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What’s the best mix for rendering?

best mix for rendering

Roger helps you get the perfect ratio for your rendering mix. So what’s the best mix for rendering? It all depends on what you’re rendering on to. The golden rule is you never make the mix stronger than the material that you’re going on to. For example lightweight concrete block that’s 3.6kN so we don’t want a really strong mix …

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The Capel Build Part 3 – Timber Frames

Timber Frames

This is the third part of our second building project series on Skill Builder. The Capel Build sees carpenter and builder Robin Clevett renovate and extend an unusual property in Surrey. In this episode we look at the timber frames. Robin has now taken delivery of the timber frame which was a day’s work in itself as some of the …

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Building an Extension Part 3 – Suspended beam and block floor

beam and block floor

Roger Bisby talks through the beam and block floor stage of building an extension. Generally speaking there are two options for constructing ground floors. You can opt for a solid floor which involves laying wet concrete directly onto your ground surface or you can choose a beam and block floor which is also known as a suspended floor which allows …

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Building an Extension Part 2 – Moving drains

moving drains

Roger Bisby shares the trials and tribulations of moving drains in the second episode of The Extension project. Builders will often tell you that the hardest part of a job is the bit in the ground. In my case this was true. The ground was made up with rubble, there were two drain runs and manholes to be removed and …

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Delving deeper into the world of damp prevention & cure

damp prevention

Roger Bisby attends a one day damp-proofing course with Safeguard Europe where he learns about the different causes and types of damp in buildings and what can be done about them. I have been using DryRods from Safeguard Europe for a couple of years now. Before that I used the Dryzone cream. There is no doubt that the product works …

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The Extension Project – Part 1 (Setting out footings for an extension)

Setting out footings for an extension

The Extension Project is a brand new series from Skill Builder following the build of a side and rear extension on a semi-detached house. In the first instalment of the series Roger provides an overview of the project and explains the setting out process. Setting out footings for an extension “It’s very important when you’re building anything that you set …

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How to lay Palio LooseLay – luxury flooring designed for the trade to fit

lay Palio LooseLay

Roger Bisby demonstrates how to lay Palio LooseLay with K-Wave Friction Grip which is made for non-expert fitters such as tradespeople and general builders. It’s got the qualities of a luxury vinyl tile but it’s easier to lay. Palio LooseLay uses a unique friction-grip backing to hold the product in place without the need for adhesive. It creates a strong …

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Installing pocket doors tips

installing pocket doors

Eclisse shares three tips to ensure a professional finish when installing pocket doors.  Tip One: Check the instructions. Does assembly involve cutting pocket verticals or horizontals to make the system fit? Does installation involve aligning separate components? Ideally, the track and pocket should assemble into single unit for insertion into the studwork. Is there a self-centering floor guide that automatically …

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How to move a heavy beam with ease

move a heavy beam

In this latest video Roger Bisby shares a trick he has been using for years to move steels and concrete beams. “It helps to have inflatable tyres especially on rough ground. I had some help but you could do this on your own if you levered up the end and propped it first. I am sure you can come up …

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Safeguard publishes guide to Basement Waterproofing

Basement Waterproofing

Although basements are a significant area of business opportunity for the construction industry, it is a complex and potentially fraught sector and – in the main – an area for the specialist. Yet Safeguard Europe – the UK specialist in damp-proofing and waterproofing technology – is helping to demystify and simplify understanding of this underground world with the publication of …

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