KNIPEX launches 250k Instagram Challenge, Go For Gold!

TO celebrate reaching 250,000 followers on the @knipex_official Instagram account, KNIPEX is giving away 250 limited edition and numbered golden Mini KNIPEX Cobra® water pump pliers, packed in an exclusive collectors' box.

All you have to do to enter is send the best picture or video of you and your favourite KNIPEX pliers to the company’s Instagram feed. Your entry can be funny, passionate, artistic – whatever you like.

Upload your picture or video to and let the KNIPEX community vote on it. With 20 likes you get to the final round, where a KNIPEX jury will choose the winners.

“KNIPEX wants to celebrate this landmark worldwide: We are really proud –  and would like to thank everyone who is part of the large KNIPEX community!” explained David Barnes, UK Marketing Manager.  

Conditions of participation:

Closing date: 17/08/2020

How many calories does DIY burn?

LEADING tool firm Draper Tools has lifted the lid on the consumer health benefits and the calories burnt during a range of home improvement jobs.

A national campaign is underway to promote the health and wellbeing benefits of DIY and gardening and Draper Tools is calling on retailers to get involved too by sharing some of the fascinating findings.  

Feeling the burn

According to the Draper Tools study, UK homeowners burn more than EIGHTY THOUSAND calories a year – by gardening and doing DIY. 

During a typical year, house proud Brits will spend 165 hours in total pottering around the garden and fixing up their dwellings. 

In that time, they will burn 6,384 kcals while weeding, 3,466 kcals when pruning and 3,852 kcals while watering the garden. Mowing the lawn might be considered more of a therapeutic task than a full workout, but adults manage to shed 4,199 calories a year doing just that. In the home itself, they’ll also burn 2,161 kcals when removing wallpaper, 4,145 kcals while painting walls and 433 kcals by hammering nails over the course of a year. 

Spreading the word

Commissioned to support the growing range of DIY & gardening essentials from Draper Tools, the study of 2,000 homeowners found many people were unaware of the potential health benefits of home improvements. 39 per cent of adults don’t tend to think of gardening as a way of exercising - and 57 per cent feel the same about DIY. 

However, with all the jobs in and around being done in Britain’s homes recently, half of those surveyed said it did feel like they've been working out more than normal. 

Kev Smith, Head of Marketing at Draper Tools said: “It just goes to show DIY and gardening are not only beneficial for the home, but also for overall health and wellbeing too. The amount burnt during a typical year is the equivalent of burning 349 Mars bars or 312 Big Macs – that’s a lot of food.” 

“In addition to being good for you physically, the research also found that DIY and gardening also helps many of those polled to relax and unwind too. It’s been fascinating learning just how far the benefits of home improvements really go.” 

“We’ve had a great response to the findings and would like to encourage retailers to share them with their customers too.” 

Hidden health benefits of everyday jobs

The study also found those polled will burn a total of 1,924 calories sawing items during a typical year, along with 1,293 while pressure washing and 588 as a result of building flat-pack furniture. 

Even smaller tasks such as painting items of furniture or filling in holes using a filler will see them shed 394 and 760 calories respectively. 

And they’ll also shave off 221 calories throughout the course of a typical 12-month period while putting shelves up and 702 when attaching pictures to walls. 

In the garden, those polled will burn 3,799 calories digging, 4,194 cutting branches from trees and 2,659 planting seeds and plants. 

Painting outdoor walls and fencing will shed 3,661 calories and carrying stones, wood, bags of compost, bags of soil and other heavy items will also burn 3,029 a year. 

Further to this, harvesting home grown fruit and vegetables will result in 3,118 calories being burnt off. 

Physical and mental wellbeing

The Draper Tools study carried out through OnePoll also found 73 per cent of homeowners consider gardening to be a nice way to de-stress and to relax and 47 per cent feel similarly about DIY.

As such, seven in 10 find they tend to get so lost in the task when improving the home and doing a spot of gardening they find hours can simply ‘disappear.’ 

In the same vein, more than half said they get so carried away they have a tendency to take fewer breaks than they would if they were at work. This may be because they take great pride in maintaining a nice home and garden - 67 per cent said doing a DIY or gardening job well is more satisfying than doing a good job at work. 

Kev Smith of Draper Tools added: “Many people have been trying out new home workouts recently but you could argue DIY and gardening can be just as effective at helping keep the nation active and healthy. However, as with more traditional exercise it’s important that people don’t overdo it and remember to take regular breaks.” 


  • Dead heading plants – 497 minutes and 3,047 kcals 
  • Pruning – 562 minutes and 3,466 kcals 
  • Watering the garden – 680 minutes and 3,852 kcals 
  • Planting seeds or plants – 476 minutes and 2,659 kcals 
  • Mowing the lawn – 707 minutes and 4,199 kcals 
  • Spraying insecticide - 189 and 1,125 kcals 
  • Adding mulch to flower beds – 261 minutes and 1,583 kcals 
  • Turning over soil - 319 minutes and 3,147 kcals 
  • Digging – 385 minutes and 3,799 kcals 
  • Heavy lifting such as carrying stones, wood, bags of compost, bags of soil etc. – 307 minutes and 3,029 kcals 29906 
  • Raking – 364 minutes and 3,592 kcals 
  • Painting walls/fence - 371 minutes and 3,661 kcals 
  • Cutting the hedge - 389 minutes and 3,838 kcals 
  • Cutting off branches - 425 minutes and 4,194 kcals 
  • Weeding  - 647 minutes and 6,384 kcals 
  • Harvesting  - 316 minutes and 3,118 kcals 
  • Hoeing - 321 minutes and 3,168 kcals 
  • Painting smaller objects like furniture - 82 minutes and 394 kcals                                
  • Filling-in holes (using Polyfilla or equivalent) – 158 minutes and 760 kcals           
  • Putting pictures up – 146 minutes and 702 kcals 
  • Putting shelves up – 46 minutes and 221 kcals 
  • Drilling holes – 57 minutes and 274 kcals 
  • Hammering nails – 99 minutes and 433 kcals 
  • Building flat-pack furniture - 123 minutes and 588 kcals                                                      
  • Varnishing items - 55 minutes and 264 kcals                                                        
  • Removing wallpaper -219 minutes and 2,161 kcals 
  • Painting walls – 420 minutes and 4,145 kcals 
  • Sawing items – 195 minutes and 1,924 kcals 
  • Sand down items - 93 minutes and 918 kcals                                          
  • Tile floors – 219 minutes and 2,161 kcals 
  • Tile walls - 295 minutes and 2,911 kcals                                            
  • Wallpaper a medium sized room – 272 minutes and 2,684 kcals 
  • Using a pressure washer - 131 minutes and 1,293 kcals

For more information on the campaign and the latest products and promotions from Draper Tools, please visit

Retailers can also request a free copy of the findings and a set of infographics to use on social media by emailing [email protected].   

Makita steps up to support Ventilator Challenge UK

IN times of crisis, it’s important for businesses to rally together to find new, collaborative solutions. To this end, leading manufacturer of power tools, Makita UK and valued distributor Terrier Tools, recently assisted specialist contract electronics manufacturer, Surface Technology International Ltd (STI), in its contribution to VentilatorChallengeUK - a consortium of companies rapidly producing ventilators in the fight against COVID-19.

Makita UK has helped specialist contract electronics manufacturer, STI, take part in the UK Government’s Ventilator Challenge UK. STI joined a number of leading technology and engineering firms to help produce 11,000+ ventilator units as quickly as possible, to help the NHS cope with the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

To meet this demand, STI looked to use its existing tooling options for manufacturing ventilators. However, the manual torque wrenches and screwdrivers were not suitable for the task in hand and in turn, the company’s ventilator build process was not fully optimised. With an urgent need to speed up production, STI contacted its local tool supplier Terrier Tools for advice on more suitable tool solutions to help streamline and speed up the process. Steven Hughes of Terrier Tools immediately recommended Makita’s highly engineered range of specialist production tools, which outperform traditional construction tools for mass production assembly applications, enabling faster production and greater torque accuracy.

With this critical task at hand, technical specialists from Makita UK liaised with Terrier Tools to identify which specialist tools would best meet STI’s specific project applications. So far, STI has received 21 specialist production tools, which have helped the company to deliver ventilators in a more efficient manner. This has included a selection of programmable speed control screwdrivers, both pistol-grip and angle, which were used to assemble components to a specific torque. Additionally, the company has received a number of standard drill drivers to help secure non-specific fasteners. To run these specialist tools as efficiently as possible, STI purchased 36 of Makita’s innovative LXT battery units and 15 charging units. As a result, STI was able to speed up production and ensure its important work could continue around the clock so that the ventilators could be delivered on schedule. 

Speaking on Makita’s assistance, as well as his company’s role in the VentilatorChallengeUK, Jon Ashford, Project Engineering Manager at STI commented: “Using Makita’s range has really helped us to increase our production efficiency, as well as allowing us to remove additional inspection steps for torque checking. Initially, we attempted this project using manual torque drivers, but this soon led to a bottleneck in the production process. The Makita tools provide the user with a visual and audible aid to ensure the correct torque has been applied to each individual fixing. As such, adopting the solutions have helped to make a big difference”.

Given many of the logistical challenges imposed by the current pandemic, Makita UK went to great lengths to ensure its products were delivered in a safe and timely manner. As a result, the company decided to deliver directly to the end-user, which helped expedite the delivery process by 24 hours. Similarly, to allow the team at STI to deliver the highest quality results, members of Makita UK’s training team visited the company’s headquarters to deliver specialist training. As with any purchase from the company, Makita UK is always on hand to deliver training to firms when they feel it is necessary. Thanks to this, production staff at STI have been able to boost productivity and guarantee more accurate, durable frame production.

Steve Edwards, Regional Sales Manager at Makita UK added: “A key part of our business culture is to help those around us, as well as the wider community. Right now, this ambition is more important than ever for businesses, who must come together and help the country overcome the challenge posed by COVID-19. That’s why we’re so pleased to have been able to help STI as it took part in the VentilatorChallengeUK. With help from Steven Hughes at Terrier Tools, our team has specified and delivered an extensive range of specialist production tools, which make the task of assembling ventilator frames more efficient. We’re delighted to hear some of the units that STI manufactured are now helping to save lives in NHS facilities across the country.”

Makita unveils new XGT products

MAKITA has expanded its XGT 40V Max range of cordless power tools with the launch of four new brushless angle grinders – engineered to deliver the power needed for high-demand applications, with the added flexibility and improved safety of cordless.

Also added to the range is the CF001GZ 40V Max ‘Swing Fan’, ideal for keeping cool and air circulating in all seasons.

Makita has added four new brushless angle grinders (GA022GZ, GA023GZ, GA028GZ and GA029Z) to its XGT 40V Max line up. Launched in June 2020, XGT 40V Max is the highest power cordless solution from Makita – offering the high output, durability and fast charge times needed for high-demand applications.

To maximise on-site productivity, the GA022GZ, GA023GZ, GA028GZ and GA029Z have been designed to withstand frequent heavy-duty cutting and grinding. Each model delivers a no load speed of 3,000-8,500rpm and features a variable speed dial, enabling operators to easily control and adjust the speed of the machine, depending on the application.

The machines are available with a slide switch (GA022GZ and GA023GZ) or paddle switch (GA028GZ and GA029Z) depending on preference and the GA022GZ and GA028GZ have a wheel diameter of 115mm and the GA023GZ and GA029Z both have a 125mm wheel diameter.

The GA022GZ, GA023GZ, GA028GZ and GA029Z also include Makita’s Auto-start Wireless System (AWS), which connects the machine to a compatible dust extractor via Bluetooth. This improves user safety and ensures that when the tool is in use, the extractor is automatically turned on – and when the tool is powered off, the extractor automatically stops.

With safety in mind, the machines feature Makita’s Active Feedback Sensing Technology (AFT), which shuts down the tool to protect the user if the rotation speed suddenly slows down and the Anti-Restart function prevents accidental start-up.

Kevin Brannigan, Marketing Manager at Makita said: “The XGT 40V Max range of tools is the most powerful cordless solution from Makita to date, providing users with the power needed for high-demand applications across a variety of sectors. For improved efficiency, XGT machines all benefit from Makita’s brushless motor and optimised charging process – keeping operators working for longer, disruption free.”

To make working on site more comfortable, Maita has also added is the cordless, portable CF001GZ 40V Max Swing Fan to its XGT range. The ultra-quiet fan has three wind speed settings (high, medium and low) and delivers a maximum air speed of 120m/min - 190m/min, depending on the setting chosen. The fan can run for up to 730 minutes when using a 2.5Ah battery without oscillation, or 655minutes using a 2.5Ah batteries with oscillation.

The CF001GZ weighs just 3.0kg and has been designed with a large carrying handle for easy handling. The front cover of the fan can be easily removed, allowing for quick and convenient cleaning.

CEA welcomes European Parliament engines vote

ON 10 July the European Parliament backed an amendment to the Stage V regulation (EU) 2016/1628 by 653 votes to 17.

The revised regulation will be published in the Official Journal of the European Union and will take effect retroactively from 1 July 2020. It will be adopted automatically into UK law and applies to transition engines in the power categories <56kW and ≥130kW.

The revision delays the relevant deadlines for building machines installed with transition engines from 30 June 2020 to 30 June 2021 and for placing those machines on the market from 31 December 2020 to 31 December 2021.

The outcome comes after a painstaking lobbying process by a task force of European manufacturers’ organisations, including the Committee for European Construction Equipment (CECE) and the European federations for materials handling (FEM), garden machinery (EGMF) and agricultural equipment (CEMA). The problem was identified in March by the Construction Equipment Association when the initial problems with hold-ups in the supply chain caused by COVID-19 were reported. OEM reduced time working and factory closures followed within the next few weeks when it became certain that not all pre-Stage V engine stocks could be incorporated within completed machines by the end of June.

CEA chief executive Rob Oliver stated: “The original rules meant that even if manufacturers had engines ready and waiting to be installed unless they could be incorporated into the fully assembled machines by the deadline they would have to be scrapped. Our Senior Technical Consultant, Dale Camsell, did a great job as part of the industry team that worked with the European Commission and European Parliamentarians to navigate the intricacies of EU decision-making.

"Several official European forums had to be persuaded of the urgency of the problem and the fact that a postponement would not compromise the environmental objectives of the emission regulations. In the end, the case presented by CECE and our allies in other sectors finally got the necessary legal changes over the line. This has saved manufacturers across Europe significant sums at a time when businesses have been knocked sideways by COVID-19.”

The experience with engines in the mid-power bands may not be the end of the story. The deadlines for transition engines in the power categories ≥56kW and <130kW remain unchanged at 30 June 2021 and 31 December 2021. Industry representatives and the European Commission will be tracking the effect of COVID-19 on production and markets over the next few months to determine whether these deadlines need to be revisited.

Master Lock launches Portable Bluetooth Select Access Smart Key Lock Box

MASTER Lock, the American security super brand, has launched an outdoor use Portable Bluetooth Select Access Smart Key Lock Box allowing for safe, shareable, and convenient access to your keys via a smart phone.

As the ideal solution to managing multi-user access to your keys whilst moving the device from location to location; there is no need to hide your keys under a doormat or flowerpot!

The Portable Bluetooth Select Access® Smart Key Lock Box is a key and card storage device which ensures flexible security. The portable design offers removable installations since it can be fixed to fences, gates, or any type of anchors points. This removes the need to drill holes for a permanent fixing and makes it perfect for renters.

Users can open and manage the Portable Select Access Smart via their smartphone with the free Master Lock Vault Home App. Temporary or permanent codes can be shared with 15 guests in one batch, and the overall number of contacts is unlimited. Since sharing is immediate, users can grant access to their keys remotely and in real time; as well as set up for future access. Users can also fully monitor who visits, when and for how long with live notifications as well as a comprehensive history of accesses to the key safe. A warning will also be shared should there be any unauthorised attempt to gain access making the user fully in control.

The Bluetooth data transmitted between the smartphone and Select Access Smart are both wrapped in a high-level military encryption for maximum security against hacking. Only authorised persons can get access to your keys, and only you can control it.

The key safe features a zinc outer shell for excellent resistance to attacks, as well as a durable solid body with a coated surface to protect the hardware and door finish. The integrated shackle allows for portable installation, and it has a large capacity to hold key cards or traditional keys.

The key safe is not only water resistant, but it can also withstand a range of temperatures from -40°C up to +50°C, making it a sure bet to stand against the elements.

In addition, a double-locking mechanism has been designed for greater resistance to prying attacks. An electronic keypad is backlit for easier use in the dark and includes 10 digits so users can create a secure code, as well as an unlimited number of ‘guest’ combinations. A backup combination can also be stored on the Master Lock Vault Site.

The easy to replace CR123A battery has a two-year life expectancy with low battery warnings sent straight to your smartphone. Master Lock has designed the key safe with a discreet compartment to jump start using a nine-vault battery should the energy completely run out.

The Master Lock 5440EURD Portable Bluetooth Select Access Smart is available from a variety of retailers including

FMB urges Chancellor to back local builders

AN economic package that increases demand for building work, protects jobs, and invests in training is needed to boost economic growth and save jobs, says the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) ahead of the Chancellor’s announcement on Wednesday.

The FMB is publishing an open letter to Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, setting out four key steps that will support the industry to build back better and greener.

This is all the more important as today’s UK Construction PMI data for June 2020 shows that employment has fallen at the end of the second quarter, and builders are registering only ‘cautious optimism’ with the rate of new order growth far weaker than seen for business activity.

Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “The Chancellor must deliver on last week’s commitments to build back better and greener with a recovery package that places local builders at the heart. The FMB welcomed the Government’s unprecedented support measures for firms during the lockdown, and hopes for similar scale and creativity to protect local construction jobs and training opportunities.

“The four key interventions needed to support recovery in the SME construction sector include cutting VAT on repair and renovation works to 5% to boost activity. The Government must bring forward its pledged £9.2 billion investment in energy efficiency, underpinned by a national retrofit strategy to mobilise the market. As the Prime Minister recognised last week, building new homes is a great economic stimulus, and supporting local SME house builders will speed up delivery and drive up quality.

Finally, opportunities need to be created for apprentices, and given that local builders train the majority in construction, the Government needs to target information and financial support to them. Builders stand ready to build back better, but they need support to do so.”

Dickies turns down the heat

DICKIES Workwear is launching a new range of t-shirts featuring fabric technology that helps keep the wearer from overheating in warm temperatures.

The Temp-iQ collection is made with fabric that traps cool air inside the yarn while wicking away sweat. In this way, the wearer stays comfortable as the cool air is kept next to their skin while they’re working in warmer temperatures.

To help protect skin from the sun’s rays, the t-shirt offers UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) 40+. UPF is similar to the sun protection factor used for sunscreens.

“Our Temp-iQ t-shirt is an ideal option to keep tradespeople feeling cool and comfortable while working hard this summer by using fabric technology that reacts to their body temperature and sweat,” said James Whitaker, Marketing Director.

“We’re constantly on the lookout for new ways to innovate and expand our range to meet the demands of tradespeople and are looking forward to launching further items in the Temp-iQ collection to help the wearer stay comfortable regardless of their working environment.”

The Temp-iQ range includes a two-tone style t-shirt available in 10 colour-ways, plus two hi-vis tops – a polo and t-shirt version, both available in orange and yellow.

T-shirts from the Dickies Pro range have also been enhanced with Temp-iQ technology, with four colour-ways including Green/Black and Royal/Black.

The Temp-iQ tops are easy to coordinate with other items from Dickies’ range of clothing and can be customised for tradespeople looking to include them as part of a uniform.

Workers rejoice as PM relaxes social distancing rules

PRIME Minister Boris Johnson has announced today (23 June) that from 4 July, England will enter a new phase in lockdown.

Under the new, more relaxed restrictions called ‘one meter plus’, the public are advised to remain two meters apart wherever possible but will be allowed to be as close as one meter if using ‘mitigation’ (such as face coverings), and be allowed to stay overnight in other households.

Several types of business will also be opening, including pubs, restaurants and hairdressers.

Dan Daintry, co-director of PAL Hire, said: “This news will come as a welcome relief for many ordinary people around the country. For months now we have all been feeling the effects of isolation and social distancing and the ability to go to a pub, get our hair done or attend a wedding will be warmly welcomed come as a breath of fresh air.

“In some ways it’s a small step and we still have a way to go before we’re out of the woods. But psychologically it’s an extremely important one, getting everyone that much closer to a life that may have felt impossibly distant.”


  • Social distancing rules will apply from one meter rather than two, although two meters is still recommended where possible.
  • Two households of any size will be able to meet, indoors or outdoors, although this is not advised for more than two households.
  • In public, two households can meet regardless of six, although multiple households will only be able to meet in groups of up to six.
  • Pubs bars and restaurants (although not nightclubs) will be allowed to open, but only with a table service.
  • Places of worship will open and weddings will be allowed to have up to 30 attendees.
  • Hair dressers and barbers will be allowed to reopen although protective measures must still be taken.
  • Hotels, campsites and caravan parks will be allowed to open.

April has biggest drop in construction output on record

FIGURES released today by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show a more than 40% drop in construction output for April 2020 - the largest monthly drop since records began in January 2010.

The ONS says that this abrupt drop was driven by a 41.2% decrease in new work and a 38.1% decrease in repair and maintenance.

Clive Docwra, managing director of leading construction consulting and design agency McBains, said: “Today’s figures are further confirmation that the construction sector will face a hugely tough time to recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

“Particular concerns are private new housing work seeing a third consecutive month of large decline, exacerbated by the COVID-19 lockdown on April and now at its lowest level for a decade – bad news for the industry but also for prospective homeowners given the housing shortage. 

"The record fall in private commercial new work also reflects the pause button being pressed on major projects.

“Hopefully today’s figures will represent the nadir given they cover the full month of lockdown, but while many large construction firms are now resuming work, many will still weakened by reduced order pipelines over the next few months.

“Firms are also experiencing labour shortages, supply chains are still operating extremely slowly and cashflow is becoming an increasingly pressing issue as cash reserves dry up.  

"The government needs to stimulate demand, for example through reducing VAT on repair and maintenance work.”

To read the statistics in full, click here.


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