Skill Builder

How to: Level a floor with self levelling compound

Level a floor with self levelling compound

In this video Roger Bisby demonstrates how to level a floor with self levelling compound for the best results as well as talking through how to get the best out of latex modified self-levelling sub-floor compounds. In this example Roger uses Bostik’s Cempolatex to level a floor with self levelling compound, but the theory applies to most self levelling screeds …

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How to stop roof tiles being blown off

roof tiles blown off

Roger Bisby tries out the Innofix clip from Redland, a useful clip that prevents storm damage by stopping roof tiles from being blown off when it’s windy. Despite the change in the standard BS 5534 Code of Practice for roof slating and tiling there are still a lot of cowboy roofers out there laying interlocking tiles without any fixings.  Nobody …

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HOW TO Plasterboard a ceiling on your own: Easy method

HOW TO Plasterboard a ceiling

Roger Bisby shows you how he manages to carry out plaster boarding when he’s working alone. Be careful when following this technique! The pipe could work better with a couple of drilled holes to take long nails or screws. It is a work in progress, not perfect but food for thought. Hopefully others will come up with refinements.

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Worcester Greenskies Solar Panels demonstration

Solar Panels Water Heating

Roger Bisby demonstrates Worcester’s Greenskies Solar water heating system. It is a popular misconception that utilising solar energy is only possible in hot, sunny climates. The reality is that it is daylight and not just direct sunshine which is the important factor — which is why Worcester Greenskies solar water heating uses specially coated panels developed to collect as much …

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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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