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Bad weather tops the list of builders’ woes

Travis Perkins Innovation Awards

Travis Perkins, one of the UK’s largest distributors of building materials, has revealed the industry’s biggest headaches as part of its pledge to support customers by promoting and encouraging innovation. After speaking to contractors, housebuilders, manufacturers and staff, a number of common industry-wide problems became clear. The UK weather was a shared frustration, with high levels of rain blamed for …

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Security upgrade for Mumford & Wood range

secure windows

Mumford & Wood Conservation sliding sash windows are now SBD certified to meet Approved Document Q – Security. “To the untrained eye the Conservation sash window looks no different to its predecessor, so much so that even burglars won’t see this until they have struggled with the security features and, of course, timber offers better strength to weight ratios than …

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Fein releases latest review: Fein AFMT 12 Cordless Multitalent

AFMT 12 Cordless Multitalent

Powertool manufacturer Fein has released its latest “Feeling FEIN’ video tool review. The ‘Feeling FEIN’ reviews focus on getting FEIN’s products into the hands of professional tradesmen. Each tradesman has been using a specific FEIN power tool and has given their honest feedback on camera. In this review Ian Ellis from IBE Joinery (Kitchen Fitters) tests the FEIN AFMT 12 …

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The best drill test on Youtube or a waste of time? You decide

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Roger Bisby takes us behind the scenes of the latest Skill-builder 18 volt drill test  which puts drills from Makita, Bosch, Dewalt, Milwaukee, Metabo, Festool, Hitachi and Panasonic through their paces. The Skill-builder 18 volt drill test has proved to be our single most successful YouTube video ever with over 3/4 of a million views and rising. It has also …

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DEWALT introduces 18V brushless, cordless planer

DCP580 Planer

New from DEWALT is the DCP580 Planer which the power tool manufacturer says is the world’s first 18V brushless, cordless planer. The new technology pairs an efficient brushless motor with a high capacity XR battery, working in tandem to provide maximum output and excellent runtime. DEWALT says the DCP580 has enough runtime for a typical day’s work from just one …

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Which 18v drill is best?

Which 18v drill is best?

If you’re thinking of buying an 18v drill and you’re wondering which 18v drill is best, Skill Builder has some useful resources that might help you to make a decsision. In our series of three YouTube videos we put drills from Makita, Bosch, Dewalt, Milwaukee, Metabo, Festool, Hitachi and Panasonic through their paces. You can view these videos via the …

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Product review: Knauf Airless Finish Light

airless spray plasters

Roger Bisby share his findings on Knauf’s new airless spray plaster, the Knauf Airless Finish Light. Knauf has had an unenviable task in the UK; trying to take on British Gypsum with trowel applied traditional plasters was always going to be a challenge but they have certainly established themselves with boards and made good inroads with projection plastering. But projection …

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Rotherham Council chooses Saint-Gobain External Wall Insulation for renovation project

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The Saint-Gobain Weber External Wall Insulation (EWI) system has been selected by Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (RMBC) for a property renovation project of 37 Dorlonco system-built homes in the Rawmarsh area of the town. weber.therm XM EWI with weber.rend RB Render Brick finish has been installed on these hard to treat properties providing greatly improved thermal performance while at the …

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Mira adds colour choices to Safe spectrum range

Mira Showers – the UK manufacturer of showering products and accessories – has introduced a selection of contemporary colour choices to its popular Flight Safe range of anti-slip shower trays. Aimed at boutique and premium hotels, home-owners and  retail showrooms; Flight Safe now comes in Anthracite Grey, Titanium Grey and Taupe – as well as classic white. The colours are …

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Milwaukee M18 FID-0 review

Milwaukee M18 review

Roger Bisby believes that impact drivers are way too powerful for most jobs and many  lack the intelligence to know when less is more. Has Milwaukee got the answer in its M18 FID-0? I never thought I would say this but impact drivers have become a little too good at their job. As each respective manufacturer seeks to leapfrog the competition …

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