Videos

Hang Doors Easy Peasy with the Trend 2-Piece Hinge Jig

Trend 2-Piece Hinge Jig

In this video, Skill Builder takes a look at the Trend 2-Piece Hinge Jig, a portable template set designed for recessing hinges in wooden doors & frames. Key features of the product include: – It is easy to use with minimal setting-up time, completing the job both accurately & quickly. – Used on-site & in joinery shops to increase productivity …

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How to: Lay floor levelling compound

how to lay floor levelling compound

Further to popular demand on Skill Builder’s YouTube channel, in this video Roger Bisby provides an indepth guide that shows how to lay floor levelling compound in association with Bostik. The first point Roger makes is that these are floor levelling compounds and not screeds, a screed is something that’s put down on top of concrete to form a level …

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Plasterboard you can fix to without plugs

gyproc habito

In this video Roger Bisby finds out more about the new Gyproc Habito plasterboard which you can screw straight into without the need for plugs or special fixings. The high-performance plasterboard from British Gypsum is the latest addition to the Gyproc performance board range and has been designed for use in the residential sector. You can hang radiators and kitchen …

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Why it’s worth investing in kneepads

kneepads

In this video Roger Bisby discusses the benefits of investing in decent kneepads. Roger outlines some of the latest technology used in knee protection, including a knee pad from Snickers which incorporates D30, a shock-absorbing substance which has improved impact protection for motorcyclists and sportspeople. D3O materials in their raw state flow freely when moved slowly, but on shock, lock …

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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 AFMT 12 Cordless MultiTalent

AFMT 12 Cordless Multitalent

Powertool manufacturer Fein has released its latest “Feeling FEIN’ Cordless MultiTalent 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 …

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Review: Knauf Airless Readymix Spray Plaster

Knauf 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

Redland tile installation

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

Flex sander

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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Waterproof outdoor quality MDF from Medite Tricoya

Waterproof outdoor quality MDF

Roger Bisby puts Medite Tricoya Extreme to the test, a waterproof outdoor quality MDF from Medite Tricoya. The potential applications for Medite Tricoya Extreme are far ranging  particularly in environments where humidity and weather are usually concerns. It is possible to imagine Medite Tricoya Extreme used virtually anywhere, including: Façade cladding/siding Fascia and soffit panels and other secondary exterior applications …

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Rendering Tips for Patch and Repair Work

Rendering tips

Ernie Cook, the master bricklayer, who I had the pleasure of working for in my teens used to say “The worst thing that has happened to the building industry is cement”. It was a bit of an exaggeration but we spent a lot of time travelling around London and the South East putting right the work of bricklayers who were …

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CT1 Sealant & Adhesive Demonstration surprising result

CT1 Sealant & Adhesive Demonstration

In this video Skill Builder brings you a demonstration of the CT1 Sealant & Adhesive, a sealant and construction adhesive that replaces numerous products from just one tube. CT1 provides unique adhesion on virtually any material in most applications without the need for additional fixings. CT1 is marketed as the ultimate solution for sealing. CT1 will bond: Metals (including lead) …

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