Stressline CPD

Stressline undertake CPD tour

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Stressline has embarked on a nationwide tour to deliver our ‘Lintel Intel’ CDP programme to specifiers. The seminar is designed for architects, engineers and specifiers in general and goes through some basic elements of lintel understanding and selection, as well as some hints, tips and advice for those specifying and installing lintels. This year we are investing more in sharing …

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Got a question on lintels? Follow this advice

Andrew ALL, Concrete Lintels, Specification, Steel Lintels Leave a Comment

We get asked all sorts of questions about our lintels, often about what lintels are used in certain circumstances and what loads our lintels can take and how we calculate the loads of the lintels. A lot of the time we can answer your questions but we also need further information to help as well. Here are four basic questions …

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Lintel application: A builder’s guide

Andrew ALL, Concrete Lintels, Specification, Steel Lintels 2 Comments

Our builder’s guide to lintel application comes off the back of some very popular blog posts. Here we want to help those of you in the trade understand a little more about how our lintels can be and are used. The basic application is simple enough, but there is more to consider than you might think. Concrete and steel lintels …

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Thermal bridge reduction: Is it that important?

Andrew ALL, Flooring, Specification Leave a Comment

In this day and age thermal efficiency, energy conservation and environmental impact are big concerns for British industry. No more so than the construction industry, but how high up the priority list are they? In house building, thermal bridge reduction is a wide issue but with the housing crisis being made even more apparent by the collapse of Carillion, surely …

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Lintel loading method: Overview of BS 5977

Andrew ALL, Concrete Lintels, Specification, Steel Lintels 2 Comments

This post is an overview of the British standard BS 5977-1:1981 which looks specifically at the method for assessment of load for lintels. This applies to both steel lintels and prestressed concrete lintels. It is an intrinsic part of understanding how our products are used within construction under current legislation. This standard applies to lintels up to the length of …

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Beam and block load span tables

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Deciphering beam and block load span tables can be an arduous process sometimes. Here we look at the range of tables and information available within our flooring brochure, and how these tables can be applied to your project. We should say from the start that these beam and block load span tables are given as a guide only, and allowances …

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Steel vs concrete lintels: What is the difference?

Andrew ALL, Concrete Lintels, Specification, Steel Lintels Leave a Comment

You may think this is a silly question, but dig a little deeper and we can examine more than the obvious material differences. There are many reasons to specify a steel lintel but here we can look at why they may be favoured by the construction industry, and what use concrete lintels have in modern housebuilding. Strength to weight ratio One …

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Multi-product specification: 5 advantages for specifiers

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First, let us establish what we mean by multi-product specification. In this sense, I am talking about specifying multiple products from a single supplier. In the world of procurement, it is acknowledged that getting a number of quotes for products and services can help find what you need. With specification, this could also be said, but there is an argument …

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Lintel application: A specifier’s guide

Andrew ALL, Concrete Lintels, Specification, Steel Lintels Leave a Comment

A lintel is a lintel is a lintel right? Well not quite. Yes, the job of the lintel is pretty straight forward in that it has to bear a load, but not all lintels are the same, and there are many different types of lintels designed to do different things. From a specification point of view, there is a multitude …