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History of Swann Morton

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Swann Morton is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of blades. Their history as a company, though, is one of the more interesting of modern times. As well as being pioneers of their industry, they are seen as one of the pioneers in employee ownership. Indeed, their founders, from the start, instituted a culture that placed huge importance on their employees. And their belief that empowered employees would make a successful business has been proven correct. Despite being known for Swann Morton tools, from scalpels to craft knives, when the business was established its focus on razor blades. But it...

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Maintaining your tools

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Anyone who works with tools, for any reason, should know the importance of looking after them. The frustration that comes from reaching for a tool for a job, only to find out that it’s damaged or has lost its edge, is something that many people will be familiar with. But, despite that, many still don’t make the effort to care for their equipment properly. However, when you know how to care for your tools, most of that frustration can be eliminated with routine care that only takes a few seconds. Most people tend to dump their tools in the same...

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Drill bits

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Drill bits can seem something of a mystery for the uninitiated. They might be clearly labelled in the shop, but when you start working with them, it might be impossible to tell them apart. Drill bits are instantly recognisable, but the features and materials that make one good for wood and another good for masonry can be harder to spot. Which drill bit is the right one? It might seem that the purpose of a drill is to make holes, and on a simple level that is true. However, those holes can serve all sorts of different purposes, and that’s...

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How to cut plasterboard

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Plasterboard is something of an unsung hero of construction. Cheap, light, and versatile, there are few places that don’t have some plasterboard somewhere. But, once in place, it tends to get covered up and forgotten about. If plasterboard has any drawback, it’s that it will always need cutting to get to the right size. And that cut can sometimes create problems. Getting it wrong can make more work as small gaps need to be filled or create issues because the gypsum core and paper coating can sometimes leave a ragged edge that show through. But, once you know how to...

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Tools needed for wallpapering

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Wallpapering is one of those jobs that is deceptively simple, you are just sticking two things together, after all. But, if you don’t have all the right tools needed for wallpapering, that deceptively simple job can quickly descend into a sticky mess of uneven strips of overlapping rolls of paper. However, with the right tools, you will be hanging like a professional in no time. Removing paper The first thing you might need to do is remove the paper that was there before. This can be a difficult job, but unfortunately, it’s necessary, especially if you prefer not to live...

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