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How to: Franke Laser LSX651 sink installation

The Franke Laser LSX651 has a super slim low-profile edge that beds down onto the worktop to produce a sink that is virtually flush. This will keep the customers happy, but what’s in it for the installer? Franke claims that their clipless sink, which has a patented spring clamp in the sides, is 10 times faster to fit. Despite being …

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Heating a kitchen with a Smith’s Space Saver kickspace heater

kickspace heater installation

In this installation video Roger Bisby demonstrates a great product for anyone looking for heating ideas that save space and money. The key is that the Smith’s Space Saver heater runs off the existing central heating. You’re probably wondering how this tiny little heater is going to heat a kitchen, and you’re almost certainly thinking it’s an electric fan heater …

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How to cut your worktop for an inset sink or hob

cut your worktop for an inset sink

In this quick How-to video Roger Bisby shows how to cut an inset sink into a worktop. The same technique an be applied to cutting a hob.

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Rendering tips for patch and repair work

Ernie Cook, the master bricklayer, who I had the pleasure of working for in my teens used to say. “The worst thing that has happened to the building industry is cement.” It was a bit of an exaggeration but we spent a lot of time travelling around London and the South East putting right the work of bricklayers who were …

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How to: Fixing floorboards and avoiding pipes

Avoiding pipes is always a challenge when fixing floorboards. Here’s my top tips for avoiding this mishap and some advice on what to do if you do end up screwing through a pipe.  

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Resin bonded gravel drives: Are they a DIY job?

resin driveways diy

Resin bonded drives are all the rage these days for the obvious reason that they provide a great looking gravel hard-standing without the drawback of loose gravel but are they a job for the general builder or should you sub them out, asks Roger Bisby?  There are two distinct forms of resin bonded drive. One is where the gravel is …

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CT1 Sealant & Adhesive Demonstration surprising result

CT1 Sealant & Adhesive Demonstration

In this video Skill Builder brings you a demonstration of the CT1 Sealant & Adhesive, a sealant and construction adhesive that replaces numerous products from just one tube. CT1 provides unique adhesion on virtually any material in most applications without the need for additional fixings. CT1 is marketed as the ultimate solution for sealing. CT1 will bond: Metals (including lead) …

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How to: Trade tips on cutting and coving with Supercove

Roger shows you just how easy it is to cut and fit coving using SuperCove. SuperCove lightweight coving is available from many good builders merchants and DIY stores throughout the UK and Ireland, in various length options up to 4 metres. With super-light SuperCove, you can fix coving quickly and easily – adding value to your home with the minimum …

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How to: Fit an electric shower (Bristan Joy)

This is an instantaneous thermostatic electric shower that’s designed to be easy to fit. It’s a modern-looking case, and it’s designed to cover over existing footprints of showers, so if you’re replacing an electric shower, then hopefully this will cover over all the screw holes; you won’t get involved in any retiling. But here’s the other thing; they make it …

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How to make a fake wall with fake brick effect render

fake brick effect

In this video Roger demonstrates how to use a fake brick effect render from Bostick. The system is applied in two easy steps, starting with a grey mortar undercoat. Once this is touch-dry it’s followed by a coloured face coat which is cut through with a specialised tool included in the pack to expose the grey mortar underneath, creating a …

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