Videos

Pecavoid Max Frank ~ The Capel Build #2

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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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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How to tie in a wall securely with Tiger cavity wall ties

Cavity Wall Ties

Tiger says its unique, patented ‘one-shot’ Cavity Wall Ties mean faster fixing, easier application, stronger grip and less room for error. Roger Bisby tries them out. Tiger says its cavity wall ties will transform professional & DIY building fixings, forever. The secret is in Tiger’s patented wall fixing system. Insert, twist and the fixing becomes its own plug. An E.D.P.M. …

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Panasonic Impact Driver review

Panasonic Impact Driver review

In Part 5 of our mega-roundup, Roger puts the Panasonic EY75A7 Dual Volt 18v/14.4v Impact Driver through its paces; see how he gets on. The Panasonic EY75A7 impact driver is a dual voltage model, which means it’s compatible with 18v and 14.4v Panasonic batteries. This particular version is the body only packaged without batteries or charger. Improvements over the previous …

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Building an Extension Part 3 – Suspended Beam and Block Floor

beam and block floor

Roger Bisby talks through the beam and block floor stage of building an extension. Generally speaking there are two options for constructing ground floors. You can opt for a solid floor which involves laying wet concrete directly onto your ground surface or you can choose a beam and block floor which is also known as a suspended floor which allows …

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Metabo SSW 18 LTX 400 BL Impact Wrench – Roundup Part 3

Metabo SSW 18

In the third part of the Skill Builder super impact driver roundup, we look at the Metabo SSW 18 LTX 400 BL Impact Wrench. The Metabo 18v 2×3.5ah LiHD cordless impact wrench features the unique Metabo brushless motor for quick work progress and highest efficiency for any application. Featuring LiHD battery pack for ultimate performance, extremely long service life with …

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Real Deals For You: Roughneck Gorilla Bar Junior Twin Set

Roughneck Gorilla Bar

Skill Builder has once again teamed up with Real Deals for You to take a look at a selection of products from their Christmas campaign.  In the sixth instalment of this series Roger Bisby tries out the Roughneck Gorilla Bar Junior Twin Set. Real Deals for You is a year-round campaign run by one of Europe’s leading hand and power …

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Hitachi WH18DBDL2 Impact Driver Review – Roundup Part 2

Hitachi WH18DBDL2

In the second part of the Skill Builder super impact driver roundup, we look at the Hitachi (rebranded to HiKOKI as of October 2017) WH18DBDL2 brushless 18v impact driver. Hitachi WH18DBDL2/JX 18v 2×6.0ah Li-ion Brushless Impact Driver The WH18DBDL2/JX 18v Brushless Impact Driver features a high power brushless motor with a selection for 4 speed modes: Soft Mode for delicate …

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Building an Extension Part 2 – Moving drains

moving drains

Roger Bisby shares the trials and tribulations of moving drains in the second episode of The Extension project. Builders will often tell you that the hardest part of a job is the bit in the ground. In my case this was true. The ground was made up with rubble, there were two drain runs and manholes to be removed and …

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Real Deals For You: Faithfull 20cm/8″ Diamond Sharpening Kit

Diamond Sharpening Kit

Skill Builder has once again teamed up with Real Deals for You to take a look at a selection of products from their Christmas campaign.  In the fifth instalment of this series Roger Bisby tries out the Faithfull 20cm/8″ Diamond Sharpening Kit. Real Deals for You is a year-round campaign run by one of Europe’s leading hand and power tool …

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Dewalt DCF887 Impact Driver Review – Roundup Part 1

Dewalt DCF887 Impact Driver Review

Dewalt DCF887 Impact Driver Review: In the first part of the Skill Builder super impact driver roundup, we look at the Dewalt DCF887 3-speed 2nd generation brushless 18v impact driver. Reviews of the Makita, Milwaukee, Bosch, Hilti, Metabo, Panasonic, and Hitachi are still to come with the conclusion being published at the end of the year. Features DEWALT built brushless …

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Real Deals For You: Scan Xtremity Work Gloves

Work Gloves

Skill Builder has once again teamed up with Real Deals for You to take a look at a selection of products from their Christmas campaign.  In the fourth instalment of this series Roger Bisby takes a look at the Scan Xtremity Work Gloves. Real Deals for You is a year-round campaign run by one of Europe’s leading hand and power …

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Real Deals for You: Lighthouse Super Extender 2-in-1 Torch

Extender 2-in-1 Torch

Skill Builder has once again teamed up with Real Deals for You to take a look at a selection of products from their Christmas campaign.  In the third instalment of this series Roger Bisby takes a look at the Lighthouse Super Extender 2-in-1 Torch. Real Deals for You is a year-round campaign run by one of Europe’s leading hand and …

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Track your tools & equipment with Hilti’s ON!Track

Track your tools

  Roger Bisby finds out more about Hilti’s ON!Track equipment management system which allows you to track your tools giving complete clarity into what equipment you have, where it is, who is using it, and when it needs maintenance. With this information at your fingertips Hilti says you can efficiently get your equipment where it needs to be — keeping …

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Real Deals for You: Jack Classic 50cm/20″ Handsaw Twin Pack review

Jack Classic 50cm

Skill Builder has once again teamed up with Real Deals for You to take a look at a selection of products from their Christmas campaign.  In the second installment of this series Roger Bisby takes a look at the Jack Classic 50cm/20″ Handsaw Twin Pack. Real Deals for You is a year-round campaign run by one of Europe’s leading hand …

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Introducing the Hilti DX 5 Powder-actuated Tool & Hilti Connect App

Hilti DX 5

Roger Bisby gets an introduction to the Hilti DX 5 Powder-actuated Tool which features Hilti Connect App. Direct fastening tools are among the quickest, easiest and safest for making serial fixing applications but it can be difficult to know when your tool is ready to be serviced. Or when it should be cleaned. And if it needs to go in for a repair, where should you …

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The Extension Project – Part 1 (Setting out footings for an extension)

Setting out footings for an extension

The Extension Project is a brand new series from Skill Builder following the build of a side and rear extension on a semi-detached house. In the first instalment of the series Roger provides an overview of the project and explains the setting out process. Setting out footings for an extension “It’s very important when you’re building anything that you set …

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DeWalt Mega Kit giveaway & Faithfull Screwdriver Set review

Faithfull Screwdriver Set review

Skill Builder has once again teamed up with Real Deals for You to take a look at a selection of products from their Christmas campaign and bring you news of a major competition; Real Deals for You is giving away 12 DeWalt Mega Kits worth £1899 each.  In the first installment of this series Roger Bisby provides details of how …

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