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#DSGCompetition

DSG Competiton - Cordless Screwdriver

One way we like to give back to our supporters and followers on social media is through our DSG Competitions. To celebrate hitting over 1000 followers on Twitter, we decided to host another competition with a new prize.

Our previous DSG Competition was very successful with over 1200 entries! The prize was a toolbox full of tools and our followers simply must follow and engage with us on social media. Our last prize was a toolbox and tools worth over £45!

In specific, we had a 16″ plastic toolbox,self-retracting knife, 6″ combination pliers, 8pc metric hexagon key set, 8″ adjustable wrench, 9″magnetic spirit level, 8oz stubby claw hammer, 12pc bit set, bradawl, and a 4pcscrewdriver set. Most of these tools are a must-have for your toolbox so the competition gives us an excuse to prepare you for any DIY job which may arise.

You can see our previous DSG Competition winners here:

The Prize

This screwdriver may be small, but it has a powerful battery at 200rpm (revolutions per minute). This is as fast as some cordless screwdriver that sells for over £100.

For our current competition, we are giving you the chance to a win a super lightweight 4.8V Cordless Screwdriver worth £30! All you have to do is follow DSG Products on Twitter, retweet and like the tweet, and comment underneath what you would like for Christmas.

Other features include:

  • Comes with its own handy holster.
  • Really comfortable to use.
  • Equipped with 4 assorted screwdriver bits.
  • Manufactured to be lightweight.
  • Speed:200rpm.
  • RoHS compliant (2002/95/EC).
  • 5-7 hours charge.
  • 4.8V battery.
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Get Creative with Garage Shelving

Get Creative with Garage Shelving

Get Creative with Garage Shelving

Getting creative with garage shelving means choosing a solution that is best suited to your space and needs. Whether this is simple or deluxe, you can find the best shelving option to suit your needs.

Garage shelving may not be something most people equate with creativity. However, if you think about it, homeowners all over the world bring a range of ideas to managing storing needs with the help of shelving. There is a huge range of options you could go with. It can be as simple as basic wooden shelves, or as complex and deluxe as you can imagine. Products are available that will serve nearly any conceivable storage need. Use creativity for how to best use your space.

Some people choose nicer materials like finished melamine or even hardwoods for their garage shelving. This option is perfect for those who desire expensive looking shelving but at DSG Products we like our products cheap and good quality. One way you can reuse material is by using old cabinets as shelving or other storage solutions in the garage. It is likely you don’t have extra kitchen cabinets on hand, so just keep it in mind if you happen to be one of those who may be remodelling soon.

Usually, people want garage storage that is heavy duty, designed to look good and last for many years. Fortunately, many manufacturers today make good quality shelving products. These usually include features like secure welds, powder-coated finishes, full adjustability, and heavy-duty steel construction. Of course, there are lighter versions made out of composites and other metals that are not meant to store super heavy items.

Overhead storage is another option. It is not typically seen as shelving but is exactly that, a shelf that attaches to hang from the ceiling. Being able to put things up out of the way overhead is a great way to go.

Garage shelving, of all types, is meant to serve a purpose. It does not matter whether you decide someone simple is best for you or you want something more polished and deluxe. What matters is you have a place to organise clutter and random mystery piles of stuff. Get create and find a garage shelving solution which best helps you organise your space.

Our top tip is to use some sturdy purpose build shelving units. They look good, are versatile and strong. Check out our Premium Shelving Kit.

 

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5 Ways To Categorise DIYers. Which one are you?

5 Ways To Categorise DIYers
5 Ways To Categorise DIYers

According to research, 58% of the population has undertaken a DIY project in the past 12 months. You can often group DIYers into categories. Take a look at these types and comment below which type of DIYer you are.

1 – Reluctant

This DIYer has one or two old paint brushes which are gathering dust in the garden shed along with a tin of paint that was bought in 2008. Maybe once in a while, they’ll have a go at freshening a wall with that.

2 – Obsessive

Over the top. This is one way some may describe this DIYer, but in their eyes, if you start a job, you might as well do it well. Unlike the reluctant, they have several tools for each job. They’re even willing to impart knowledge to their family, and friends, and staff at the local paint shop.

3 – Clumsy

This poor DIYer always put’s maximum effort into all projects, but unfortunately, their skills don’t match their enthusiasm. Their DIY attempts often end in disaster, but practice makes perfect.

4 – Planner

Does this person spend the majority of their time cleaning and prepping the area the project will take place? Yes. They put so much detail into the preparation that they easily make a quick weekend job last a week.

5 – Deserter

This DIYer is fully committed and full of enthusiasm. This lasts until they buy the paint and tools for the job and complete all the preparation. They soon lose interest and make excuses. For instance, it’s perfectly acceptable to leave the wall behind the cupboard unpainted – no one ever sees it anyway.

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Our Top Tips For Using A Screwdriver

A screwdriver is a staple tool when completing a DIY project. However, many ‘DIYers’ end up is all types of mess when using one. Either the screw doesn’t go in straight or the head of the screw can be ruined so that it can’t be either screwed in further or removed. The dreaded ‘rounding’ of a screw head. The solution to all of these problems is to understand how to use a screwdriver properly.

Into Wood

When driving screws into soft wood without a pilot hole, use a bradawl to mark a small indent. The screw will now be much easier to drive into the exact spot where you need it to go.

For tougher woods try to get a small hole with a bradawl then use a smaller diameter drill bit to drill a pilot hole. Again, the screw will now be much easier to drive into the wood.

Which Screwdriver Bit to Use for Which Job?

For general construction use a Philips or a Pozi bit, these are excellent general purpose screws/bits to use.

For more decorative uses consider slotted screws as this have a better appearance.

For maintenance and service engineers: use a Torx bit. These are typically the strongest and most wear-resistant screw types usually found in cars, machinery and domestic appliances etc

Flat screw heads are obviously perfect if you need a flush finish.

You can have a look at the screwdrivers we offer here.

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4 Cheap Tools That Need To Be In Your Toolbox

When you think of essential tools that need to be in your toolbox, your list may consist of a hammer or screwdriver. While these tools are important, this is just the beginning.

These 4 tools are essential for household projects or repairs. If you have a passion for tools or simply need to stock a basic toolbox, here are our recommended products which will get the job done. How many do you have in your toolbox?

1 – Phillips Screwdriver

A Phillips or X-shaped screwdriver is one of the most popular tools found in any toolbox. Its popularity comes from the ‘X’ design which is beneficial as it will not slip out of the X-slotted screw. It will grip the screw firmly in the centre if the screw is suitably sized

You can buy a Phillips screwdriver in a range of sizes, we recommend having at least two sizes if you’re an avid DIYer.

Phillips 'X' Shaped Screwdriver
Phillips ‘X’ Shaped Screwdriver

2 – Level

Have you ever looked at a shelf and it looks wrong? Perhaps it is not quite level or your belongings don’t quite sit right. This tool will help avoid this.

Some people are good at eyeballing whether something is level or not but those who don’t have this talent, (or those who prefer the easy way), can use a level. Builders typically use longer levels, we have a heavy duty 24-inch level available, however, for a DIYer or occasional builder, we recommend a 9-inch level.

Top Tip: If you get extra air bubbles in one of the vials, lightly tap the level and you will get only one.

Heavy Duty 24-inch Spirit Level
Heavy Duty 24-inch Spirit Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 – Utility Knife

From breaking down cardboard boxes, cutting drywall, and even trimming the edges of carpet, there is a multitude of uses for a utility knife. You’ll be surprised how you ever got by without one.

Retractable utility knives that have snap-off blades are ideal and a necessity to your toolbox. The thin blades are likely to get dull quickly, so you can snap off worn sections as you go, providing you equip yourself with pliers and safety goggles. We offer our DSG Fans a Folding Lock Back Utility Knife With 5 Spare Blade.

Folding Lock Back Utility Knife With 5 Spare Blade
Folding Lock Back Utility Knife With 5 Spare Blade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 – Pliers

Our final must-have tool is pliers which support you in firmly holding objects, as well as with pulling, pinching, or bending metal. There are several variations of pliers ranging from long-nose pliers designed to grip tiny wires to expandable pump pliers made for gripping. We recommend our CHANNELLOCK Griplock T & G Pliers. This all-purpose tool can grip, bend, twist and turn wires, and open stubborn lids.

Top Tip: Choose a set of pliers with at least a 2.5-inch (6 centimetres) gap between the handles when closed. This will prevent your palm or fingers from being pinched when using the tool.

CHANNELLOCK Griplock T & G Pliers
CHANNELLOCK Griplock T & G Pliers

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We Have An Announcement To Make.

Cheap Jockey Wheels
Cheap Jockey Wheels

DSG Products has an announcement to make. We’ve been hiding something from our #DSGFans.

 

 

 

Keep scrolling for our top secret…

 

If you haven’t worked it out already, we are a trusted supplier of cheap jockey wheels for trailers and caravans. Here are our top 4 cheap jockey wheel variations.

 

34mm Cheap Jockey Wheel for Lightweight and Small Trailers

34mm Cheap Jockey Wheel for Lightweight and Small Trailers
34mm Cheap Jockey Wheel for Lightweight and Small Trailers

 

For its quality, this is one of the cheapest 34mm jockey wheels on the internet, seriously look around and if you find this cheaper anywhere else I’ll be very surprised. This 34mm ‘standard duty’ jockey wheel is suitable for most lightweight/small trailers, trailer tents etc. It has a 160mm solid steel wheel rim with a solid rubber tyre.

This jockey wheel is perfect for mounting even on uneven terrain, wet or softer grounds and gravel. Best of all it has a 100kg maximum nose load capacity.

43mm Standard Duty Jockey Wheel for Trailers and Caravans

43mm Standard Duty Jockey Wheel for Trailers and Caravans
43mm Standard Duty Jockey Wheel for Trailers and Caravans

This smooth jockey wheel is perfect for small trailers, caravans, and trailer tents.

Do you really need more information? Okay, I can oblige.

Key information:

  • Constructed for standard duty applications.
  • Ideal for small leisure trailers.
  • Cast steel handle.
  • Heavy duty ball-race handle bearing ensures smooth and easy rotation.
  • Solid rubber tyre.
  • static nose weight guide 100kg.
  • Clear zinc plated finish to help resist rust and corrosion.

Warrior Brand 48mm Jockey Wheel Smooth with Pneumatic Wheel for Trailers/ Caravans

Warrior Brand 48mm Jockey Wheel Smooth with Pneumatic Wheel for Trailers/ Caravans
Warrior Brand 48mm Jockey Wheel Smooth with Pneumatic Wheel for Trailers/ Caravans

This is a 48mm jockey wheel with a pneumatic wheel AND, it’s only £19.99. What other information do you need?

If this doesn’t sway you, nothing will.

This product comes with steel wheel and 4 ply pneumatic tyres measuring 260mm x 85mm. It is ideal for use on soft ground where solid tyres are more likely to sink. This jockey wheel also has a ball bearing top race to ease operation and clear zinc plated finish to help resist rust and corrosion.

60 mm Retractable Jockey Wheel C/W Bracket for Trailers and Caravans

60 mm Retractable Jockey Wheel C/W Bracket for Trailers and Caravans
60 mm Retractable Jockey Wheel C/W Bracket for Trailers and Caravans

Do you want a cheap jockey wheel from a reliable source that has a good enough quality to get the job done? You’re in the right place.

This 60mm retractable jockey wheel retracts the jockey wheel by the trailer A-Frame as the wheel is wound off the floor. This means the assembly is directly attached to the A-Frame without using a clamp. This reduces the risk of the assembly dropping while towing.

Looking for an additional clamp?

Warrior Branded Pressed Steel Clamps

Warrior Pressed Steel Clamps
Warrior Pressed Steel Clamps

Warrior pressed steel clamp are medium duty pressed steel clamps suitable for use with the Warrior and most other makes of jockey wheel.

Warrior Brand Cast Clamps

Warrior Cast Clamps
Warrior Cast Clamps

Warrior cast clamp is a heavy duty cast clamp suitable for use with Warrior and most other makes of Jockey Wheels. There are various sizes available.

 

 

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How to Ensure Worker Safety on the Job

It is highly important to create a safe working environment because when employees know they are working in a safe environment they work more efficiently. Recognising these potential dangers to worker safety and addressing them immediately is a better method to follow than waiting for these things to happen.

Here are three suggestions to improve worker safety:

Strict screening of potential employees

Most people assume worker safety refers to the physical space where employees work but the actual employees are equally as important. Human resources can conduct a background check on all potential employees, looking for any red flags which would threaten the safety of their current workers.

Strict screening of potential employees
Strict screening of potential employees

 

 

 

 

 

 

Workplace inspection

If compliant with the law, everything in the workplace is thoroughly inspected. For example, the lighting must always be working correctly, particularly for employees working late. As well as this, any work area which uses any machines, from computers, factory machines or equipment used in construction must have regular maintenance.

Workplace inspection
Workplace inspection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Safety gear

Aside from making the area and equipment safe, it is also important that employees are kept safe by wearing the correct safety gear. For example, employees who work in a warehouse should wear safety gear such as hi-vis jackets, helmets, gloves, etc.

Safety gear
Safety gear

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What are Brake Shoes in Your Vehicle and Why Should You Replace Them?

What are Brake Shoes in Your Vehicle and Why Should You Replace Them?
What are Brake Shoes in Your Vehicle and Why Should You Replace Them?

What is a Brake Shoe?

A brake shoe is a curved piece of metal with a high-friction material (lining) attached to the outside of it. It is attached to the backing plate inside the brake drum with springs and levers and rests against the wheel cylinder.

The brake shoe is a curved piece of metal with a high-friction material (the brake lining) attached to the outside of it. It is attached to the backing plate inside the brake drum with a series of springs and levers and rests against the wheel cylinder.

What is the Purpose?

The purpose of a brake shoe is to produce the friction needed to slow down and stop a car. It has a curved steel finish on one side and an abrasive lining material. They are a much cheaper option than brake pads (ours are the cheapest available) abut use a general material so we advise you to replace your brake shoes in multiple sets to ensure even wear.

A worn or damaged brake shoe is a safety risk to yourself and other road users. We recommend a replacement every 50,000 miles. We stock high-quality brakes shoes which are Warrior branded but compatible with Knott, Alko, and BPW.

Why Should I Change My Brake Shoes?

One way a brake shoe can be affected is through heat generation which effects braking performance. If the brakes are subjected to a long period of harsh breaking the heat generated can cause them to expand meaning the brake shoes have to be pressed further outwards to stop the vehicle.

Brake shoes can also be susceptible to water as if water gets into the brakes it can become compressed between the brake shoes and the inside of the brake drum. This also affects the length of time it takes for the vehicle to stop.

To avoid this, we recommend regularly changing your brake shoes every 50,000 miles. Our affordable and reliable brake shoes and a perfect option as you will receive two sets of brake shoes and c/w springs for a very competitive price.

Click here to view our brake shoe options.

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5 Products You Might Not Need but Will Definitely Want to Buy When You See the Price Tag.

7 Pin Connection Lead, 60mm Retractable Jockey Wheel with Bracket, Carpet Protector Film, Complete Vehicle Recovery Ratchet Strap Set and Bag, 4' Trailer Lighting Board with 6m Cable.
7 Pin Connection Lead, 60mm Retractable Jockey Wheel with Bracket, Carpet Protector Film, Complete Vehicle Recovery Ratchet Strap Set and Bag, 4′ Trailer Lighting Board with 6m Cable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Put your hand up if you’re addicted to online shopping. If you didn’t put your hand up, then you’re either lying or in denial. I prefer to shop online, it is easier and a lot quicker. In the past, if you wanted to buy a new TV you would have gone to two or three different shops to compare different brands and prices. Then based on this information you would make your decision.

Today, however, this rarely happens. Major retailers have now opened up online stores which have expanded to selling the universe of ‘everything’. You can find almost anything online. Especially within an online store such as Amazon. We now joyfully open up our computers, get online and do all the comparison shopping we want – or do we?

After completing some research, I found out that the prices within DSG Products are a lot cheaper than the prices you can see on eBay and other similar e-commerce sites. Not only are our products of high quality, but we provide our DSG fans with cheap and reasonable prices. Here are five products which follow this principle. You might as well add them to your cart right now.

1 – 7 Pin Connection Lead

This high quality 7 pin coiled connection lead is used to connect the lights from a vehicle to a trailer with ease. Due to its spiral shape, you can easily use the product as you don’t have to roll the wire up or waste time removing tangles.

The product includes two connectors which are male/male and 2.5 m long. The coiled cable can be extended by up to 2m of normal operation. It also has a 7 pin plug which connects easily to your trailer socket. This means you will be well-equipped for most situations. At only £10.49, this product is perfectly suited to trailers, caravans, boat trailers, etc.

In case you were wondering, this product is the cheapest by £2 and has free shipping.

2 – 60mm Retractable Jockey Wheel with Bracket

We have yet another variation of Jockey Wheel for you. This 60mm retractable jockey wheel has been constructed for larger standard duty applications. The item comes with an integral mounting bracket and has a clear zinc plated finish to help resist rust and corrosion. The tyres are manufactured from a heavy duty rubber and the handle is made of steel.

This jockey wheel is a whole £17.10 cheaper on eBay and costs only £32.89.

3 – Carpet Protector Film

This is an excellent quality carpet protector that is 100 microns thick (almost twice as thick as standard 60-micron carpet protector!) I would recommend being careful when buying a thinner product as it will tear easily, and your money will be wasted.

This carpet protector is a high performance self-adhesive, temporary carpet protection which protects your carpet from a range of situations such as a party or when decorating your home. This ‘must have’ DIY product will save you expensive clean-up costs and/or carpet replacement.

The brand ProSolve is trusted by several top tradesmen, contractors and top retailers in the UK. This brand is used by some of the UK’s leading house builders, home service companies and interior fit-out companies.

Again, we are the cheapest by £18.45 as our product will only cost you £29.99 (yes, you read the price correctly!).

4 – Complete Vehicle Recovery Ratchet Strap Set and Bag

This is a Warrior branded complete vehicle recovery strap assembly which is designed for securing cars to cars transporters. Each strap comprises a two-part ratchet strap assembly with a link strap which operates as a choker to ensure that the vehicle is held securely without damaging the vehicle bodywork or wheels. The high-quality Warrior ratchet assembly makes it a quick and easy one-person job.

We are £10.05 cheaper on eBay, so you can buy now at our incredible price of £39.95!

5 – 4′ Trailer Lighting Board with 6m Cable

These 4′ Trailer Lighting Board C/W Reversing Light With 6M Cable is ideal for use towing or touring they can be used as a permanent fixture but are easy to attach and detach due to the two formed mounting holes.

The holes are 12mm in size and 705mm apart. Can be used for any type of vehicle including trailers horse boxes, tractors, boats, jet skis, trailers, caravans, bike racks and more.

It is a legal requirement to have a visible Trailer Board. Each light cluster has a rear side light/brake light, number plate light and an indicator light. The board comes complete with a 6m long cable (approx 20ft) with the standard 7 pin plug.

Once again, we are £3.29 cheaper with free shipping.

Click to view our eBay store.

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#DSGCompetition

One aspect of DSG Products which makes us stand out from our competitors is our commitment to our customers. To celebrate our success so far in 2018 we have decided to bring back our #DSGCompetition and introduce a new prize.

Our DSG fans who have supported us from the beginning are aware we have regular competitions to thank our DSG fans for all their support loyalty when choosing who to buy construction/ DIY products with us. Our usual prize is a toolbox full of tools and our followers simply must follow and engage with us on social media. Our last prize was a toolbox and tools worth over £45! In specific, we had a 16″ plastic toolbox, self-retracting knife, 6″ combination pliers, 8pc metric hexagon key set, 8″ adjustable wrench, 9″ magnetic spirit level, 8oz stubby claw hammer, 12pc bit set, bradawl and a 4pc screwdriver set. Most of these tools are a must-have for your toolbox so the competition gives us an excuse to prepare you for any DIY job which may arise.

You can see our previous #DSGCompetition winner here.

For our current #DSGCompetition, we are giving you the chance to win a super lightweight 4.8V Cordless Screwdriver worth £25! All you have to do is sign up here, follow, share, like, and comment underneath the image shown below. There are bonus entries to be won by completing these steps across all our social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube).

The Prize

  • Comes with its own handy holster
  • Really comfortable to use
  • Equipped with 4 assorted screwdriver bits
  • It has also been manufactured to be lightweight
  • Speed: 2000 rpm
  • RoHS compliant (2002/95/EC)
  • 5-7 hours on one charge
  • 4.8v battery

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Why You Should Buy Our Warrior Branded Universal Trailer Tester

 

A high-quality trailer tester is an important tool which should be bought alongside a trailer. Our Warrior branded universal trailer lighting tester is designed and manufactured for both leisure and industrial users to enable the speedy testing of caravan and towable equipment lighting. With this tool, you do not need to couple up to a vehicle which makes the system especially useful for fleet users.

This tester is the ultimate trailer tester for tow bar electrics including all the road light circuits and supplementary power feeds. The tester can also be used to independently power and check trailer or caravan lighting.

Testing all tow bar road light functions is the necessary standard procedure during the annual MOT, but more importantly, the lights should be tested immediately after installing a tow bar wiring system.

Details about our listing:

  • The kit includes a universal plug adaptor, 12v auxiliary lead with croc clips and 12v AC/DC adaptor.
  • It is designed for both leisure and industrial users to enable the speedy testing of trailer towing lighting without the need to hitch up to the vehicle.
  • The universal trailer tester is designed and manufactured out of durable shock resistant ABS.
  • The body incorporates a carry handle.
  • 13 Pin mounted socket for testing the new style 13 pin Euro plugs now fitted on many new trailers.
  • Universal plug adaptor included for testing the traditional 7 pin plug type 12N.
  • Rocker switches on the front of the body for testing the individual functions, stop, tail, indicators LH & RH, fog and reverse lamps.
  • Includes a rechargeable battery to enable the portable tester to be used anywhere without any trailing wires.

As if you needed another reason to buy our universal trailer tester, here is some feedback from eBay buyers who have recently bought this product.

One buyer commented on the fact that we offer ‘lightning quick delivery’ and described our trailer tester as a ‘great item’. Another buyer left us positive feedback mentioning that the item had ‘done the job thanks’.

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Looking for a WD40 Alternative?

Are you looking for a brilliant penetrating oil that won’t cost you an arm and a leg to purchase? You’ve come to the right place! If you’re one of our DSG Fans, you will know that we specialise in providing our customers with high-quality products at low prices.

You can mess around with water and olive oil to make your own WD40 type solution or use vegetable oil and acetone. However, there is no guarantee that this simple solution will be tough enough to act as an effective solution. With our great price, you might as well use a product you know will work.

Similarly, to its more expensive counterpart and penetrating oil, our maintenance spray loosens rust, frees nuts and bolts that are stuck, lubricates and displaces moisture, AND, by spraying it on metal items, protects them from future rust problems. Our solution lubricates just about anything and is brilliant at loosening rusted joints or fixings whilst providing lasting protection from corrosion.

These are large 500ml cans while the standard WD40 is only a 200ml solution.

Applications

At its core, this is a multi-purpose product which displaces water leaving an electrically non-conductive barrier. It also:

  • Penetrates rust, loosening rusted parts – you simply spray and leave for a few minutes.
  • Penetrates corrosive components (by capillary action) – again loosening them
  • Protects metal against rust and corrosion
  • Cleans away grease and grime quickly and effectively
  • Leaves a protective film of lubricant
  • No-clog straw is needed. You just use the spray nozzle to produce a precision stream.