General Building

Samac launches the Atlas Bolt

atlas bolt

In this video Roger Bisby takes a look at the new Atlas Bolt from Samac, designed to be a one piece, fast, efficient and cost effective solution for any concrete fixing job. Atlas Bolts are an alternative to traditional concrete fixings with high tensile self-tapping technology, offering quick and easy “drill and screw” installation in a variety of construction substrates, …

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Fluxaf Green review

fluxaf green

Roger Bisby goes Dutch with some Fluxaf Green. Ever since the completely justified EU ban on using methylene chloride in paint stripper, the trade has struggled to find viable alternatives. Modern strippers just don’t have the instant, crackle and pop of the old stuff. All too often they require re-applying several times in order to penetrate the built up coatings. …

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Scaffolding alternative helps school slash roof refurbishment time

Scaffolding alternative

For children, the school summer holidays can seem to stretch on forever. However, if you’re a contractor brought in to carry out building work during the summer break, you’re all too aware of just how quickly six weeks can pass. William Cooper was one such contractor, facing a tight window for project delivery when it was hired to refurbish the …

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Removing load bearing walls: Brick Brace review

brick brace review

Makers of the Brick Brace claim it will help you gain  fitting space, reduce repair time and achieve a superior and safer finish when undertaking masonry alterations. Roger Bisby takes a look. Most builders hardly give a second thought to knocking away supporting walls and propping them with a small forest of screw-jacks or Acrows as they are generally called. …

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What are your favourite loft conversion tools?

loft conversion tools

In this video Roger Bisby shares the five tools he wouldn’t be without when carrying out a loft conversion. From the Hultafors Talmeter tape measure featuring an extension that allows you to make an accurate measurement between two fixed points, to the Stanley Bostitch framing air nailer that’s easily portable and cheap to run, Roger talks through five of his …

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T-rex tape review

Tyrannosaurus tape review

‘Ferociously Strong Tape’ is the strap line on the American made Tyrannosaurus tape or T-rex tape. Roger Bisby took some out and about to try it in a variety of locations and applications. Internet searches throw up some funny connections T-Rex tape may take you to this builders tape or it may take you to a story of someone who has …

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Button-fix hidden fixings product test


Roger Bisby tries out the Button-fix system. Button-fix is an ingenious secret fixing system for panels of all descriptions. It can be used to secure bath panels, WC panels, wall panelling and even shower panels. It is also used on fitted furniture. Of course you could just get yourself a tube of panel adhesive but the difference is that Button-fix …

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Origin launches range of blinds

Origin blinds

Origin the UK manufacturer of bi-folding doors, windows and blinds, has added a selection of Origin blinds to its Origin Home range. Designed to fit every door and window type, from bi-folds and French Doors through to bay and gable windows, the new range includes six different styles; Electric Roller Blinds, Pleated Blinds, Roman Blinds, Glamour Blinds, Venetian Blinds, and …

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Render can be applied at 1°C

webermineral TF

Saint Gobain promises that as well as being rain resistant, webermineral TF, a through-coloured, thin coat, decorative render finish, designed for use with multi-coat render systems can be applied at temperatures as low as 1°C. The cementitious, even textured render has rapid drying benefits that can prevent wash-off in 1 hour making it good for winter working and achieves a …

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New generation 2016 Speedskim review

Speedskim review

Roger Bisby tries out the Speedskim and gives his initial findings on this revolutionary tool. I have watched the development of  Speedskim over several years. Like all good inventions it has evolved and, along the way,  it has also created a lot of lively debate. Plasterers are an interesting breed, they defend their craft and traditional practices with a passion …

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