeowner has been strung up

If a shower was a snake...

y

Such a flue-z

This boiler tried to find Narnia

This will make you stop in

your tracks

Welcome to

the jungle

If you’ve come across a dodgy installation, send your pictures to us and they could be featured on this page!

You can email us at editor@sng-publishing.co.uk A big thank you to James at Plumberparts for supplying us with so many great photos. Pop along to his website, Facebook or Twitter to see what else he’s been up to! www.plumberparts.co.uk |  @plumberparts | /plumberparts/?fref=ts

67


HIP MAGAZINE | AUTUMN ISSUE 2017 | PRODUCTS & SERVICES

PRODUCTS & SERVICES

68

NEW GUIDE TO KICK-STARTING CAREERS IN GAS

If you would like the professional plumbers of the future to know about your products or services, why not advertise in this section? It’s cost effective and your brand will reach around 10,500 plumbing students throughout the UK.

Call 0870 774 3049 for details

Logic4training has launched the ‘Ultimate Guide to Careers in Gas', a free guide to kick-starting and developing a career as a gas engineer. Aimed at anyone wanting to enter the heating sector from school leavers, apprentices and college students to career changers and those wishing to upskill from related industries, the guide provides information about the skill sets required, qualifications and training routes available, as well as the earning prospects and working environments trained installers can expect.

 logic4training.co.uk/guides/ultimate-guide-careers-gas

THE NEW SNICKERS WORKWEAR CATALOGUE

SALUS ADDS NEW SMARTPHONE THERMOSTAT TO RANGE

This 148-page catalogue has all you need to know about the world’s leading range of working clothes for professional tradesmen and women. This workwear will work hard on site all year round, whatever the working environment you’re in. The Catalogue includes Work Trousers, Work Jackets, Tool Vests Shirts, Underwear, Accessories and Tool Carriers – plus an extensive range of PPE Workwear. Complimented by Snickers Profiling and Embroidery services and the UK’s most extensive range of garment sizes, Snickers’ Workwear System delivers the ultimate solution to make every man and woman’s workday easier and safer.

Connecting to the existing router, the new thermostat enables homeowners to control their heating from wherever they may be from their Smartphone, Tablet or PC, and via the RT310i App that is available on both IOS and Android. Suitable for wall or surface mounting, the RT310i comes with a five-year warranty. Simple and speedy to install, this model also features an RF Test Function. RT310i sits alongside the RT310 digital thermostat and the RT310RF wireless thermostat which were recently launched to replace the highly successful RT300 range. All are available from SALUS’ nationwide network of merchants and distributors.

 snickersworkwear.co.uk

 salus-tech.com

THE LATEST GREEN BOOK FROM GRAHAM

FISCO TOOLS’ NEW ‘A1-PLUS’ HI-VIS TAPES

The latest Green Book from Graham Plumbers’ Merchant is available now and lists trade prices for over 11,000 products. In addition to the extensive range of heating, plumbing and bathroom products, the new book also features an extended range of both light commercial and connected homes products. New to this edition of the Green Book are electric boilers from ACV and gas boilers from Zanussi and a key part of the new Green Book is the expanded selection of smart and Internet capable products to help make a truly connected home possible.

With an EC Class II measuring accuracy, these new Hi-Vis Tapes are stamped with the Fisco brand hallmarks of quality and reliability. With a tough ABS case that has a high-impact rubber overmould, these tapes combine hardwearing reliability with ease of use. There are 3 different models, available in 5 and 8 metre lengths with 19mm and 25mm blade width variants. With a handy belt clip, a self-zeroing end-hook and a ‘positive action’ brake, these ‘A1-Plus’ Hi-Vis Tapes from Fisco will satisfy most general measuring tasks on site.

 grahamplumbersmerchant.co.uk

 hultafors.co.uk

Email press releases to editor@sng-publishing.co.uk if you would like your product or service featured in this section


PRODUCTS & SERVICES

PRODUCTS & SERVICES | AUTUMN ISSUE 2017 | HIP MAGAZINE

THE SOLID GEAR SAFETY SHOE PUTS A SPRING IN YOUR STEP

If you would like the professional plumbers of the future to know about your products or services, why not advertise in this section? It’s cost effective and your brand will reach around 10,500 plumbing students throughout the UK.

Call 0870 774 3049 for details

Endless cushioning and comfort has until now been difficult to get in safety shoes, but with Solid Gear’s Revolution Infinity it really is possible, with a ‘bounce back’ mid-sole which gives a 55% ‘energy return’ that will reduce fatigue and stress on your back, legs and feet. The shoe’s stretchable upper with Cordura is water-resistant with amazing performance when it comes to breathability, fit and flexibility. It has a non-slip sole, composite midsole and heel counter for foot stability. They also come with Solid Gear’s newly developed NANO toe-cap.  solidgearfootwear.com

SERIES MH BALANCING VALVE ASSISTS IN EFFICIENT UFH SYSTEMS

INTELLIGENT HEATING MADE SIMPLE WITH NEW DANFOSS ECOTM

Set to revolutionise balancing issues experienced in multi residential or multi room applications, the Series MH underfloor heating manifold from Watts UK will simplify hydraulic balancing and flow control in radiant heating systems, delivering energy savings and comfort for users. The manifold allows the flow rate in each circuit to remain constant. This will stop the fluctuation experienced in other manifolds where changes in demand require constant balancing of the individual loops which often consist of differences in length and diameter, giving different flow and pressures, resulting in a fluctuating unbalanced system. Series MH displays the actual flow on the flow meters integrated in the manifold.

The new Eco provides effortless heating control using the Danfoss Eco App to program individual radiator thermostats via Bluetooth technology. Offering an easy and cost-effective transition to intelligent heating for homes and small commercial premises, Eco ensures optimum comfort and potential savings of up to 30% on heating bills. In addition to the energy saving benefits for end-users, Danfoss Eco is purposedesigned to be fast and simple to install by a professional heating installer in new and replacement applications.

 wattsindustries.co.uk

 heating.danfoss.co.uk

TOOLING RANGE EXTENDED BY PEGLER YORKSHIRE

JOHNSON & STARLEY’S NEW EIGHT YEAR GUARANTEE

The XPress Press Power Tools range offers a variety of tooling to support press-fit installations from 12mm to 168.3mm and sprinkler systems. In addition, the range includes the popular combined package of AC0203 with 15-35mm jaws in a single case. The improved range of press tools provides greater performance whilst being lighter and easier to handle. Incorporating an ‘X’ symbol, visible on the pressed fitting, the range of tools provides an instant visual aid to indicate the joint has been pressed offering continual reassurance. The range includes a number of kitted options enabling complete sets of tools, jaws and slings to be ordered under just one product code.

Johnson & Starley’s established range of QuanTec condensing boilers has now been given a free eight year guarantee. This covers all parts and labour for every QuanTec model, adding a further three years of peace of mind for installers and users. QuanTec models benefit from stainless steel heat exchangers with Cool-Door technology and low NOx levels. The lightweight company design and a variety of flueing options, including the Johnson & Starley flexible flue, are also factors that appeal to installers and end users in the social housing and private residential markets.

 pegleryorkshire.co.uk

 johnsonandstarley.co.uk

Email press releases to editor@sng-publishing.co.uk if you would like your product or service featured in this section

69


BEFORE A DRIP BECOMES A FLOOD. DETECT TO TAKE CARE WITH GROHE SENSE. The new GROHE Sense monitors humidity and temperature, detects leaks and instantly alerts you. grohe.co.uk

HIP Magazine Autumn Issue 2017