Barnsley inventor’s top B&Q deal

Tony Cardno, left, and Shaun Perry with the radiator isolation valve.
Tony Cardno, left, and Shaun Perry with the radiator isolation valve.

A Barnsley inventor’s new product, designed to make light work of removing radiators, has gone on sale in hundreds of B&Q stores across the UK.

Former Goldthorpe colliery fitter and entrepreneur Tony Cardno has created a radical new design for the humble radiator valve which means there is no need to drain a radiator before taking it off the wall to decorate.

B&Q have now ordered 7000 units of the ‘Never Drain’ valve which will be on sale in 250 stores from this month. The order represents Tony’s first big deal following seven years of hard work and investment to develop, patent and manufacture his innovation.

Tony, who has set up TLC Developments with nephew and business partner Shaun Perry to promote the product, said: “It’s been a long journey to get to this point and we hope this significant order with such high-profile retailer will be the first of many.”

Tony had the idea for his unique valve, which can seal off radiators from heating systems, while he was changing a radiator at Shaun’s chalet in Cleethorpes in 2008.

Said Tony: “It was such a messy and cumbersome job having to drain the thing before I could take it off the wall and I thought, there’s got to be a better way to do this.

“My valve simply seals the radiator on the one hand and then closes the pipe to the heating system on the other so that it just lifts off the wall intact with its chemical-based inhibitor fluid still inside.

“It removes the need for towels on the floor to soak up spillages and also means you don’t have to pour the anti-corrosive fluid taken from a radiator down the drain, which ultimately pollutes our water courses.

“It makes it a much easier, quicker, greener DIY job.”

Tony and Shaun have now begun working with Masefield Beta UK plumbing distributors to push the product out to more customers including plumbers’ and builders’ merchants. TCI Developments Ltd has received support from the Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre.