Roger Bisby

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

Product review: ICS Diamond Chainsaw

Roger Bisby revisits the ICS diamond chainsaw and discovers a new twist. The ICS diamond chainsaw cuts through both skins of a cavity wall which, as we all know,  is something  you can’t achieve with a cut-off saw or angle grinder. All too often you can get part way through but you then have that awkward bit where you have …

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Forticrete Cebastone

There is no doubt that stone dressings are becoming very popular in new build. The combination of brick and stone is a natural choice for builders looking to give their properties a bit more kerb appeal. For all its popularity, the manufacture of cast stone has mostly been made up of small independent companies, producing low volumes of products to …

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Keep hands warm and protected

Snickers’ range of work gloves are designed to cope with the harshest of weather conditions. From tough, hard-wearing ‘Weather Essential’ gloves to ‘Weather Cut Protection’ gloves, the Snickers products are designed to keep users’ hands properly protected and warm. There are eight different styles in the range, including the ‘Weather Dry’ glove, which is made from advanced materials in a …

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Scruffs launches Classic Thermo Parka

New from Scruffs is the Scruffs Classic Thermo Parka which the company says is perfect for tradesmen who aren’t afraid of rain, snow or the cold when it comes to getting the job done. Not only will the Scruffs Classic Thermo Parka turn heads on and off the site, but with a waterproof rating of 4500mm, a fully padded bubble quilted …

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Colourful safety footwear

Arco, the safety specialist, has introduced three new items of safety footwear under its TROJAN brand. The Trojan Safety Hiker boot (£64.99) is a non-metallic and slip-resistant boot available in yellow, red or blue which features a composite toecap and midsole. Meanwhile Trojan’s Safety Trainer (£62.99) is available in an eye-catching green. Comfortable yet stylish, the trainer features a breathable …

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Waterproof outdoor quality MDF from Medite Tricoya

Waterproof outdoor quality MDF

Roger Bisby puts Medite Tricoya Extreme to the test, a waterproof outdoor quality MDF from Medite Tricoya. The potential applications for Medite Tricoya Extreme are far ranging  particularly in environments where humidity and weather are usually concerns. It is possible to imagine Medite Tricoya Extreme used virtually anywhere, including: Façade cladding/siding Fascia and soffit panels and other secondary exterior applications …

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Rendering tips for patch and repair work

Ernie Cook, the master bricklayer, who I had the pleasure of working for in my teens used to say. “The worst thing that has happened to the building industry is cement.” It was a bit of an exaggeration but we spent a lot of time travelling around London and the South East putting right the work of bricklayers who were …

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Product review: Bosch GBH 36 VF-LI Plus Professional Cordless Hammer review

In this video I try out the Bosch GBH 36 VF-LI Plus Professional Cordless Hammer.

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How to: Fixing floorboards and avoiding pipes

Avoiding pipes is always a challenge when fixing floorboards. Here’s my top tips for avoiding this mishap and some advice on what to do if you do end up screwing through a pipe.  

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Resin bonded gravel drives: Are they a DIY job?

resin driveways diy

Resin bonded drives are all the rage these days for the obvious reason that they provide a great looking gravel hard-standing without the drawback of loose gravel but are they a job for the general builder or should you sub them out, asks Roger Bisby?  There are two distinct forms of resin bonded drive. One is where the gravel is …

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