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New Phones

Time for a change…

We are updating our phone systems, starting the week commencing 9th September 2019.

We have made all the plans we can, we think we have covered all the bases; but as with many things there are many “unknown unknowns”

IF there are any issues, use email

EMAIL
sales@pfay.co.uk
info@tpfay.co.uk
twitter
@tpfayltd
WhatsApp 07926953456
or call us on backup 07926953456.

We will be ready to help you however you get in touch.

Repair or New?

Here at TPFay we are looking to save our customers time and money.

Therefore we offer a repair service for old obsolete or burnt out heating elements. If you need to replace an old immersion heater or formed element, in many cases we can repair or rebuild your old heating element offering you considerable savings.

If you are looking for a repair or replacement please contact us for more information.

We always look to see if we can repair heaters, we do not like to waste materials or resources. Re-use is a valuable saving, in financial and environmental considerations, in some instances.

However, the construction of some existing heaters do not match our design and assembly criteria.

In these instances we use our judgement to determine, if repair of the existing heater is possible but may carry a great deal of risk of failure in service and during manufacture / repair process.

A contingency cost may be required to cover such risk.

The risk, combined with the time and resource required to attempt any repair, may be much greater than the material cost to manufacture a new heater, at this point we will offer the best alternative or replacement design.

Farewell to Brian

After over 27 years Brian Mitchinson has decided to retire from TPFay Ltd. Joining us when we only numbered 3 including the 2 directors. Brian has been an integral part of the DNA of this company.

We have made some tremendous changes in the intervening years, Most have been positive, and some were less so, but we all survived and continually learned and improved, though it all Brain was a steady and constant presence.

Brian would comment frequently on the “Time Machine” feeling of working here. It always seemed like five minutes since he started, but years had passed.

Now he has reached the time when he would like to stop. With the minimum of fuss and fanfare he has gone.

We wish him well and hope he enjoys his 7 day weekend.

Thank you Brian, we will miss you.

Inflatable Spa Heater Not Working? We Can Help!- REDUCED PRICE

REDUCED PRICE – SPECIAL OFFER

Here in the UK we are, hopefully, at the start of rare ‘good’ summer. That is to say we’ve had more warm, sunny, dry days than rain for a change! Summer means that for those who are lucky enough to own a spa pool, it will be getting much more use than normal.

Even on the hottest of summer days, it is still necessary to heat the water in a spa pool, and when the heater stops working, it can render a spa unusable. BUY NOW – PRICES SLASHED

Lay-Z-Spa Element 2000w 240v Egg
Lay-Z-Spa Element 2000w 240v Egg
lay-zspa-repair-elements

Infrequent use, and damp or humid storage conditions, can see old heaters fail, and the last thing you want to do is get into your spa and find that the heater either doesn’t work at all, or is not heating as rapidly as it used to do.

We Can Replace Your Inflatable Spa Heating Element

Has your Inflatable Spa stopped heating up? This can be an indication of a problem with  your hot tub heating element.

Thankfully, here at TPFay.co.uk we are the heating element specialists, and hot tub elements are no exception!

We can very easily and rapidly replace the element for you, and in no time at all, you’ll be back to enjoying your warm and bubble Inflatable Spa!

Read more about our Inflatable  Spa heater elements here, alternatively, you can get in touch with us here and we’ll be happy to help you further.

Update 21/05/2019 You can now BUY a replacement Inflatable Spa heater elements here, At REDUCED PRICE – SPECIAL OFFER

BSP Thread Sizes – A constant source of frustration for our customers

Brass Heads for Industrial Immersion Heaters

Industrial Immersion Heater Brass Screw Plug Head Components in various BSP Sizes from (¾”) 0.75″ to (2½”) 2.5″

It should be simple.

You measure something, and that is the size.

Simple?

Not if you are measuring a thread, especially if it is a B.S.P. (Bristish Standard Pipe) thread……The size was originally based on the inner diameter measured in inches of a steel tube for which the thread was intended. This often causes confusion, as people think the size refers to the outside diameter of the male thread.

For example, the most common BSP Size for UK Immersion Heaters is 2¼” BSP.
However, if you measure roughly across the threads to check the diameter, it looks closer to 2½”, 2.58″ or 65.71mm, to be precise. But, how can you be precise when you have just struggled to remove an old immersion heater and you might be using a tape measure to try to gauge the thread?

If you ask for a 2½” BSP immersion heater to be made, it will arrive with a thread size of almost 2.96″ or 75.18mm, which will be really annoying as there is no way it will fit, it will be the thread size you asked for but not the size you need. It is the same for all other BSP threads so caution is required.

We at TPFay will try our best to guide you when you ask for a particular BSP size on a heater you would like us to make for you. We may seem to ask you to check the size you need, to the point of annoyance, but we are trying to guide you. We have encountered so many customers who have unwittingly ordered an immersion heater with the wrong size, it can be an expensive and frustrating experience.

Below is a table of common BSP sizes we use for TPFay Immersion Heaters and Element Fittings. Because we use it all the time it is simple for us, but we know it is less than straightforward if you are unfamiliar with the sizes, so was have a handy tip to help you identify the thread size you need if you are trying to measure around a male thread, it is almost impossible with a tape or desk rule.

BSP Thread Form

BSP Thread form

Nominal Size BSP  Thread Form Type  Major Diameter mm d=D  Pitch mm p  Threads per inch tpi 
C= circumferunce
¼” BSP 13.16 1.337 19 41.3
3/8 “ BSP 16.66 1.337 19 52.35
½” BSP 20.96 1.814 14 65.83
¾” BSP 26.44 1.814 14 83.07
1 “ BSP 33.25 2.309 11 109.45
1¼” BSP 41.91 2.309 11 131.66
1½” BSP 47.80 2.309 11 150.18
1¾” BSP 53.75 2.309 11 168.85
2 “ BSP 59.61 2.309 11 187.28
2¼” BSP 65.71 2.309 11 206.43
BSP 75.18 2.309 11 236.2
    MEASUREMENT TIP
  1. Cut a strip of paper that you can wrap around the thread you want to measure.
  2. Draw a Line across it with a pen or pencil.
  3. Wrap the paper strip once around the thread and make a second mark where the paper overlaps the first mark.
  4. Unwrap the paper and measure the distance between the marks. This should correspond to one of the measurements on C=Circumference (C)  mm  above.

If you have any difficulty, give us a call 03703 505058.

1978 to 2018 Forty Years of TPFay.

2018 is a big year for TPFay (Kirkby) Limited as we’ve reached the impressive milestone of 40 years in business. We were incorporated on 27 July 1978.

TPFay 40 years Trading 1978 to 2018

TPFay Certificate of Incorporation  -But, Companies House spelled our name incorrectly, Kirby not Kirkby, so we were re-named later in 1978.

Certificate of Incorporation

Over the last four decades we may have come a very long way from our humble beginnings.The business was founded by Terry Fay, manufacturing in his garage, accompanied by his father Peter.

Terry and Peter (TPFay) began by purchasing elements manufactured by others and custom forming and assembling them to bespoke designs and repairs of existing heater units. With stock stored in all corners of the house, including the loft, the whole family was always always closely involved with the business, day and night. The dining room was used as the office, even the kitchen oven was used to dry elements before sealing.

Our present 12,000 square foot facility couldn’t be more different! We now have purpose built production to manufacture our own heating elements from scratch.

A long and eventful journey, but we are still located next to the house where it all started.

In our 40 years of trading, we have always worked hard to ensure our products stay at the forefront of the market and put this success down to a combination of innovative design, technical and delivery services, developed with our customers in mind.

We continue to invest time and money to improve our products and services to make the best products for each customer and their particular requirement.

flange heater manufacture

Water Boiler Element Production8mmLOY800AfterRollingImmersion Heater Stainless Steel

 

 

 

We’re incredibly proud to be a forward thinking, family run business with family values which remain true to this day.

We would like to thank; our customers and suppliers (past and present), from every part of the UK, and Worldwide, for continued support.

Our customers, for continually challenging us, making each day different, not allowing us to stand still.

Our suppliers who help us select the best products and services to enable us continually improve everything we do.

Last, but not least our team members, the entire TPFay family, past and especially present. You make us what we are.

We use all of the experiences gained over the past 40 years every day, and we use them to power forward for the next.

Here’s to another 40 years of success!

Farewell to Paul. Greetings to Alan.

It is with regret that we said goodbye to Paul Robertson in December. After 13 years he has decided to move on to another challenge with good company in the area, we wish him well.

With the start of 2018 we welcome Alan Daly to take up the role, of Packing operative, “Tzar of shipping Despatch and many things”. As with everything at TPFay, it will involve doing a bit of everything. We’re sure he will settle in quickly. Welcome to the team!

We will be recruiting again, for other roles very soon. We will post the roles and requirements shortly.

We Make-up for Make-up

Recommended to contact us by a friend (Our favourite kind of advertising) Mike Dargan of Dashbo Ltd, brought another new application for us.

Dashbo are a manufacturer of Theatrical and Special FX makeup. A new formulation needed to be heated in an insulated container, then maintained at a constant temperature.

Mike visited our factory bringing the container, and explaining the requirement.

Dashbo needed something that was hygienic, low watt surface temperature and easily removable to permit easy cleaning of the container and the element after use.

After discussing various options we designed a heater to fit the container for the first trial production batch.

Image of Heater design

Image of Heater design

A few simple designs were sent for approval. A pocket was incorporated for simple plug in digital controller.

 

 

Make-Up Heating Element Dashbo

Make-Up Heating Element Dashbo

If we can assist with the “Make-up” of bespoke heaters for your application please get in touch, call +44(0)3703505058 or email sales@tpfay.co.uk or fill in our contact form here. We will be pleased to help.

Question Mark Brewery Kettle Heater

Here we have a “Question Mark” shape brewery immersion heater. For a leading London Micro-Brewery.

Designed to create a rolling boil in your Brewing Kettle – removable for cleaning when required.

Easy fit and easy removal. Heat is concentrated around the lower circumference of your kettle / copper.

If you are puzzled by the question mark and have some of your own?

Just ask us we will show you how we can make one for your kettle.

QUESTION MARK SHAPE BREWERY IMMERSION HEATER.

QUESTION MARK SHAPE BREWERY IMMERSION HEATER.

QUESTION MARK SHAPE BREWERY IMMERSION HEATER.