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Monthly Archives: September 2014

  • Our network

    Listed below are the other websites and point of sales within our on-line network. Some of then contain additional product specific information and some contain products that can only be purchased from those sites (notably RainCatcher has a large range of rainwater harvesting tanks and accessories).



    RainCatcher
    rc
    RainCatcher is our sister company selling rainwater harvesting tanks, pumps, filters and accessories. For the best in water recycling then look no further.


    Speidel
    speidel
    Speidel.co.uk is our informative website for Speidel rainwater harvesting tanks of which RainCatcher is the UK's exclusive supplier. For a chance to learn more about and potentially become a distributor of these incredibly high quality tanks then visit here.


    Ebay
    ebay
    Our Ebay store sells most of our usual products with the occasional discounted listing or two!


    Amazon
    amazon
    This is our Amazon store front so if you are a regular amazon user it is even easier to stock up on grids.
  • EPDM rubber surfacing and Ecogrid

    Ecogrid is proud to announce our new EPDM surfacing.

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  • If a leaf falls on a green roof, why don’t leaves fall on green rooves?

    What Are Green Roofs?

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  • EPL- Ecogrid plastic lumber

    Features and Benefits on EPL-Ecogrid plastic lumber Recycled Plastic

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  • Geotextile Membrane FAQ

    A Guide to Geotextile Membranes

    Introduction

    Geotextile Membranes can vary greatly, from colour, size, weight, material, porosity; the list is nearly endless. By reading through this brief guide we hope you will have a greater understanding of the membrane you need.

    Types of Geotextile Membrane

    There are two main types of geotextile: permeable and impermeable. The former will allow water to pass through whereas the latter will prevent it. Permeable membranes are then divided into woven and non-woven: woven membranes are designed for reinforcement and stabilisation, whereas non-wovens are primarily for filtration and separation.

    Choosing the Correct Membrane

    If you don’t want water to pass through your geotextile then you want an impermeable membrane .The most common we supply is ComLiner2000 Geomembrane, ideal for applications such as attenuation tanks, green roofs and general non-permeable use. There are also more specialised options such as gas barriers, self-adhesive membranes and fire-proof membranes and pond liners.

    Alternatively, if the geotextile needs to be porous you will require a woven membrane or non-woven fleece.

    • The standard woven we supply is called Fastrack G90, typically designed for stabilisation and reinforcement. It is used for manège base layers, wrapping drainage, ground reinforcement, erosion control and more.
    • Our most popular geotextile is Multitrack NW8. This is ideal for filtration and separation installations in road construction, soakaways and attenuation tanks, weed prevention, use with EcoGrid and more.

    Amongst these geotextiles, we also offer high visibility options, contamination warning membranes and higher grades of geotextile for more testing installations. We offer manège packages with joining tape and geotextile membrane for all standards.

    We can offer bespoke geotextiles for specific weight loadings, size and suchlike. We also offer cutting services for the standard geotextiles described above. Please contact us for any queries. Some examples include black non-woven membrane for pond liners, green warning membrane and orange hi-vis geotextile.

    Q. I’m constructing a horse ménage, which geotextile membrane should I use? A. We offer horse ménage packages on our website which include both Fastrack G90 and Multitrack NW8. The Fastrack provides your drainage layer below the aggregate, and can also be used for wrapping land drain. The Multitrack is laid between your top finish and aggregate, preventing the layers from mixing. The NW8 is ideal for private, domestic riding arenas, but for more commercial or frequently used locations we offer other variations such as 200gsm, 300gsm and 650gsm.

     

    Q. Is there a geotextile that will prevent weed growth but still allow my turf to grow? A. Yes, the most suitable solution is a non-woven geotextile as it’s a tough, thermally bonded fleece. A woven membrane is a    plastic mesh and can allow stronger plants to grow through it.

    Q. Lots of companies recommend glue for joining geotextiles, do you supply this? A. We do not supply the glue because it isn’t cost effective and the jointing tapes are highly effective. We also offer barbed pegs or extra reinforcement if necessary.

    Q. Which jointing tape should I use with my geotextile? A. Generally, we recommend the Single-Sided Cloth Tape for permeable membranes and have done for several years without issue. We use Double-Sided Butyl Tape for non-permeable. However, when there will be a large number of overlaps Double-Sided is more suitable.

    Our highest priority is the innovation and development of new and existing products with a continued dedication to the highest standards of quality and customer service. With an ever increasing focus on environmental issues, our Research & Development Team support the launch of a growing number of new products to the industry with many products independently certified to British, European and International standards.

    Alongside our standard product portfolio we have the capability and capacity to create bespoke, individual products as well as component parts. If you are interested in this service please contact one of our sales team to discuss your requirements. We also have the facilities to carry out product development and testing on your behalf. Costs for this may be applicable, but could be waived if manufactured by us and the item is purchased.

    Delivery lead times for stock items are 3 to 5 working days and we offer a 1 to 2 working days express option.

    Follow us on Twitter via @EcoGridLtd. For any enquiries contact sales@ecogrid.co.uk or call 0151 639 4281.

  • Manhole Covers FAQ

    A Guide to Manhole Covers

    Introduction

    Manhole (or inspection) covers can be found everywhere you go every day, from roads to warehouses, swimming pools to local parks, patios to restaurant kitchens, gardens and driveways. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, weights and applications. This guide will provide a quick, simple explanation of manhole covers and how you can determine which one is required for the job.

    Types of Manhole Cover

    Manhole covers are generally split into three main categories:

    • Recessed
    • Solid Top (Flush)
    • Cast & Ductile Iron

    Recessed covers have an inset tray which is used where tiling, block paving or any type of infill is required, leaving only a few millimetres of the frame visible.

    Flush (or solid top) covers have fitted flush with the ground and the entire product is visible when installed.

    Cast and ductile iron covers are the same as flush covers, but there is also a sub-category of gully gratings. An example of these would be your typical kerbside grating.

    Choosing the Correct Manhole Cover

    1. Measuring the Correct Size

    The most common mistakes made with manhole covers come with the measurements. Within the entire industry, manhole covers are measured based on their clear opening size. This is the aperture size that is left when the cover is removed from the frame, as shown in the diagram below:

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    The clear opening size is equivalent to the size of your chamber. It is not uncommon for people to measure the overall size of an existing manhole cover, but we strongly advise against this as manhole covers can have the same clear opening and different overall sizes.

    It is also important to know the total cover or internal tray depth, depending upon the type of manhole cover you require.

    Q. Can I fit a square manhole cover into a round chamber?

    A. Yes, there are a select few manhole covers which are square-to-round, meaning they will fit square or round chambers. These covers are the T1G3, CLKS 450SR/46SL, CLKS 450SR and 300SR.

    Q. I have a heavy traffic manhole cover but it has been broken by a forklift, why?

    A. Forklifts have solid wheels which apply pressure differently to standard pneumatics and therefore covers must be specially adapted to suit this.

    Q. I installed a recessed manhole cover in my garden, filled it with grass but it’s just dying; what can I do?

    A. We produce bespoke GrassTops which feature drainage holes and geotextile membranes, allowing the water to drain through and your grass to grow. These are also suitable for other infill materials such as chippings, gravel and suchlike.

    Q. I’ve measured my clear opening size but none of your covers match it, can you offer anything?

    A. It’s likely that your cover is quite old and in imperial measurements which are no longer manufactured. However, we can offer bespoke solutions with manhole covers made to the specification you require.

    Q. The project I’m working on requires a manhole cover with a quality finish, what’s available?

    A. Naturally, galvanised steel of black polypropylene aren’t always ideal, and so we offer brass or stainless steel edging, as well as complete stainless steel covers.

    Q. Odours are coming through where I have installed my manhole cover, why?

    A. Your cover must be sealed and locked, or neoprene sealed, so you would require a T-Range Cover, or if you require a solid top, a selection of the PC range (e.g. PC2BG3, PC6CG3, not PC2BG) are suitable.

    Q. I need access through my manhole cover on a regular basis, is this possible?

    A. Yes, the majority of covers have built-in lifting keys, and for those that don’t we also supply lifting keys. However, the best way to obtain easy access is to have a bespoke, hinged manhole cover. We also offer spring and gas assisted lifting.

    Our highest priority is the innovation and development of new and existing products with a continued dedication to the highest standards of quality and customer service. With an ever increasing focus on environmental issues, our Research & Development Team support the launch of a growing number of new products to the industry with many products independently certified to British, European and International standards.

    Alongside our standard product portfolio we have the capability and capacity to create bespoke, individual products as well as component parts. If you are interested in this service please contact one of our sales team to discuss your requirements. We also have the facilities to carry out product development and testing on your behalf. Costs for this may be applicable, but could be waived if manufactured by us and the item is purchased.

    Delivery lead times for stock items are 3 to 5 working days and we offer a 1 to 2 working days express option.

    Follow us on Twitter via @EcoGridLtd. For any enquiries contact sales@ecogrid.co.uk or call 0151 639 4281.

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