Roger Bisby

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

Product test: Makita LXT Brushless review. Drill DHP481 & Impact Driver

Here Skill Builder tests two of Makita’s LXT brushless 18v tools; the Makita LXT Brushless Drill DHP481 and the Impact Driver BTD129 Roger takes the DHP481 and the BTD129 out of their neat stackable box to see what they’re capable of.  

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Product review: Hilti TE 1000-AVR Breaker

Hilti TE 1000-AVR Breaker 1

Hilti has launched its next generation TE 1000-AVR breaker, which has more demolition power and less vibration than its predecessor.

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The renewable heat incentive that’s anything but

Renewable Heat Incentive

Regulars will know I'm underwhelmed by government’s Green Deal and the way the RHI favours companies willing to cut the red tape required to become an approved contractor.

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Product review: DeWalt DCS331M2 cordless jigsaw

There are two kinds of product tests that I carry out for Skill Builder, explains Roger Bisby. The first is to take a brand new tool out of the box and give my immediate impressions by taking it out on site and hopefully letting a few of my fellow workers give it a go to get their opinions. This has …

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Oxley Woods

My heart goes out to the people who bought homes in Oxley Woods. These modern style houses on the outskirt of Milton Keynes started life with such promise. For a start they were designed by a partnership that included Richard Rogers. They were bold, bright and beautiful, built from prefabricated panels with sleek lines and maintenance free exteriors. No more …

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How to make a fake wall with fake brick effect render

fake brick effect

In this video Roger demonstrates how to use a fake brick effect render from Bostick. The system is applied in two easy steps, starting with a grey mortar undercoat. Once this is touch-dry it’s followed by a coloured face coat which is cut through with a specialised tool included in the pack to expose the grey mortar underneath, creating a …

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How to: Solder copper pipework without leaks

In this ten minute video, Roger shows us how to solder copper pipework and achieve leak-free plumbing that will last. “The first thing is cleaning the pipe. If you got a bit of tarnished pipe like some of this which I have just taken out of shed, it really is no good, even with self-cleaning fluxes. That won’t polish up …

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How to: Use a diamond core drill to make holes for soil pipes and boiler flues

Roger gives a few tips on using diamond cores to make holes for soil pipes and boiler flues including information on how to get the most our of your diamond core bit.

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Installation of bi-folding doors with Quickslide

installation of bi-folding doors

Roger Bisby provides a detailed installation guide for Quickslide bi-folding doors making a complex installation easy to understand. Roger talks through some of the key considerations and challenges for the installation of bi-folding doors. Quickslide Quickslide is a well-established business specialising in the manufacture of sliding sash windows, casement windows and doors, bi-folding- and sliding patio doors in PVC-u, Aluminium …

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Printing 3D concrete

If I had a pound for every time I have seen an invention that promised to revolutionise house building I would have at least £32.50 by now. This latest one is a 3D printer for concrete, simply load up the shape and dimensions of what you want to build and watch it chug away building up layer upon layer of …

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