• Chimney Dismantling

    Posted in News By The Churchill Specialist Contracting Team

    Churchill have successfully completed the piecemeal small dismantling of a 50m tall x 2.2m diameter disused steel chimney on a COMAH 1 site in Stowmarket. To add to the complexity of the project that would see a requirement for hot work at height the chimney was situated adjacent to a…

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  • BS 7671 - Surge Protection Section (534)

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    Surge Protection - Latest BS 7671 Wiring Regulations A new key section (534) within the latest edition of BS 7671 Wiring Regulations published on the 1 July 2011 came into  effect on 1 January 2012. Section (534) now sees a requirement for all new electrical installations designed after 1 January…

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  • The Origins of Lightning Protection

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    Lightning protection science was first conceived by Benjamin Franklin in 1749 with his invention of the first pointed lightning rod conductor that became known as a “lightning attractor” and much later  as the “Franklin Rod.” Franklin spent many years in the lightning protection design process to include his famous kite…

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  • 10 Interesting Facts about Lightning

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    With lightning being a specialty here, we have decided to share with you 10 interesting facts about lightning!A single bolt of lightning is around 50,000f or 5 times hotter than the surface of the sun. The irrational fear of lightning is known as keraunophobia. There are two types of lightning, negative strikes and positive…

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  • How Lightning Damages Buildings

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    Lightning is both amazing to watch, and also highly destructive. The amount of energy a lightning strikes imparts on an object means damage to people and buildings can be significant. It isn't just the strike itself though that causes the problems, there are in fact three ways in which a…

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  • The Basics of Lightning

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    We've talked a lot about lightning protection but not actually about the phenomenon of lightning itself to understand how protection works its worth having a look at why and how lightning strikes. The lightning most frequently referred to in terms of lightning protection is cloud to ground lightning, other forms…

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  • Selecting Conductors For Your Lightning Protection System

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    One of the most important components of any lightning protection system is the actual lightning conductor. Conductors are available in two different materials, aluminium and copper and a range of different widths, the most common width used in the UK is 25x3mm. Designers of lightning protection system will establish the…

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