Art and Architecture Tue, 05 Jan 2021 12:02:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Why should I drain my central heating system? Tue, 05 Jan 2021 11:59:55 +0000 draining your heating system

Why should I drain my central heating system?

Maintaining your central heating system is just as important as any other household maintenance.

But why is draining your heating system necessary?

Here is our step-by-step guide.

Over time, your radiators can collect sludge and limescale which can block up your radiators and have an impact on their efficiency.

Draining your radiators will therefore be necessary to remove any build-up and get them working perfectly again. The whole process should take anywhere between 30 minutes and an hour.

How to drain your central heating system in 7 simple steps:

STEP 1: Turn off your heating system

This is a safety precaution. Then it is important to wait for the pipe and system to cool down completely before beginning.

STEP 2: Wait for your boiler to cool

If your boiler is run on solid fuel, make sure your boiler is turned off and is entirely cool before you begin draining.

STEP 3: Stop the water supply to your boiler

Before you begin the draining process, cut off the water supply. This will keep the radiator dry while you work through the process. There may be a stop tap for you turn off, or you can tie up the ball valve which is on the top of the cistern.

STEP 4: Find the drain valve

The right radiator is usually on the first floor of your home. On it will be a drain valve. Clip a hose onto the drain valve to let the water run outside.  There are chemicals in the inhibitor, so make sure that the water runs away from your garden if possible. The chemicals could damage the plants.

STEP 5: Bleed your radiators

This is now the moment to bleed your radiators. Open the bleed valve so that the water can run through your system freely. Begin with the radiators at the top of the building to allow the water to run more freely through your heating system.

After approximately 15 minutes, open the bleed valves on the radiators on the ground floor of your house.

STEP 6: Open valve, get rid of water

Make sure that all the valves in your house are open. Open the radiator valve to which the hose is connected and drain your central heating. The time this takes will depend on the type of central heating system you have.

To help quicken the process you can open the bleed valves.

How to bleed your radiators.

STEP 7: Refill and turn on your heating system

Once the process is complete, then it is time to refill the system.

Close all the valves you have opened and let the water fill up the system.

It is important to use an inhibitor in your system to reduce the risk of limescale build-up or corrosion.


If you are uncertain about how to bleed your radiators, or if you need to, then it is always a good idea to leave the dirty work to a professional plumber. What can a plumber do for you? Read more here. 

The art of electricity – What do electricians do? Wed, 14 Aug 2019 12:32:53 +0000

Electricians have a wide range of skills and services to offer. Here’s an overview of their main roles.

The main purpose of an electricians job is to install electricity into buildings. They do this by being trained in following the correct safety procedures, making sure facilities have enough power to operate whilst ensuring the safety of the people around them.

Types of electrician Jobs

  • The list of types of electricians goes on, but there are two main types – domestic and commercial.
  • Most contracting companies such as Speedy Electrical in Brisbane offer both services, so it is important to know the difference between them.


Domestic electricians install and maintain the electricity in homes and smaller buildings that have domestic uses like household appliances and lighting.


Commercial electricians generally work on a bigger scale than domestic electricians, maintaining and installing the electricity that goes into bigger buildings such as workplaces, schools, factories and so on.

The responsibilities of an electrician

The art of electricity - What do electricians doWhilst the types of electrician can vary, the general responsibilities are the same.

Day to day, an electrician can be expected to read and review the blueprints of features like circuits, outlets etc.

They also plan layouts for example how to go about wiring a building and install electrical machines and appliances.

Often electricians will instal more basic equipment such as phones, computers and intercoms.

Most electrician firms employ apprentices, so training and guiding those workers is a big part of a fully qualified electrician’s role.

Different roles

In the electrician world, there is a difference in roles, you have maintenance and installation.

Maintenence is checking upon and in most cases fixing previous work. On a domestic job, this may be replacing old, broken equipment or installing new lighting. For commercial electricians, the maintenance work will be more constant, keeping up to date with generators or large scale motors.

Installation is an electrician is completing a new job, for example putting in circuits for a newly built building or installing a generator into a factory. Installation is often the most rewarding part of their job. Click to find out more about becoming an electrician


Tools are the most vital part of an electricians role. If they work for a bigger firm then the tools are usually provided saving them a lot of money, especially when a lot of tools are required for a job.

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More-Architecture Art and Situation Thu, 13 Dec 2018 10:27:47 +0000 The recently completed exhibition space and storage for the Arts Council Sculpture Collection at The Yorkshire Sculpture Park, created from an old equestrian barn, he hoped had an “uncanny quality”. The huge scale of the original concrete block building was retained, and all the gallery paraphernalia – the lighting and services – were placed in the ceiling, like the old Saatchi gallery in St John’s Wood.

Working at Camden Arts Centre, which he described as “the last cultural outpost on the road out of London to the North”, he had made a point of not changing anything that worked. The gallery rooms were untouched, but the brief was to improve the entrance to the Centre and make its active community education programmes more evident. In one of the classic tales of battles with the planning authority, Fretton revealed how he had managed to satisfy the planners’ wishes for a symmetrical upper elevation, whilst creating a whole new low-level entrance for the building.

Architecture, he maintained, was about “defeating defeatism”. Through the new entrance, the passer-by on their way out of the capital could see into the rear garden, which the art/architecture outfit Muf is landscaping. Where previously his work had been restrained and cautious – he was conscious of “producing too much architecture” – at Camden “things had become more playful, even wilder”. An ellipse of heavy curtains defined a performance space, its internal ceiling lit with moon/star motifs, which would never have appeared in his work earlier.

Fretton’s believes that buildings can affect the user. “Architects work to produce buildings that affect themselves and hope that will affect others”. He wants the visitor to be gently provoked by the space, and to awake the imagination for a more timeless experience. Nowhere more is this applicable than at his Faith House, which was named the best British building of 2002 by Jonathan Glancy, architectural critic of the Guardian newspaper.


Architecture Art and Situation Thu, 13 Dec 2018 10:27:25 +0000 A client of Tony Fretton’s practice recently remarked, in astonishment, about the thoroughness of their work, the attention to detail, exemplified by the time spent identifying the correct tap for a public washroom.

This consciousness of the minutiae, the awareness of the total experience of the building’s user, combined with an astute, is not austere, architectural brain, has gained Tony Fretton huge respect among his peers.

Established in 1982, surprisingly it has taken the Tony Fretton Practice over twenty years to break through into the establishment mainstream, winning the competition to design the new British Embassy in Poland earlier this year.

In his talk to Art & Architecture as part of Architecture Week 2003, Tony Fretton concentrated on his work with art spaces; most famously for the Lisson Gallery in London, but also for Artsway in Hampshire and Faith House in Dorset.

Fretton’s personal history as a performance artist, following several years working for large commercial architectural practices, has provided a key source in developing his approach to these projects, an understanding of how space operates, both as an artist and as a viewer.

His background, and the influence of conceptual artists such as Don Judd and Sol le Witt, has led to a generosity in his collaborations with artists, as demonstrated by the input of artist Mark Pilmott at Fretton’s House for an Art Collector in Chelsea, where Pilmott provided ‘the art as décor’. “Working with artists and curators has influenced all his work”, Fretton states.

Artists and Architects explore similar concerns. Architecture, Fretton suggests, is better when other voices are in it, though he quickly adds the rider that the architect “has to run faster than everyone else” to keep ahead.

Fretton identifies the tension between creating art spaces which “are evidently real, with character, whilst remaining open to interpretation” as a motivation of his work, referring to the Tate Modern as an exemplar. When adapting or enlarging existing buildings, the aim was to retain the magic, the specialness of the original (a reflection that highlights the lack of new-build in the provision of UK art spaces).

His work at Artsway in the New Forest, financed by an early lottery award when the Lottery was “doing really good things for the arts. Like pouring water on a desert, the slightest drop of water, the desert blooms”, he turned an artist’s studio into an art centre with a £300,000 grant, which, at the time, “seemed an enormity”.

At Artsway he wanted to achieve a building that had a dual message; a casual space for the artists to make and exhibit their work, and a building which had an ambiguity and openness to it. The car park, carved out of a field, doubles as a performance space as the external walls open out. “Small experiences of privacy” are contrasted with transparent public areas.

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