General Building

Redland recognises roofing’s top ten

Redland Apprentice

Somerset’s Joe Stradling has won the prestigious title of Redland Apprentice of the Year against stiff competition as one of ten of the country’s best roofing apprentices. In a West Country double, Cornishman Tom Knight was awarded Highly Commended, a category created to acknowledge how close he was to the top award. Joe, who works West Country Tiling in Frome, …

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Roxil range review

Roxil patio cream review

Roxil? If you have never heard of it join the club, this is my first brush with the product, says Roger Bisby in his review of the Roxil Outdoor Protection Range from Safeguard Europe. Roxil Wood Protection Cream Roxil Wood Protection Cream is a colourless cream that gives softwood a water resistant silicone coat that also penetrates the fibres to …

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Safeguard’s Dryrod damp-proofing rods gain WTA approval

Dryrod damp-proofing

Dryrod damp-proofing rods from Safeguard Europe – the UK specialist in damp-proofing and waterproofing technology – have been accredited by the German WTA organisation for creating remedial damp-proof courses (DPCs) against capillary absorption in masonry, otherwise known in the UK as rising damp. The WTA, which translates into English as the Scientific and Technical Work Group for Building Conservation and …

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Makita improves M-class dust extractor

Makita VC4210M

Makita has introduced a new version of its 447M M-Class extractor – the Makita VC4210M which is designed to improve dust extraction at an affordable price. The updated design has moved the motor, control module and main filter higher up into the upper body housing which increases the tank working capacity. This enables a 30 litre disposable bag to be …

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Roofing’s Top Ten apprentices tough it out in national final

roofing apprentices

Ten of the country’s best roofing apprentices are gearing up for the two-day final that will see one of them awarded the title of Redland Apprentice of the Year. The elite cadre will compete for a £1,000 cash prize to invest in the future, the title of Redland Apprentice of the Year 2017; together with a trophy, and a lifetime …

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Quick drying plaster review

Quick drying plaster review

Roger Bisby tries out British Gypsum’s Thistle Bonding 60 that is designed to dry in one hour and accept any type of finish you care to use. You have to hand it to British Gypsum they keep going after new markets for their bagged plasters. The latest target in their sights is the making good and small repair market. This …

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Flooring solution for busy builders

chipboard flooring

For many years, the preferred material for decking suspended timber floors has been chipboard. Norbord’s CaberBoard flooring range is claimed to be the UK’s best-selling chipboard flooring product, its handy dimensions allowing ease of handling and its robust tongue-and-groove edging ensuring a secure and even surface. As the housing market continues to grow, tradesmen need methods of completing projects faster …

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Social media success for Roughneck products

Social media success

Olympia Tools, the company behind the Roughneck brand of hand tools and workwear, says it has seen a surge in demand for its products thanks to social media. Two of the distributor’s products featured in posts that subsequently went viral, attracting interest from a global audience. The first product to prove a social media success was the Roughneck Tri Vice; …

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The tool that draws square holes set to debut at Toolfair 2017

tool that draws square holes

QUADSAW, the tool that drills square holes, will be demonstrated in public for the first time, at the Toolfair tradeshow in Harrogate, UK on 24-25 May. Almost every construction project requires square holes for electrical sockets and other boxes but for years electricians have struggled to create them with rulers, pencils and handsaws. QUADSAW solves this problem thanks to its …

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Sealing and bonding made easy ‘squeezie’

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Bond It says it is making it easier for trade professionals and DIY enthusiasts to tackle quick, small or sometimes unexpected sealing and bonding tasks with the launch of its Squeezies range. The Squeezies range sees four of Bond It’s most popular products packaged in new, handy sized plastic tubes. As the name suggests, these tubes are squeezable enabling the …

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