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How Secure is Your Van? – The truth & solutions

van security

Skill Builder shares some essential information about van security and takes a look at the shocking vulnerabilities of the Ford Transit. In this video we visit Sussex Installations to get the ultimate low-down on van security and make Roger’s Vauxhall Vivaro more theft-proof. After a recent break in Roger was reassured to be able to upgrade the security on his …

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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 4 – Brickwork & Insulation featuring Rigid thermal PIR insulation

Ecotherm insulation

In Part 4 of our series following the building of an extension we cover the brickwork and insulation stage and some points to consider when insulating your home.  In this episode Roger Bisby explains the benefits of using Rigid thermal PIR insulation, an alternative to mineral wool fibre insulation. Installing insulation such as PIR board insulation can help make a home …

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Vauxhall Vivaro review: Do I regret buying a Vivaro?

Vauxhall Vivaro review

After an extensive 18-month bedding in period, Roger Bisby reviews his Vauxhall Vivaro 2900 1.6CDTI BiTurbo 125PS Sportive 2.9 H1 Double Cab. Capabilities Payload up to 1280kg. Cubic capacity up to 8.6 cubic metres. Low loading-height of 552mm. Width between wheel arches 1268mm. Can accommodate 8 x 4 ply and three Euro-pallets Fuel economy. When it comes to economy, Vivaro …

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Bosch Impact Driver review: GDR & GDX 18v Impact Drivers

Bosch Impact Driver review

In the eighth and final test of our big Impact Driver round up we put the Bosch GDR 18 V-LI & GDR 18-LI Impact Drivers and Bosch GDX 18 V-EC impact wrench through their paces. These tests complete this series of cordless impact driver tests which has covered models from Makita, Milwaukee, Bosch, Hilti, Metabo, Pansonic, DeWalt and Hitachi. Find …

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The Capel Build part 2: Concrete

Pecavoid system

It’s time for the second instalment of the Capel Build which 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 while paying homage to its original …

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Milwaukee Impact Driver review: Milwaukee M18 FQID Fuel Surge

Milwaukee Impact Driver review

In Part 7 of our mega Impact Driver roundup, we put the Milwaukee M18 FQID Fuel Surge Impact Driver to the test. Features include: The M18 FUEL SURGE ¼” Hex hydraulic driver is said to be the quietest cordless fastening solution on the market. ¼” Hex chuck for quick and easy bit change. Onboard fuel gauge and LED light. Flexible …

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The Capel Build part 1: The foundations

Capel Build

This is the start of our second building project series on Skill Builder. The Capel Build 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 while …

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Hilti impact driver review: SID 4-A22

Hilti impact driver review

Hilti impact driver review: In Part 6 of our mega Impact Driver roundup, Roger puts the Hilti SID 4-A22 Impact Driver to the test. The new SID 4-A22 Cordless impact driver is designed for high torque applications because, Hilti says, sometimes a standard drill driver simply won’t cut it – you need more impact to get the job done. With …

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