General Building

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

chippy shortage

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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Timber windows and doors installation

timber windows

Made-to-order timber windows and doors from the Kensington & Chelsea range by Lomax + Wood have been designed, manufactured and installed in a private home remodel in Hampstead Garden Suburb (HGS), a designated conservation area. A double storey extension has been added to the rear of the property where there is now a contemporary, open plan kitchen-cum-dining area.  A smart, …

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SME Builders and Unite agree 5% pay rise

ITC Concepts

The Building and Allied Trades Joint Industrial Council (BATJIC) has agreed a two year deal involving a 5% pay rise over two years. The announcement follows negotiations between the Federation of Master Builders, on behalf of SME construction employers, and Unite the union, on behalf of operatives. Under the terms of the deal, workers will receive a 2.5% pay rise …

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Product review: Zarges Z500 ladder

Zarges is a company that is into aluminium manufacturing in a big way. When you see those shiny containers at the airport about to be loaded into the plane the chances are they are  Zarges. As well as cases and containers Zarges also makes many of the steps and platforms you see in industry and they make ladders for the …

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Bad weather tops the list of builders’ woes

Travis Perkins Innovation Awards

Travis Perkins, one of the UK’s largest distributors of building materials, has revealed the industry’s biggest headaches as part of its pledge to support customers by promoting and encouraging innovation. After speaking to contractors, housebuilders, manufacturers and staff, a number of common industry-wide problems became clear. The UK weather was a shared frustration, with high levels of rain blamed for …

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