Go for gold Stephen!

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There’s excitement in the air here at Metals4U! The William Hill World Darts Championship is finally here and everyone’s rooting for our new sponsorship Stephen Bunting in his upcoming match. The nail biting darts competition will start on the 17th December, with the winner being announced 3rd January. The action starts at Alexandra Palace, London and will be airing on the Sky Sports Darts channel.

It seems we’re not the only ones backing Stephen to top the charts in the competition this year. St. Helen’s legend, comedian Johnny Vegas was on hand to give him a pep talk to show his support and we couldn’t agree more:

“If I see you a year from now and you’re not holding a trophy, we’re going to fall out. None of that ‘oh it wasn’t my day’- make it your day. I know what you’re capable of.”

Give the full speech a watch here.

We’re very proud to sponsor up and coming player Stephen Bunting and will be supporting him all the way to the final. A huge good luck from all here at Metals4U!

Watch our interview with Stephen below:

To mark the occasion we’re also launching a competition where one lucky fan will be walking away with a waterproof Dickies Parka coat. Perfect for the winter months ahead.

All you have to do to win is retweet this post and follow @Metals4U and @SBunting180. You’ve got to be in it to win it, remember the competition closes 21stDecember.

Competition winner will be chosen at Metals4U’s discretion.

 

We’ve hit the bull’s eye with our new partnership.

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Here at Metals4U, apart from metal of course, there’s nothing we love more than a day at the darts. So when we were looking for someone to sponsor it was clear to us who to target! We’re very happy to announce our new partnership with up and coming darts player Stephen Bunting.

A family guy from Liverpool, this English darts player is one to watch. He’s quickly grown into a tour favourite and is described by some as a rising star. Nick named ‘The Bullet’ he always hits his target and has the trophies to prove it!

Winner of the British Teenage Open and the World Youth Masters at the age of just 15, he’s now competing in tournaments worldwide against some of the best in the business. Most recently he’s added World Masters Winner 2012, England Open Winner 2013, Mariflex Open Winner 2013 and UK Open Qualifier Winner 2014 to his extensive list of achievements in the darts world.

We couldn’t wait to get him in the Metals4U store and give him a taste of who we are and what we stand for. A great day for all involved. We also had a special surprise for Stephen, we introduced him to his Metals4U doppelganger Shane! Take a look at the photo we snapped of the two stood side by side!

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He’s very well respected in the world of darts and by those here at Metal’s4U. Many have tipped him to win the World Championship in the next few years and we’re proud to say we will be there to support him all the way!

Metals4U helps to get a rare classic back to the races

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We love to hear about your restoration projects and seeing how our metal helps to make them a reality. The enthusiasts among you will know that restoring a classic car takes a lot of time, effort and TLC. But with the right parts you can get off to a great start.

Metals4U customer Bill Cowling set out earlier this year to modify and repair a Ginetta G18B Historic Formula Ford. Only seven were ever made and just three survive in current day, making this restoration project truly unique.

Ginetta G18B Historic Formula Ford

A car with providence, the HFF was driven by a very young Adrian Raynard (above). Raynard went on to become one of the most influential race car designers, manufacturing cars that won races around the world. The G18 HFF is said to have influenced Adrian’s first chassis design and is also mentioned in his autobiography, where he crashes it (again) at Brands Hatch.

Bill is fully restoring the race car, returning it to its former glory, and plans to enter it into historical racing as soon as possible.

Chassis of G18 HFF racecar

Bill started by stripping his HFF down to the frame work. He used the tubes purchased from Metals4U to repair bracing struts at the rear of the car, and replace the copper alloy coolant pipes that run from front to back. Smaller alloy tubing will also be used in constructing struts for the radiator.

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Currently down to the chassis, he’ll be crack testing before constructing new bracings and brazing them in. Then working alongside his ‘chassis man’, an ex world champion side-car designer, some new designs will be drawn up to bring it to life.

Bill hopes to get his HFF completed by March 2016 and into the world of historical racing. He’ll be attending international events such as Spa, Monza, Pau and Zanyoort. We certainly can’t wait to see how this true classic will look crossing the finish line. Watch this space!

If you’d like to tell us about how you’re using our metal products, please get in touch and we may feature your project on this blog using projects@metals4u.co.uk

Metals4u expand beyond online by opening its first branch in Wetherby

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We are the UK’s market leader in the online supply of metals, tools and engineering goods, and have chosen Wetherby as the location for our first physical store.

Known as the trade’s go-to supplier of metals, mild steel, Stainless steel, aluminium, Brass, and bronze products, we stock 15,000 lines – including workwear, clothing and tooling supplies – with a wide range of these now available in branch for customers to drop in and collect.

In addition to being the only stockist of welding consumables and accessories in the local area, our branch holds products from leading brands Weldability, GYS and Esab, as well as workwear from Dickies and Snickers. In branch, many products are displayed on custom built stands that use Metals4u products to demonstrate their versatility.

Our MD and owner Paul Mcfadyen, explains the decision to open a bricks and mortar branch: “When Metals4u was established in 2002, we were the first supplier in the UK offering customers the opportunity to buy metal online. We wanted to build on this and make it more convenient than ever for the local trade, and public, to find the metal materials they need for projects of any size and scale.”

Our Metals4u branch can be found at Armitage Works, Sandbeck Industrial Estate, Sandbeck Way, Wetherby, LS22 7DN and is open six days a week.

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And the winner is…

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Congratulations go to Peter Kealey who is the winner of our latest Tube Clamps competition. You can see his winning design below:

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Peter’s innovative idea for how to use the ever versatile tube clamp impressed both ourselves and our special celebrity guest judge Max McMurdo. It was by no-means an easy decision as we received some fantastic entries, the highlights are included in our previous post. However Peter’s design for a ladder base stabiliser really caught our eye.

As a prize, Peter now wins all the materials he needs to build his design, courtesy of Metals4U.

Congratulations Peter!

Our tube clamp competition reaches its judging stage – here are some of the best designs

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A few weeks ago we launched a competition where you could win the metal materials you need to build one of your very own creations. We’ve received a variety of inventive project submissions, and now we have the difficult task of selecting a winner!

The competition was open to everyone and anyone. It had just one condition: that the designs you sent us showed how you planned to use tube clamps, along with some approximate measurements so we could understand the size and scale of your project.

We’ve enjoyed looking through the entries as they’ve come in, and we’ve been impressed with not just the ideas but the level of detail some of them have included.

Here we’ve listed some of the designs that are in with a chance of winning. This is Jilly Hatton’s impressive design for a modular climbing frame:

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Mike Wood has come up with a wheelchair design that’s easy to manufacture, and which could be used in third world countries:

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Peter Kealey has put health and safety at the heart of his design, choosing to develop and build a ladder base stabiliser:

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Paul Davis has shown how he plans to use tube clamps to build this bench for his salon:

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Rusty Murphy has sent us this neat design of a floating bathroom cabinet:

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While Jen Smith has also submitted a precise design of a child’s climbing play frame:

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Thanks to everyone who has entered the competition. As much as we like them all, there can be only one winner – and we now need to decide who that is.

We’ll be announcing the lucky winner early next month, who will get the metal materials they need to make their idea a reality – and we’ll also make it available as a package for other customers at Metals4U to order!

Win the metal you need to turn your clamp creation into reality!

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Today we’re launching an exciting competition where you could win all the metal materials you need to build one of your very own creations – and then have it featured on the Metals4U website.

Not only that, but we’ll also make it available as a package so other customers at Metals4U can order all the components together and assemble it for themselves.

What are the details of the competition?

A few weeks back we blogged about the surge in popularity of the humble tube clamp. Put simply, we’re looking for people to submit designs for projects that feature tube clamps.

Whether it’s a chair, a table, a bed, a bookcase, a clothes rail or a completely new invention, it doesn’t matter how big or small your project is – all that we ask is that it features tube clamps as part of its design.

How can I enter?

All you need to do is sketch your designs, which should show us how you plan to use the tube clamps, along with approximate measurements. They don’t need to be professional sketches, but if you want to provide us with a more detailed ones then you’re more than welcome! (See our example sketches below.)

Use your mobile phone to take a picture of your sketch and post it to our Facebook page. Alternatively you can post it on Twitter using the hashtag #M4Utubeclamps (and mention us @metals4U_uk) – and that’s it, you’ve entered!

 

When’s the deadline?

The competition is already open – so send us your ideas before the closing date of Friday 14th August to be in with a chance of winning the metal materials you need to make your idea a reality.

Once we’ve received all the entries we’ll assess them and pick a winner! So keep an eye on our website in the days that follow to see which creative customer will win the metal to make their project.

We’ll also be choosing runners-up who will get their project featured on our website as a package for others to order.

Rewarding the imagination

When you see a tube clamp, what do you think of? Send us your ideas of what you could build using tube clamps today and you could win the materials to build your vision and have it featured on our website!

The reasons why tube clamps have surged in popularity

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A structure is nothing without the things that hold it in place. Traditionally those are the nuts and bolts, but let’s not forget about tube clamps – they give structures their strength and shape.

Tube clamps have been used for years in the construction industry, effectively acting as a T-junction or 90 degree joints for metal tubes. The range of types and sizes means different directions and gradients can be catered for, so structures like handrails, warehouse racks and shelves, exhibition stands and safety barriers can all be fixed together exactly as intended.

With most things that are modest, dependable and functional, they often miss out on the glory. But more recently we’ve seen a trend of tube clamps being used by designers and even furniture makers as they strive to achieve a more authentic look.

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Those who use them to make ‘industry chic’ furniture tend to go for tube clamps with the smallest diameter to match the small tubing. That tends to be our Size A, which is 27mm in diameter and manufactured from galvanised mild steel.

So they’re now being used at home as well as in the industry. Perhaps one of the reasons why their reputation has shifted is down to how easy they are to use. Basically you don’t need to be a welder to work with them – it’s simply a case of tightening a couple of grub screws.

Tube clamps provide a temporary or permanent solution, and they can be used outside as well as in. They’re durable, long lasting and easy to fix. When you piece it all together you can see why they’ve grown in popularity.

They’re also available in sizes B to E, which range from 33.9mm to 60.3mm in diameter. These are all hot dipped galvanised steel and suitable for bigger structures.

We also supply tube clamps to fit handrails that comply with the Equality Act 2010, and they meet the requirements of the Building Regulations 2010 Part M, British Standards BS 8300. Don’t forget – we can also supply you with the steel tubes, handrails and balustrades too!

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Next time you’re out and about, see if you can spot these tube clamps in action. If you’ve bought them from us to use as part of your project, let us know.

Jim puts time, energy (and metal) into restoring a couple of British classics

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The ability to bring something from the past back to life requires great vision, skill, time, energy – and bucket loads of commitment. Let’s not forget that it might need some metal too!

Metals4U customer Jim Perkins is currently restoring two classic Austin cars from the 1930s – an Austin 7 Pearl Cabriolet and an Austin 12/6 open road tourer. Those of you who have an interest in classic cars will know how well loved these models were (and still are).

The Austin 7 was nicknamed the ‘Baby Austin’ and gave British families in the 1920s an opportunity to own a motorcar because it was made genuinely affordable through mass production. But of the 290,000 made, only 8,000 remain – in various conditions – and Jim has one of them.

He tells us that it’s being fully restored and has been replacing metal on the body and around the rear wings because the original metalwork had succumbed to rust. He’s using a metal plate to hold the check strap on the driver’s door.

 

The Austin 12/6 is also being fully restored, although this is more of a challenge since Jim bought the vehicle as a ‘basket case’.

“Someone had stripped it right down – possibly to restore – but never got round to putting it back together,” he says. “We purchased it as a load of parts. Some parts were missing and there were a few parts that weren’t even for this vehicle.”

Jim and his team are in the process of putting it back together themselves – and when the project is complete we’re sure it’ll look magnificent. We’re certainly keen to see how our metal has helped to restore a couple of British classics!

 

If you’d like to tell us about how you’re using our metal products, please get in touch and we may feature your project on this blog.

Metals4U bikes on show during inaugural Tour de Yorkshire

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A few weeks ago we made 35 iconic bikes to give away to cycling enthusiasts who could display them in a show of support for the first ever Tour de Yorkshire. The winners did us proud as we saw plenty of them along the various routes of the three-day event – and we’ve got the pictures to prove it!

More than 1.2 million people lined the streets to watch some of the world’s best cyclists compete in the very first event of its kind – the legacy of what was a hugely successful Tour de France Grand Départ last year.

The first overall winner of the event was Norway’s Lars-Petter Nordhaug, of Team Sky – which is worth knowing (and remembering), just in case the question pops up in a pub quiz!

The routes, which ran from Bridlington to Scarborough, Selby to York and Wakefield to Leeds, took in some of the best sights our great county has to offer. Our special bikes were constructed from bright yellow plastic, so they were pretty easy to spot (and a lot of fans must have been wondering where they came from!).

Lisa Gair, one of our 50 winners, sent us this photo of her bike displayed on the gate to her driveway in East Bramhope near Leeds:

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Here’s another bike sat proudly outside the Chocolate Factory in Thornton le Dale, just east of Pickering on Day 1 when the riders were approaching Scarborough:

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David Bird decided the best place for his bike was to perch it delicately on the front of his caravan!

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David Church left his yellow bike in a place where other real ones have no doubt rested over the years – just outside a shop in Pickering:

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And here we have Richard Jones securing his bike to a lamppost at a junction just before the Cote de Goose Eye along Stage 3, just west of Keighley:

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Thanks to everyone who made the effort to display their bikes over the three days – and to have sent us your pictures. Unfortunately we couldn’t include them all, but we were impressed with how many of you brought them out for the big occasion!