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Solid Gear VENT safety shoe offers precision safety & comfort

Solid Gear VENT

Combining a lightweight athletic look with maximum breathability and safety features, the new Solid Gear VENT safety shoe is said to be ideal for workers who are constantly on the move. The Solid Gear VENT’s upper is made from lightweight mesh combined with Cordura and a TPU reinforcement to ensure cool comfort, maximum breathability and enhanced durability. While the shoe’s …

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Korniche Roof Lantern – Quick & Easy Installation

Korniche Roof Lantern

In this video Roger Bisby demonstrates how to install a Korniche Roof Lantern from Made for Trade which is engineered and developed specifically with the trade and installer at the heart of the process. Although this video is sponsored by Made for Trade this is Roger’s genuine experience of fitting a Korniche Roof Lantern for the first time. The Korniche …

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Landscaping company fined after worker injured by wall collapse

Construction boss jailed

A landscaping services company has been sentenced after a worker was seriously injured when a retaining wall collapsed into a trench.  Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 7 November 2016, an employee of Award Winning Greenfingers Limited was undertaking groundworks to install a new timber retaining structure in the rear garden of a property at Beamish, County Durham. While …

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Graphene concrete set to revolutionise construction industry

graphene concrete

A new greener, stronger and more durable concrete that is made using the wonder-material graphene could revolutionise the construction industry. Experts from the University of Exeter have developed a pioneering new technique that uses nanoengineering technology to incorporate graphene into traditional concrete production. The new composite material, which is more than twice as strong and four times more water resistant …

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CANON EOS M50 review series – is this a good Vlogging camera?

canon eos m50

If you’re thinking about starting Vlogging you might be looking for a decent camera that doesn’t cost the earth. I faced the same challenge when I started my own Vlog and after lots of research I chose the Canon M50 – in this series I share my findings. I’ve been using a Sony PXW X70 for filming projects for the …

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Light & flexible safety shoe for warmer weather

ONE GTX

The ONE GTX from Solid Gear is said to be a superbly constructed safety shoe with seven integrated layers to deliver excellent comfort and protection. It’s designed and built for active professionals who need a highly breathable, light and flexible safety shoe. With a GORE-TEX surround membrane they’re fully breathable and ideal for warmer weather and combined indoor/outdoor activities. The …

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Professional hoodie range

Snickers hoodies

Snickers has released a new range of knitted hoodies for professional craftsmen and women. The range includes ‘Full Zip’ and ‘Over-Head’ options and they’re the ideal combination with Snickers’ First and Second Layer Undergarments and can comfortably be worn under a jacket on chilly days. With a contemporary design, four colour options and a double-lined hood for extra warmth, these …

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Decking ideas – the surprising benefits of composite decking

composite decking

  Skill Builder Editor Georgina Bisby shares her findings about developments in composite decking products. Like many man-made products the look and feel of composite decking has come a long way in recent years. Until now I had always seen composite decking as a compromise; sacrifice the look of timber decking for the convenience of a composite product but this …

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Baxi launches first of its kind weather sensor

Baxi IFOS

Baxi has officially launched the pioneering IFOS (In Flue Outdoor Sensor), which is designed to help make Boiler Plus compliance simple and cost-effective. The patented Baxi IFOS clips onto the air duct of the horizontal flue terminal, resulting in a straightforward install which takes just minutes. Crucially, this placement also means that there is no need to fit the sensor …

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Roofing top tips – What you need to know before you get a new roof

Roofing top tips

Georgina Bisby, Editor of skill-builder.uk, shares some top tips home owners should consider when having a new roof installed. Roofing shortcuts can lead to future problems such as leaking roofs, roof tiles falling off and poor insulation so it’s worth being armed with enough information to check your roofer is doing the job right. Also, not all roofers keep up …

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