General Building

Graphene concrete set to revolutionise construction industry

graphene concrete

A new greener, stronger and more durable concrete that is made using the wonder-material graphene could revolutionise the construction industry. Experts from the University of Exeter have developed a pioneering new technique that uses nanoengineering technology to incorporate graphene into traditional concrete production. The new composite material, which is more than twice as strong and four times more water resistant …

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How to render exterior walls – rendering tips for beginners

How to render

Roger revisits a topic that Skill Builder covered many years ago. Skill Builder’s original how to render video has been one of the channel’s most popular videos but some professionals responded to say that they prefer alternative techniques. Roger Bisby considers some of the points raised in response to the first video and shares some details about how to render …

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Building an extension Part 6 – Installing joists and steels

Installing joists

In Part 6 of The Extension series, which follows the build of a side and rear extension, we see the joists and steels slotted into position in preparation for the removal of a load bearing wall at the back of the house. The wall is being knocked out to extend the existing kitchen and create a kitchen/diner on the ground …

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Dewalt vs Hitachi framing nailer Head-2-Head

Dewalt vs Hitachi framing nailer

Roger visits his friend Malcolm to put the new Hitachi NR1890DBCL up against the established Dewalt DCN692 to see how much of a difference Hitachi’s new air spring drive technology makes to performance. Features of the new Hitachi NR1890DBCL/JP The Hitachi NR1890DBCL/JP is powered by a lightweight, rechargeable 5.0 Ah Li-Ion battery, so there’s no need to replace fuel cells. …

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Building an Extension Part 5 – Up to the joists

joists

In Part 5 of The Extension Series Roger and his team make preparations for the first floor.  Roger talks through the key considerations at this stage including installing the lintels and exposing existing joists for bathroom pipework alterations Here’s a link to the Brickbrace video mentioned in this episode. Brickbrace is a system for supporting a wall when you’re going …

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Roofing materials donation

Roofing materials

With the industry suffering from a lack of skilled workers, Cembrit is helping to educate the roofers of the future by donating roofing materials to Leeds College of Building for the Roof Slating and Tiling apprenticeship scheme.   Cembrit has contributed approximately 1,000 Westerland fibre cement slates, 600 Glendyne natural slates and 120 angled ridges to help deliver valuable roofing …

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BS 8612: a watershed for pitched roofing

pitched roofing

Redland – the company that invented dry-fixed roofing systems, with patents dating back to 1966 – has welcomed the introduction of BS 8612: Dry-fixed Ridge, Hip and Verge Systems for Slating and Tiling, published on January 31st. The new standard is a product specification which frames minimum performance requirements for dry-fix roofing components: establishing that they are both fit for …

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The Capel Build part 2: Concrete

Pecavoid system

It’s time for the second instalment of the Capel Build which follows the renovation and extension of an unusual property designed by architect Michael Newberry in Surrey. Carpenter and Builder Robin Clevett is taking the first glass and steel house in the UK which was built in 1957 and extending it and refurbishing it while paying homage to its original …

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The search is on for the Redland and Icopal Apprentices of the Year

Apprentice of the Year

Following the success of its inaugural event in 2017, Redland – the manufacturer and supplier of pitched roof systems – has announced the launch of the 2018 Apprentice of the Year: but with an important twist. Redland has joined forces with sister BMI Group company, Icopal, the major flat roofing business. Together they will offer two apprentice awards: one for …

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The Capel Build part 1: The foundations

Capel Build

This is the start of our second building project series on Skill Builder. The Capel Build follows the renovation and extension of an unusual property designed by architect Michael Newberry in Surrey. Carpenter and Builder Robin Clevett is taking the first glass and steel house in the UK which was built in 1957 and extending it and refurbishing it while …

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