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The best construction and trade jokes are here

Having a laugh is what makes British weather bearable when you're on site. We live for the banter. But in a world ruled by political correctness, it's easy to forget to enjoy things. So, we've taken the liberty of compiling some of the best construction and trade...

How to beat stress to look after mental health on site

Stress is as rampant in construction and trades as it is in any other profession. Although the construction industry has a 'macho image', stress management is proving more vital than ever when it comes to productivity in workplaces. That's no different on site. And...

How to keep staff motivated on site

Some workers have great relationships with their boss. Others, not so much. Keeping the right vibe in a workplace is important for productivity, there's been a million articles published about that fact. That applies in an office, and it also applies on a work site....

PRODUCT PROFILE: Why Mastercrete is the answer to your cement needs

Ever find yourself at B&Q, Wickes or Travis Perkins scratching your head when it comes to which Blue Circle Cement product to use? Come on, we've all been there before. Mastercrete is versatile, but Blue Circle Cement products' resident technical expert, Dr Bill...

Tennis elbow, the tradesman’s enemy

Working in trades is physically taxing - there's no doubt about that. As we age, and time moves on, it becomes more and more crucial to look after our bodies. Tennis elbow or "lateral epicondylitis" is a bricklayer's nemesis. It hits tradespeople of all expertise and...

Want to be a bricklayer? Follow our guide

Ken Tunney's three-decade stint as a bricklayer has been dedicated to developing youth. The Cheshire-based business owner, who spent time lecturing youngsters at building colleges before returning to the tools, knows what it takes to succeed in the industry. "I've had...

Four things asked of every apprentice on their first day

If you're in the trade, you know it's important to welcome a new apprentice with a bang. Of course, we don't want to scare any young lad off after his first day. But introducing any new fella into the banter he'll likely experience for the rest of his career is an...

Five fool-proof facts about concrete

We're passionate about cement - that goes without saying. It might be a construction material to some, but to us, it makes the world go round. That's why we've compiled some of the most interesting facts there is to know about one of the most reliable building...

Concrete #goals and inspiration

Concrete is everywhere we look. You stumble on a concrete footpath after a night at the pub. You climb up concrete stairs as you line up to watch your football club in action. You use concrete, as one of the most durable building materials in the world, as the...

Is cement the same as concrete?

LET'S solve a common myth – cement is not the same as concrete. Comparing the two would be like comparing flour to a complete cake. We've asked expert and Blue Circle Cement's own Dr Bill Price for a low down on the key differences. "Cement is a powder and is the...

The summer saviour: How to build a barbecue

Barbecue season is officially upon us. As an Australian by nature (don't hold that against me), barbecues were a big part of my Christmas (weird for you Englishmen, I know). But whether you're Australian, English, American or Scottish we can all agree on one fact: a...

Sweating it up? Stay cool on site

Every brickie or builder has been in the same boat. The mercury soars and with the July sun beaming down on the back of your neck, you'd trade your cement mixer and spade for a pint in an air conditioned pub. But the job must be done. And while England isn't the...

Summer renovations – we’ve got you covered

Want to get into cement-based projects while the sun is shining? Blue Circle Cement's Dr Bill Price has some hot tips for those looking to take the plunge. 1. DON'T GO OVERBOARD "If we are talking about a newcomer to cement-based construction, then the instructions on...

Why our new bag makes sense for big DIY projects

Firstly – an introduction! After years of brilliant, insightful blogging, Dr. Bill has hung up his keyboard and returned to his toolshed to happily DIY to his heart’s content. With that said, I am now taking over blogging duties.  My name is Chris, I spend my time...

(Concrete) Rock of Ages

Cement in its current form (or close to its current form), and the concrete that it bears, has been around since the second half of the nineteenth century and is still going strong today. But has the way in which it is used changed over this time? In the early days it...

The Great Procrastinator

DIY projects are great fun once you get into them, but overcoming that initial inertia (or ‘activation energy’ if we think about chemical equations), is often a stumbling block. There is currently an ad on the TV featuring the ‘Museum of Procrastination’ and including...

Making Time for DIY

Despite the weather being less than encouraging, I still meet many people looking to brave the elements and take on a spot of DIY. But still I am hearing the same question over and over again: “Where does one find the time for DIY?” When we are talking about DIY tasks...

Ideal (Concrete) Home

We are all familiar with the use of cement and concrete as construction materials. Lesser known is its use for interior furnishings; these can range from sculptures to more everyday concrete objects. Both cement paste (no sand or aggregate) and concrete can take a...

Warm Winter (DIY) Wonderland

At this time of year, I would normally be writing about DIY related tasks that can be undertaken indoors, warm and snug and away from the bitter winter weather. But not this year. December has been unusually mild; shorts and T-shirts have been a much more common sight...