Keeping warm in the office

The Dimplex DDF250 Desktop Ceramic Heater provides you with your own personal heater. It has a stylish design, white with silver accents that looks great in the home or the office. To the rear it has a USB charging port for your smart phone or tablet. It’s variable standby thermostat allows device charging, even when there is no heat on. BEAB approved and anti tilt switch for extra piece of mind.

We have been receiving great feedback from our customers who have purchased these. And I for one can also recommend the Desk Friend.




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When is Remembrance Day 2017?


What time is the Armistice Day silence? Why do we wear poppies? & What is the difference between Armistice Day and Remembrance Day?

Armistice Day is celebrated on November 11 each year, and this year it falls on a Saturday. Armistice Day marks the day the armistice was signed between the Allies and Germany that brought the end of WWI.

This armistice took place on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, which is why the UK holds two minutes of silence at 11am every November 11.

It was signed in Compiegne in Northern France and forced Germans to evacuate invaded countries within a two-week period.

However, after the outbreak of WWII, many countries changed the name of this day, with members of the Commonwealth choosing to call it Remembrance Day. In the UK, it is now known as both.

Remembrance Sunday is held on the second Sunday of November and this year it will take place on Sunday November 12.

What happens on Remembrance Day?

Besides the two-minute silence to acknowledge the fallen soldiers of WWI, WWII and the 12,000 Brits who have died in combat since 1945, a National Service of Remembrance is held at The Cenotaph in Whitehall in London on the Sunday.

This service will be attended by members of the Royal Family, the Government, representatives from the armed forces and the public.

This service will see a further two-minute silence held at 11am before wreaths are laid and the Royal Marine buglers play The Last Post.

Why do we wear poppies?

The reason the poppies are worn is because they are the flowers which grew on the battlefields after the first World War ended.

The Royal British Legion is the charity which runs the poppy appeal each year and it gives the money to the service women and men who are still alive and whose lives have been changed by war.

” Lest we forget”






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Gardening in November

Plant soft fruits and currants, garlic, shallots and early broad beans. Sow early peas and protect with netting from mice and birds. It’s also wise to protect your winter cabbages and Brussels sprouts with netting as birds will be looking for any available sources of food. Set up a bird feeding station to distract them. If you’ve grown parsnips, they’re best harvested after a frost.

  1. Keep clearing fallen leaves, especially from lawns, ponds and beds. Gather the leaves in a small area contained by chicken wire. After the leaves break down, they provide a nutritious mulch to improve the quality of your soil
  2. Plant out winter bedding to brighten up the wintry days with colourful pots and beds of violas, pansies, cyclamen and primroses.
  3. Create containers with spring bulbs under colourful winter flowers. Daffodils and tulips will push up through them in the spring
  4. Protect any outdoor containers from frost by wrapping them in hessian or bubble wrap. Vulnerable plants like tree ferns and palms can be covered in horticultural fleece
  5. Carry on digging any bare beds until the soil is too hard. This helps to restrain weed growth and expose soil pests. Use a small spade and work over one plot at a time – your back will thank you
  6. Prune established apple and pear trees. Cut out any crossing or rubbing branches as open wounds encourage disease. Prune gooseberries so they will produce bigger and better juicy fruit next year

Remember that we can provide you with all the tools you need to keep your garden in tip top shape.

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Welcome Mr Mclardie

With the ever expanding work at Tools R us we would like to say a warm welcome to Andrew Mclardie. Andrew will be working closely with customers around the UK & Ireland. You can contact Andrew on 01952 630333 or

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It’s a beautiful time of year, so enjoy the crisp autumn colours in the garden. Now’s the time to start preparing for early frosts and of course, keep raking those leaves.

What to do in October

*Cut back perennials that have died down. If the plant is healthy, the trimmings can be added to your compost. Move tender plants, including pond ones, into a greenhouse if you have one

*Prune climbing roses as this will take out any dead or old wood and will encourage new flowering shoots to grow

*Check chrysanthemums regularly for signs of white rust (pale yellow spots on the upper leaf). Remove affected leaves or use a fungicide if necessary. Remove the blooms as they die back

*Dig your soil with compost, manure and plenty of organic matter. This exposes pest larvae and eggs to birds and frosts, gets rid of weeds and improves soil structure

*Start your compost if you haven’t already. You can continue to add to it with kitchen scraps over the winter

*Clean out your greenhouse so pests don’t hibernate there. Tidy up and wash pots and trays with mild soap. Clean the glass to make use of any sunshine during the winter months

*Now’s the last chance to mow lawns and trim hedges in mild areas. Inspect for patches as you go as it’s a good time to lay turf. If you are planning an additional area of grass, you can turf this too

Keep weeding and tidying up borders but don’t be too thorough. Leave some seed heads for the birds and keep some areas of winter shelter for wildlife. A pile of leaves or debris is an attractive shelter for a hedgehog, so always check thoroughly if you intend to burn these.

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Choosing the right ladder can prevent all sorts of problems, including both ease of use and injury. There are different types of ladders for different tasks. Some specific ladder types include:

Cotterman Ladders: These rolling, steel warehouse ladders are a great staple for warehouses of all kinds. As they are transportable, they can be a rolling stair unit for access around indoor areas. Cotterman ladders are designed for easy access with included handrails. Most styles include platforms at the top of the structure, providing safer access when loading or unloading.

Step Ladders: For your average, everyday job, you may find that a step ladder will provide the height you need. With options for height up to 12 feet, most every day jobs can be performed with a standard step ladder. Additionally, with a number of options for accessory add-ons, they can offer even more functionality and help on even more job types.

Extension Ladders: For work that needs to be performed at up to 40 feet, the extension ladder can be utilized. These ladders are usually needed for outside jobs as they provide extended reach. With a number of different accessory options, these ladders can perform safely, securely, and effectively each and every time.

Fixed Access Ladders: These types of ladders are designed for specific use, as they are installed to provide permanent access to an area. They can be installed either inside or outside of a structure, offering a safe and affordable way to access areas that would otherwise be challenging to get to and emergency exits.

Ladder safety checklist

Never use a ladder on an uneven surface.

Never stack your ladder on any other material or equipment other than the floor to get additional height

Never attempt to move a ladder while it is in use

Never use a ladder in extreme weather conditions for outside jobs

Never use a damaged ladder

Never lose focus when climbing or descending a ladder

At ISD, we take great pride and care in the quality of our products, so you know you can always trust us to guarantee your safety.

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What is De-ionised water?

Deionisation simply means the removal of ions.

Ions are electrically charged atoms or molecules found in water that have either a net negative or positive charge. For many applications that use water as a rinse or ingredient, these ions are considered impurities and must be removed from the water.

Ions with a positive charge are called “Cations” and ions with a negative charge are called “Anions”. Ion exchange resins are used to exchange non desirable cations and anions with hydrogen and hydroxyl, respectively, forming pure water (H20), which is not an ion. Below is a list of ions commonly found in municipal water.

Where can you use de-ionised water?

* To prepare chemical solutions and mixtures
* For preparation of electrolytes for the acid and alkaline batteries
* For dilution of concentrated anti-freeze
* For final rinse of printed circuit boards, for washing equipment from acids and alkalis,    after technological operations in the electronics industry.
* For refueling cars glass washers
* For top up the cooling system, because it does not create salt deposits in the system
* For flushing cooling systems of cars
* In the perfume industry
* To fill irons and steam household devices and where is necessary to avoid mineral deposits

Using deionised water as a cleanser is a new method. It does not use any chemicals; they are replaced by the water. The water is brought to almost perfect purity. This deionised water is four times cleaner than distilled water. It is already in the so-called active phase, when decomposed into ions and cations, it itself easily removes everything that is on the cleaning surface. As a result on the surface of any material washed with deionised water after drying there are no spots.

The de-ionised water is not for drinking because it doesn’t contain any salts and trace elements.

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Gardening in September

Keep picking and digging. Make sure you get to your potatoes before the slugs do. Some plants can get through the winter outside so plant overwintering crops such as garlic and winter lettuces and quick crops like baby spinach. You can also plant new fruit trees once any really dry weather is over. Trees have less chance of survival if planted in the heat of the summer so the gap between dry weather and ground freezing is ideal.

What to do in September:

    * Tidy borders and containers so they’re ready for spring flowering plants.

      * You’re bound to have a lot of garden waste this month so get your compost going by buying a bin or creating an enclosed area for a heap. It’s important to replace the goodness in the soil and all the trimming and tidying will add organic richness to your soil next spring.

        * Keep weeding. It’s possible to control weeds without resorting to chemical weed killers. If pulling up weeds becomes too much of a chore, install weed barriers, smother them with newspaper or douse deep rooted dandelions with vinegar.

          * Clear garden debris and dispose of any diseased material. Burning is an option or you can simply use your green council bin.

            * Plant container-grown shrubs, trees, fruit bushes, perennials and bulbs. Remember to water them well once planted to give them the best possible start.

              * Start planting spring flowering bulbs for next year and as your plants die back, you can collect their seeds and use them next summer.

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                ISD Home Starter Kit/Gift Set

                This kit/set is perfect for anyone who needs the essentials to get started within their home. Or perhaps a gift for a special someone for their birthday or Christmas. We can also tailor these to your specification.

                This kit/set contains:

                * Black & Decker Drill 18V 1.5 Li-Ion
                * Stanley 11 Piece Decorating Kit
                * Faithful Soft Grip Set of 7 Screwdrivers
                * Faithful Combination Pliers
                * Stanley Tool Box
                * Faithful Drill Bit Set
                * Faithful Retractable Knife
                * Faithful 10m Auto Lock Measuring Tape
                * Faithful Radiator Keys
                * Stanley I-Beam Level
                * Stanley 7 Piece Insert Set
                * Plasplug 10 Piece Plugs & Screws

                Please call 01952 630333 or email to order. Collection from store 24/48 hrs from ordering(excludes Saturdays & Sundays) or Delivery to Mainland UK £6.95.
                (Please let our team know if you would like the kit gift wrapped).

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                Sovereign Aerosols

                We have included a new addition to our extensive range of products- We welcome Sovereign Aerosols.

                Sovereign Aerosols are made in the UK and their products will accommodate most jobs at hand.

                These are just a few products we sell from Sovereign: Parts Degreaser, Automotive Brake Cleaner, General Maintenance spray, Silicone Spray , Electrical Contact Cleaner, Stain and Rain Defender ( I have tried this on my trainers & is BRILLIANT), Cockpit Shine, Upholstery Cleaner & Air Sanitiser ( We use the Sanitiser on the shop floor & lasts hours, the smell is wonderful too !).

                These are great value in 500ml aerosol cans.


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