Georgina Bisby

Georgina Bisby
Georgina Bisby is a journalist and editor with extensive experience covering construction and industrial news and technology, including a particular focus on health and safety, energy and environmental issues.

Capel Build Part 4 – Cutting the roof timbers

cutting roof timbers

This is the fourth part of our second building project series on Skill Builder. The Capel Build sees carpenter and builder Robin Clevett renovate and extend an unusual property in Surrey. In Part 3 we saw Robin getting the timbers together, in this next instalment we see him get stuck into the post and beam construction. Robin discusses some of …

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Makita adds new versions of 18v lithium-ion brushless LXT tools

DGA463

Makita has introduced new versions of its 18v lithium-ion brushless LXT tools. Reciprocating Saw The new Makita DJR188Z 18v Brushless LXT Reciprocating Saw will run up to 3,000spm, and with a maximum stroke of 20mm, provides a cutting capacity of 255mm in wood and 130mm in pipe. This new compact and lightweight reciprocating saw (just 2.9 kg) has a tool-less …

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Why did we make an impact driver test?

impact driver test

On Friday 9th February we released our showdown of eight of the big players in the impact driver arena to help you identify the best impact driver for your needs. Roger Bisby put drivers from Bosch, Dewalt, Hitachi, Hilti, Makita, Metabo, Milwaukee and Panasonic through their paces. Explaining the thinking behind the latest test, Roger comments: “We set this test …

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BS 8612: a watershed for pitched roofing

pitched roofing

Redland – the company that invented dry-fixed roofing systems, with patents dating back to 1966 – has welcomed the introduction of BS 8612: Dry-fixed Ridge, Hip and Verge Systems for Slating and Tiling, published on January 31st. The new standard is a product specification which frames minimum performance requirements for dry-fix roofing components: establishing that they are both fit for …

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CHAS & NFB partner to promote health & safety standards

CHAS & NFB

The Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme (CHAS) and The National Federation of Builders (NFB) have announced a new partnership to raise health and safety standards in the UK and make the world of work safer. The NFB represents small to medium-sized builders, regional contractors and house builders across England and Wales. As one of the UK’s longest standing trade bodies, …

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How Secure is Your Van? – The truth & solutions

van security

Skill Builder shares some essential information about van security and takes a look at the shocking vulnerabilities of the Ford Transit. In this video we visit Sussex Installations to get the ultimate low-down on van security and make Roger’s Vauxhall Vivaro more theft-proof. After a recent break in Roger was reassured to be able to upgrade the security on his …

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Carillion contracts worth 7.5 billion

Carillion contracts

As the economy continues to come to terms with the collapse of Carillion, the latest figures suggest that on the day of liquidation, the industry giant was the main contractor on 57 construction projects worth a total of £5.7 billion, including a £1.3 billion HS2 contract. This latest information comes from construction industry analysts Barbour ABI, who outlined that ten …

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Bricky and chippy shortage reaches record high

Small builders

Two-thirds of those running small and medium-sized (SME) construction firms are struggling to hire bricklayers and carpenters as construction skills shortages hit a ‘record high’, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).   Key results from the FMB’s latest State of Trade Survey, the quarterly assessment of the UK-wide SME construction sector, include: More than two-thirds (68%) of construction …

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Safety stand-down to cover whole of construction sector in 2018

stop make a change

Following a successful launch in 2017, the first UK-wide stand-down for the infrastructure sector has plans for growth in 2018 with plant safety and mental wellbeing two key priorities for the coming year. Last April more than 60,000 workers on more than 1000 sites took part in events to support Stop. Make a Change. The initiative saw sites, offices and production facilities …

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Banks must show leniency to Carillion’s SME supply chain, says FMB

Carillion's SME

Banks must show leniency to the thousands of SMEs in Carillion’s supply chain, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). Commenting on UK Finance’s announcement that the major banks and the Government are working closely to limit the impact of Carillion’s liquidation on small and medium-sized builders (SME) firms, Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “It’s absolutely …

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