Roger Bisby

Roger Bisby
Roger Bisby is an English television presenter and journalist, known for his expertise in the British building industry.

Home improvements company fined after worker falls from garage roof

Construction boss jailed

A home improvements company has been fined after a worker was significantly injured falling from a garage roof and the company failed to report the incident for nine months. Greater Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 11 May 2015, an employee of Rock Home Improvements Limited was working on a garage roof when he fell 3.4 metres onto the driveway …

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Light & flexible safety shoe for warmer weather

ONE GTX

The ONE GTX from Solid Gear is said to be a superbly constructed safety shoe with seven integrated layers to deliver excellent comfort and protection. It’s designed and built for active professionals who need a highly breathable, light and flexible safety shoe. With a GORE-TEX surround membrane they’re fully breathable and ideal for warmer weather and combined indoor/outdoor activities. The …

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Snickers Solid Gear Lagoon safety shoe – first look

Solid Gear Lagoon

In this video Skill Builder Editor Georgina Bisby takes a first look at the Solid Gear Lagoon female safety footwear offering from Snickers. This is Snickers first safety shoe for women and prioritises comfort as well as safety. “I was really impressed with how light the shoe was as well as the flexible sole. I will provide an update once …

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Kitchen sink drama – Plumbers with rescuer syndrome

Kitchen sink

I was working on a roof trying to get it done, I had no plumbing tools on board and suddenly I was plumbing. Uni had tried to sort out her plumbing problem, good luck to her but one look at it told me she was in too deep and… she had people coming to dinner. What are you going to …

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Surveyor fined after failing to detect asbestos

asbestos removal

A specialist asbestos company has been fined after failing to detect asbestos at a demolition site. Greater Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard how EAS Asbestos Limited were commissioned to conduct refurbishment and demolition surveys by Mercer Brother Limited, a construction company who were contracted to demolish garages for Hyndburn Homes. EAS Asbestos stated in their surveys that asbestos was only present …

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New project series: Extending 35A Part 1 – Groundworks & Concrete Footings

extending

Extending 35A is our third project series on Skill Builder and looks back at a single storey extension that Roger worked on many years ago. In Part 1 we look at turning a load of bricks and concrete into rubble with a hired in Micro Crush that take us up to preparation for the beam & block floor.

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The Capel Building Project Series – Timber frame arrives

Building Project

The Capel Building Project series follows the renovation and extension of an unusual property designed by architect Michael Newberry in Surrey. Carpenter and Builder Robin Clevett is taking the first glass and steel house in the UK which was built in 1957 and extending it and refurbishing it, including the addition of a pool house, while paying homage to its …

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SKILL BUILDER PROJECT: How to build an extension

How to build an extension

In this series of videos Roger Bisby explains how to build an extension by taking viewers through the build of a side and rear extension on a semi-detached property. In this latest episode – episode 9 Roger tries out a rapid drying screeding product from Ardex which is said to offer the following features: 90 minute working time Walkable after …

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How to Replace a Central Heating Pump – Plumbing DIY

central heating pump

Spoiler alert – not all jobs go according to plan and this one had Roger on the ropes. Replacing a central heating pump is a simple enough DIY job, but years of plumbing experience come in very handy when the job gets too wet. The old broken pump goes out to be replaced by a brand new Grundfos UPS2.

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Roofing top tips – What you need to know before you get a new roof

Roofing top tips

Georgina Bisby, Editor of skill-builder.uk, shares some top tips home owners should consider when having a new roof installed. Roofing shortcuts can lead to future problems such as leaking roofs, roof tiles falling off and poor insulation so it’s worth being armed with enough information to check your roofer is doing the job right. Also, not all roofers keep up …

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