Skill Builder videos – Giving you the skills to build with

Leak under shower? Could this be the problem?

leak under shower

Roger visits a £500,000 newbuild to solve a bathroom issue that is so common it’s almost a national epidemic. It’s a familiar scenario. A homeowner finds a wet patch on the ceiling of the room below a tiled bath or shower room so, assuming there is a leak under the shower or bath, they have a go at solving the …

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Triton Planer review

Triton TPL180 Triple Blade

Roger and Robin review and demonstrate the Triton TPL180 Triple Blade 1500w Power Planer which they find to be big but easy to handle. Product features: Patented, 3-blade design and 10-position depth control knob for precise material removal. Adjustable front handle with soft grip for added comfort. Power indicator with live mains connection, ultra-wide 7″ planing width. Includes wrench, dust …

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Korniche Roof Lantern – Quick & Easy Installation

Korniche Roof Lantern

In this video Roger Bisby demonstrates how to install a Korniche Roof Lantern from Made for Trade which is engineered and developed specifically with the trade and installer at the heart of the process. Although this video is sponsored by Made for Trade this is Roger’s genuine experience of fitting a Korniche Roof Lantern for the first time. The Korniche …

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How to install a bathroom

install a bathroom

A longer video from Roger this time talking through how to install a bathroom which contains useful information for plumbers, installers and householders alike. Roger is installing a bathroom from Abacus because he likes the way the British manufacturer designs its bathrooms with British plumbing systems in mind making them easy to install.

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Makita DLS110Z Review – Cordless Slide Mitre Saw

Makita DLS110Z review

Following his video review Roger looks at the Makita DLS110Z Twin 18v Cordless LXT BL Slide Compound Mitre Saw in more detail.  I have always had my reservations about cordless mitre saws and that includes all makes and sizes. It isn’t that they don’t work, it is just that they don’t work as well as mains powered machines and, for …

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Kitchen sink drama – Plumbers with rescuer syndrome

Kitchen sink

I was working on a roof trying to get it done, I had no plumbing tools on board and suddenly I was plumbing. Uni had tried to sort out her plumbing problem, good luck to her but one look at it told me she was in too deep and… she had people coming to dinner. What are you going to …

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New project series: Extending 35A Part 1 – Groundworks & Concrete Footings

extending

Extending 35A is our third project series on Skill Builder and looks back at a single storey extension that Roger worked on many years ago. In Part 1 we look at turning a load of bricks and concrete into rubble with a hired in Micro Crush that take us up to preparation for the beam & block floor.

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The Capel Building Project Series – Timber frame arrives

Building Project

The Capel Building Project series follows the renovation and extension of an unusual property designed by architect Michael Newberry in Surrey. Carpenter and Builder Robin Clevett is taking the first glass and steel house in the UK which was built in 1957 and extending it and refurbishing it, including the addition of a pool house, while paying homage to its …

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SKILL BUILDER PROJECT: How to build an extension

How to build an extension

In this series of videos Roger Bisby explains how to build an extension by taking viewers through the build of a side and rear extension on a semi-detached property. In this latest episode – episode 9 Roger tries out a rapid drying screeding product from Ardex which is said to offer the following features: 90 minute working time Walkable after …

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How to Replace a Central Heating Pump – Plumbing DIY

central heating pump

Spoiler alert – not all jobs go according to plan and this one had Roger on the ropes. Replacing a central heating pump is a simple enough DIY job, but years of plumbing experience come in very handy when the job gets too wet. The old broken pump goes out to be replaced by a brand new Grundfos UPS2.

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