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This tool is not to be confused with a pair of snips. Its purpose is to cut metal that results in a slot. A pair of snips will creates a much finer cut. The nibbler is helpful for eaves details on standing seam panels. When a slot is created, it creates space where metal can bend more easily. The cut is especially clean. This tool is also a general all-purpose cutting tool for removing material. You’ll find yourself reaching in your tool belt more often for this item if you have it.
This is the go-to sheet metal hand tong. Most tongs made for strength on the market have a 1″ depth. Then you’ll find the inferior quality hand tongs with the springs that have 6″ widths and 2″ depths. That may be fine for HVAC duct work, but what happens when you encounter 24 gauge steel? The 45° cut on the tong is useful for This tong possess the strength and depth that makes it the most utility hand tong on the market. How can you not own this all around bending tool?
The Wedged PVC is the standard for a tinner’s hammer. Its light weight and durable nature make it an excellent non-marring, and non-fatiguing, hammer over the course of the work day. Dead blow hammers tend to be heavier and clunky. You’ve probably seen the 2″ dead blow hammer which weighs 2 lbs, but did you know that there is an 1 1/4″ diameter hammer? Coming in at just over a pound, this tool is perfect for precise hits and won’t damage the metal. This hammer is a well-rounded complement to the wedged hammer.
Are you still using your 10′ brake to make tiny cleats? It’s time to invest in a cleat former that will pay off quickly. The fixed cleat former is available in 2 heights, 1″ or 1.5″. Note that this machine will not produce expansion clips. Expansion cleats are generally required for any panel runs of over 30′. Always refer to your panel manufacturers recommendation for what cleats to use with your roofing system. Follow these steps to make perfect cleats for standing seam roofing panels.
- Pre-cut the material to 1.5″ x 3″
- Insert said material into machine
- Pull handle
- Produce clip for 1″ (or 1.5″) standing seam that already have two holes pre-punched
Have you read the latest article in Metal Roofing Magazine highlighting the SeamSAFE Roof Anchor and Bracket? It’s a ringing endorsement of the SeamSAFE products. You can subscribe for free to the magazine.
Note: at least 2 SeamSAFE brackets and anchors are required to set up staging. This is being mentioned because it’s important to note that every bracket needs an anchor. There are very few items on that market that work to stage a pitched standing seam roof. The cream of the crop is the Ultimate Standing Seam Bracket but, it’s $1,900 to get started. The SeamSAFE anchor and bracket are an affordable alternative and offer the same safety as they meet the OSHA/ANSI 3rd party tested, universal fit component system.