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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


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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How to install and set up a Foscam HD CCTV Security System

Foscam HD CCTV Security System

Roger Bisby shows how to install a Foscam HD CCTV Security System following which, Dylan Garton, Skill Builder’s technical expert talks through how to set up the system and breaks down some of the technical jargon associated with the technology. The system has several attractive features such as motion detection which means you can easily identify any incidents the camera …

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Softshell jacket

scruffs softshell jacket

New for this Autumn/Winter 2016, Scruffs has expanded its Expedition range to include the Scruffs Expedition Thermo Softshell Jacket. The new jacket uses a body mapped design which balances insulation to protect against challenging weather conditions and it gives freedom of movement where it’s needed most. The ultra durable outdoor jacket comes with secure zip pockets, zip thru fastening and …

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Eye protection: A site for sore eyes or a vision for safety?

councils to build

Every year, construction workers suffer from eye injuries ranging from temporary sight loss to long-term impaired vision and even blindness. Julien Clair, product manager for eyewear at Honeywell Industrial Safety, outlines the key measures required for effective eye protection.   What are the hazards? Construction sites create a significant risk for eye injuries. Every day, workers face a myriad of …

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