Tuscan Foundry Products Ltd, Tyn-Y-Clyn, Llanafan Fawr, Builth Wells, Powys LD2 3LU, United Kingdom
Tuscan Foundry can provide a wide range of stock and commonly used items with all fittings and accessories. Additionally, items can be made to order to meet the specific needs of your project.
The standards for rainwater have remained remarkably constant for many years which means that replacing or integrating new with old is easy. The physical properties of cast iron are sustained throughout its lifetime thus maintaining its effectiveness. Coupled with its durability and proper maintenance, we would expect our products to last for over 100 years under normal conditions.
Where it is not possible to match existing cast iron designs for individual buildings from stock, Tuscan, in association with its pattern makers, can offer a bespoke service.
The Premier Extra Range
As an alternative we are pleased to offer the “Premier Extra” finish which has been developed to satisfy the needs of specifiers and clients requiring a “ready to fix product” with no painting required on site. The ‘Premier Extra’ range has an attractive black semi-gloss finish and is available in all 7 standard gutter profiles and round rainwater pipes.
Note: also available to special order in a comprehensive range of RAL & BS colours – details on request.
It is important when painting cast iron to ensure that all surfaces are completely covered.
Premier Rainwater products are supplied in a grey metal primer with rust inhibitors.
Before fixing on site, the products should be inspected for damage to the finish and, where necessary, wire brushed and spot primed with an appropriate metal primer. This should be followed by two undercoats and one top coat (or one undercoat and two top coats) of a good quality exterior paint.
For coastal areas please consult your local stockist or paint manufacturer for their recommendations.
After installation ensure that any damage to the coating, jointing nuts, bolts and fixing screws is made good with the appropriate paint.
Note: We strongly
recommend all products are painted prior to installation to ensure adequate coating on all surfaces. This will reduce long term maintenance.
Our in house paint coating is formulated to have a life expectancy of 10 years when subject to normal weather conditions and rectification of any impact damage or surface scuffing during and after installation. Atmospheric pollution and/or the presence of dissolved salts in the rainwater put greater demands on the paint coatings and can adversely affect the life expectancy.
During installation and assembly of the product and handling, scuffing or impact damage to the coating must be made good to maintain the integrity of the finished paint coating. Likewise, any cutting or drilling operations must be protected with paint immediately to prevent the onset of the rusting process. This touch up reworking also applies to any bolts, nuts and screws used during assembly.
It is important when painting cast iron to ensure that all surfaces are completely covered.
Conventional soil pipes are coated with a black bitumous based finish to conform to BS416.
If over painting, please refer to your paint specialist or manufacturer for a suitable system.
This process will ensure the protection of the cast iron product against rusting from the reworked areas subject to regular annual checks and routine maintenance of the exterior surfaces.
Surface Scuffing or Impact Damage. The affected area should be rubbed with emery or sand paper to remove any loose paint or debris and provide a key for touch up. Any rusting from exposed metal should be fully sanded back to bare metal. This process should be carried out as soon as possible after preparation of the surface.
Cutting and Drilling. Remove any burrs or sharp edges and ensure that any oil contamination, loose dust or metal debris is fully removed on completion of these operations. Paint touch up should be carried out as soon as possible after preparation of the surface.
If the bare metal faces have been left untreated then any rusting of the exposed metal should be fully sanded back to bare metal before paint touch up.
This process should be carried out in dry conditions with the surface to be treated clean and dry.
Use Tuscan Foundry semi gloss touch up paint in the appropriate colour and apply an initial coat of paint to the bare metal surface ensuring all exposed metal is covered.
Excessive brushing out of the paint should be avoided since this will reduce paint layer thickness and necessitate three or four layers of touch up paint to be required.
When the initial or previous coat is touch dry apply the second or additional coats of paint to the reworked area ensuring any adjacent areas of paint which have been rubbed during the sanding operations are also painted. It is important that a minimum of two thick layers of paint are applied to provide the desired paint thickness for product protection.
Vertical rainwater pipes would not normally be sealed. Only seal joints between gutter outlet and rainwater pipe or offset plus any joints in a horizontal position such as a 90° branch arm or bend. It is recommended that three small wedges made from timber or sheet lead off-cuts are used to centralise the pipe joints and prevent any wind rattle.
The traditional fixing for eared cast iron rainwater pipes is by using large headed pipe nails which we have available in 75mm and 100mm lengths. These are secured in wooden plugs fitted in the brickwork/masonry background. Alternatively non corrosive coach screws or other proprietary fixings may be used.
When fixing on an uneven or unstable surface the recommended method is to secure fixings by means of epoxy resin in pre-drilled holes.
Fixing of uneared pipes can be by holdfast, build in holderbat, earband or screw to wall bracket. These fixings are all available from stock.
Suitable for use on Plain Half Round and Beaded Half Round gutter profiles, this kit is an efficient alternative to traditional jointing methods. The kit contains 10 EPDM rubber seals plus M6 x 25mm bolts, nuts and washers, suitable for 100mm, 115mm, 125mm, and 150mm gutter sizes.
Take the EPDM gasket and push the bolt from the inside of the gutter spigot and then through the gasket.
Line up the gutter and gasket with the socket of the next gutter/fitting and push the bolt through ready to accept the washer and nut.
Check the gasket is square and even between the two gutters and then tighten the nut and washer. Be careful not to over tighten as this may affect the joint or damage the gutter.
Finally use a craft knife to trim off any excess gasket rubber.
Note: When carrying out jointing or installation work on cast iron gutters, always check for any slight damage including paint chips and cut ends and if necessary use the appropriate touch up paint to ensure a complete covering.
The most popular way of jointing cast iron gutters is by using a low modulus silicone sealant or specialist rubberised bitumen gutter mastic.
The sealant should be spread evenly within the gutter socket applying additional sealant around the jointing hole before placing the gutter spigot into the socket and compressing both parts using M6 x 25mm corrosion resistant mushroom head bolts, ensuring the bolt head is on the inside of the gutter.
The washer and nut should be lightly tightened from the underside of the gutter to allow excess sealant to be removed. Do not over tighten as this could result in gutter damage.
Note: If gutters have been cut, remove any loose filings immediately to ensure no discolouration/ rust marks on the paint surface. Also check that cut ends, bolts, nuts and any slight installation damage is made good with the appropriate primer and paint.
Before commencing the installation, inspect all fascia boards to ensure they are in good condition and will adequately support cast iron gutters.
Determine the direction for fitting the gutters beginning with socketed end of the gutter e.g. Notts OG gutters fit left to right and G46 gutters fit right to left
Position the first bracket 150mm from the end of the run
Fix subsequent brackets at 900mm maximum centres using a string line for alignment of brackets and ensuring a slight fall towards outlet positions.
Gutters may be cut with a powered disc cutter or tipped hacksaw.
When cutting gutters, ensure there are no loose filings left on the surface as these will cause discolouration of the paint finish.
All cut ends, bolt heads and damaged paint areas should be retouched immediately.
Whilst it is common practice to fit gutters in fascia brackets, some gutter profiles may be fixed direct to the fascia if required. These include OG and moulded gutters which have three pre-drilled holes per 1.8m (6′) length along the top back edge.
Where building designs incorporate no fascia board, other types of bracket will be required, the most popular being side fixing rafter, top fixing rafter and rise and fall brackets with build in spikes.
These are all readily available in galvanised/zinc plated steel and other designs are obtainable to suit your specific requirements.
Tuscan’s cast iron guttering comes in 19 different profiles, including cast iron ogee guttering, along with 3 different cast iron pipe profiles and over100 ornamental rainwater hopper heads. Cast iron is particularly well suited and a popular choice for all drainage systems, nothing looks better and no other product offers its strength, durability and long life. Coupled with its durability and proper maintenance we would expect our cast iron rainwater systems to last for over 100 years in normal conditions.
Tuscan is a specialist manufacturer and main distributor of cast iron and lead rainwater systems. We are also a leading supplier of traditional cast iron soil pipe and fittings. We have a large number of products in stock and can offer next day delivery on a wide range of cast iron gutters, pipes, gutter brackets. Our lead products are manufactured to your specific requirements and therefore take a bit longer to produce.Traditional heritage style Cast Iron Gutter, Primed or Painted Black:- Half Round, Beaded Half Round, Ogee, Deepflow and Moulded.
Traditional heritage style Cast Iron Rainwater Pipe, Primed or Painted : – Round, Square and Rectangular
Traditional Cast Iron Conventional Soil & Waste System (LCC) and Cast Iron Traditional Push-Fit Soil System
Our common half round cast iron guttering, our common ogee traditional moulded profile and our cast iron rainwater pipes are supplied at some of the most competitive or cheapest prices available.
Tuscan Foundry Products also manufacturer the UK’s widest range of brackets for cast iron rainwater systems. Visit our bracket page for further details. Not only do we stock a wide range of brackets, we can also manufacture purpose designed or bespoke brackets to match your existing rainwater profiles.
Tuscan Foundry Products Ltd are a leading supplier of cast metal guttering and pipe to the trade and public, offering cast iron rainwater goods at some of the best discounted prices available.
Our cast iron rainwater goods are manufactured to the following standards:
Premier Rainwater (BS 460) is a range of traditional cast iron rainwater pipes, gutters, heads and fittings which includes ornamental castings produced in our own foundry. These products are finished in a grey primer with rust inhibitors. Stock items can be supplied quickly for customers with a short lead time.
Premier Extra Rainwater (BS 460) ) is a pre-painted version of the Premier Rainwater range. Products are painted in a black semi gloss as standard, other BS or RAL colours are available. This product has been developed on behalf of specifiers and contractors looking for the benefits of time savings on site.
Premier Soil (BS 416)) is a traditional cast iron soil system. The range includes pipes and fittings using the socket and spigot caulked system for jointing. Products are supplied in a bituminous, black finish.