High power / high efficiency

We have just complete our proudest job ever! Fitting a 65KW system boiler and plate heat exchanger to a large house in Hampshire.IMG_0532

The existing boiler was past its best as it was over 15 years old and many of the parts had become discontinued. The Potterton Derwent was state of the art in its day with its high output and simple design but new condensing technology has overtaken it making it very uneconomical.

First off was to specify a replacement which was a close tie between Viessmann and Worcester both of which offer boiler with advanced controls and weather compensation. In the end Worcester was chosen for their technical help and on-site support.

WGB162 library picThe Worcester WGB 162 65KW boiler and plate heat exchanger was chosen to link into the house’s existing 240v controls via Worcester’s advanced electronic 4121 boiler control computer. A plate heat exchanger was included in the system to protect the boiler from the older existing systems (and its debris ) and also because the existing system was an unpressurised system whereas the boiler runs at 1Bar pressure.


2016-09-13 17.01.04Removing the existing boiler was not an easy task as it was so heavy (330kgs) but once drained and dismantled it could be lifted out in sections. The next part of the job was to prepare the walls for fitting the new boiler and carefully plan out the positions of the other equipment to minimise unnecessary bends so as to maximise the flow characteristics of the system.

Once the system pipework had been thoroughly planned the support system could be installed and the pipework attached to the existing system and new appliances.

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This was closely followed with the new condensate system which had to utilise a condensate pump which was required as there wasn’t an adequate waste gully on the outside of the building and we were uncomfortable about discharging up to 7 litres per hour of condensate water into a soak away.

Once the pipework and equipment has been pressure tested it was time to fit the Buderus Logamatic 4121 controller which could be located in the existing airing cupboard heiz24de_buderus_logamatic_r4121_mit_fm445and connected to the boiler via a data cable. Unfortunately Worcester Bosch has not designed a wireless system, this would have been very much easier in this case.

The controller is specifically designed to allow for system weather compensations (see – http://bit.ly/MacWComp) which achieves an additional 2% on to an already very efficient boiler. 4121 wiring diagram

Once the wiring diagram has been fully understood it was just a matter of attaching the necessary heat and flow sensors and commissioning the MEC2 handset.

Worcester Bosch have a very capable technical help department that allows connection through FaceTime if you get stuck on the system set up.

2016-09-17 09.53.27With the boiler commissioned and working its just a matter of setting the heating and hot water times and letting the system take over. The final element is fitting the insulation to the pipework and handing it over to the clients after talking them through the controls.

This was a great job, the customer was delighted with the work especially as we were £3,000 cheaper than the competition!

Plumber of the Year 2016

Hi All!!

Firstly, I didn’t win😂😂

Secondly, I would like to thank everyone that helped and supported me in my campaign. I received over 350 votes from all over the globe from Australia to Vietnam, Switzerland to Ireland so thank for your votes and for those who spread the word.

I’m sorry that the wonderful charity Mesothelioma UK will not be benefitting from the prizes this year but rest assured “I’ll be back”, next year. I am already forging a plan to understand where I went wrong and how I can be better next year!

Finally I would like to personally thank the judges from Plumb Centre, Just Trays and Bristan Taps and also Matt from Hatch PR who managed the whole event.

UK Plumber of the Year–Final 5


I am delighted to report that I have been selected as one of the 5 finalists in the 2016 UK Plumber of the Year competition. The selection process was down to the most number of votes cast and although I don’t know everyone else’s votes I know that I had enough votes to qualify.

So can I say a big THANK YOU to all of you who voted for me and wished me good luck in the final which takes place on 31st August in Tamworth, at Bristan’s Head Office. The final selection is based on an interview with the three main sponsors from Plumb Centre, Bristan (Taps) and “JT” (Just Trays, shower trays).

I am continuing my pledge to support Mesothelioma UK and to that end starting a Just Giving page to collect donations along with money received from selling the prizes.

Day -0 It’s zero hour

Today is the last full day to cast your vote for Plumber of the Year 2016 – you need to vote for ME for the following reasons:-

Please vote for me at http://bit.ly/EMPOTY

1. I’m donating the money from the prizes, £10,000, to Mesothelioma UK

2. Any shortfall will be made up by ME.

3. I will be adding Gift Aid to my donation which is an extra 25%

4. The money is desperately needed to help the many sufferers in the regions like ours which has the highest recorded occurrences of the disease

5. I will be using the publicity to raise awareness of the dangers of asbestos in the workplace

Please vote for me at http://bit.ly/EMPOTY

Day -1: Asbestos – what is it?

Breathing in asbestos fibres is damaging to the lungs and can cause four main diseases:

1. Asbestosis – a non-malignant scarring of the lung tissue

2. Asbestos-related lung cancer

3. Mesothelioma – a form of cancer mainly affecting the lining of the lungs

4. Non-malignant pleural disease (diffuse pleural thickening and pleural plaques)

Asbestos is the term for a group of minerals that is made up of thousands of microscopic fibres. We now know the dangers of breathing in asbestos but for many years we didn’t and it was used in buildings for roofing, flooring and insulation. Thankfully its use is now banned but buildings built before the year 2000 may still contain asbestos. The HSE has more information on asbestos health and safety.

Anyone who has worked in the construction industry may be at risk in jobs such as joiners, plumbers, electricians, painters and builders. Those who worked in railway engineering, factories and shipbuilding may also be at risk. Fire and Rescue officers may also be at risk having entered burning buildings that contain asbestos.

If you think that you are suffering from an asbestos related disease such as mesothelima or asbestosis, then you should immediately seek medical attention and contact your local GP. There are also a large number of national and local asbestos and mesothelioma support groups who can advice you on your condition and provide support and guidance for both you and your family. They, as well as specialist solicitors may also be able to advise you on asbestos and mesothelioma compensation claims.

In the North East Linda Scott chairs the Mesothelioma support group, you can contact her by replying to this post with your name and number and we will pass  them on to her.

Please don’t forget to vote for me in the Plumber of the Year 2016 competition where I am donating all the £10,000 winnings to Mesothelioma UK. The link is http://bit.ly/EMPOTY
Many thanks, Richard Weir.

Day–2 the final countdown

We are delighted to report that our efforts to publicise our Mesothelioma campaign have received regional coverage with a short article in the Newcastle Journal yesterday – http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/north-easts-kindest-plumber-how-11724316

We have also received excellent support from the British Lung Foundation and the British Lung Foundation Wales both of whom are fighting the battle against mesothelioma. 

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Bring it back to the North East

In the above article we call for the award to be brought home to the North East which is traditionally an industrial area – of course we all know that, the North East made over 90% of all the world’s shipping fleets back in the day. However our region is now paying the price for that era when asbestos was used in many products and processes which has resulted in the North East having the UK’s highest reported occurrence of Mesothelioma.(1)

Meso in North East

If you haven’t already votes, please cast your vote, by following the link below, for me to bring the award back to the North East to help our people who are suffering from Mesothelioma. http://bit.ly/EMPOTY

Many thanks, Richard.

(1) https://statistics.blf.org.uk/mesothelioma

Day–3 the final count down

Thanks to everyone who has been so kind as to vote for me, this really is for a good cause.


There is still time to cast your vote for the 2016 Plumber of the Year at http://bit.ly/EMPOTY, hopefully you’ll choose me!

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My aim is to support Mesothelioma UK and to donate the £10,000 prize money to the charity to help them research into the cures for this terrible disease that so many plumber and general building trades are afflicted with every day. We need to raise awareness of the risks of coming into contact with asbestos and understand that it’s something that needs expert help to remove.

Day–4 a day of numbers

1000 x 4 people die of Mesothelioma per year in the UK.

100 x 1 years, it took, to identify the cause of Mesothelioma cancer

10 x 1 Years is how long it takes to register a new drug

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1 x 1 if the position of the UK in the world ranking of deaths per capita

Meso around the world

I am trying to win UK plumber of the Year 2016, I have been short listed to the final 15 and if I win am pledging the £10,000 winnings to the charity. To win I need as many votes as possible at the website : http://bit.ly/EMPOTY, please vote for me.

Day -5 – Mavis’s 5 point story

Mavis was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2009, but she’s determined not to let the condition beat her.

1. Recognition

I first noticed something wasn’t quite right in January 2009, when I suddenly lost all feeling in one arm. I went straight to my GP to find out what was wrong and was told it was probably just a problem with a nerve.

2. Medical examination

An X-ray was scheduled, but with a two and a half month holiday in Spain already planned and nothing too serious suspected, I decided to wait until after my break to investigate further. Not long after returning to the UK, I was walking to a polling station when I found myself getting really breathless.

I knew something definitely wasn’t right this time, and finally I got the X-ray I needed. It showed lots of fluid on my left lung that needed to be drained – 5 litres of it! Sadly, further tests revealed cancer cells in the fluid, and a biopsy confirmed my diagnosis: mesothelioma, a cancer caused by contact with asbestos that affects the lining of the lungs and currently has no cure.

3. Discovering the source

I never worked with asbestos myself, but my husband did – in a shipyard, just like thousands of others in his generation. No one knew the dangers at the time, and I realised I must have been exposed by breathing in the asbestos fibres from his work clothes, which I used to shake and wash for him.

4. Coping with the condition.

The next steps for me were chemotherapy and radiotherapy. At that time, I was given just three months to live. But I’ve been determined not to let this condition beat me. It’s now been four years and I’m still fighting. I can’t do quite as much as I used to. I enjoyed swimming and walking, but the water is too cold for me now and I can’t breathe too well if it’s windy outside – but I still get out into the garden and go camping with my husband in our motorhome. Although most days I get tired quickly and have to have a sleep in the afternoon, I still manage to have an active social life.

For the past year I’ve been taking part in a trial for a new drug, and my tumour has shrunk so much.

5. Keeping positive.

I’m going to continue taking this new drug to see where it takes me; I hope it all shrinks away now. I’m the only one left of three who began this trial, so the researchers are looking at my DNA to find out what gene is working to give me such encouraging results. Despite living with constant physical pain, I’ve been busy campaigning to make sure no one has to go through the same experience in the future.

There is five days left to vote for me as Plumber of the Year 2016 – remember I’m donating all my winning of £10,000 to Mesothelioma UK. http://bit.ly/EMPOTY

Day -6

Six days left for you to vote for me at the Plumber of the Year 2016, I am donating the winnings of £10,000 to Mesothelioma UK.

I’m trying to win #UKPOTY & pledge £10k to #mesothelioma please can you vote for me to support at http://bit.ly/EMPOTY

6 Famous people who have died of Mesothelioma 

Steve McQueen, Actor (1930-1980)

Steve McQueen, nicknamed The King of Cool, was well known for his anti-hero roles in “The Magnificent Seven,” “Wanted: Dead or Alive,” and “Sand Pebbles.” By the early 1970s, he was one of America’s highest-paid actors.

McQueen believed his exposure to asbestos started in the U.S. Marines Corps, then continued during his days racing motorcycles and cars – his passion – when he wore the flame-retardant driver suits.

Ed Lauter, Actor (1938-2013)

Lauter, 74, was in the midst of a film project when he was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma in May 2013. He died less than six months later.

Paul Gleason, Actor (1939-2006)

Gleason believed that his exposure to asbestos stemmed from working construction jobs as a teenager. As an athlete before his acting began, he played college football at Florida State University (he was a teammate at FSU of actor Burt Reynolds), then signed a professional baseball contract with the Cleveland Indians.

Warren Zevon, Musician (1947-2003)

His son, Jordan Zevon, has become a spokesman for the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO). Although Zevon never said where his asbestos exposure was, Jordan has speculated that it came from his father’s childhood when his dad regularly played in the attic of his father’s carpet store in Arizona.
Shortly after his death in 2004, he was nominated for five Grammy Awards, and he won two, one of them with Springsteen for Best Rock Performance By A Duo.

Terry McCann, Olympic Gold Medalist (1934-2006)

More than 40 years after that Olympic triumph, after years of coaching, a career in business and a life revolving around his fitness regimen, McCann was diagnosed with mesothelioma. He became an outspoken critic of the asbestos industry and the CEOs of the corporations that produced the toxic products.

Hamilton Jordan, White House Chief of Staff (1944-2008)

Jordan helped manage the election campaign of President Jimmy Carter in 1976. He then became Carter’s chief of staff, serving as the special negotiator on the Iranian Hostage Crisis in 1979.
He fought off three other cancers – non-Hodgkins lymphoma, prostate cancer and skin cancer – before succumbing to mesothelioma. He attributed his lymphoma to Agent Orange in Vietnam during his military service. He believed that his exposure to asbestos, which led to his mesothelioma, came from his years in the military.