Home & Garden

Burglar Alarms and Intruder Security Systems in York, Selby and Leeds

We often think of the short dark days of winter as being the time of year when our homes are most it risk for burglars. In actual fact According to UK Crime Stats domestic burglaries are relatively static throughout the year. (Source www.ukcrimestats.com)

Mayfair Security - Burglar Alarms and Intruder Security Systems in York, Selby and Leeds

There are various measures we all know we should put in place to ensure that we don't make accessing out homes too easy for would-be burglars, but there's not greater peace of mind than having the latest Intruder alarm fitted.

Mayfair Security is an NSI (National Security Inspectorate) Gold Approved security provider. We install, maintain and monitor burglar alarms and intruder alarm systems throughout the Yorkshire region and the UK. Our team of industry specialists will take the time to understand your premises and your particular risks and situation before recommending the appropriate intruder alarm system to protect your premises. For Home Security, the Mayfair Security Smart Alarm, can be monitored by you via a Mobile App on your phone, tablet or PC.

Every bespoke security solution we design is competitively priced, simple to use, trouble free and effective at protecting your premises, business and your possessions. We can design a bespoke burglar alarm system which will meet the requirements of current UK and EU legislation, the Emergency Services and the Insurance industry. We work with the leading manufacturers to offer a range of products which will meet all budgets and insurance requirements.

Mayfair Security Limited,
Adelaide House,
Vivars Way ,
North Yorkshire.

01757 701596


Temperatures Soar and Colours Sizzles - August Gardening tips

Temperatures Soar and Colours Sizzles - August Gardening tipsSome plants thrive as summer heats up. If your perennial beds lack colour, try a few of these plants that flower through sweltering August afternoons. All are drought-tolerant once established.

Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia spp.) brightens the garden with cheery yellow blooms perfect for cutting. It's a good choice for a wildlife garden. Flowers beckon butterflies; seed heads are a goldfinch favorite.

Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia) unfurls silvery foliage accented with lavender blooms.

Threadleaf tickseed (Coreopsis verticillata) opens daisylike blooms in shades of yellow, white, or pink. Low-maintenance plants have fine foliage and open flowers.

Yarrow (Achillea) sounds a steady note of drought-resistant color in the summer garden. Look for flowers in many shades, from white, to red, to peach, to yellow.

August Watering Tips

Avoid watering during midday, when more water will evaporate than soak into soil.
It's not uncommon for plants to wilt on hot afternoons even though soil has adequate moisture. The wilting occurs because plants are losing water faster than their roots can absorb it. Leaves should revive by early evening, after the sun is no longer directly on leaves. If not, water deeply.
Some shrubs need weekly deep watering now. Rhododendrons are beginning to form flower buds for next year's show, and adequate water is vital. Fruiting plants, such as hollies and firethorn, need water to ensure berries mature and don't drop.

Garden-Fresh Flavours from the Herb and Vegetable Garden

Peppers: Pick peppers at any stage of development. The longer fruits stay on a plant, the more intense flavor becomes -- sweet peppers grow sweeter, and hot peppers develop a stronger burn.

Herbs: It's best to pick herbs before they flower. Harvest herbs on a dry morning, after dew has dried. The exception is mint, which you want to pick at midday, when essential oil concentrations in leaves are greatest. Avoid harvesting herbs following a rain, when foliage is wet.

Tomatoes: Even though tomatoes continue to ripen after picking, fruits develop greatest flavor when allowed to ripen on plants. The exception is cherry tomatoes, which are prone to splitting. Pick these tasty morsels as soon as fruits start showing color.

August Garden tasks

Pull annuals that are past their prime and aren't likely to recover. Cover bare soil to deter weeds.Take cuttings of plants you want to overwinter. Choices may include fuchsia, scented geranium, coleus, or wax begonia. Stick 3- to 4-inch green stem cuttings in soil. Place pots in a shaded spot, and keep soil moist. Make sure mower height is raised so you're cutting grass higher. When grass is taller, it shades soil beneath, which reduces water evaporation from soil. Taller grass generally has deeper roots, which helps it withstand drought better. September is peony planting time. That means August is the month to order peony roots.

Does your chimney need lining?

Does your chimney need lining?The most appealing focal point in any room must be the fireplace. Be it an open fire, closed stove or  room-heater, the leaping flames and glowing coals are the real heart of the home. However, for any fire to work successfully, it must be connected to a sound chimney and correctly sized flue. The functions of a chimney are to safely remove the products of combustion from the fireplace or appliance to outside without causing danger to the occupants of the house or setting the house itself on fire. A chimney works because hot air rises and always moves from high to low pressure. Factors such as running the appliance at a very slow rate or cold air leaking into the flue, will cool the gasses and affect the performance of the chimney. To keep the flue gasses warm, consideration must be given to the insulation value of the lining system chosen. In houses built since the introduction of the 1965 Building Regulations, all flues must be built with liners during their construction. This is usually done with clay liners, which should last the life of the building. However, in houses built prior to 1965, lining was less common. Flues were usually “parged” (rendered) on the inside with lime mortar. This parging suffers attack from acids and tars produced during combustion, and gradually deteriorates. The flue is then in poor condition, often leaking fumes or tars into the walls or other parts of the building. Sadly, many houses built since 1965 suffer similar problems due to badly installed flue liners and need further attention. 


There are a number of reasons why an old chimney may need lining. For example you might find that the flue is leaking smoke and fumes into other rooms or parts of the building. Condensates or tar are seeping through the chimney walls causing staining, either inside or outside the building (a common problem with wood burning stoves) The flue is much too large for the type of fire or appliance being used. Or perhaps The flue is too cold, particularly if on an outside wall, and is not  drawing properly. Before any new lining is installed it is essential to have the chimney thoroughly swept to remove all soot and tar deposits. This means with stiff polypropylene or steel scraper brushes. There are two distinct types of flexible metal liners available and it is very important to distinguish between them. 

Solid Fuel Liners

This is a double skinned liner made from an extremely high quality stainless steel It is smooth on the inside, corrugated on the outside and must be installed the correct way up. It is specifically designed for relining flues for solid fuel and wood. Whilst stainless steel is a very tough material, it is still prone to corrosion due to the acidity of fumes from solid fuel, especially if condensation is present. Its anti corrosion properties are also reduced if heated above 900ºC for more than about 15 minutes, perhaps as the result of a chimney fire.

Gas and oil flue liners

A light gauge single skin liner, only suitable for closed gas fires and boilers, some inset fuel effect gas fires and kerosene oil appliances. It should never be used with solid fuel or wood burning

For further unbiased advice contact Yorkshire Stove Solutions 

“We will never insist a liner is fit where it is not required”

3 Dale Close,
North Yorkshire.

07794 805999

Recycling Ink Cartridges / Why Not Just Throw Them in the bin?

Recycling Ink Cartridges / Why Not Just Throw Them in the bin? The greater part of ink-jet cartridges are made out of plastic. In a landfill situation they are likely to take thousands of years to degrade, all the time releasing plasticizers into the environment. Every year millions of these empty ink-jet cartridges are simply thrown away. Recycling used ink-jet cartridges is easy and is eminently beneficial to the environment. Recycling helps reduce the amount of solid waste generated and conserves raw materials. Apart from the plastic container the functional elements in an ink-jet cartridge are effectively solid state, in that they can be reused without loss of print quality. 

There are essentially two types of none OEM cartridges available. There are compatible cartridges, which are effectively new units designed to match the requirement of the original manufacturers units. The second category are re-manufactured cartridges. These are recycled units which have been rigorously cleaned, had there chips reset, refilled and tested.

Whichever option you choose you will save a considerable sum over the cost of new cartridges especially if you print numerous sheets on a regular basis. Plus you know you're contributing to the recycling effort.

Advantage Printer Consumables based in Selby, North Yorkshire offer a comprehensive range of both re-manufactured and compatible cartridges. They also offer free UK delivery.

Advantage Printer Consumables,
Unit 5,
Oakney Wood Avenue,
Selby Business Park,
North Yorkshire
01757 212747


Great Yorkshire Show - 2014

Great Yorkshire Show - 2014We are celebrating our 156th Great Yorkshire Show from Tuesday 8 -Thursday 10 July 2014. Opening Times are: Tuesday & Wednesday 7.30am - 7.30pm, Thursday 7.30am – 6.30pm

Make your day at the Great Yorkshire Show 2014 really special by booking into our hospitality suite. Conveniently located near the President's lawn the hospitality suite provides a peaceful haven whilst keeping you at the heart of the action.

You can book for parties of two to 30!

Places are priced at £130 + VAT per person, per day and the benefits include:
Entrance to the Show
Preferential Parking
Morning Coffee
Yorkshire Buffet Lunch and House Wine
Yorkshire Afternoon Tea
Souvenir Programme
Grandstand Tickets

Please be aware that tickets are not refundable. Guests should be dressed smartly and the hospitality offer is for over 18’s only. Dogs, except assistance dogs are not allowed on the Showground or in the car parks and should not be left in cars.

If you wish to make a booking or register for our mailing list please contact Janet Fox on 01423 546228 or Sally Wall on 01423 546218.


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