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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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JB Kind’s weather resistant door – easy to fit in a day

weather resistant door

In this video Roger Bisby demonstrates how to fit a weather resistant door from JB Kind.  Doors which swell in the winter and shrink in the summer are a common problem for homeowners. JB Kind’s External Extreme door offers a more stable solution as it’s made with Medite Tricoya Extreme Durable MDF, a groundbreaking construction material which we have covered …

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Keylite Polar PVC roof window review

Keylite Polar

Keylite Polar is a brand new white PVC roof window which is said to establish a new standard in maintenance free, energy efficient roof windows. Roger Bisby takes a closer look. It surprised me to learn that the number of white roof windows now being sold in the UK is almost half of the total and if the trend continues …

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What can you say in one minute?

videos for the building industry

Do you sell products or services to the construction industry? What can you say about your product in one minute? Thanks to our collaboration with video production company Motion, the Skill Builder team are experts in creating videos for the building industry. Watch our one minute video to find out more. Or fill out our enquiry form for a quote.

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Marley Universal Dry Verge Fixing System review

marley eternit universal dry verge

Roger Bisby visits Marley Eternit HQ in Burton on Trent to try the Marley Eternit Universal Dry Verge Fixing System. Each roof verge unit is said to be simple and fast to install while offering the stepped appearance of a traditional mortar bedded verge – Roger puts these claims to the test. Marley Eternit Universal Dry Verge is designed to …

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Are mix-onsite bagged flow screeds too good to be true? Roger Bisby visits Weber to find out

pourable Weber flow screeds

Can screeding be made quick and easy using flow screeds? In this video Roger Bisby visits Weber’s training academy in Bedford to find out. Instead of having a ready-mix product you can use Weber’s bagged screeds which provide strong, relatively thin screeds which are ideal for use over warm water underfloor heating. Unlike gypsum based flow screeds the cement based …

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Tips for applying silicone sealant

Tips for applying silicone sealant

What do builders and plumbers commonly get wrong when applying silicone sealant? Roger Bisby ponders this question while trying out some of the latest offerings from the HB42 range.  The building industry has been using silicone sealants for years now but a surprising number of tradespeople don’t know the difference between high and low modulus or neutral curing. I may …

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How to diagnose & repair a motorised heating valve

motorised valve problems

Solving motorised valve problems: In this video, Roger explains how a motorised valve works and discusses how you can easily diagnose and repair a motorised valve, avoiding the need to buy a costly replacement. Please let us know if you like our Plumbing Basics and Tricks of the Trade videos.  

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