Roger Bisby

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

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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CT1 Sealant & Adhesive Demonstration surprising result

CT1 Sealant & Adhesive Demonstration

In this video Skill Builder brings you a demonstration of the CT1 Sealant & Adhesive, a sealant and construction adhesive that replaces numerous products from just one tube. CT1 provides unique adhesion on virtually any material in most applications without the need for additional fixings. CT1 is marketed as the ultimate solution for sealing. CT1 will bond: Metals (including lead) …

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Why did the shower tray crack? Roger’s tale of woe

shower tray crack

Roger is working on a shower room but not everything is going to plan.

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Save your life by using your ladder safely

using your ladder safely

Roger talks about ladder safety after a recent tragedy on a site he was working at. In this episode we see Roger using the Youngman Fibreglass Stepladder and the versatile Hunter Ladder from Ladder Safety Devices, we also see his neat ladder seat which sadly isn’t available anymore, so you’ll have to borrow Roger’s. “A few weeks ago I was …

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Product review: Makita DCS5121 18″ 50cc petrol chainsaw

After 25 years of Stihl, Roger gets to grips with his first chainsaw from Makita, the Makita DCS5121 18″ 50cc. The chainsaw features Easy Start, Spring-Assisted Starter for Quick Starting with Less Force and  a number of other unique features. Watch the product test to see Roger’s verdict. Features of the Makita DCS5121 18″ 50cc include: – Compact design with less …

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Vario PRO underfloor heating system installation

Vario PRO underfloor heating system

Skill Builder takes a quick look at an installation of the Vario PRO underfloor heating system. The Vario PRO system combines Thermogroup UK’s TwistedTwin electric underfloor heating cable with Vario ProMat uncoupling membrane for the ultimate fast track floor preparation with a buildup of just 5.5mm. Vario PRO has a special uncoupling membrane to protect floors against heat-induced buckling and cracking. See …

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Videos from the web: Builder demolishes work after client says they can’t pay

Builder demolishes work

Builder demolishes work: Builder Nigel Gray got so fed up waiting to be paid £15,000 for a construction job at a council owned property in Shoreham he decided to destroy his own handiwork. The tennant, Anita Dovey, who had been given permission by the council to make the changes to the property, was given several chances to pay the bill …

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