Counter talk: September 2020

Counter talk: September 2020

Throughout the lockdown, Professional Builder and Professional Heating & Plumbing Installer magazines have continued to communicate with tradespeople across the nation, increasing their digital reach when trade counters were closed.

As the restrictions continue to ease, and more customers return, PBM takes a look at some of the essential products to feature in the latest issues of PB and PHPI as proactive suppliers seek to influence the buying decisions of approaching 200,000 trade professionals in merchant branches each month.

Professional Builder:


Rollins & Sons

Estwing Rubber Mallet

Available through Rollins & Sons in 12oz and 18oz sizes, the Estwing Deadhead Rubber Mallet is fitted with a hickory handle. A grey rubber head eliminates damage and marring to the striking surface, whilst the manufacturer’s deadhead technology reduces bounce and enhances control.

It is ideal for use in woodworking, tiling, laminate flooring, plasterboard, sheet metalwork, window fitting and any other striking task where surfaces can be marked or damaged.

More on the full Estwing hammers range from Rollins can be found via


Geo-Fix paving compounds

Supplied by Instarmac, the two versions of Geo-Fix ready mixed jointing compounds are Original, which comes in 20kg buckets in buff and grey, in addition to All Weather in 14kg buckets in natural stone, mid grey and slate grey. Both products are applied to joints with minimal effort.

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Revamped website

The refreshed online presence for the SureCav cavity wall membrane delivers what it describes as a more concise, intuitive customer journey, whilst showcasing its potential for housebuilding. Visitors can benefit from up-to-date product information and comprehensive specification guides.

The manufacturer of the system points to cost savings, enhanced sustainability, and lower U-values as just some of the benefits of SureCav, as well as increased floor space in the finished build.

For technical specifications, product videos and more, enter


Bituminous Corrugated Roofing

A key selling point of the Onduline Building Products roofing system is that it is made from 50–60% recycled materials, which gives it a carbon footprint advantage over many roofing products. This eco-friendly roofing solution can be used in timber frame buildings, the equestrian and agricultural sectors, log cabins, orangeries, sheds, summer houses and pergolas, with pitches as low as 12.5°.

For more on the Onduline product range, visit


Multi-purpose primers

Builders are demanding rapid, durable products with added sustainability — and that’s what Sika is claiming for its ‘next generation’ range of primers and coatings. Sikafloor-150 and Sikafloor-151 are multi-purpose primers comprising two-part, epoxy resin. Suitable for use as levelling mortar and mortar screed, they are rapid curing, exhibit excellent penetration, and are ideal for low-to-medium absorbent substrates.

Comprehensive details on the products is available via


Wiseman Industries

Medigrade Pro

Wiseman has expanded its range with Medigrade Pro Alcohol Hand Sanitiser Atomiser Spray, Alcohol Sanitiser Gel and Promain Antibacterial Liquid Soap. Medigrade Pro hand sanitiser gel and spray contain over 60% and 70% alcohol respectively, and both products combat the risk of cross contamination while leaving a residual biocide for maximum cleanliness.

More information, including on becoming a stockist, can be found via




The team behind PipeSnug has launched a larger ‘FlueSnug’ version, designed to fit all 100mm boiler flues. Removing any need for pointing, FlueSnug can reportedly be installed in less than five seconds and snuggly fits the 152mm core-drilled hole in the wall through which the boiler pipe and flue exits. The product also allows installers to quickly access the flue for any service or maintenance requirements, without the need to remove existing brickwork, mortar or sealant.

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Kinedo by Saniflo has launched the Kinemoon shower tray. It is available in five colours — white, anthracite, grey, black and sable — and has three different patterned waste covers which are self-coloured to blend-in with the tray.

Easily cut to size on site if required, the tray stands at 26mm in height and doubles as an anti-slip surface rated to PN24. Supplied with an optional riser kit if extra height is required, it can also be used in a wetroom-style application.

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With a 2.5cm ultra-slim profile and a border of LED illumination, HiB has unveiled the latest addition to its portfolio of illuminated mirrors — the Air. The mirror can be hung landscape or portrait and has been designed to create the illusion of more space without overwhelming the rest of the décor.

Air is available in four sizes: 70 x 40cm, 80 x 50cm, 60 x 80cm and 70 x 120cm.

Watch a product video on the Air series via


‘Connect Module’

Wilo UK has announced an add-on product, the ‘Wilo-Connect Module’, which allows for additional features on the existing Wilo-Yonos MAXO pump range. Developed with customer feedback in mind, the module gives users greater flexibility by enhancing the functionality of the Wilo-Yonos MAXO.

It will also allow for integration into building management systems (BMS) with volt free contacts, fault/alarm signal, enable signal, run signal and dual pump management/integral changeover control for smooth operation when no BMS is on site.

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