General Building

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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Redland invests millions in tile manufacture

tile manufacture

Redland, the UK manufacturer and supplier of pitched roof systems, has announced that it is to build a new manufacturing line for its plain-tile appearance product, DuoPlain, and large-format concrete tiles and slates. The multimillion-pound investment will help secure supply of these products into a UK market that is currently experiencing huge demand and extensive lead times. The new line, …

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Tackles damp that’s difficult to reach

damp-proof coatings

The Drybase range from Safeguard Europe – the UK specialist in damp-proofing and waterproofing technology – has been designed for use when it is not possible to protect building materials and interior surfaces from the sources of dampness, like rain penetration or rising damp. The collection of damp-proof coatings, coverings coatings and membranes can be used for protection against a …

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Welsh properties get thermal upgrade

webertherm

External Wall Insulation by Saint-Gobain Weber has been specified for the thermal upgrade of social housing properties in Bangor and Y Bala, North Wales.  They have been transformed with the application of the webertherm XP External Wall Insulation (EWI) with u-values that have been dramatically reduced while the aesthetics of the properties have been changed completely.  Residents are praising these …

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How to: Apply Weber One-coat Weberpral Monocouche Render

Apply Weber One-coat

In this video Roger and Duncan get stuck into Weber’s one-coat, through-coloured, water resistant weberpral monocouche render and find that it’s not quite as difficult as they expected. weberpral M is a one coat, ready mixed, cementitious, weather resistant, external decorative, through coloured render, suitable for most types of brick or blockwork. Factory produced from carefully selected raw materials for …

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