Reviews

Retecflex Re 14-5-115 review

Retecflex Re 14-5-115

Roger Bisby grinds it out with the Retecflex from Flex. In essence this Retecflex grinder and sander is an angle grinder with a fancy dust extractor attachment permanently attached to its side but it is no ordinary angle grinder. It is a 1400 watt German built angle grinder with electronic speed control, soft start and restart protection so it doesn’t …

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How to stop roof tiles being blown off

roof tiles blown off

Roger Bisby tries out the Innofix clip from Redland, a useful clip that prevents storm damage by stopping roof tiles from being blown off when it’s windy. Despite the change in the standard BS 5534 Code of Practice for roof slating and tiling there are still a lot of cowboy roofers out there laying interlocking tiles without any fixings.  Nobody …

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Product review: Knauf Airless Finish Light

airless spray plasters

Roger Bisby share his findings on Knauf’s new airless spray plaster, the Knauf Airless Finish Light. Knauf has had an unenviable task in the UK; trying to take on British Gypsum with trowel applied traditional plasters was always going to be a challenge but they have certainly established themselves with boards and made good inroads with projection plastering. But projection …

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Milwaukee M18 FID-0 review

Milwaukee M18 review

Roger Bisby believes that impact drivers are way too powerful for most jobs and many  lack the intelligence to know when less is more. Has Milwaukee got the answer in its M18 FID-0? I never thought I would say this but impact drivers have become a little too good at their job. As each respective manufacturer seeks to leapfrog the competition …

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Product review: DeWalt Tungsten Hole saw sets DT8276QZ

These days we tend to turn to diamonds whenever we need a large holes in concrete, brick or tiles. Personally I would not want to be without my diamond core bits but there are some jobs where I hesitate to get them out. If for example there is a possibility of hitting a wall tie I would rather get this …

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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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Product review: Gorilla shovel

A few weeks ago we featured the new Gorilla brooms from Faulk’s, the makers of Gorilla Tub Trugs. The brooms have screw on heads with nylon bristles so losing your head while you are sweeping could be a thing of the past. But what is a broom without a shovel? So often builders use steel shovels to sweep up with …

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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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Product review: Gorilla brooms

Skill Builder’s Roger Bisby tries out the latest offering from Faulks; the Gorilla brooms range. Gorilla tubs, you’ve heard of them I’m sure, well these brushes and brooms come out of the same Faulks stable, except of course you don’t keep Gorillas in a stable. The approach with the brooms is exactly the same as the tubs, find a problem …

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Product review: Base boots

Skill builder takes one small step for man as we try out a new footwear product from Base. It seems to me that every time I try out a new pair of work boots or shoes they blow my socks off. I am talking metaphorically of course but the innovation that now goes into protective footwear means that we are …

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