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Preventing your Motorcycle Being Stolen

March 29, 2018

What’s really hard? Getting your pride and joy (motorbike) stolen.

What’s really easy? Making sure your motorbike is more secure and better protected.

You must also appreciate that security is based on a number of factors, so for example, just simply investing in a new disc lock is definitely a start, but not the answer.

But don’t worry, this article gives a good overview of the strategies you can employ:

Layers of security

Should a professional and skilled thief desire your motorbike, there’s nothing you can do to prevent him from taking it. There’s no chain or cable that can’t be snipped, no alarm that can’t be beaten and no garage door that can’t be sprung. However, what you can do is make your bike as difficult and time consuming as possible to steal, meaning a thief is considerably less likely to bother when easier targets are available. [read more...]


Mobile and Static Caravan Storage Options –Storage Units, Sheds or Undervan Boxes?

February 9, 2018

You can never have enough storage space, the more you have the more you will purchase to fill it.

Garages, outbuildings, lofts, basements and cupboards all fill up quickly, but what if you live in a mobile home or own one for holiday use and weekends away.

If storage space is a problem in a house then image the fine tuning needed to manage storage when space is really at a premium.

Where do you store 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. [read more...]


Gas Cylinder Storage (LPG) – Safety, Security and Convenience.

Although there are various ways to store gas cylinders, or gas bottles (propane and butane), this article focusses on enclosed storage, used predominantly by mobile / static home parks, catering outlets and general industrial use.

The storage of LPG gas cylinders within an external housing (to prevent theft, tampering or simply for aesthetic reasons) – raises a number of significant and key considerations.

Understandably, the various materials used to manufacture any storage product of this type must be certified fire resistant; therefore wood or plastic stores are not permitted. [read more...]


5 Best Gardening TV Shows

Gardening shows on TV are as popular as ever, the main runners, such as Gardeners World, Love Your Garden and The Great British Garden Revival are still blooming, and new shoots, such as the The Instant Gardener have proved that the public are still greatly interested in watching and learning how to maintain, design and create more interesting gardens.

The choice of gardening programmes has vastly increased with shows popping up on Sky and on the internet, and when you consider that you can now watch shows from other countries too on Youtube, such as those from the USA, Canada and Australia, it all adds up to an incredible selection. [read more...]


Troll Trouble – Adventures of Sir Tristan Trimetals

January 10, 2018

In this episode Bernard the Dragon employs the services of two dopey trolls to steal Sir Tristan’s shed.

Pretending to be maintenance men their plan soon backfires as they do not realise that the shed requires no upkeep and is guaranteed for 25 years.

It therefore does not take long for the castle residents to see through the evil plan and the trolls are rumbled.

A few years in the dark, damp dungeon awaits them; but maybe they would prefer that to reporting their failure back to Bernard.

Trimetals – 25 Year Guarantee and no maintenance. [read more...]


How to store logs outside

December 7, 2017

In the cold winter months, your fire or log burner will require a ready supply of quality, dry (seasoned) logs to work effectively. In this article we consider the best options for storing your logs outside in a practical, convenient and safe way that will keep them dry all winter long.

1.Stack Logs Neatly

Seasoned logs are traditionally stacked neatly, close to (not touching) a wall or fence, it is important to be quite precise as tight stacking will ensure that only the top layer will get damp if it rains.

2. Consider Location Carefully

Think about the location, if the prevailing winds usually blow rain in a certain direction then place the logs in an area that it as sheltered as possible; remember to always place them on a flat and stable surface. [read more...]


How to get your shed ready for winter

November 24, 2017

With winter just round the corner it is a good time to make sure that both it, and its contents, are prepared.

Hopefully the following hints and tips will help you.

Wooden Sheds

  1. Ensure that you have treated your shed with a good quality wood preserver or paint.
  2. Check for any loose woodwork, especially around the roof and replace or repair as necessary.
  3. Ensure the roofing felt is sound, free of tears and well attached; if not then high winds will just rip this off.
  4. Check for any cracks or holes and use a good quality wood filler to rectify, this will keep your shed dry and also deter any unwanted visitors, such as mice or rats, making your shed their winter home.
  5. If you have any windows, check the seal around them and repair with exterior silicone sealant if required.
  6. Remove any leaves and twigs from gutters.
  7. Oil hinges and any locks including padlocks.

Metal Sheds

  1. Most premium metal sheds are maintenance free so require no treatment but a quick wash down with mild warm soapy water will remove any dirt.
  2. Check the tightness of fixings, especially on the roof, as these can rattle loose on cheaper sheds – you will find more expensive sheds use locking nuts that will prevent this.
  3. Ensure gutters are clear from twigs and leaves.
  4. Lubricate hinges, locking mechanisms and padlocks.

In general, metal sheds are much easier to take care of and last many times longer than a wooden shed – some offer a 25 year guarantee. www.trimetals.co.uk

Winter Garden Equipment

Winter is an ideal time to have a shed sort out and discard any items you do not require anymore.

Clean off any tools and use a small amount of lubrication on moving parts which will help protect them. [read more...]


Fit for a Queen – Adventures of Sir Tristan Trimetals

November 7, 2017

In his latest adventure, Sir Tristan receives an invitation from the Queen to visit the palace with his armoured shed.

Bernard the Dragon has other ideas and warns the creatures of Doomwood and Splutter Swamp that Sir Tristan will be venturing through.

Despite Bernard’s usual threats, the monsters are not able to stop or damage the shed; even a last gasp of fiery breath from the dragon has no effect.

The Queen is delighted that the shed has arrived unscathed and awards it with the Royal Seal for Design, Ingenuity and Quality. [read more...]


The Test of Time – Adventures of Sir Tristan Trimetals

October 19, 2017

In this adventure Bernard the dragon thinks time is on his side when he meets with Mongo, the time travelling Wizard.

Unfortunately, Bernard’s latest evil scheme backfires as the Wizard finds Sir Tristan’s shed in perfect condition when he pays it a visit 25 years in the future.

Not wishing to tell the short tempered dragon of his worrying news he sensibly transports himself again, out of harm’s way.

As always, Sir Tristan gets the last laugh.


Spell of Bad Weather – Adventures of Sir Tristan Trimetals

September 11, 2017

The land of Tristan Trimetals has numerous evil inhabitants and many witches who all tend to dress in a similar fashion; in fact it is sometimes hard to tell which witch is which.

Everybody knows that Rusty is a particularly nasty witch who specialises in making the life of peasants unpleasant by casting her foul weather spells causing rain, wind and thunder storms.

Bernard the dragon uses her services from time to time and hatches a plan to destroy Tristan’s shed with the help of Rusty’s mischievous magic. [read more...]


Goblin Proof Your Shed – Adventures of Sir Tristan Trimetals

July 21, 2017

One of the many troubles with goblins is their tendency to take anything that isn’t nailed down.

More intelligent creatures often use them to break into property and steal treasures.

Unfortunately for our two goblin thieves, Stickyfinger and Stump, Tristan’s armour plated shed proves too much for them.

Goblin proof your shed – Trimetals has the answer.


Dragon Proof Your Shed – Adventures of Sir Tristan Trimetals

June 16, 2017

The first instalment of Ye Olde Adventures of Sir Tristan Trimetals, in which he uses his ingenuity to overcome the fiery fiend which is Burnard the Dragon.

A cautionary tale about the perils of using wooden or plastic sheds and the benefits of a solid metal shed which is both fire-resistant and above all Dragon Proof.  

With special thanks to the brilliant Steve Beckett – regular cartoon illustrator for the Beano, Dandy and many others.


Ye Olde Adventures of Sir Tristan Trimetals

June 14, 2017

Trimetals are proud to present:

YE OLDE ADVENTURES OF SIR TRISTAN TRIMETALS

Although the modern day Trimetals was founded in 1967 it now appears that our medieval ancestors also had ideas about metal sheds.

Recent excavation work in the tunnels under the Trimetals factory have revealed ancient manuscripts, now translated they tell the story of chivalry, heroism, dragons and, of course, metal sheds.

Believed to be written by none other than Sir Tristan Trimetals himself, it tells his legendary story about the ongoing battle against the evil beings who seek to wreak havoc on him and his shed. [read more...]


Getting your shed ready for the spring and summer

May 12, 2017

Spring is here, so it’s time to get outside and enjoy your garden, its many people’s favourite time of year.

It is also the ideal time to clean and organise your garden shed, this will ensure all your tools are accessible when you want them, it will also reduce the need for stepping over tools and searching for items when they are required.

Woman watering plant in front of a garden storage system Trimetals

A metal shed is ideal, they are secure and require no maintenance: www.trimetals.co.uk

Clean

Pick a dry day and remove everything from the shed; although this may seem excessive it will allow you to thoroughly clean the interior and also throw away any items that are no longer required or need to be replaced. [read more...]


Getting your motorbike ready for spring and beyond.

Before your first ride of the year make sure that your bike is running smoothly and safely.

Remember that you may not have used your bike for months, you will be out of practice and there may be something you have overlooked when checking your bike – so please ride very carefully on your first outing. 

Unless you brave all weathers (and the salt gritter) over the winter and autumn it’s now time to get it out of storage and ready to ride.

Firstly make sure your insurance, tax and MOT are up to date before even considering getting on your motorbike, it’s easy to forget these after a winter break. [read more...]


Getting your bicycle ready for spring and beyond.

Before your first ride of the year make sure that your bike is running smoothly and safely.

Unless you brave all weathers over the winter and autumn on your cycle it’s now time to get it out of storage and ready to ride.

A woman open a protect a cycle storage system - Trimetals

A great place to store your bike over winter – www.protectacycle.co.uk

Whilst fairly straightforward to check over yourself it is always sensible to get a local cycle shop to give it a once over if you are still unsure about anything.

Many shops now offer a checking service and will make any necessary adjustments to cables, brakes, chain and gears as well as give further advice if more work is necessary; this will typically cost around £50 but is money well spent. [read more...]


Tell higher insurance premiums “on your bike!”

February 21, 2017

With motoring insurance premiums reportedly hitting an all time high, it pays to think about ways you can help keep yours in check and many of us often overlook the benefits of focusing on secure motorcycle storage.

Telling your insurer that your two-wheeled pride and joy spends its down-time in secure storage can make a tangible difference to your premium, especially when it’s in the form of the specially designed Protect a BikeTM from Trimetals. Protect a BikeTM is a unique metal motorcycle garage that offers significant benefits over other anti-theft devices for motorcycles and scooters.  Combining convenience with security, it keeps your motorcycle completely enclosed and out of sight – safe and protected from the elements – and once assembled is maintenance-free and fire resistant. [read more...]


Spring is coming but does it have to mean a shed-load of work?

With spring just around the corner, there is a wealth of jobs waiting for you in the garden but could some be minimised or even avoided all together so you are free to focus on the things you find more enjoyable about bringing your outdoor space back to its former glory after the gloomy winter months?

Some jobs are just basic facts of life when it comes to the arrival of spring in our gardens.  There’s the cleaning of patios and decks to remove the grime, mildew and algae that sneak up in damp conditions; the greenhouse clean-up to get it sparkling like new; and the first cut of the lawn when weather permits. [read more...]


How can a rectangular static caravan look ship-shape?

When it’s a mobile home using strong, secure metal storage to keep all your leisure equipment safe and tidy.

With spring just around the corner, thoughts are turning to the holiday season and making the most of our long weekends, short breaks and longer escapes – especially if you have a mobile home and plan to get the most enjoyment from it that you can.

Alongside holidays comes a wealth of leisure equipment, toys and games but it can be a challenge to keep that all secure and dry without cluttering up your inside haven with such things as barbecues, bikes, toys, tennis rackets, inflatables and fishing gear. [read more...]


Who Can You Trust When it Comes to Online Reviews?

January 13, 2017

When you wish to know more about a company’s products or service level it is common to go straight to the internet.

Whilst we trust professional independent companies such as Which? we also spend considerable time reading past customer reviews.

However, it’s now thought over 25% of online reviews are fake and indeed some companies even offer incentives to their customers to leave positive reviews; so how can you be confident that you’re buying the right product from a reliable source?

Trimetals have chosen an independent company (Feefo) to collect our customer’s feedback. [read more...]


Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant presents Queen’s Award

January 4, 2017

December has seen a ‘right royal’ celebration of Trimetals winning the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.

Following the announcement of the prestigious award earlier this year, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset, Angus Campbell, has recently visited Trimetals Limited to make a formal presentation in recognition of the company’s significant and sustained growth in global markets.

Representing the Crown, the Lord-Lieutenant took a tour of the factory, meeting the company’s staff and learning about the wide range of products that has brought international success for the specialist metal storage manufacturer. [read more...]


Winner of the Family Business Award (Dorset Business Awards 2016)

December 15, 2016

Dorset Business Award Winners 2016

Pictured; all 11 winners at the Dorset Business Awards 2016 and Debra Stevenson.

Trimetals are delighted to have been named winner of the Family Business Award at the Dorset Business Awards 2016.

Organised by Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry and also supported by Wave 105, the Dorset Business Awards have become the largest of its type in the county. The Awards evening was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate all that is great about Dorset and recognise the achievements of some of its leading businesses, both large and small, that are doing outstanding work. Winners were announced at the gala dinner awards ceremony held at the BIC on the 24th November 2016. [read more...]


Swimming Pool Equipment Storage

December 7, 2016

For both convenience and safety it is important to have secure storage for all your pool equipment.

Lockers, containers, boxes, trunks are all terms used when describing storage solutions which are typically placed at the side of a swimming pool for easy access.

Although most feature a similar appearance there are important choices to be made regarding size, colour and most importantly construction material.

Remember that many of these stores can also double as seating or benching so having the largest size you can sensibly fit into your designated space is important as they can be utilised as handy chairs or tables for poolside snacks. [read more...]


Garden Furniture – Winter Storage Ideas

With Autumn already here and Winter closing in by the day it is time to seriously consider how to protect and store your garden furniture over the approaching dark cold and wet months.

Maybe you have purchased a nice new table and chairs for the patio this season complete with parasol, a further skip full of garden toys for the children or that new barbecue that you simply had to have.

But you just didn’t give enough thought and consideration as to where it will kept when it’s too cold to sit outside, did you? [read more...]


Choosing The Right Bicycle Storage Solution For You

Bicycles are great; fun to ride whilst keeping you fit and healthy, all in the great outdoors – what’s not to like?

Well nothing really but unfortunately you cannot be cycling all the time unless you are Bradley Wiggins, but even he probably stops for a quick cup of tea and a sandwich every now and then.

So the problem of bicycle storage then arises, where to put your precious bike when it’s not being used, and like cycles themselves there are many options available at all price points.

Storage Solutions and Ideas

To start with you need to consider how much you wish to spend, if you only have an old rusty boneshaker then a premium top of the range metal cycle store is probably not a consideration, however if you have just purchased an expensive new mountain bike, hybrid or racer then secure storage is a priority, especially over the winter months when you may not be using your bike as often. [read more...]


Tips for storing logs during the winter

October 21, 2016

It’s that time of year again where it’s time to start planning for the winter.

So, after a long, wet winter last year, it’s more important than ever to get stocked up and make sure you have enough logs to take you through winter.

How much firewood do you need?

This is the most difficult question to answer and depends on so many factors such as the size of your house and the use of the wood but advisement suggests working on about 3 – 4 m3 per annum. That’s based on using it most evenings and weekends from October to April. [read more...]


Where’s best to keep your bike?

July 11, 2016

Cycling has enjoyed something of a renaissance recently, with a growing number of people across the world opting for pedal power over other methods of transportation. It’s not difficult to see why, either. As the population rises, roads get busier; the costs of driving and using public transport are growing too.

In a bike, you have a means of getting from A to B cheaply and quickly without impacting the environment. Throw easy exercise into the mix and it’s a no-brainer! When you’ve spent big on some new wheels, though, you’ll want to keep it safe at all times. That means thinking carefully about where you store it. [read more...]


How to make the most of your garden shed this summer

June 23, 2016

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Come rain or shine, us Brits are always determined to spend as much time outdoors as possible during the summer. After all, it’s the only time of year we get to bring out the barbecue, don the short shorts and work on that tan.

It stands to reason, then, that if you have a shed you’re currently not making much use of, you’re probably thinking of giving it a bit of a revamp. Sheds aren’t just somewhere to store the bikes and garden tools; with a bit of hard work they can become amazing spaces. [read more...]


Export success wins Queen’s Award for Trimetals

April 29, 2016

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Trimetals Managing Director Garry Smith with the Dorset based company’s top selling Bicycle Store product. “Pedalling” their wares overseas with significant success has just won Trimetals the Queen’s Award for International Trade.

The impressive export achievements of Trimetals have been recognised in this year’s Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.

The Dorset based specialist metal storage manufacturer receives the prestigious Queen’s Award for International Trade having demonstrated significant and sustained growth in global markets.

Already Europe’s leading manufacturer of quality metal garden storage buildings, Trimetals has focussed on worldwide expansion to deliver international sales growth averaging 33% per annum and totalling 283% over the last six years. Overseas trade now accounts for 18% of the company’s revenue. [read more...]


How to protect your bike

January 5, 2016

Did you know that nearly 400,000 bicycles are stolen every year in the UK? That means that once every 90 seconds, a bike is taken from an unsecured shed, a front garden or from a public location.
There is no ‘might’ about it – if you don’t properly secure your bike, it will get stolen sooner or later. Here is what you can do to deter the thieves and stop your bike from becoming an easy target.

steel-bike-lock

Buy a decent lock (or two)

The key thing to remember about any thief is that they need to work quickly. They want to get in and get out fast, as it reduces the chance of them being caught. A weak, cheap padlock will break within seconds; if you invest in a stronger lock, though, it will take them much longer to remove it from your bike. This will make them more likely to abandon your bike and try another. [read more...]