Tips for Applying Silicone Sealant

Tips for applying silicone sealant

What do builders and plumbers commonly get wrong when applying silicone sealant? Roger Bisby ponders this question while trying out some of the latest offerings from the HB42 range. The building industry has been using silicone sealants for years now but a surprising number of tradespeople don’t know the difference between high and low modulus or neutral curing. I may …

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Labour right to link housing and skills says FMB

ITC Concepts

The Labour Party’s proposal to link up housing and skills policy would be the right approach for a post-Brexit UK, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has said in response to the publication of the Labour Party’s manifesto. Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “Labour’s pledge to integrate housing and skills policy is the right approach to tackling …

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Crossrail Creates 6 Hard-Hitting Health & Safety Video Resource

Crossrail health & safety videos

Crossrail is encouraging construction firms large and small to make use of a series of videos that have been created for the Crossrail project which focus on some of the health impacts and safety risks faced by construction workers. The six films use different fictional scenarios to depict realistic situations, which could happen when basic health and safety controls are …

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Damp and mould problems leaving UK tenants living in squalid conditions

Damp and mould problems

Research conducted by housing charity Shelter has revealed that hundreds of renters – including those living in bigger, urban areas – are living in slum-like conditions due to damp, mould, infestation and electrical issues. The report, from Shelter and YouGov, took statements from 300 tenants across the Manchester region. The majority expressed concern about ongoing struggles with damp and mould …

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Manufacturer urges people to choose face masks with built-in face fit checking

built-in face fit checking

Just like voters in the forthcoming General Election, you have a choice, says PPE manufacturer JSP. You can choose mask such as the JSP Force8 half mask fitted which includes PressToCheck P3 Filters –  which enables wearers to check their face-fit –  or you can choose a mask without this option. Winner of the 2014 BSIF Product Innovation of the …

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The bathroom system that could change the way plumbers work

Abacus bathroom system

In this video, Ian Pattison the owner of Abacus Manufacturing Group and one time plumber’s merchant explains the benefits of the Abacus complete bathroom system which has been designed to be quick and easy to fit. Created with the installer in mind, Ian believes the simplicity of the Abacus system has the potential to change the way that plumbers work. …

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Final farewell for landmark Potterton boiler

Potterton boiler

The last ever Potterton boiler to come off the production line in parent company Baxi’s factory in Warwick has been put into retirement, 17 years after first being installed in the cellar of a Scotland home. The Potterton Profile boiler was discovered by engineers from Gas Call Services when homeowner Alistair decided it was time to install a modern replacement. …

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Roofing firm fined after worker buried in trench

Construction boss jailed

A Fife-based construction company has been fined after a worker had to be dug out of a trench that collapsed onto him. Dundee Sheriff Court heard the 43-year-old employee of Wallace Roofing and Building Limited suffered a broken shoulder and collarbone as well as punctures to both of his lungs and fractures to all but two of his ribs. Emergency …

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Construction safety fines soar following legislation change

Construction boss jailed

Companies across the UK have been forced to pay out over £61m in health and safety fines throughout 2016 with the construction sector seeing fines double according to law firm BLM’s health and safety tracker. Research conducted by the insurance and risk law firm found that fines for the construction industry jumped from £6,644,807 in 2015 to £13,636,346 in 2016 …

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Why should the construction sector embrace digital?

construction industry predictions

Colin Yates, chief operating officer at WorkMobile, the mobile data capture solution, discusses some of the benefits construction companies can reap from ‘going digital’. The construction sector has been slow to join the tech race. Recent research has found that construction companies are struggling to harness the power of mobile and automation technology, data and analytics and robotics – just 8% of …

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Safety guidance released amidst concerns surrounding unsafe telescopic ladders

unsafe telescopic ladders

The Ladder Association, a not-for-profit body dedicated to promoting safe ladder use, has produced a safety guide for users of telescopic ladders – an increasingly popular piece of equipment for working at height – following reports of unsafe products in the UK. The guide provides key safety information for members of the public, including guidance on: Buying – how to …

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Kent Construction Firm Fined for Asbestos Failings

Construction boss jailed

Barroerock Construction Limited has been fined after repeated asbestos failings. Canterbury Crown Court heard how the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) carried out two investigations of working practices of the site in 2013 and 2014 while Barroerock were converting into flats a former nine-storey office building in Ashford, Kent, which was known to contain asbestos. The first investigation arose from …

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Solar installers fined following roof fall

Worker breaks back

A Bristol based solar panel installation company has been fined after a 49-year-old worker fell more than 3.5 metres through a void in a roof. The fall inflicted serious injuries on the man, including bleeding on the brain, a fractured spleen and fractured ribs. Bristol Magistrates Court heard how the worker was one of several contracted by Solarjen Limited, known …

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Immigration and Skills Key to Success of Next Government

year for bricks

The next Government must ensure the construction sector has enough skilled workers post-Brexit or its housing and infrastructure manifesto pledges will be redundant, says the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). The FMB has called on all major political parties to recognise the importance of migrant labour to the construction sector as part of its ‘Programme for Government’. Brian Berry, Chief …

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Hilti Hammer Drill Driver review

Hilti Hammer Drill Driver review

Roger tries out the all-rounder that’s said to be ready for anything; the SF 6H-A22 Cordless hammer drill driver. What’s new about the SF 6H-A22? With the new SF 6H-A22 Cordless hammer drill driver, Hilti says you can finish your applications fast, in comfort and with complete confidence. The newest addition to Hilti’s 22 V battery platform combines a powerful …

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10 Home Improvement and DIY Myths That Are Completely False

Mold

Plentific.com has compiled a list of ten popular home improvement and DIY myths that are completely false. Myths: we’ve all heard them before, whether they’re about eating carrots to help you see in the dark, not drinking coffee for fear of stunting your growth or waiting an hour to swim after eating. DIY myths are everywhere, and it’s sometimes harder …

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