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Drill Bits - What's the difference?

Thursday, 1 September 2016 14:11:03 Europe/London

Drill Bits - What's the difference?

As the popular ranges of porcelain tiles have become more and more difficult to drill, STS have stayed ahead of the game by bringing out different drill bits to suit different situations. In this article, we'll go over the differences between the different drill bits.



PorcelPlusThe PorcelPlus drill bits come in 6mm and 8mm, both of which come with two 4mm pilot hole drill bits. For best results with porcelain tiles, pilot with the 4mm and then follow with the 6mm or 8mm. The drill bits last longer if kept cool with water but are not water fed. The life expectancy is around 10-15 holes.



PorcelPlus Extra Dry  

8mm PPXDThe PorcelPlus Extra Dry drill bits are designed to be used dry, so no water tank is required for these bits.The PorcelPlus Extra Dry drill bits have a wax centre which keeps the bits cool during use. The drill bits are diamond tipped for longevity and come in 6mm, 8mm, 10mm and 12mm. The expected life of the bits is around 20 holes. 


PorcelPlus Extra Wet

8mm PPXW The PorcelPlus Extra Wet drill bits were designed for wet use only and come with a 
water  tank, which incorporates a drilling guide on the back. The bits come in a range of sizes from  6mm - 35mm and the expected life of the bits is 15 holes. 



Both of these drill bits are handy little tools to keep in your toolbox and are ideal for a bathroom project.


Porcelain Drilling Kit

Porcelain Drilling Kit The Porcelain Drilling Kit is a full kit comprising of a five litre water tank, a water fed swivel  connector, an adjustible drilling guide and a 6mm and 8mm bit, and other drill bits can be  added as required.The drill bits come in a wide  range of sizes, from 6mm - 126mm. The  expected life of the bits is 75+ holes.


This is a professional tool designed for long usage. 


We hope this has helped to outline the differences between the different types of drill bits. (Click Here) to view our range of drill bits.



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Big News!

Friday, 29 July 2016 14:22:50 Europe/London

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July Newsletter

Wednesday, 6 July 2016 14:47:26 Europe/London

July Newsletter

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Fire Resistance Indicative Test

Thursday, 30 June 2016 15:25:31 Europe/London

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Fire resistance testing

 On 21st June, we went to Exova WarringtonFire to have an indicative Fire Resistance test carried out on NoMorePly. These tests determine how long a burn time the NoMorePly boards have. Burn Time is used to indicate how long people would have to escape a burning building, the minimum requirement is 30 minutes.

The boards were built onto a frame of 70mm metal studwork which was 1.5m x 1.5m, using 12mm on each side of the frame. This frame is then backed onto a furnace, temperature probes are attached to the boards and the furnace is ignited.

The criteria they are looking for are:
        1) Do the flames pass from the furnace side to the outer side?
        2) Do any gaps form in the structure?
        3) Is there any loss of impermeability?

Burn Time is the time at which one of the above happens, which would be our result.

At around 12 minutes, steam started coming from the structure, which was the moisture evaporating out of the boards. At around 30 minutes, there was still no signs of the external boards giving up. At 42 minutes, the joint on the outside gave way enough for the cotton wool pad to ignite on testing.

This is a good indication, with the final test is still down the line. Watch this space for further results…

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NoMorePly Acoustic Testing - a reSOUNDing success

Tuesday, 21 June 2016 16:27:31 Europe/London


On Monday 13th June, we went over to the University of Salford to have some acoustic tests undertaken on the NoMorePly boards. They were tested for both airborne noise (sound that travels through the air, e.g. music) and impact noise (sound that travels through impact, e.g. footfalls) for both flooring and walls.

For the airbourne test the boards were built into panels and were fitted into the aperture. We had a number of different make ups tested – one with 12mm NoMorePly on one side, plasterboard on the other and insulation in the middle, one with 12mm NoMorePly on both sides and insulation in the middle and one with 22mm on one side, 12mm on the other side and insulation in the middle.  

Once the panels were fitted, the edges were filled with cork and then everything was in place. The sound was transmitted from the source room, through the boards around the aperture and into the receiving room. Following the recording, a flat sound was analysed to give us our final reading.

 For the impact test both the 12mm and 22mm were tested with a variety of different sound proofing mats to find the best option.  A step machine "walks" on the boards and the transfer of noise is measured in the receiving room below.

We will be publishing the certification in due course, so stay tuned for that!

 The NoMorePly has some indicative Fire Resistance Testing coming up next week, more on that later...

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June Newsletter

Tuesday, 21 June 2016 14:20:24 Europe/London

June Newsletter


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