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Storage Box or Shed – Which is best for my garden?

July 16th, 2014

With the rate at which everyone accumulates possessions seeming to increase exponentially, it’s fair to say that in today’s world, space is at a premium.

This is no different in the garden, as space can quickly be eaten up by large equipment (lawnmowers, hedge trimmers), garden furniture (lounge chairs, picnic tables) and sporting equipment (football nets, bikes).

One of the most obvious (and certainly most effective) fixes for a cluttered garden is to store the offending items in some form of garden storage solution.

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Patio Storage or Lawn Storage – Where do I put my Garden Shed?

July 1st, 2014

A Garden Shed is an important feature in any garden, allowing for a wide range of potential uses. Many people use their sheds for the all weather storage of outdoors tools and equipment, from lawn mowers to power saws. Other more green fingered shed owners will utilise their garden sheds for the potting of plants, and to store their various gardening tools and implements. The sky really is the limit in terms of utility; but new shed owners quickly find that their shed becomes an integral feature of their garden.

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Are you ready for National Shed Week?

June 16th, 2014

Did you know the first week of next month is National Shed Week (1st-6th July 2014)? – a time when enthusiasts and fans of everything shed-related come together and celebrate the wonders of these little huts.

Sponsored by wood care solutions company Cuprinol, National Shed Week has been running for the last eight years and has gathered quite a following. Consequently, it seems likely that this event will be continuing for some time.

However, those who are new to gardening or don’t own a shed might question the merits of such a celebration. After all, aren’t these huts just part and parcel of any house?

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Static Caravan Storage options – Sheds, Units or Undervan Boxes?

June 13th, 2014

Storage space is always a problem no matter how large your house. However, it is even more of a consideration when you own a mobile home or a static caravan, where owners consider new purchases in terms of “where will we put it?” rather than “do we really need it.”

This is especially true of more bulky items, it’s great to have a barbeque set for those long summer evenings outside, bicycles for exploring into the countryside, fishing rods to relax next to the local river or lake, outdoor chairs and tables; the list goes on – but where do you store them?

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Outdoor Storage Solutions for Schools – What are the benefits?

May 1st, 2014

Storage is a common problem for schools. With many staff and pupils all in the same place, there is always a huge amount of equipment that needs to be put somewhere. Schools are often restricted on space, so smart solutions are hard to come by and much needed. Whether it’s in the class room for children’s work or outside for the caretakers, you have to think smart for effective storage.

Storage for School Groundskeepers

For any school, keeping the grounds and sports fields in good shape and ready for any matches take a lot of time. It also usually involves some sizeable items of grounds keeping equipment as well. Kit including lawn mowers, line marking equipment and sprinkler systems are expensive and often represent a considerable investment for a school, so secure storage is a must-have. On top of that, it’s heavy and difficult to move around, so having it stored close to the areas it will be used is another essential.

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MAPPED OUT: Bicycle Theft in the UK

December 20th, 2013

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Around 20,000 bikes are reported stolen in London each year. Thieves think bicycle theft is a low-risk, high-reward crime. Take every precaution when you’re out and about and when you’re at home to ensure you are not the next victim.

Join us in combating the UK’s theft statistics of over 500,000 cycles a year*, with over half stolen from private residences**.

Trimetals offers a choice of products specifically designed for the safe, secure and convenient storage of bicycles. from standard models right up to “Official Police Approved” ProtectaCycle versions, we have the ideal solution to your bike storage problems.

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Is Your Bike Registered?

December 17th, 2013

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Registering your bicycle with a bike register costs nothing and takes very little time.

A registered bike is a less attractive bike to steal : Displaying a sticker that your bike has been registered is a big deterrent to a bike thief. Particularly, when there is a line of other bikes that a thief could go after that are not registered.

A registered bike can be recovered more easily if stolen : The police check bicycle registers when they recover stolen bikes in order to find their legitimate owner. By registering your bike you create a simple and straightforward link between you and your bike that makes it far easier for the police to return your stolen bike to you.

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Keep Your Bike Safe and Sound at Home: Part 5 – In a Metal Store

December 10th, 2013

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Bike stores are a step up from sheds in security terms. They’re made of galvanised steel, which won’t rot like wood, and they can be bolted to the ground. If they don’t have an integral lock, there will be mounting points for padlocks. And you can add bike locks and sometimes floor anchors

Since you lift the bike in from outside, bunkers are smaller than sheds that you stand in.

Trimetals manufacturer a range of Bicycle Stores to suit your needs, from secure (the Bicycle Store) to ultra secure (the ProtectaCycle Professional). Each with the height and width to accommodate all types of mountain or racing bike and, depending on the design of the cycles, can accommodate up to three,

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Keep Your Bike Safe and Sound at Home: Part 4 – In The House

December 3rd, 2013

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You don’t need to worry about a lock if your store you bike in your house or flat, since it will be behind a locked door already – which is good enough for insurance policies. You do need to consider that your bike might drip oil or dirty water, tear wallpaper, or simply get in the way.

If you have an understanding partner and a spare room, your bike(s) could go there. Maybe that could be your workshop too! It’s easiest if this room is on the ground floor and close to the front or back door, but a cellar is a good alternative.

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Keep Your Bike Safe and Sound at Home: Part 3 – In The Garage

November 26th, 2013

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Forget parking the car inside: a garage is ideal as a bicycle workshop and storeroom! Leaning your bike – or bikes – against the wall isn’t the best use of space, however.

The cheapest option to get the bike out of the way is to use hooks. You can hang the bike vertically by its front wheel, with both wheels resting against the wall, or horizontally, using two hooks to hold the top tube.

DIY options include big plastic-coated hooks from hardware stores (for vertical hanging) or big shelf brackets wrapped in old innertube (for horizontal hanging). But dedicated bike hooks aren’t expensive, will likely be sturdier, and will look better. It’s worth adding a wall anchor and lock for peace of mind. Up-and-over garage doors aren’t exactly Fort Knox.

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