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5 Tips for Construction in Winter

Construction, paving and landscaping is most readily associated with the summer months, but most construction traders will still work to some extent in the winter. Natural light diminishes in the late afternoon, and after the clocks go back in the final week of October we can expect sunsets before 4pm. This is more insurmountable a factor than the lack of heat, because visibility is much more difficult to recreate. The primary concern when working outdoors in low light and cold and wet conditi...

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When do the clocks go back?

Overnight, in the early hours of Sunday 29th October 2017, Britain’s time zone moves back one hour. This reverts us from British Summer Time and the clocks go back to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). People often debate about the advantages and disadvantages of ‘daylight time saving’, but the current pattern has been in place for a hundred years. The idea of introducing British Summer Time was to maximise the amount of daylight during waking hours, as several hours of sunshine is le...

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Buying electric chainsaws or petrol chainsaws

When buying forest and garden machinery such as chainsaws, trimmers and leaf blowers, consumers are often faced with the choice of battery-powered vs petrol or diesel. Electric chainsaws tend to be perceived as cleaner and more modern than those that rely on a fuelled engine, but there are still some major advantages to using petrol machines. The classic sound of a chainsaw familiar to most of us is the sound of a petrol engine delivering power to the blades at the press of a trigger. This is ...

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Types of Portable Cement Mixer

There are two types of portable cement mixer that can be found on the majority of building sites across the UK. The most common are known as drum mixers or even just cement mixers. They are almost always orange in colour and likely to be made by Belle. The other type, which is becoming more well-known, is pan mixers. The quintessential cement mixer which most people would recognise is the Minimix, made by Belle. The key component is the central drum, that rotates continually. A set of fins fixe...

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Robotic Lawn Mowers

For those who love their garden but don’t have the time, fitness or inclination to cut the lawn, a robotic lawn mower could be the answer. Previously, those who fell into this category would have had to employ a gardener to keep their garden in good shape. This could be in the form of casual labour to a friend or family member, or arranging for a professional gardener to cut the grass every couple of weeks. Not only do robotic lawn mowers such as Husqvarna automowers remove the...

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