Roger Bisby

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

Product review: GPR steps and Stair-scaffold

Skill Builder  takes a closer look at two products from Youngman; their GPR steps and the Stair-scaffold. Youngman is arguably the most famous name in ladders and their range seems to be growing particlularly as it includes Boss towers. The latest product we have been sent to evaluate is their GRP steps. If you see a pair of GRP steps …

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Geberit extends darts sponsorship

Geberit, the sanitary products expert, has extended the sponsorship of darts champion Adrian Lewis for a further three years. Ranked number three in the world, Adrian ‘Jackpot‘ Lewis will wear the Twyford logo on the front of his shirt for all matches played in the UK, with the Geberit logo on his shirt for matches played outside of the UK. …

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Scaffolding firm fined for serious fall

Construction deaths rise

Hemel Hempstead Scaffolding Limited has been fined after a worker suffered life changing injuries when he fell from the roof of a barn. Stewart Thomas from Hemel Hempstead, 31 at the time of the incident, was carrying out scaffolding work in preparation for the installation of solar panels on a barn roof at Gaddesden Home Farm, Bridens Camp on Red …

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Checkatrade and Trustatrader commit to improve practices

Checkatrade and Trustatrader

After engaging constructively with the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), Checkatrade and Trustatrader have agreed to improve their practices. These improvements address concerns that were raised following a call for information by the CMA on online reviews and endorsements. The CMA’s call for information highlighted a number of general concerns about the review sector, including the potential for some review …

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Bohrfixx dust-catcher review

Bohrfixx

If you had been in the room when I opened the package containing the Starmix bohrfixx you may have heard a slight sigh because I have seen so many dust-catchers over the years, many along similar lines, and not one of them yet has gone on to become the must-have drilling aid for domesticated tradespeople everywhere. Is this one destined …

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Product review: Base boots

Skill builder takes one small step for man as we try out a new footwear product from Base. It seems to me that every time I try out a new pair of work boots or shoes they blow my socks off. I am talking metaphorically of course but the innovation that now goes into protective footwear means that we are …

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Product review: Snickers Core Range

Snickers promises a hard wearing garment that’s easy on the pocket with the new Snickers Core Range but does it live up to its billing? Skill Builder takes a closer look. If you are someone who has looked at Snickers trousers and decided that they are a bit beyond your budget you might just be stopped in your tracks by …

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Award winning kneepad

A non-foam based, pocketed safety kneepad which maintains its maximum cushioning effect throughout consecutive or prolonged use, can help prevent up to six months down time through knee injury according to the product’s manufacturer. The claim comes from Cliff Lockyer, CEO of Redbacks Cushioning, the Daventry, Northamptonshire based manufacturers of the UK designed, ‘Redbacks’ cushioning kneepad which won SATRA’s ‘Best …

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Sparky paddle mixer review

Roger Bisby takes a first look at the 240 V Paddle Mixer from  Sparky. Sparky is a  power tool manufacturer from Bulgaria that also rebadges many of its products for other power tool companies. So if you see something very similar to this paddle mixer this could be because it is a Sparky tool in another colour and probably at …

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To Google or not to Google? That is the question.

Some years ago I was working at a house and I discovered that a boiler flue that passed through a floor void had become detached and was leaking into the floor void. I told the householder and she said that both her daughters had once used that bedroom and had become ill. They went to the doctor and he started …

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