Monthly Archives: May 2013

Posted on May 21, 2013

Location – St John’s Wood, London

This week we are at a private clinic in the lovely St John’s Wood.  We have been bought in to replace a very old concertina (sometimes known as scissor) ladder.  The loft ladder is used by tradesmen to access the boiler in the ceiling so it needs to be secure and safe.

We have arrived and are ready to go…

Here is the current loft access hatch

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Yes Mr Fitter, thanks for pointing it out, we can see it.

We now set about opening the loft hatch and removing the current concertina loft ladder.

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Once the concertina loft ladder is removed, we have to make some adjustments to the current hatch as its very old and needed a little maintenance.


Once the hatch is ready.  We we get the area ready to install the new concertina loft ladder

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Now its fixed into place, we need to ensure the height of the ladder is correct so that the steps are even and straight.


All done, now to ensure the new catch is put into place.


Done, a new concertina loft ladder


Concertina loft ladders are an ideal solution if space around the hatch area is limited.  If you have a tight area around your hatch, please speak to us on 020 8551 5800 and let’s see what we can do.

Posted on May 16, 2013

Location – Ilford, Essex

Hello from sunny Essex.  Today we are in Ilford.  This valued customer already has a Velux skylight installed in their bathroom, it was fitted many years ago.

We have been asked to come in a fit another Velux skylight alongside the one already in place to add extra light into the bathroom.

Lets have a look at the current situation.

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As you can see, there is a Velux skylight already in place.  Our job is to fit the new Velux skylight alongside the current one.  We have been asked to ensure the skylight is half over the bath tub.

Here is a quick image of the current Velux skylight in place.


Our first job is to measure out the plasterboard so we don’t cut too much away.  Once that is done, we commence “operation cut the plasterboard”.

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While the fitter is cutting away the plasterboard, lets have a look at the outside, at where the new skylight we be placed.


This is the view from the outside.  Soon there will be a nice, well installed Velux skylight next to the current one.

Let’s pop back upstairs and see how the fitter is getting on…


Wow, you don’t waste any time do you Mr Fitter?

Now, let’s remove the tiles…

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Once tiles are removed, we commence making the sure opening is all lined up, and secure before we install the velux window



Oh nice pencil Mr Fitter, where did you get it?


Opening made! time to get the window ready…

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Window all prepared, time to install onto the roof…

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Installed, time to tile up around the window…


Fantastic! all done, time to fit the Velux DKL blackout blind

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Looks great.  Lets have a look from the outside.


Well installed!

If you would like a Velux or alternative roof window installed, please do not hesitate to contact us, check out our range here.

Posted on May 7, 2013

Location – Wanstead, London

Good morning from a gloriously sunny East London.  Today we are replacing another old Velux skylight.  This was a rather large skylight, 940 mm wide and 1600 mm in height (Velux P10 window).

The old Velux skylight was timber and was starting to rot.  We are going to replace this one with a white one.  We are also going to fit a new blackout blind.

Time to get to work…

Here is the current Velux skylight

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It’s time to remove this Velux skylight.

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The sash is removed and the old frame has been taken out.  Lets have a look at the old frame


As you can see, its old and rotting.  Now its all removed, we prepare the opening for the new Velux skylight.


Opening all prepared and ready.  Time to get the new white Velux skylight out of the box and up to the loft.

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Ok time to install the new skylight frame into the opening.

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Looking really good Mr Fitter! What do we have to do next?  We had to put the window sash into place.

Lets step back and have a quick look, how does it look?


Great looks good.  Ok now all in place, let’s get the Velux blackout blind ready.


Ok all the parts are ready and time to install.

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That looks good, lets see how effective it is, close it fully Mr Fitter…


…complete blackout! Looks great…

Our work here is done, one last look before we go…


…and one last look on the outside to check the skylight is fitted neatly…


Neat and tidy, good job.  Does your velux roof window need replacing? if so, we can help, please click here to check out our range.

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