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Capel Build Part 4 – Cutting the roof timbers

cutting roof timbers

This is the fourth part of our second building project series on Skill Builder. The Capel Build sees carpenter and builder Robin Clevett renovate and extend an unusual property in Surrey. In Part 3 we saw Robin getting the timbers together, in this next instalment we see him get stuck into the post and beam construction. Robin discusses some of …

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What’s the best mix for rendering?

best mix for rendering

Roger helps you get the perfect ratio for your rendering mix. So what’s the best mix for rendering? It all depends on what you’re rendering on to. The golden rule is you never make the mix stronger than the material that you’re going on to. For example lightweight concrete block that’s 3.6kN so we don’t want a really strong mix …

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The Capel Build Part 3 – Timber Frames

Timber Frames

This is the third part of our second building project series on Skill Builder. The Capel Build sees carpenter and builder Robin Clevett renovate and extend an unusual property in Surrey. In this episode we look at the timber frames. Robin has now taken delivery of the timber frame which was a day’s work in itself as some of the …

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The Capel Build part 2: Concrete

Pecavoid system

It’s time for the second instalment of the Capel Build which follows the renovation and extension of an unusual property designed by architect Michael Newberry in Surrey. Carpenter and Builder Robin Clevett is taking the first glass and steel house in the UK which was built in 1957 and extending it and refurbishing it while paying homage to its original …

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Building an Extension Part 2 – Moving drains

moving drains

Roger Bisby shares the trials and tribulations of moving drains in the second episode of The Extension project. Builders will often tell you that the hardest part of a job is the bit in the ground. In my case this was true. The ground was made up with rubble, there were two drain runs and manholes to be removed and …

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How to lay Palio LooseLay – luxury flooring designed for the trade to fit

lay Palio LooseLay

Roger Bisby demonstrates how to lay Palio LooseLay with K-Wave Friction Grip which is made for non-expert fitters such as tradespeople and general builders. It’s got the qualities of a luxury vinyl tile but it’s easier to lay. Palio LooseLay uses a unique friction-grip backing to hold the product in place without the need for adhesive. It creates a strong …

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Installing pocket doors tips

installing pocket doors

Eclisse shares three tips to ensure a professional finish when installing pocket doors.  Tip One: Check the instructions. Does assembly involve cutting pocket verticals or horizontals to make the system fit? Does installation involve aligning separate components? Ideally, the track and pocket should assemble into single unit for insertion into the studwork. Is there a self-centering floor guide that automatically …

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How to move a heavy beam with ease

move a heavy beam

In this latest video Roger Bisby shares a trick he has been using for years to move steels and concrete beams. “It helps to have inflatable tyres especially on rough ground. I had some help but you could do this on your own if you levered up the end and propped it first. I am sure you can come up …

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JB Kind’s weather resistant door – easy to fit in a day

weather resistant door

In this video Roger Bisby demonstrates how to fit a weather resistant door from JB Kind.  Doors which swell in the winter and shrink in the summer are a common problem for homeowners. JB Kind’s External Extreme door offers a more stable solution as it’s made with Medite Tricoya Extreme Durable MDF, a groundbreaking construction material which we have covered …

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Marley Universal Dry Verge Fixing System review

marley eternit universal dry verge

Roger Bisby visits Marley Eternit HQ in Burton on Trent to try the Marley Eternit Universal Dry Verge Fixing System. Each roof verge unit is said to be simple and fast to install while offering the stepped appearance of a traditional mortar bedded verge – Roger puts these claims to the test. Marley Eternit Universal Dry Verge is designed to …

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