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Cyclone Paint Mixer/Stirrer review

Cyclone Paint Mixer/Stirrer review

Roger Bisby regrets not having used  the Cyclone Paint Stirrer earlier. This little stainless steel stirrer has been sitting in my goods in bay for a few months now and, even though I have used quite a lot of paint  in that time I have not thought to use it.  To be honest I was thinking “It’s a stirrer, put …

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Man-up Key review

Man-up Key review

Roger Bisby takes a look at the Man-Up Key, a new tool that is designed to allow manholes to be safely lifted by one person without the need for chiseling or hammering. Man-Up Key, what a great name for a manhole lifter, unless of course you subscribe to the gender neutral version which is a person hole but person-up is …

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Dutch firm introduces customisable smart thermostat

customisable smart thermostat

With a focus on ease of use, a clean high-tech design and the possibility for customisastion, ThermoSmart has give Google Nest and Tado a run for their money. According to the company ThermoSmart allows the end consumer to control the temperature in their homes easily. The gadget like thermostat can be operated through an app, at home or remotely, using …

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Makita marks 45 years in the UK with market leadership

makita market leader

2017 will mark the 45th anniversary of the establishment of the UK sales, training and distribution centre for global power tool manufacturer Makita Corporation.  An unbroken record of annual sales growth confirms that today the Makita brand is one of the market leaders in the UK’s competitive professional power tool league.  Just two years ago Makita worldwide celebrated a century …

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Samac launches the Atlas Bolt

atlas bolt

In this video Roger Bisby takes a look at the new Atlas Bolt from Samac, designed to be a one piece, fast, efficient and cost effective solution for any concrete fixing job. Atlas Bolts are an alternative to traditional concrete fixings with high tensile self-tapping technology, offering quick and easy “drill and screw” installation in a variety of construction substrates, …

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Muck-Truck review

Roger Bisby tries out the Muck Truck, a pedestrian operated motorised power barrow which is designed to carry three times that of a normal wheelbarrow and will shift loads of up to one quarter of a ton. It is a while now since I tested a Muck-Truck. Last time it was a battery powered machine that surprised me by taking …

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Installing a Nest Cam Outdoor Home Security 24/7 CCTV

Installing a Nest Cam Outdoor Home Security 24/7 CCTV

In this video Roger Bisby and Dylan Garton demonstrate how to install and set up a Nest Cam Outdoor Home Security 24/7 CCTV system. Keep an eye on your phone 24/7 from your home The Nest Cam Outdoor stands watch 24/7, rain or shine. It can send an alert when it detects activity and lets you talk back through the …

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Fly-tippers could have vans crushed in pre-Christmas crackdown

Fly-tippers

A pre-Christmas zero-tolerance nationwide crackdown on fly-tippers is underway  – as councils up and down the country use new powers to seize and crush vehicles used by the dumpers. Councils are also calling for a legal loophole – which means enforcement officers have to give some fly-tippers seven days written warning before inspecting them and seizing evidence – to be …

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Beards are so last year

beard ban

In our second beard story of the week (Addam Smith of Band of Builders plans to de-beard for charity being the first) we bring news of Matthew Judson from PPE manufacturer JSP’s big shave. Matthew, who is JSP’s resident technical expert, not only used the occasion of shaving off the beard he has sported for over 20 years to raise …

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Scaffolding alternative helps school slash roof refurbishment time

Scaffolding alternative

For children, the school summer holidays can seem to stretch on forever. However, if you’re a contractor brought in to carry out building work during the summer break, you’re all too aware of just how quickly six weeks can pass. William Cooper was one such contractor, facing a tight window for project delivery when it was hired to refurbish the …

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