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Preparing a Panel for the Eaves Edge

Notching Panels Hemming Panels Notching the seams/ribs off is required when preparing standing seam panels for installation. Depending on the seam type and metal thickness, notching can be simple or rather difficult. After the panels are notched appropriately, the...

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Choose Your Slate Roof: Natural vs Synthetic

Natural Slate vs Synthetic Slate The topic of this post addresses the appropriation of the term slate. Appropriation is the action of taking something for one's own use, typically without the owner's permission. The manufacturers of synthetic slate have been misusing...

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SOLDERING 101: Essentials for Roof Soldering

SOLDERING 101: Essentials for Roof Soldering ✅ Solder ✅ Forming Equipment ✅ Abrasives ✅ Flux & Flux Bottle + Brush ✅ Heat Source / Soldering Iron ✅ Sal-Ammoniac Bar & Cleaning Mixture ✅ Fire Safety Equipment Solder Solder is defined as a low melting alloy that...

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Quality Roofing Tools, Masonry Tools, Hand Tools and More

John Stortz & Son, Inc. is a fifth generation American family of toolmakers located in “Old City” Philadelphia. Our record of longevity is still based on a commitment to our customer’s needs and their satisfaction. Behind every “Stortz” tool, stands our pledge to offer you superior quality products, competitive pricing and prompt customer service. We manufacture and distribute roofing tools, masonry tools, paint scrapers, other scraping tools, cooperage tools, and gardening tools.

Our well known line of slate tools includes rippers, hammers, cutters, and stakes. As the sheet metal roofing industry continues to grow we supply a line of sheet metal tools that include soldering irons and accessories, snips, standing seam tools, and many tools for general bending purposes. Our masonry tools include our unique Washington Pattern brick hammers, multi-purpose wall scrapers and our full line of brick pointing tools. The exceptional wood handled paint scrapers are preferred by the tradesmen because of the superior blade sharpness, overall strength and durability.

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