Housing Market Reopens, But RICS Warns of Year-Long Recovery

House moves and viewings have resumed in England, but the housing market could take up to a year to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors has warned.

The government eased lockdown restrictions this week, permitting house moves and viewings from Wednesday, providing social distancing measures are maintained.

Tradespeople on self build and renovation sites were also actively encouraged back to work on Wednesday, with the government issuing new workplace safety guidelines for builders to help restrict the spread of Covid-19.

House moves and viewings had been frozen since lockdown was first implemented on 23 March, with buyers and renters urged to delay moving. And the impact of the coronavirus crisis is to be felt for months to come, according to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), which anticipates house prices to be lower as the market begins to reopen. 

The latest RICS UK Residential Market Survey, which highlights the impact of lockdown on house sales, revealed that in April 80% of respondents saw people pull out of transactions.

Simon Rubinsohn, chief economist at RICS, said: “Not surprisingly, the latest survey shows that housing activity indicators collapsed in April reflecting the impact of the

How to Connect Steel Gas Pipes

When gas comes into a building from its main source it is distributed to various appliances via steel pipe. Traditionally that pipe is cut to size and then threaded before being connected using fittings with opposing threads of the same size.

A new method, known as “press-connect” is on the rise in the US since it was adopted by code standards a few years ago.

PLEASE NOTE: Gas pipe connections should be done by a licensed professional.

How to Connect Gas Pipe Using the Press-Connect Method:

1. Cut the pipe to length

Using a band saw or miter saw equipped with a blade for cutting heavy metal, the pipe is cut to length.

2. Remove burs

Using emery cloth, the cut end is cleaned to ensure that it is smooth and free of burs.

3. Dry-fit and mark the fitting depth

To ensure the pipe sits fully into the fitting, dry-fit the fitting and mark its location on the pipe. Measure the distance to make sure it complies with the fitting manufacturer’s recommended depth.

4. Crimp the fitting

Reapply the fitting and crimp it using a specialty crimping tool. This tool is made specifically for this process and ensures