The Hireman (London) Ltd News Blog

  • DIY SOS

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    In June’s episode of the BBC’s DIY SOS, the team built a new home for the Ratcliffe family on the Isle of Sheppey - a DIY SOS first! The Hireman donated a range of equipment to help with a life-changing transformation of their home.

     

    If you saw the programme, you will know that the Ratcliffes are an amazing family. Garry and Kyle have four adopted children, each with very complex and life-limiting medical conditions.

     

    Their existing house was no longer suitable and desperately needed serious work but with four children with complex needs, not only could they not afford the renovations, but the time it would take would have a serious impact on the family. This is where the DIY SOS Big Build team came in.

     

    To read the full blog on our experiences of a very moving day, click here.

  • DIY SOS: The Big Build

    In June’s episode of the BBC’s DIY SOS, the team built a new home for the Ratcliffe family on the Isle of Sheppey - a DIY SOS first! The Hireman donated a range of equipment to help with a life-changing transformation of their home.

    If you saw the programme, you will know that the Ratcliffes are an amazing family. Garry and Kyle have four adopted children, each with very complex and life-limiting medical conditions. Their existing house was a cramped three-bedroom bungalow with one bathroom. Initially when they adopted Hayden and Curtis this was manageable but they were then asked to temporarily foster Isobella and Phoebe. When Garry and Kyle learnt that the sisters were to be separated, with Phoebe likely to be adopted and Isobella left in care, they couldn’t bear the thought and decided to adopt both girls to keep them together.

    The existing house was no longer suitable and desperately needed serious work but with four children with complex needs, not only could the family not afford the renovations, but the time it would take would have a serious impact on the family. This is where the DIY SOS Big Build team came in.

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    The job in hand was no small task as the plan was to demolish the Ratcliffe’s existing house and then build a home from scratch in just nine days. On meeting with the DIY SOS team, I was immediately convinced this was something we would want to help with. We agreed a list of equipment that would be needed, coordinated our deliveries with their team and left the build in the hands of the committed tradesmen and ‘purple shirts’.

    However, things change quickly in TV land! The initial equipment list was soon out of the window and a much larger list of equipment was requested. With all due credit, our depots reacted swiftly sourcing the requirements and dispatched everything on time.

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    The day of the Big Reveal arrived and I travelled down to the Isle of Sheppey to be part of the ‘big reveal’. This was quite exciting as on my first visit the house had already been demolished, but now there stood an impressive modern home - and this had all happened in the space of just over a week! Along with 200+ other trades people, I waited in a ‘glamorous’ field up the road from the Ratcliffe’s new home while the DIY SOS team filmed the family's reaction to first entering the house and being given a tour of their new home. Some of the ‘purple shirts’ were on hand to keep the crowd entertained while signing autographs and posing for photos. The final aspect of the filming is the part where the family meet the builders, and it's true to say that the emotion you see on TV is genuine and there is a real sense of community spirit and a proud sense of achievement from the tradesmen and suppliers.

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    Nick Knowles made a poignant comment to the gathered volunteers which wasn’t televised: TV often shows the worst of the building industry through programmes like Rogue Traders and Cowboy Builders, meaning a few bad apples shape the public perception of our industry. Programmes like DIY SOS show how amazing the building industry is, when companies come together from across the country to work 20 hours a day, provide equipment, supplies and materials, all for free, to benefit a family that really needs the support. It does make you proud to be part of an industry that is capable of such goodwill and camaraderie, and we are proud to have done our bit to help the Ratcliffes.

    To watch the episode on iPlayer, click here.

  • Hire Fleet Additions

    21555 smallOver the last few weeks we've added some new products to our hire fleet in response to customer demand. We're always looking for ways to improve our service and these provide even more options for our customers to get their job done.

     

    Our most notable new additions are:

     

    8m Roofing Hoist - Can be set up in four minutes, and loads up to 1000 tiles onto a roof in just 25 minutes.

     

    1-Man Mobile Tower - Available in four different working heights; 3.1, 4.1, 5.1 and 6.1m. The base unit forms into a trolley for easy transportation.

     

    140bar/2000psi Mini-Bowser Pressure Washer - Comes with a 125L integrated water tank. A small footprint makes this washer great for areas with narrow access.

     

    For more information about each product, just click the links above.

     

    In addition, if you're setting up a new site around London, get in touch and we'll send you a complimentary Site Survival Kit. Find out more about these and how to get one here.

  • Spring Cleaning

     

    Now that the clocks have gone forward and spring is with us, it's time to start thinking about your spring cleaning. Whether it's your home, office or work site that needs sprucing up we can help.

     

    We have a range of pressure washers available, including the powerful, 940L Bowser Washer which is a reliable, robust means of washing down and cleaning site equipment.

     

    Also available is floor care equipment like a dual action floor scrubber/polisher, which allows you to scrub floors, remove staining and then polish to a high finish with a selection of brushes and pads.

     

    Or finally there's vacuum cleaners like trusty Henry to quickly and easily tidy up your home, office or work site.

     

  • PASMA Training Discounts - March Madness!

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    We have recently restructured our training department and to celebrate the launch of our new Training Website we are offering discounts on PASMA training courses during the whole of March 2017:

     

    Group bookings of 4 delegates are just £400, a saving of £80, using the code PASMA4

     

    Group bookings of 8 delegates are just £700, a saving of £180, using the code PASMA8

     

    Group bookings of 12 delegates are just £1000, a saving of £140, using the code PASMA12

     

    All PASMA certificates are valid for up to 5 years.

     

    For further information or to book a course call 020 7232 5640 or visit our PASMA training page.

     

    Our specialised training centre is based at our central London depot, just off the Old Kent Road. Our certified PASMA training centre allows delegates to learn the theory in the classroom then apply their new knowledge to building a tower, this can even be done inside should the weather be inclement.

    Booking

    You can reserve a place online by selecting one of our predefined courses, or if you require a date that is not available online please call or email your requirements and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.
    Call - 020 7232 5640
    Email - training@thehireman.co.uk

  • Access Towers

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    With Valentine's Day approaching, here at The Hireman we want to show our love and appreciation for one of our most popular products: the trusty access tower.

     

    Whether your job is inside, outside, high or low level, in an awkward spot or a high-risk zone, we've got something for you.

     

    Amongst our most popular towers are the Pecolift manual access platform, the 3T aluminium tower, a non-conductive GRP tower and the stairwell tower.

     

    There are many more options available, the full range of which you can find here.

  • It's Cold Outside! Heat Up with The Hireman

     

    Happy New Year to all our customers. 2017 is getting off to a chilly start, making it the perfect time to invest in a heater or two to keep you and your workforce comfortable.

     

    At The Hireman we have many different heating options. Whether you work on a construction site or in a draughty office, we've got the right stuff to keep you warm.

     

     

    For big spaces we've got propane space heaters and industrial fan heaters, while for smaller rooms oil-filled radiators and convector heaters are available. Just click on the links for more information.

     

    Alternatively, if lighting is more your thing we've got plenty of ways you can keep your site illuminated throughout those dark early mornings and evenings. Just visit www.thehireman.co.uk/hire/lighting to see the full range.

  • Saws

    At The Hireman we have a range of saws available to cut many different materials. Many include integrated dust collection systems or a dust attachment to ensure the safest, cleanest possible working environment.
     
    Here is a selection of our saws:
     

    22V Cordless Circular Saw

     
    The 22V cordless circular saw is a replacement for the discontinued 36V WSC 70-A36. The new addition is the lightest cordless circular saw in the 18V+ class and provides a 70mm cutting depth.
     
    The saw can produce bevel and mitre cuts with or without a rail guide, and rip and cross cuts up to 70mm depth. It comes with an integrated dust collection system and LED light for better visibility of the cutting line.
     
    Additional features include a fast blade brake, reliable pivoting guard and a safe power-off battery position.
     
    A cordless circular saw is available to hire from £31 per week.
     
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    Arbortech Brick and Mortar Saw

     
    The brick and mortar saw is driven by a 1250 watt motor which boasts 47% more power than its predecessor, helping the saw provide much improved cutting performance.
     
    An efficient dust control system ensures long motor life even in the toughest working environments. Auto cut-off brushes also prevent any damage to the motor in operation.
     
    Both general purpose and plunge blades are available to enable cutting of a wide range of surfaces including; bricks, mortar, soft stone and concrete blocks, plastic, wood and composite materials. All materials can be cut to a 120mm cutting depth.
     
    Other features include a vibration reducing handle and a proven drive system to withstand tough work.
     
    An Arbortech brick and mortar saw is available for hire from £96 per week.
     
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    Steel Cutting Circular Saws

     
    The steel cutting circular saw is ideal for cutting things like scaffolding poles, cladding and roofing, cast iron pipe and steel plate and box sections.
     
    The saw comes fitted with a TCT wheel which prevents sparking and reduces burring, this leaves an instantly workable surface with minimal heat. A clear visibility panel ensures accurate cutting.
     
    Other features include a 0-45 degree bevel tilt and a depth of cut that’s easily adjustable. A safety switch with overload protection and auto debris collection system will keep the saw clear and safe at all times.
     
    A steel cutting circular saw is available to hire for £46.25 per week.

  • Merry Christmas!

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    Christmas and New Year opening hours:

    19-23rd Dec: 07:30 - 17:00

    24-27th Dec: Closed

    28-29th Dec: 07:30 - 17:00

    30-02nd Jan: Closed

    03rd Jan: 07:30 - 17:00

     

     

    We'd like to wish all our customers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  • Woodworking Equipment

    At the Hireman we have a range of equipment available for woodworking tasks. Whether it's cutting wood, sanding or finishing, we have the tools for you. Here are a few examples of the sort of kit we have available.

     

    Router

    We offer a compact and robust 6-8mm router. Offering a smooth routing performance and a maximum plunge depth of 57mm, the router operates thanks to a plunge type motor. Designed to ensure low vibration values, the router can be used throughout a full working day without causing operator fatigue.

     

    Additional features include an integrated dust extraction port to provide a cleaner, safer work environment and better visibility in the work area. The router also comes with comfortable side mounted grips and straight edge guides for perfect edge cutting.

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    Circular Saw

     

    Also available is a 235mm circular saw. At 110V and coming with a TCT blade, the circular saw is perfect for cutting straight and angled lines in woods such as plywood, MDF, timber and blockboard. Its blade and low vibration values mean the operator can use it for a full working day without fatigue.

     

    Additional features include a high speed blower, which can provide a dust-free view of the cutting line and an integrated dust extraction unit. The saw’s ergonomic design helps improve user comfort and safety further.

     

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    Palm Finishing Sander

     

    Another option is a palm finishing sander. Ergonomically designed, the sander comes with a dust bag and its small size allows it to offer great performance alongside comfort and flexibility. These factors make it ideal for small sanding tasks or working in areas which are tough to reach with a larger machine.

     

    Additional features include a built-in dust collection system to ensure a cleaner work space and a non-slip grip with low vibration values. The sander is also suitable for use with roll clamper or hook and eye papers.

     

    You can find out more information about all of these products and see the full range at www.thehireman.co.uk/hire/woodworking-sanding.

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