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Plumbing tips – an easy way of air testing pipe work

Air Testing Pipe Work

In this video Roger Bisby demonstrates a cheap easy way of testing for leaks in your plumbing. Plumbers often test pipes by puttting water in them which can be a bit of a disaster. Roger suggests an alternative method of air testing pipe work using a schrader valve and an ordinary foot pump. There are now kits available for air …

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The Cladman One Man Cladding Device

the Cladman

Roger Bisby meets James Gibbons, from Sitebuddyz, suppliers of a device called the Cladman which turns the job of putting up sidings or claddings from a two man job into a one man job. With one person cutting and one person fixing, Sitbuddyz estimates you can complete jobs at three times the speed it normally takes. Acting as a second …

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How to: Hide tv cables in the wall

Hide tv cables in the wall

In this video Roger Bisby explains how to hide unsightly HDMI cables behind a wall using a product from Super Rod. Nobody wants to see AV cables hanging from a wall mounted television which is where the Polymer rods from Super Rod come in. Super Rod’s Polymer rods are thin and flexible helping them to reach the parts other rods …

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Fein releases latest review: Fein AFMT 12 Cordless Multitalent

AFMT 12 Cordless Multitalent

Powertool manufacturer Fein has released its latest “Feeling FEIN’ video tool review. The ‘Feeling FEIN’ reviews focus on getting FEIN’s products into the hands of professional tradesmen. Each tradesman has been using a specific FEIN power tool and has given their honest feedback on camera. In this review Ian Ellis from IBE Joinery (Kitchen Fitters) tests the FEIN AFMT 12 …

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Review: Knauf Airless Readymix Spray Plaster

spray plaster

Skill Builder offers some thoughts and tips on using Knauf’s spray plaster system. The system provides a faster, more consistent and cleaner method of application while offering time savings of 20-30%. Traditional methods of plastering come with some drawbacks. Speed of application, product material waste and inconsistent finish quality are some of the problems. Knauf Airless Readymix spray plasters are …

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The bit that’s missed out on many new roofs – Redland Innofix

The Code of Practice for single lap tiles now requires every tile to be mechanically fixed but roofing merchants will tell you that they sell a lot more tiles than clips, which suggests that roofers are not doing the job to code. The implication for the homeowner is that Insurance companies will refuse to pay out on storm damage claims …

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Product review: Flex PD2G 18v drill and impact driver

I have looked at a few different tools from Flex over the years. This German company is not a major player in the UK drills market and I don’t expect they are intending to be but they have some attractive looking tools in their range and they seem to be well made. The Flex PD2G 18v drill and the ID …

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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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Metabo KGS 18 LTX 216 Cordless Mitre Saw Review

Metabo KGS 18 LTX 216

Roger Bisby has a look at Metabo’s new battery operated mitre table saw to see how it performs. “Personally I have never needed the level of portability from a mitre saw that is provided by cordless technology, given the choice, I would always rather find a power supply and plug in to the mains and given the fact that you …

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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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