Blaklader workwear review

blaklader workwear review

Roger Bisby takes a look at Blaklader’s head-to-toe workwear offering which even includes footwear for wider feet. Blaklader is a well established Swedish workwear company that has a growing range of workwear for builders. It is important to try the garments on because there are different weights for different times of the year and also for different kinds of work. …

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T-rex tape review

Tyrannosaurus tape review

‘Ferociously Strong Tape’ is the strap line on the American made Tyrannosaurus tape or T-rex tape. Roger Bisby took some out and about to try it in a variety of locations and applications. Internet searches throw up some funny connections T-Rex tape may take you to this builders tape or it may take you to a story of someone who has …

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Play it where it lays: Karndean flooring review

Karndean flooring review

Roger Bisby has a go at laying some Karndean flooring under the watchful eye of Karndean laying master Richard Daniels. It seems to me that once you have seen Karndean flooring and recognised its unique look, you just never stop seeing it. Undoubtedly it is the floor to be seen with. Karndean is clearly a company on a mission and …

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Festool TS 55 REQ Saw Review: Your questions answered

Festool TS 55 REQ Saw Review:

In this latest video from Skill Builder Roger Bisby answers your questions from Part 1 of the Festool TS 55 REQ Saw review.  

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Button-fix hidden fixings product test


Roger Bisby tries out the Button-fix system. Button-fix is an ingenious secret fixing system for panels of all descriptions. It can be used to secure bath panels, WC panels, wall panelling and even shower panels. It is also used on fitted furniture. Of course you could just get yourself a tube of panel adhesive but the difference is that Button-fix …

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Addex Dustblocker review

Addex Dustblocker review

Roger Bisby had a  Dustblocker from Addex on test for a month and found he didn’t want to let it go. The ultimate seal of approval for me must be when I end up buying a product that I have tested. Yes, I admit, I sometimes get a deal, but I obviously have to justify the purchase to my accountant …

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Gloves standard set to change

Changes to glove standards

During the second half of 2016, a new version of EN388, the mechanical hazards standard  for protective gloves will be published. One of the key changes to the standard is that it will now include back of the hand protection and it should make it easier to identify which gloves offer which level of protection. From 21 April 2018, new …

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These boots were made for working: Grubs boots review

Grubs boots review

Not usually a “wellies man”, Roger Bisby is pleasantly surprised by the new Grubs boots. The only issue he seems likely to have is keeping hold of them. If  a family has been making footwear since 1776  you can safely assume they have worked out how to do it. The Foster family has not only produced an impressive number of  inventions such …

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Smig plaster review

Smig plaster

Roger Bisby finds that Smig ready mixed joint filler and finishing plaster from Polish company Megaron offers an ideal  product for decorators, plumbers and electricians looking for a convenience plaster to do the odd bit of making good. A few months ago I went out on site to see a demonstration of  a polymer spray finish plaster. The product in question was …

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New generation 2016 Speedskim review

Speedskim review

Roger Bisby tries out the Speedskim and gives his initial findings on this revolutionary tool. I have watched the development of  Speedskim over several years. Like all good inventions it has evolved and, along the way,  it has also created a lot of lively debate. Plasterers are an interesting breed, they defend their craft and traditional practices with a passion …

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