General Building

Delving deeper into the world of damp prevention & cure

damp prevention

Roger Bisby attends a one day damp-proofing course with Safeguard Europe where he learns about the different causes and types of damp in buildings and what can be done about them. I have been using DryRods from Safeguard Europe for a couple of years now. Before that I used the Dryzone cream. There is no doubt that the product works …

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Choosing a house builder

Choosing a house builder

Ryan Abell of building services company, Abbell Building Services, describes how working in a range of building trades has helped him to instantly recognise a house builder that is great to work with.  In this article, he explains what makes a house builder stand out. Skills Perhaps the most important attribute of an excellent builder is their level of skill.  …

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Tap, strike, knock, whack, bang, pound, smash

range of hammers

Whatever type of hammering jobs you have to do, the Hultafors Tools range of hammers is said to deliver all the power and precision you’ll need. The new generation range features Ball Hammers, Carpenters’ Hammers, T-Block Hammers, Electrician’s Hammers, Sledge Hammers, Dead Blow Hammers and even Copper Hammers. The tools are designed to handle the toughest work, delivering the best possible …

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Skill Builder launches Ask Skill Builder

Ask Skill Builder

Skill Builder, the video and web resource for building professionals and enthusiasts, has launched a brand new video series giving viewers the opportunity to get their building and DIY questions answered. The series, which is being aired on the Skill Builder YouTube channel, is hosted by Roger Bisby and Georgina Bisby. Roger Bisby is known for his expertise in the …

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Eurocell raises the bar with lower threshold

PVC-U low threshold

As a part of a drive to continuously improve its systems, Eurocell – one of the UK’s leading manufacturers, distributors and recyclers of PVC-U window, door, conservatory and roofline products – has introduced a new PVC-U low threshold for its Eurologik 70mm chamfered and ovolo doors that offers users an alternative to aluminium that will cut energy bills and improve …

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Real Deals for You: Jack Classic 50cm/20″ Handsaw Twin Pack review

Jack Classic 50cm

Skill Builder has once again teamed up with Real Deals for You to take a look at a selection of products from their Christmas campaign.  In the second installment of this series Roger Bisby takes a look at the Jack Classic 50cm/20″ Handsaw Twin Pack. Real Deals for You is a year-round campaign run by one of Europe’s leading hand …

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The Extension Project – Part 1 (Setting out footings for an extension)

Setting out footings for an extension

The Extension Project is a brand new series from Skill Builder following the build of a side and rear extension on a semi-detached house. In the first instalment of the series Roger provides an overview of the project and explains the setting out process. Setting out footings for an extension “It’s very important when you’re building anything that you set …

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Insurance Associaton calls for overhaul of Building Regulations including a ban on combustible cladding

ban on combustible cladding

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has called for a change to the confusing and outdated fire safety regulations and a clearer framework of responsibility for all those in the protection of buildings from fire. Responding to Independent Review on Building Regulations and Fire Safety, led by Dame Judith Hackitt, the ABI says action is required by the government to …

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How to lay Palio LooseLay – luxury flooring designed for the trade to fit

lay Palio LooseLay

Roger Bisby demonstrates how to lay Palio LooseLay with K-Wave Friction Grip which is made for non-expert fitters such as tradespeople and general builders. It’s got the qualities of a luxury vinyl tile but it’s easier to lay. Palio LooseLay uses a unique friction-grip backing to hold the product in place without the need for adhesive. It creates a strong …

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Basement waterproofing: Why belt and braces is often best

Basement waterproofing

Should basement waterproofing design use a barrier method or a cavity drainage system or both? A series of continuing professional development (CPD) seminars from Safeguard Europe – the specialist in damp-proofing and waterproofing technology – has been designed to help answer that question and more. The seminars are grounded on the latest documents and standards, drawing on BS 8102: 2009 …

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