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Run Geordie Run calls at D-Line

Run Geordie Run fundraiser, aka Mark Allison, took a break from preparations for his biggest challenge yet, to stop by at D-Line as the cable management specialists prepare for the official opening of their new facility in North Shields on April 28th.

D-Line Run Geordie Run fundraiser

Local hero Mark ran 3,100 miles across America in summer 2011. Then in 2013 Mark managed to complete a staggering 40 miles a day for 87 days across Australia in sweltering conditions. On May 1st, Run Geordie Run, Bedlington-based, will set out from Lisbon with the aim of running 3,400 grueling miles to raise funds for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and The Children’s Foundation. The distance demands crossing some of Europe’s highest peaks and most challenging conditions, passing 14 borders, on route to a planned finish in Istanbul 100 days later.

On his visit to the company, Run Geordie Run explained the non-stop pressures and enduring pains to his feet across Australia. Then Mark recalled to staff how, when he needed to finish the American run, with over 3,000 miles completed, in blistering heat he still had to cover 60 miles on his last day to make the 100 day target. In comparison, this European part of Mark’s run-around-the-world mission for charity - with many more climbs, including 2,392m elevation for day 50 - also demands an extra 300 miles are covered within the same time!

As Paul Ruddick, founder of D-Line commented ‘When I first heard of Mark’s remarkable pursuits I could hardly believe them to be possible. His dedication to achieve his goals for the charities is incredible, and when you check-again the distances and terrains it is inspirational. We are proud to be a sponsor, and delighted to support Mark’s fundraising aims’ 

Mark added ‘It is great to have the support of D-Line, and I look forward to getting started and posting regular updates to followers. All donations for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and The Children’s Foundation are hugely appreciated. I’m a fundraiser more than a natural runner, so when it gets really tough I often draw on the difference that my supporter’s generosity does make, for that special bit of extra motivation along the way!’

17th Edition, 3rd Amendment - Wiring systems in escape routes

The publication of the 3rd amendment to the 17th Edition (BS7671:2015) Wiring Regulations states (in Chapter 52 – Selection and Erection of Wiring Systems) under section 521.11 that “Wiring systems in escape routes shall be supported in such a way that they will not be liable to premature collapse in the event of fire.” This becomes mandatory for all non-domestic installations from 1st July 2015.

In Note 1, there is particular reference to failure of non-metallic trunking leading to cables hanging across access/egress routes hindering evacuation/fire-fighting activities.

In Note 2, it specifically states this precludes the use of non-metallic clips, cable ties or trunking as the sole means of support. For example, where a non-metallic cable trunking is used, a suitable fire-resistant means of support must be provided to prevent cables falling out in the event of fire.

Prior to this, it was already a legal requirement (BS5839 Part 1) that surface mounted Fire Performance cables must be secured using metallic fixings which withstand the same temperatures and vibration as the fire resistant cables, maintaining adequate support for the cables in a fire.

Designers and installers will now have to use non-combustible methods of cable containment and restraint for all cables in any and all areas of a building that can be considered an escape route. This might include general office/retail space as well as the usual corridors, stairwells, service corridors etc., which form part of an escape route.

The Safe-D Clips

The Safe-D Clips, manufactured by D-Line, have been tested by Warrington Fire, confirming compliance to BS5839 Part 1 Section 26.2d– resistance to fire with mechanical shock and resistance to fire with mechanical shock and water spray. The tests confirmed that Safe-D Clips, when containing two Fire Performance 1.5mm 2 core cables, and subjected to 930°C (+40 -0°C) for two hours at a voltage of 500V rms, enable the cables to maintain circuit integrity.

The clips are manufactured from high temperature steel with a gold passivated finish that can withstand mild corrosive elements – in ceiling voids for example. Once fastened directly onto the building structure or fixed within plastic trunking, tabs on the Safe-D Clips can be easily folded to secure two cables. Fixing time is halved as one clip fits two fire performance 2c 1.5mm, compared to fixing one P-clip per cable.

The company has extended the range and size of these certified clips for use inside and outside of proprietary non-metallic trunking in readiness for the 1st July 2015.

The clips comply with BS 5266 for installation of emergency lighting – especially in retrospective works that become necessary following reassessment of installations carried out to a previous version/standard.

Furthermore, the clips will assist in complying with BS8519 (designed to increase the protection of emergency and fire personnel as well as evacuees).  BS8519 impacts on all the components in the cable systems such as fixings and containment methods so that they do not compromise the circuit integrity in the event of a fire. The publication of the 3rd amendment to the 17th Edition (BS7671:2015) states in (Chapter 52 - Selection and Erection of Wiring Systems) under section 521.11 that “Wiring systems in escape routes shall be supported in such a way that they will not be liable to premature collapse in the event of fire.”

 

 

 

D-Line – The Real Alternative to Channelling Walls

  

Since launch in 2006 D-Line have certainly come a long way – far enough to reach their distributor in New Zealand, 18 million meters away!

Such growth has confirmed D-Line’s core proposition that the market was missing a decorative style of mini-trunking for use in areas where appearance matters, but where channelling walls or lifting floors is not practical.

As Paul Ruddick, founder of D-Line, commented “We know if a surface is solid or has been recently decorated - or if time and budget are issues - that often clients don’t want the hassle and expense of trying to recess cables. Using D-Line lengths can hide cables discretely. With its tapered ½ circle design and no sharp edges it blends with décor to give an outstanding quality of finish for a very modest cost!”

The neat semi-circle profiles incorporate a patented hinge that is specifically tensioned to keep cables in place during an installation, before users simply click-lock the lid. Clip-over bends and tees snap-over lengths to forgive poor cuts and save the need for precise measuring, while smooth-fit connectors and end caps make for a perfect finish.

Paul continued: “The one-piece design and clip-over Accessories for Mini D-Line combine to make probably the quickest system available. Feedback from electricians is excellent. We supplied 125 miles recently for 20,000 hotel rooms where, compared to channelling walls, D-Line saved the noise, mess and cost of putting rooms out-of-service. We take pride from contractors telling us they’re winning new work by offering Mini D-Line as a preferred option”.

The Newcastle-based company has successfully launched a full range of unique Cable Management solutions, with more in development, all stemming from the offer to electricians of a fall back solution when channelling is not the answer.

Cables Showing? Don't Be Fobbed Off!

I live in a traditional house built in 1930’s that would not suit having cables stapled to walls.  That was my main reservation when the salesman from a well known telecommunications company cold-called.  Told me if I didn’t have 155 channels I’d be depriving my children, that we’d not be in the ‘real world’.  Then he quoted special deals and other offers – ‘So what about the cables?’ I asked.  ‘Don’t worry, you’ll never see them' he answered, and so I went ahead.  How naive I felt to find cord right across the room – the white cord was very conspicuous against the black hearth and wooden floor! 

  

When I contacted the salesman I was told that the alternative route to the TV was even longer, and would have required cables up and around the door frame – ‘Our guys took the shortest path, that showed the least cable!’ I was supposed to be grateful, and was then assured ‘such a complaint happens regularly’. 

When I asked why they didn’t cover the cable. I was told no such product exists!  Well don’t be fobbed off...  Get these companies told to D-Line-it!

Hotel Warms to D-Line

When 20,000 hotel rooms needed to hide cabling for new heating controllers, Mini D-Line proved the perfect choice.

Using D-Line enabled dramatic budget savings to be made compared to the cost of channeling the walls then re-plastering and re-decorating.  Aside the noise and disruption, the traditional way would have put rooms out-of-service. On the other hand traditional trunking did not look suitable for a hotel chain with a reputation for comfort and style.

 

Cables fed from wall mounted heaters to wall mounted controllers were concealed in Mini D-Line which blended with skirting and when necessary up-and-around bedheads.

A cut-length rose up to the heater via a clip-over accessory, while clip-over corner accessories made internal corner connections quick and easy.  Other more exposed joins used smooth-fit accessories, as the secure internal tabs were favoured to eliminate future maintenance concerns, given that this part was most likely to be bumped by guests’ baggage.

The ½ circle shape on the length rising up to the wall-mounted controller was again preferred for its impact resistance, the lack of a sharp edge a distinct benefit (compared to traditional sharp edged trunking).

The D-Line Cutting Tool was used throughout, being quick, easy and leaving no dust.

The self-adhesive tape was used to attach the 3m lengths to the walls, with a screw-fixing and plug then inserted 30cm from each end. 

The result was 20,000 installations using 200km of D-Line Mini Trunking, all easy to fit, quick to install, that blended with decor to look great. Completed on time, with dramatic budget savings and no room downtime, D-Line again proved to be the ideal choice where time and appearance matters!

"Having bought one D-Line unit, we now have four dotted around the house - and the office too" ... "Bought this to hide cabling for wall mounted TV. Perfect for the job, and when painted to match the wall it disappears" ... "It has a good clip system, hinging open to accept the cables, easy to cut, self-adhesive backing works well - Amazing stuff!" ... "Quick to fit. Easy to fit cables. Nice and neat and soon to be painted." ... "Excellent product leaving neat and clutter free finish." ... "Very easy to cut and being self-adhesive, no time to install." ... "D Line is the perfect thing for running AV cables from your telly to your media setup." ... "The accessories were easy to fit and even a beginner can't go wrong." ... "I installed the D - line system in minutes and the result was outstanding." ... "Great product, Great service, Great price, what more can I say?" ... "Makes my DIY project look really professional. Looks very neat and tidy."

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