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Spire general maintenance: pointing, timber louvre painting, weathervane painting. lightning conductor repairs

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This work was carried out in 2018 and involved lots of general maintenance work.

The first task was to do quite a lot of raking out, followed by hydraulic lime pointing. This was unusually difficult and time consuming due to the concave flutings that run all the way down the spire.


All of the timber louvre windows were prepared and painted.


The weathervane (finial) was prepared and painted with a high quality metallic based exterior paint (£70 per 1 litre at time of purchase).


The lightning conductor had been vandalised. The local idiots had tried, and failed, to tear it off the wall to sell it for scrap. We removed the damaged section and replaced it with 25mm x 3mm copper to match the existing (over time the new copper tape will oxidize and become green like the existing tape).

This is the damaged section.

The same area once repairs had been completed.

Floodlights maintenance

We regularly carry out the changing of blown floodlight bulbs in sports grounds. Below you willsee some pictures of one of these contracts in progress

Also, when requested we carry out photographic surveys for the electricians in charge of the equipment. It’s sometimes necessary to diagnose the root cause of the fault when simply replacing a bulb doesn’t get the lighting back on.

We will also take care of any other tasks requested (wiring under an electricians guidance for example). Basically, when working on flood-lights, we carry out the wishes of the electrician on site.





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Cast iron gutter repairs, slate patching, and gutter cleaning – Edinburgh

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Most contractors use scaffold to repair / replace cast iron gutters, especially heavy Ogee gutters like these. We can do this work from rope access, without compromising the quality of the job.

The picture below shows the suspension system used to do the job.


First 6 foot section of gutter fitted. It’s nailed into the timber wallplate and further secured by the retaining straps.


There were two smashed sections of gutter. You can see the gap where the 2nd one needs to go.

The bottom two courses of slates have been stripped off. You need to do this when replacing gutters. A lot of them ended up being replaced with newly purchased reclaimed slates, as the existing were soft and rotten.


The joints are sealed in the traditional (and best) way. Boiled linseed oil putty is inserted into the joint and then compressed by the gutter joint bolt. It gives a perfect and long lasting seal.


This shot shows the completed job. The gutters are fitted and the slates have been patched back in.


This job also involved a lot of slate patching and gutter cleaning. The following pictures show that work in progress.