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Q: How can I cleanly cut roofing slates to a required size?

There are two main ways of cutting slate, depending on the finish you want. If you want to “nibble” a section off, a slate cutter is the perfect tool. Edma is a long established slate cutter brand and is available through all SIG branches. You need to choose one either with or without punch, depending on whether your slates are already pre-holed or not. If you want straighter lines on your slate, you need a good quality diamond on an electric angle grinder (115mm or 230mm blades) or a petrol saw (300mm). SIG stock a range of diamond blades to suit your budget, from market leaders Marcrist, through to our own brand of general purpose blade, suitable for most building materials.

Q: How can I protect my van seat so I can get a good resale price in the future?

SIG branches stock a wide range of vehicle seat covers, including singles and doubles for front and rear seats. Most of these will suit all commercial vehicles. You can also find bespoke seat covers for some specific models such as the Ford Transit.

Q: I’m fitting new guttering, how can I avoid downpipes filling with leaf debris?

Hedgehog gutter guards are now widely used in new and replacement guttering for exactly this job. Similar to a long, thin chimney brush, Hedgehogs simply fit into guttering and help resist the build up of leaves, moss etc. Available in 4m lengths and in black, white and brown, ask your local SIG branch for more details.

Q: How can I cut insulation board cleanly?

Insulation – or PIR – board is easy to cut, but can make a real mess when cut with a standard hand saw that’s too serrated to do the job cleanly. Saw manufacturer Bahco have launched a specific insulation saw with one long cutting length. This slices through the board with minimal wastage. Ask your local SIG for more details.

Q: What height is classed as “working at height”?

A place is ‘at height’ if someone could be injured falling from it. In some circumstances this could even be at, or below, ground level. That’s why you should take every precaution when working and moving in an area where you could fall.