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Knocking down a wall: 5 tips to minimise dust

Knocking down a wall

Few people are prepared for the amount of dust that knocking down an internal wall creates but  thankfully there are some easy steps that can be taken to reduce the spread of dust. In this video Skill Builder Editor, Georgina Bisby, shares some top tips for minimising the spread of building dust when knocking down a wall. Products used: Max …

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New project series: Extending 35A Part 1 – Groundworks & Concrete Footings

extending

Extending 35A is our third project series on Skill Builder and looks back at a single storey extension that Roger worked on many years ago. In Part 1 we look at turning a load of bricks and concrete into rubble with a hired in Micro Crush that take us up to preparation for the beam & block floor.

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The Capel Building Project Series

Building Project

The Capel Building Project series 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, including the addition of a pool house, while paying homage to its …

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How to build an extension

How to build an extension

In this series of videos Roger Bisby takes you through the build of a side and rear extension on a semi-detached property. There is plenty of useful information about how to build an extension in this series for builders, self-builders, apprentices and even home owners who want to understand more about the building process. Building standards, regulations, practices and products …

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How to Replace a Central Heating Pump – Plumbing DIY

central heating pump

Spoiler alert – not all jobs go according to plan and this one had Roger on the ropes. Replacing a central heating pump is a simple enough DIY job, but years of plumbing experience come in very handy when the job gets too wet. The old broken pump goes out to be replaced by a brand new Grundfos UPS2.

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How to render exterior walls – rendering tips for beginners

How to render

Roger revisits a topic that Skill Builder covered many years ago. Skill Builder’s original how to render video has been one of the channel’s most popular videos but some professionals responded to say that they prefer alternative techniques. Roger Bisby considers some of the points raised in response to the first video and shares some details about how to render …

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Capel Build Part 5 – Robin’s cladding vlog update

cladding

In this fifth video from the Capel Build series Robin Clevett gives us a solo update vlog while Roger is away on holiday and we take a look at his approach to cladding. Robin is currently doing the exterior cladding for the summer house. Robin explains the importance of ventilation and airspace when assembling your tongue and groove cladding. Lots …

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The Extension Part 7: Setting out the roof wall plates

roof wall plates

The Extension project is now up to plate level so it’s time for Pythagoras’ theorem. “Plate level is the timber plate which is going to hold the roof structure including the roof joists, hips and roof rafters. “When you put this on you need to spend a lot of time getting this right because carpenters curse bricklayers like mad if …

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How to install a rainwater harvesting system

Paul Gormley talks through the process of installing a rainwater harvesting system. A rainwater harvesting system collects water from a house’s roof to be used in the garden or for some domestic appliances. A rainwater harvesting system can be installed to save water, or planners may ask for a system to be installed to help with potential local flooding issues. …

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How to fix one cold radiator – Plumbing Tips

one cold radiator

Do you have one cold radiator that needs fixing? Would you like to try fixing it yourself? Roger Bisby troubleshoots that problem radiator. “If you have a radiator that isn’t getting hot there are a few things potentially happening. “Your central heating might be on and your other radiators are warm but you have one cold radiator. “If you feel …

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