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Is There No Such Thing as Rising Damp?

No Such Thing as Rising Damp

A few months ago we posted a short video on Skill Builder’s YouTube channel showing a remedial product from Safeguard Europe which helps to stop rising damp in masonry walls. Admittedly the video didn’t discuss the many causes of damp in buildings and could have been a whole lot longer, but we felt that it targeted a specific cause of damp …

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Retired Teacher Opens the Door on Shared Ownership

Retired teacher opens the door on shared ownership

Of the 600 homes which the council is delivering in the next five years, 20% will be for shared ownership. In the first such scheme run by City of York Council, 17 homes have already been sold and 40 more applicants are in the process of buying a share. A retired York teacher who has bought a half share in …

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How Improvements in Clothing Technology Help Protect Us From Enduring Harsh Weather Conditions

Two male athlete running on winter alley in Park

When the most recent polar vortex hit the United States, you may have noticed that many people—but not all—stopped working. There were a significant number of workers braving the brutal cold, working in -50F to keep public roads clear and de-ice airport runways. It seems incredible that someone could work efficiently in such extreme weather conditions, let alone survive. Yet, …

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Theft Awareness for Trades

Theft awareness for tradesmen

Crime in the UK is on the rise, particularly when it comes to theft. Work vans are often a target for thieves, containing high-value items that can be easily accessed if not properly secured. Certain areas in the UK have become more notorious for theft, with London, Sheffield, and Birmingham securing the top spots. Over 70 per cent of workers …

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4 Ways to Attract More Women into the Construction Sector

4 Ways to Attract More Women

Kelly Friel, Digital Product Manager at industry and trade suppliers Zoro, offers her advice for attracting the talents of this under-utilised workforce. Women are shockingly under-represented in the construction sector. Currently, only 3% of manual trades, 5% of engineering, 8% of haulage and 12% of professional construction roles are filled by women (Innovate UK), which means that the skills and …

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Ugly Monocouche Render Stains – Roger’s Rant

Time for another one of Roger’s Rants. He has seen too many stained Monocouche renders and wants to share his thoughts. #Monocouche #RogerRant

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The Van Insurer Highlights the Dangers of Disposable BBQs

Friends enjoying bbq party

With the summer in full swing, insurance price comparison site The Van Insurer is reminding van drivers about the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning. Using portable or disposable barbecues in confined spaces like the back of vans or camper vans is potentially fatal according to experts. Research by the Gas Safe Register reveals that four out of five people in the UK are …

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Is Off-site Construction the Future?

Is Off-site Construction the Future of Construction

What is off-site construction? Off-site construction is the completion of elements or components for a structure at another location in a factory environment. Sometimes these components are assembled before being delivered to site. The off-site construction factories can either be permanent factories or ‘flying’ factories. ‘Flying’ factories are temporary facilities set up for a specific project and then moved once …

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The Modern Slavery Act – What You Need to Know

Modern Day Slavery handcuffs

You’ve probably heard of the Modern Slavery Act but you might be unsure about whether or not it affects your organisation. If you are part of any kind of supply chain the likelihood is it does and acting now can protect your business and ensure you don’t lose contracts in the future. This article from CHAS (The Contractors Health and …

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Peugeot on a Mission to End Reversing Accidents with Surround Rear Vision Technology

Peugeot Reverse Rear Surround Challenge

 Team Skill Builder represent the trades and go head-to-head and reverse around a challenging obstacle course using the Peugeot Partner van with Surround Rear Vision With nearly one-in-10 van accidents occurring when reversing or parking, Peugeot has invited six of the UK’s tradesmen to go head-to-head in a unique challenge to test new safety-boosting technology on the all-new PEUGEOT Partner …

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