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Garden Home Office Building for Work and Business

We have asked various office staff whether they prefer the present flexible remote and home-working environment due to the pandemic and restrictions at the work place and which work environment they prefer going forward to the return to work.

Answers received;

  • At first the idea of working from home seamed daunting and would be temporary but since the lockdown not having to travel to work gives me the freedom to consider getting a dog or indeed the benefits being at home to walk the dog on lunch breaks is a blessing.

  • Having the freedom to take the kids to school and collect them without having to ask friends and family for assistance makes the kids life happy and makes the family more secure and safe.

  • Saving money on childcare fees by having a flexible home business lifestyle means we can work around issues without being restricted to a 9-5 standard working day in one location away from home

  • Lowering the cost of running a car including fuel maintenance and mileage which is also better for the environment especially now with Global Warming taking effect on all our lives

  • Not wasting valuable time getting up early in the morning hoping to not hear of any accidents on our route to work and never knowing what time we will actually arrive home if stuck in traffic on the way home

The Dilemma;

Which room to use as your home office will it be?

  • The dinning room which will need to be cleared up each day as you have got to eat at some point

  • The living room in which the kids and partners like to watch TV

  • The kitchen in which you prepare your daily food and the constant noise of the fridge in the background

  • The spare bedroom that you use for guest is not ideal to leave the company laptop and customers details under GDPR rules

  • The shed was made for garden tools not really suited for a power supply due to ingress of water

The Solution Garden Home Office Building

A more permanent solution would be to have 4tress4u® services install you a Steel Framed Garden Building in the privacy and security of your garden that will free up your rooms to be used as they were made to be used as a "Home"

Benefits to Independent Business Owners

  • You will save money in the longterm as you will not need to rent business premises and could get a return of your investment in a short period of time

  • You will save valuable time and money on fuel costs as you will not have to commute to an external rented business location every day

  • You could reduce stress and anxiety to concerns about security at your external office location where you have limited control to protect your hard work from opportunist crimes

  • You will have more time for your family or hobbies as you are just a short distance away from your family

  • Less distraction associated when working within the house such as doorbells or from partners or kids will provide a more relaxed atmosphere whereby you can concentrate on running your business

  • The value of your home may increase as many buyers are now looking for homes with Home Office facilities

We are 4tress4u® services and we will provide you with the ultimate in Garden Home Office Installations "we provide the facility you provide your imagination and inspiration"

Photo of our truck and trailer delivering materials

Photo typical Steel Framed Garden Building

Photo typical installation

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Single-use plastic cutlery ban report BBC 28/08/2021 10.20am

Pockitpouch was launched from my experience as a tradesmen when I was fastening fencing and other general activities such as roofing, decking electrical work that the whole process was very slow when compared to power tools such as the auto-feed screw guns or auto-feed nail guns which are dramatically faster.

I found the only other solution available was the strap on velcro magnetic wrist bands.

In theory the velcro magnetic wrist bands for screws nails do the job but five things to be noted;

Magnetic wrist bands considerations

  • The nails or screws will join together due to the magnets

  • The screws or nails are not held in a vertical easy to pull out elevation

  • The straps will cause irritation and sweating to the wrist

  • The hand you use for the magnetic strap becomes the pouch so is now redundant

  • Only works on magnetic nails and screws

Benefits of Pockitpouch

  • Pockitpouch is at least 50% faster than using the alternative strap on magnetic wrist band

  • Compared to just using a standard tool vest pouch is easier and faster using it with a Pockitpouch as you no longer cut yourself removing the nails or screws

  • Compared to just using a standard too belt pouch is easier and faster using it with a Pockitpouch as you no longer cut yourself when removing the nails or screws

  • Compared to the weight of tool belt which are from 500 g up and above 1.5 kg whereas Pockitpouch weight is as little as 30 g

  • Compared to the cost of auto-feed collated screw and nail guns anything from £250 upwards whereas Pockitpouch starts at just £9.99

  • Compared to inconvenience of jam ups on auto-feed collated screw or nail guns Pockitpouch as no moving parts to jam up

  • Compared to power tools plastic usage and end of life recycling Pockitpouch in theory could be broken down and reused "Subject to conditions"

  • Our Pockitpouch is not a single-use plastic product so should not be levied or banned under Governments single-use plastic taxes or bans

Extract from BBC News report Singe-use plastic ban on cutlery

What's been said about the ban on single-use plastic cutlery?Some environmental organisations and charities have welcomed the government's plans to ban a number of single-use plastic items but say more needs to be done more quickly.

However, she also says the government needs to go "much, much, much further" in tackling plastic waste.

"We are really facing an environmental crisis, our oceans are full of plastic, and they're killing marine life, they are damaging our Eco-systems and they are actually threatening human health," Jo said.

Many other activists also believe more urgent and wider action is needed. Plans to ban single-use plastic cutlery have already been announced in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and the European Union brought in asimilar ban in July earlier this year.

We need government to take an overall approach to say that what we are going to do is bring an end to all plastic pollution, and what we're going to do is drastically reduce the amount of all single-use products, not just a fork followed by a spoon followed by a cup," said Kierra Box from the charity Friends of the Earth.

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HEALTH & SAFETY ON LADDERS Health and Safety Executive


In the food and drink industries, analysis of 150 falls from height accidents investigated by HSE over three years indicated the following places from which workers fell:

  • Ladders: 40%

  • Vehicles and FLTs 17%

  • Machinery and plant: 10%

  • Platforms: 10%

  • Stairs: 8%

  • Roof/false ceiling: 7%

  • Scaffold and gantry: 4%

  • Warehouse racking: 4%




How do you do this whilst attaching a screw to a drill or positioning your nail to your hammer without the use of both hands?

Pockitpouch creates a uniform vertical aligned row of nails or screws giving you a clear view of the top head section to then use the magnets on either a suitable magnetic nail hammer or a magnetic screwdriver bit fitted to a drill, which leaves your other hand free to grab hold of the ladder.

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PockitPouch kit for screws and nails now available!

Pockitpouch standard 45 mm nail kit £24.99 saving £2.99

Pockitpouch standard 45 mm screw kit £24.99 saving £2.99

Pockitpouch standard 45 mm nail and screw kit £34.99 saving £7.98

Pockitpouch is an Eco Friendly way to fasten materials and will reduce plastic waste from that associated with the use of collated automatic feed screw and nail guns.

Pockitpouch as no moving parts is robust and versatile quick and easy to use so no reading manuals or having to purchase batteries cases or other accessories.

Pockitpouch can be reused for continuously easy fastening of nails and screws of various dimensions without having to make adjustments.

Pockitpouch is comfortable to wear due to the whisky flask shape which hugs the contour of your body as opposed to nail guns or automatic collated screwdrivers that are hanging to the side of your hip all day long.

Pockitpouch can help reduce personal injuries to your back as it weights as little as 30 grammes.

Pockitpouch reduces the amount of screws and nails lost during general building operations as our product actively reduces the chances of the nails or screws falling out of the pocket or pouch.

Pockitpouch saves time not having to use magnetic floor sweepers to collect nails and screws after a long days work before leaving the site.

Pockitpouch does not use magnets to hold the screws or nails in place like general magnetic tool wristbands in the market.

Pockitpouch can easily hold none magnetic screws and nails such as stainless steel, brass, bronze, polymers, beryllium, copper and aluminium as well as magnetic screws and nails that magnetic tool wrist bands are limited to use.

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New product PockitPouch will be launching Sunday 4 July 2021

INDEPENDENCE DAY as arrived from the tool belt for professional tradesmen and DIY

The way we work changes from time to time like working from home in the ongoing pandemic restrictions as shown that although never thought as viable as proven to be successful especially to the environment.

Whereas the leather tool belt was born in the 1950,s the first were cobbled at home or custom made by shoe repair and various saddle shops now with the changes with modern technology and mass produced products can be made from various material to suit each individual tradesmen in his or her field of industry.

What we are introducing is a product that will make a shift in how tradesmen and women utilise the tool belt it will allow faster screw and nail operations provide better access to the fasteners and can still be used alongside the tool belt if required, product will be launching in the coming weeks and its called the PockitPouch™

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Our new extended opening hours

We have extended our opening hours due to lock down restrictions being relaxed.

Now you can contact us on 07847 511 968 Between 9.00am-6.00pm Monday-Sunday.

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Truck rear trailer and shipping container locking gear handle security:

We have launched our MkSC cover plate on 5 March 2021 which is designed for shipping container and truck rear trailer locking gear opening handles.

"Please be aware this is not a replacement for the Lock Box which is the standard security housing for the main doors and does not provide protection to the opening handles"

Published 7 February 2014Last updated 16 January 2020

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Coming soon locking gear security for shipping container and truck trailer doors

Shipping containers are everywhere around the world a small quantity are in use on container ships whilst the vast amounts of shipping containers are destined for usage as cheap affordable storage solutions for either public, commercial or industrial users.

This option of storage using shipping containers as the key component offers financial convenience to the operator as it is easily transported to the location by a suitable logistics freight service provider and can be in use in a matter of days.

Brexit in the UK and Europe along with the Covid 19 pandemic is having a detrimental effect for small independent shop owners along with large well established high street shops, many reporting loss of trading and high proportional running costs associated with having a prime location on the high street.

  • Benefit of a shipping container used to store your goods for sale may not be ideal for your trade or services if you sell primarily by foot traffic, but perhaps now is the time to make changes to match the way customers now shop and incorporate your specific e-commerce services alongside any further expansions and utilise the services of your local shipping container storage services in your area

  • Benefit of owning your own shipping container is that in most cases you will not require planning permission or building regulations dependent on your country or your region, so you could be operational in a matter of days

We will be launching our MkSC cover plate for the locking gear of shipping container locking handles and truck trailer rear locking handles around March 2021 which will provide extra protecting alongside the standard lockBox incorporated on the main door.

For further information give us a call and consider subscribing to our mailing list and we will keep you updated on our list of retailers for your area.

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Official launch of Mk2/Mk3 fixed hasp and staple and base plates 21 September 2020

Does your hasp match your padlock for security?

Due to customers request and what seems to be ongoing frustration of finding a suitable hasp and staples that not only offers a good like for like match to their padlock security and our cover plates and suitability to the various padlock shackle dimensions available.

We have put ourselves to the challenge and introduced our Mk2 Fixed Hasp and Staple for Shrouded, Discuss and Container type padlocks and our Mk3 version which includes our base kit for total protection.

How many times have you researched for a new padlock only to purchase the item then go through the whole process again for the hasp and staple and how do you feel once the reality sets in that the weakest point is now the hasp and staple!

What would you consider to be a good hasp and staple and padlock combination at an affordable price whilst still protecting all your most valuable assets that you have acquired other the years whether personal or business related.

We are living in turbulent times with the pandemic and the repercussion of business failures and subsequent job losses throughout the world, so now is not the time to skimp on security now is the time to embrace better protection for all your assets as normal security measures such as Insurance policy claims may not be as fast as Pre-Covid conditions expect delays and possible increase in premiums in the years to come.

Now is the time to invest in a robust preventative policy that will help safeguard you against possible business failure not just loss of assets or loss of your no claims bonus "if they can see it they can steal it" Protect what you have worked hard for all your life and keep safe.

Key Points of a good hasp and staple for your padlock

Feature 1: Allow for various sizes of shackles up to 15 mm.

Reason: You may wish to purchase a bigger padlock in the future.

Feature 2: Hasp and staple ideally should be at least 5 mm thick steel construction not just tin stamped steel.

Reason: Attacker with a crow bar will easily twist low quality tin stamped hasp and staple from any surface material.

Feature 3: Zinc plated powder coated construction.

Reason: Global warming extreme weather conditions requires good quality products for long term operations.

Feature 4: Suitable for left or right hinged doors or gates.

Reason: Our Multifunctional hasp and staple saves you money and time and makes it easier for you to reuse product on another door or gate.

Feature 5: Secured with 10 mm bolts not just screws.

Reason: Flimsy 4 mm screws perhaps only 35 mm long will not provide the same level of strength as a 10 mm thick coach bolt 65 mm long on any type of door.

Feature 6: Adjustable width between hasp and staple to secure container type padlocks.

Reason: Our fixed positioned hasp and staple allows a more secure fitting and support for container type padlocks.

Feature 7: Easy to install but difficult for attackers to forceable remove.

Reason: Once you have fitted the hasp or staple to the door frame its a simple matter of lining up the opposing hasp or staple on the door "no more miss-aligning clasp with staple"

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Cambridge news article 16 May 2018 By Tom Pilgrim

Cut off saw to steal a bike Video of a man in Cambridge using a Cut Off Saw in broad daylight to remove U-lock attached to a bike and driving away with someones prized possession.

A standard U-lock shackle is around 16 mm thick they are vulnerable to attacks because they are exposed and have no other barrier that can restrict attacks.

Our cover plates also provide protection from rain sleet and snow which could increase the length of periods of ongoing maintenance and save you money and the inconvenience of having to replace your padlocks.

Covering the padlock shackle and its exposed key barrel reduces the volume of water that enters the internal components preventing internal contamination which could cause jam ups or a seized key barrels

By installing our cover protection shielding along with regular lubrication and utilising your calendar reminders on your mobile phone will help prevent frustration anger and heartache and help preserve the life span of your padlocks in any location.

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Announcing our new company name 4tress4gates Ltd 20 August 2020

4tress4gates Ltd better associates our company with our products 4tress4gates® and our services under 4tress4u® such as our fencing installation installing the DuraPost® system

We aim to provide the best products and services along our journey during these turbulent times of COVID-19.

And with our subsequent name change reflects our commitment to our company products and services for many years to come.

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YouTube DuraPost® Fencing

At 4tress4gates® we have embarked on the next stage of our development which includes installation services of DuraPost FENCEMATE® fencing systems.

Our decision to become a Trained Installer of the DuraPost® FENCEMATE® fencing system is to offer an all round service for our customers which includes gate and door security with 4tress4gates®.

We thought long and hard of how we could provide a complete package system and service to our customers and deciding on what sort of fencing system we would look to support and recommend alongside our product ranges.

After researching and debating possible fencing systems to adapt to our services we made the decision to avoid installing concrete or wooden post fencing systems as we know these old methods of installation tend to degrade over the years.

Wooden post will warp, rot and crack and concrete post eventually start to crack or chip from the effects of wind damage or the constant rattling of fences panels during high winds leading to ingress of water which eventually will expose the steel reinforcing bars that subsequently start to rust within the concrete.

Global Warming and wasted resources is something we all need to think about concrete cannot be reused so will be sent to landfill sites along with the metal within its construction. "whereas DuraPost® can be recycled"

Also we wanted a product that offers better security features such has preventing high winds blowing out the fence panels from between the slotted post and preventing the known security flaw of the installation that allows opportunist to simply lift the fence panels up to gain access.

Birkdale FENCEMATE® created a solution that not only improves the look of the ugly concrete post or weakness of wooden post by providing a post made of galvanised steel, this new FENCEMATE DuraPost® complements the beauty of wood with the strength of steel to create durable fencing that’s stronger, lighter faster and more secure as the fence panels are screwed to the DuraPost® thereby restricting wind blow outs and opportunist gaining easy access to your property grounds.

FENCEMATE DuraPost® doesn’t rot, crack or warp like wood and won’t chip or crack like concrete meaning that it is longer lasting and guaranteed for up to 25 years (Terms and Conditions apply).

FENCEMATE® offers additional components to make a complete fencing system such as composite gravel boards steel post caps all in various colours designed to accommodate a wide range of fencing panels, adding both strength and style to your property this fencing system along with our product 4tress4gates® and other 4tress4u® services will provide you with a long lasting robust secure boundary for your home or business.

And finally the posts have been officially tested to withstand 110 miles per hour winds something that will be required in these extreme weather conditions that we are experiencing around the globe.

Call me for a chat! Mobile: 07847 511 968 Between 9am-6pm Monday-Sunday

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Padlocks History

Padlocks the basic principle has not changed significantly over many hundred of years but hand tools and power tools continue to changed with technology.

A list of tools now used in another way!

  • Crow bars: The first documented crowbar use was in France. Crowbars started as straight hexagonal pieces of metal used for robbery on ships to break through doors. The crowbar then quickly became useful for opening boxes. The crowbar was named after the crow's foot or beak.

  • Crow bars now offer a strong robust wrecking tool to jar away screws from timber or metal buildings that's why it's best to use bolts on any external defence.

  • Pipe wrench: A pipe wrench is any of several types of wrench that are designed to turn threaded pipe and pipe fittings for assembly (tightening) or disassembly (loosening).

  • Pipe wrenches are now being used to twist padlocks from hasps and staples.

  • Angle grinder: An angle grinder, also known as a side grinder or disc grinder, is a handheld power tool used for grinding (abrasive cutting) and polishing.

  • Cordless angle grinders easily cut through padlock shackles, hasp and staples so its best to give them all around protection from this menacing tool.

The basic principle is if it can be seen it can be attacked so offer some other form of defence! Our cover plates provide that reassurance that you have Provided a barrier from not only the crooks but also the tools that they use!

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Broadcast BBC 12 November 2019

England flooding

Why insurance may not cover damage By Kevin Peachey Personal finance reporter.

We all need to do whatever we can to support our community our nation of hard workers we after all depend on our rural rural farmers for the food we have on our table.

Click to view report of floods

Eleventh Edition

Fly tipping is on the rise!

Across the country organised crime is behind the illegal dumping of waste.

Now is the best time to consider upgrading your gates, don't be a victim of fly-tipping make your boundary gates a visible deterrent to organised crime with our adjustable hook and band, padlock hasp and staple cover plates.

Click this link to view images fly tipping

Click this link to view Gate security to deter fly tipping

Tenth Edition

New Design for Timber Buildings 1 December 2019

Having consultation with various independent organisations we have now introduced our updated Mk7-T Domestic and Timber Buildings anti lift adjustable hook and band cover. This unit is formed without welds and substantially lighter in weight is more aesthetically pleasing and comes in standard colour grey.

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Rural community crimes report 2019

According to NFU Mutual, rural crime cost the UK an estimated £49.9m in 2019 up 12.1% from 2017 figures also up £7.5 million from the £42.4 million in 2015.

Farmers are now being advised to have a single entry points. Ensuring one way in and out of the property as opportunist prefer multiple exits points to escape with their haul.

Also they recommend the gate should be reinforced to protect the boundary entrance.

Click this link to view our Mk7 under attack with a 125mm cordless angle grinder

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YouTube MakewithRex Published on 22 Jan 2016

Possibilities Arduino Security Alarm for our 4tress4gates

Make your own security system within 10 minutes protect your gate from opportunist by installing a simple effective siren within our adjustable hook and band and anti lift container system.

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Broadcasted 8 April 2019 BBC News

CCTV ATM pulled out with Digger

Footage captures digger pulling out cash machine in County Londonderry 4.30 BST 8 April 2019

Perhaps cashless society is the way to go and bring forward 5g network to our rural communities first!

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Posted by Stephen Douglas of Solarcanopy Limited 27 August 2019

Security for gates benefits

Our adjustable hook and band cover Mk7 anti lift gate system also prevents a cordless angle grinder disc reaching the adjustable band on the gate or the hook on the post to view demonstration video click this link

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Liam Stoker Editor at Solar Power Published 12 Aug 2019, 15.43pm

Solar Farm Thefts

North Wales Police appealing for assistance regarding theft of solar panels from solar farms in St George, Abergele and Llanelian, Colwyn Bay last week.

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Published 12 February 2019 By Will Dron Sunday Times Driving

Car Theft On The Increase

A Sun News reporter demonstrates how easy it is to break into keyless cars.

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Editor Philip Case is news editor Farmers Weekly 07 November 2012

Rural community crimes are target by thieves late at night

According to NFU Mutual, rural crime cost the UK an estimated £44.4m in 2017

Farmers are now being advised to ramp up security to deter rural thieves.

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Philip Case is news editor at Farmers Weekly Case 01 July 2019

Farmers Take Action on Crime

Farmers from Ambion Contractors Ltd are engaged in their battle against rural crime they have been turning their farm into a fortresses to protect their properties against the criminals.

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Published by Staffordshire Police originally 13 July 2019 updated 10 th September 2019

Rural Crime prevention

Staffordshire Police Advice on Rural crime prevention

  • Equipment and tool security

  • Boundaries

  • Illegal occupation

  • Livestock theft

  • Chemical storage

  • Estate and building security

  • Fire prevention

  • Diesel theft

  • Tack security

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