Interweaving modern-day facilities and comfort with the traditional features of historic properties is one of the major challenges faced by architects and builders renovating period houses.
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For more than 70 years, we have dedicated ourselves to providing an exceptional level of customer service within the precast concrete industry. From design and manufacture to delivery and installation, we offer the most comprehensive…
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At the Oak Designs Company we build and design a vast array of oak framed buildings from Garages to Garages with 1st Floors, Home Offices, Outdoor Kitchens, Gazebos, Outbuildings, Porches and Garden rooms there are…
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A ready-made DEFRA Approved and EcoDesign Ready Inset Stove, with Volcanic Pumice Building Blocks – sourced from the Hekla Volcano in Iceland!
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A family firm, established in 1884, we know a lot about timber windows! We even have our own research and development centre where we test all our products and develop exciting innovations like our latest…
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Are you looking for new windows for your period property? Did you realise that there’s no reason to compromise the appearance of your windows for thermal efficiency?
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Natural looking and eco-friendly copper gutters and down pipes from the Yeoman Rainguard range, were chosen by owners of a charming detached residence in North Yorkshire, who were looking for sustainable building products.
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Leading British ventilation manufacturer, Vent-Axia is delighted to announce that it has won an award in the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2019 competition for its PureAir Sense, the UK’s only bathroom fan with Odour…
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New Range Launches Copper, Matt Black, Brushed Nickel and Chrome.
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Storm Windows – a family company – has been making and installing bespoke secondary glazing for listed, period and historic properties for more than 15 years.
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Whilst Round Wood of Mayfield offer a wide variety of products in oak - including buildings, flooring, joinery and skirting – it is far from their only option when it comes to decking and cladding.
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Valverdi Indoor-Out is a premium range of co-ordinating indoor and outdoor porcelain tiles designed to create harmony between living spaces. Launched in 2013 and now the market leaders in indoor-outdoor tiles, Valverdi provides an array…
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Mendip Stoves has announced that with the recent refurbishment of its factory, and a large investment in a new spray plant, it will now be able to use water based paints for all its stove…
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Lumi-Plugin is an innovation, new to market lighting system. Its compact base unit is an LED downlight which can combine different products such as a sprinkler system, smoke alarm, heat alarm, CO alarm, PIR sensor…
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Owen Stinchcombe built the energy efficient house of his dreams, complete with Solar PV and ground source heat pump technology, linked up to a battery storage system and operated by innovative smart controls.
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Building on 300 years of manufacturing heritage, Fassa Bortolo is one of the leading companies in external rendering and integrated building solutions.
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One of the biggest investments you can make on your selfbuild project is the roof. If you are looking for stylish roof slates that are built to last, Rivendale, Birkdale, Garsdale and Thrutone fibre cement…
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When you think of luxury freestanding showers, large scale, open plan wet room style spaces spring to mind.
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Steve Hudson and his wife, Barbara, were searching for a house enabling ease of movement for Steve’s wheelchair. Eventually, the couple found a rural property for demolition to make room for a new, purpose-designed home.
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Does your project require replacement windows or doors? The Sash Window Workshop specialise in manufacturing and installing high quality timber windows and doors.
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Every build should be a healthy build which stands the test of time. Lime Green makes a monumental difference to your project with honest and practical solutions, ensuring world-class consistency.
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Shown for the first time at BAU, Kährs Luxury Tiles is a comprehensive offering of over 170 high quality, non-repetitive, waterproof and phthalate-free luxury vinyl tile designs, finished with a highly durable and robust ceramic…
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H.D. Services Ltd. is a family run company based in Buckinghamshire and operating throughout the South East. We specialise in the construction and development of boreholes and soakaways; the installation of independent sewage treatment systems…
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Marcus O’Boyle, Business Development and Marketing Manager for the Genesis Collection of windows and doors, discusses why the finer details matter when choosing glazing for your self-build or renovation project, and how the exclusive Genesis…
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With UK Government making a clear commitment to the rapid decarbonisation of heat with the introduction of a future homes standard mandating the end of fossil-fuel heating systems in all new build homes from 2025,…
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Large windows are incredibly on trend right now. They let in light to make a home feel spacious and bright, giving a property a contemporary look. But every window needs the right dressing, which is…
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Now it’s time to turn your attention to your outdoor space. From garden buildings, to furniture and textiles, take inspiration here to create your own oasis.
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Christian Rehn of National Ventilation answers your questions about ventilation, explaining the benefits of installing effective ventilation in your self-build home. But with so much choice on the market, where should you begin?
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When planning any self-build, home renovation or extension project, you will no doubt be keen to ensure that these newly-created living spaces are comfortably habitable all year round.
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Period properties are hugely popular for their historic charm and character. While owning a period property can be incredibly rewarding, it does also require a lot of TLC and therefore often presents the homeowner with…
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At the project outset, careful consideration will undoubtedly be given to the project’s feasibility and it’s quite likely you have allowed an element of contingency in the budget for unexpected costs. In this article, Protek…
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When it comes to building your own villa, there are a few things that can give you a head start. Architect Mohammed Kabbaj was not only able to approach the project with considerable expertise and…
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When Terry and Olwen Brown-Waite were chosen by Channel 4’s Grand Designs in a nationwide search to find people to create their own homes at the UK’s largest mass self-build site, they had a clear…
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Deciding to undertake a self-build project is a significant moment, however, translating grand ideas into a workable plan isn’t always as straightforward as it might seem. Here, Karen Curtin, Managing Director of Graven Hill, the…
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Renovating your home is always an exciting time. But that isn’t to say that it doesn’t come with its own set of challenges. Whether you’re a new homeowner, an interiors novice, or already have experience…
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Kitchen renovations are never a straight forward process and require meticulous planning. When thinking about which appliances to purchase, it’s important to consider what would be best suited to your kitchen design and the space…
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When Suffolk-based April Groen embarked on a self-build project to create her own unique living space, she had very distinct ideas on how she envisaged the overall design of her property, both inside and out.
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Tom Wright, Managing Director of George Barnsdale, the window and door specialist, discusses what a self-builder should consider when specifying acoustic performance in windows and doors.
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A self-build project in the stunning countryside of North East England has benefitted from Isover’s Metac, chosen for its excellent thermal and acoustic properties, as well as being the perfect fit for the architectural design…
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Dale Telling, Commercial Manager at one of the leading Italian render manufacturers, Fassa Bortolo, outlines how a lime-based render can offer the solution to bring a period building back to its original beauty.
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Japanese knotweed is no longer the deal-breaker it once was, with almost a third (32%) of British adults who are aware of Japanese knotweed prepared to go ahead and purchase an affected property, but at…
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For one family, a bespoke-designed oak frame from The Oak Designs Company ticked all the boxes in their quest to find a robust, elegant and spacious outhouse for an elderly family member.
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How do you make something new look like it’s been there for generations? When one family decided to make a stunning piece of rural Shropshire their home, that’s exactly the challenge they faced.
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Basement conversions are becoming a popular method to add floorspace and value to a property. However, the decision to tackle one should not be taken lightly.
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It’s a great feeling to turn that dusty, dark old loft into your favourite room in the house. You might have a growing family and need an extra bedroom. It could be a home office,…
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Living in the countryside can be much better for your health than living in a city centre. Less petrol and diesel fumes, bigger gardens, country walks with the family dog, and growing your own fruits…
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Something that is commonly confused is the difference between timber framing and post and beam construction. Here Vermont Timber Works explains more.
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It is well established and understood by self builders, architects and developers that well designed and attractive garage doors add to the overall feel and value of a property.
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A self-build project in the stunning countryside of North East England has benefitted from Isover’s Metac, chosen for its excellent thermal and acoustic properties, as well as being the perfect fit for the architectural design…
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The relationship between handmade bricks and mortar is very similar to that of the referee in a football match. Mortar, like a referee, is absolutely essential to a successful outcome – but the less you…
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Rex Nye, who owns online builders’ merchants NYEs Building Supplies, provides his top tips for making sure you’re getting the best from your garden.
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To create a new-look bathroom, on a budget, there are a few simple updates which can create a big impact. Bathroom and tile retailer, Easy Bathrooms, has outlined a handful of ideas to bring this…
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Stacy Eden, Partner, Head of Property and Construction at national audit, tax, advisory and risk firm, Crowe, explains how will this impact on the property industry.
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CB Homes has recently won a top industry accolade for its stunning lakeside development in Cheshire, on the site of a derelict country restaurant. The project, The Mill Pool, is a residential development of two…
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London-based renovator, MyEdge2.com, has converted the interior of a 19th century flat to meet needs of young urban professionals. The specialist recently finished the complete structural renovation and interior refurbishment of a ground floor flat…
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Whether you’re working on an old or a new building, read on to discover why Simon Ayres of Lime Green believes lime has the answers. Simon gave up building to focus on manufacturing lime because…
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If you’re looking to replace your windows, picking windows for your self-build project or plan to have a rooflight installed, it can be difficult deciding whether to choose double or triple glazing. Each carries their…
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With the changes in lifestyle and the cost of buying a new home outweighing the cost of renovating or extending a property, it’s not surprising that the ‘don’t move, improve’ philosophy continues to strengthen.
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The Dulux Colour of the Year for 2019 is Spiced Honey – a rich natural tone that fills the space between caramel and mocha with a warm and understated earthiness.
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Loxone has put together a list of 10 top tips to accommodate smart home technology into your self-build project.
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Bi-fold doors run along a simple track and are hinged to fold open. They are a popular choice for external back doors in both new-builds and period properties.
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Clay roof tiles remain as popular as ever, adding a beautiful finishing touch to the roof of any home. Roof Stores’ clay roof tile guide will tell you everything you need to know about clay…
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Nestled in the vales of the Eastern Townships, near the Vermont border, the Abercorn Chalet is the brainchild of Laurent Guez, Designer and Partner at Tux Creative. His aim was to create a unique living…
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This light-filled house, an hour and a half from Montreal, is literally hanging from a cliff as its name, Dans l’Escarpement, implies in French. It is located on land pertaining to an estate started over…
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When London-based architecture studio, Loud. Architecture & Interior Design, was approached to transform a run-down property in Stoke Newington, its Founder Kate Clare jumped at the chance to not only bring the property’s construction and…
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The latest self-build market report from AMA Research, highlights the strong disconnect between the number of available sites and where people want to build.
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Established in 1994, The Sash Window Workshop specialises in the manufacture, installation and repair of timber windows and doors.
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There’s a steep learning curve when you’re building or carrying out a large renovation project. Homebuilding & Renovating Show specialists who have lived through it describe the most common pitfalls and how to avoid them.
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For Jude Hesselgrave, home is not just where her heart is, it’s also where her roots lie. After renting in London and then buying and renovating a house near Brighton with her partner, Roger Page,…
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When decorating your self-build bathroom, picking the right scheme to create a calm and relaxing environment might feel like a difficult task.
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Ideal Home Show, sponsored by Zoopla, the world’s longest running exhibition, has returned to Olympia London from Friday 22nd March to Sunday 7th April 2019.
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Deciding on the windows and doors is an important part of a building project. The decision not only affects the look of the property, but also impacts on the thermal efficiency.
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Perhaps one result of aircrete’s popularity as an above-ground masonry material has been a lack of awareness of its suitability for use below DPC level. In the British construction industry, using aircrete as a foundation…
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In 2016, new legislation came into force which meant that councils now have a duty to grant planning permission to appropriate serviced plots as part of the ‘Right to Build’ entitlement. This was part of…
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Steve Elliott’s aim was to convert a dilapidated 16th century apple storage barn and some outbuildings from agricultural use to a residential haven for his family.
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Choosing a kitchen is no easy task. Whether you’re in the midst of a complete renovation or simply updating an old style, the finer details of the process can complicate matters and it helps to…
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Here Jacksons Fencing explains how you can save money by installing pressure treated fencing vs untreated fencing and why treated timber is not as susceptible to insect and rot attack, wind damage or harsh weather…
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The impact of heating system selection on heating bills could be of great consequence for your new build project for many years to come. Environmental pressures have boosted the appetite and need for low carbon…
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VELUX® Company Ltd has appointed a new managing director to lead its roof window business from its UK headquarters in Fife, Scotland.
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Luxury Flooring and Furnishings have remained dedicated to providing exceptional products with the best availability. Their dedicated team of experts are always on the lookout for the highest quality materials, unique designs, and best prices,…
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Leading construction connector manufacturer Simpson Strong-Tie has upgraded its Building Safer Structures 2019 seminar, approved by the CPD Certification Service and Engineers Ireland.
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When the founder of the Complete Energy Consultancy set about designing a brand new home for himself and his family, he identified Marmox Thermoblock as the ideal means of tackling thermal bridging around the floor/wall…
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Green Building Store has been supplying low energy projects since 1995 across the UK and can provide the technical knowledge, support and high performance products to help you achieve your selfbuild project.
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As your property’s exterior offers the perfect opportunity to make a first impression, it is the ideal starting point to making home improvements.
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Self-building in the countryside can throw up a unique set of challenges, especially if your plot is off-grid. Having no access to mains gas means you’ll need to consider what fuel you’re going to use…
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Futurebuild is returning to the ExCeL, London, in March 2019, and will place a focus on exploring and tackling the biggest challenges impacting the built environment. The event will be a unique destination for visitors…
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Upcycling is all about taking your worn and loved items and giving them a new lease of life. We all have some old furniture around the house which could do with a fresh lick of…
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Here is a step-by-step self-builder’s timeline for building an oak-framed house so you know what to expect throughout the journey.
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The Environment Agency (EA) introduced new rules regarding the discharge of treated sewage by systems installed and in use on or after 1st January 2015.
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Bisca refurbished the staircase in a multi-storey Victorian property, transforming the entrance hall in the process.
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A leaky, broken or damaged roof can be a costly and timely expense to UK homeowners. A simple routine check of your roof could save you a lot of money in the long run. In…
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News that the UK is aiming to ban gas grid connections to new-build homes from 2025 serves as a clear indication that the development of sustainable eco homes of the future should, in fact be…
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Hidden within the 30-acre site of Butterhills in the north of Devon, the beautiful Linhay has been rescued from a state of ruin.
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Mike and Pawana Spencer-Nairn left Jersey in the Channel Islands and moved to the UK in 2005 to realise a remarkable Scottish Highland experience in the wilderness. They created Eagle Brae, a sustainable ecotourism business…
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Earthborn has launched its new classic colour card. Overstated colour is trending and with Earthborn’s 7 new hues, each imbued with fresh, fluid energy, you can carry your space to a new, contemporary realm.
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The Sash Window Workshop is celebrating 25 years of business. The company was established on the 11th February 1994 by Richard Dollar. Initially operating from a small pig shed in Ascot the company has grown…
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From 5 to 7th February, Surface Design Show 2019 will take place at London’s Business Design Centre to provide a platform for architects, designers and specifiers to explore the best in interior and exterior surface…
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The National Self Build & Renovation Show returns for a packed three days of live demonstrations, seminars and an unrivalled line up of experts on hand to share their advice. It’s a brilliant event if…
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The Listed Property Show, organised by the Listed Property Owners’ Club (LPOC), is back with the biggest-ever flagship show at Olympia, London, for the 13th year. Running from 9 to 10th February, attendees can expect…
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If you’re planning a self-build, renovating a property or looking to add light, space or value to your current home, then a trip to Build It Live will be an essential part of your preparation.
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Finding the right light fittings to use in your bathroom can be a tricky matter, especially if your electrician or quick internet search points towards IP44-rated fittings. Whilst there are areas where IP44-rated fittings are…
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