General Building

Our top five products of 2016 so far

Telescopic 80T

This year has already seen some enticing new products make their mark in the building industry. And as we are all about Promoting products and practices that help the builder become more productive, better skilled, and safer  we don’t want to wait until the end of the year before we do a round up, so here are our summer specials. The …

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One man cladding device review

One man cladding device review

Roger Bisby spends a day out on site with James Gibbens inventor of Cladman. I had seen Cladman featured in Inventors Corner in an issue of Professional Builder and it whetted my appetite. I have done more than my fair share of cladding and weather boarding and for me it has always been a two man job. Nothing wrong with …

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New brick colour created

UK housing market

A new red brick colour has been created for the Saint-Gobain Weber External Wall Insulation (EWI) system chosen by Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (RMBC) for their property upgrade programme in the Dinnington area. The weber.therm XM EWI system, finished with weber.rend RB Render Brick in the new Georgian Red colour, has been created to accurately match the established red brick …

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Stabila launches telescopic spirit level

Telescopic 80T

Stabila has launched a telescopic spirit level, the Telescopic 80T, which offers the right length of level for any job while saving space in the tool bag. With one spirit level to do the work of several, the Stabila Telescopic 80T can be easily extended to the length needed, doing the job of up to three fixed-length levels in one. …

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EVO-STIK expands foam range

fire retardant filler

EVO-STIK has added a Fire Retardant Gun Applied Expanding Foam Filler to its range of foams. Said to offer a more accurate and efficient application through the use of a gun, the fire retardant filler can be used for gap filling and insulating to prevent the transmission of smoke and is fire rated to the latest European standard DIN EN …

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Coloured hard hats standard to improve safety on construction sites

different coloured hard hats on construction sites

Build UK, the building contractors association, has released a new industry standard covering the use of different coloured hard hats on construction sites. The Safety Helmet Colours Standard uses simple colour coding to identify on-site personnel in an attempt to provide a clear and consistent approach to improve communication and safety across construction projects and promote best practice within the …

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The Cladman One Man Cladding Device

the Cladman

Roger Bisby meets James Gibbons, from Sitebuddyz, suppliers of a device called the Cladman which turns the job of putting up sidings or claddings from a two man job into a one man job. With one person cutting and one person fixing, Sitbuddyz estimates you can complete jobs at three times the speed it normally takes. Acting as a second …

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Brickies the most in demand of all construction workers

bricklayers arthritis

Salaries for small building firms are soaring as a result of the growing skills shortage with brickies able to demand the highest wages, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). Brickies wages reach £60,000 in London Commenting on the results of the FMB’s State of Trade Survey for Q1 2016, Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “More …

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Bostik launches All Weather Wide Jointing Compound

wide jointing compound

Bostik has launched a new All Weather Wide Jointing Compound for paths and patios, specially formulated for use in wet and dry weather conditions. Suitable for joints from 5mm to 30mm in width, the new jointing compound requires no mixing or special tools during installation; it can simply be brushed and compacted into the joints. Once cured, it forms a …

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Product review: HB42 sealant/adhesive

HB42

Roger Bisby takes a look at another advanced polymer adhesive/sealant and tells us he thinks it’s the magic ingredient. HB42 is an advanced polymer sealant/adhesive that promises to stick almost anything to anything and it can do it wet or dry.  We have been a little spoilt for choice with adhesives of this type lately, I have tested  Sticks Like, …

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