Curving Metal With A Shrinker

Curving Metal With A Shrinker

All architectural metal roofers should have a working knowledge of shrinking and stretching panels. Being able to work on radius framing will increase your overall effectiveness as a roofer and the jobs you feel comfortable bidding.  The method and tools described...
Will Metal Roofing Replace Shingles?

Will Metal Roofing Replace Shingles?

Karis Roofing is a 90 year old roofing company located here in Philadelphia. It’s fair to say that they have seen a thing or two (cue Farmer’s jingle). Here is a message written by Guy Karis shared in his Trade News about the outlook of Metal Roofing. The...
Metalcon 2017

Metalcon 2017

The girls were like “we’ll take the picture for tips.” I was thinking a few bucks, whatever. They take the picture and then say, “people usually give us $20”. I gave the one girl $10 and the other was like “what about...
NSA Conference In Ithaca, NY

NSA Conference In Ithaca, NY

Last week was the National Slate Conference in Ithaca, New York. The conference dates, 9/28-10/1, included: A Walking Tour of Cornell University Presentations by Ron Williams of OSHA, John Chan of Durable Slate, Gary Traver from the state of NY, Jeffrey Chusid, James...
Soldering Technique – Stitching

Soldering Technique – Stitching

Soldering Step by Step Direction 1) Properly clean all surfaces of dirt, dust or residue that may be built up on the material being soldered. Using a wire brush is sometimes needed to strip any oxidized layers from the metal. 2) Using an acid brush, apply your flux to...
Soldering Terminology

Soldering Terminology

Soldering terminology Activity – The measure of flux cleaning strength. The more active the flux, the more effectively it cleans. Alloy – A metal consisting of two or more materials. One of these materials must be a metal. Copper – A reddish metal that is very...
A Guide To Locking Standing Seam Panels

A Guide To Locking Standing Seam Panels

Feature image submitted by Igor Akhmatov of IG Great Exteriors How do I choose the right hand seamer for standing seam metal roofing? Ask These Questions Q. What is my mechanically locked profile height and width? A: Your first stage hand seamer needs to be able to...
6 Tools Designed For Half Round Gutters

6 Tools Designed For Half Round Gutters

Half round gutters are a great way to increase the value of a home while adding a unique ageless look and feel.  There are many reasons why adding half round gutters is a good choice for a rainfall system on a home. Half-round gutters are low maintenance systems that...
The Insider’s Guide To Soldering Irons

The Insider’s Guide To Soldering Irons

How often do you find yourself needing a soldering iron for gutters or flashing? It’s a part of being a sheet metal worker and having the right equipment is a must. A clear sign that sub par work is on its way is using an open flame torch for a soldering job....
Why You Need To Throw Away Your Snips For Good

Why You Need To Throw Away Your Snips For Good

If you enjoy the process of dulling out your cheap snips, then trying to fix their alignment or sharpen them only to have to order a new pair before your job is finished, then stop reading this article now. THERE IS A BETTER WAY. Invest in yourself.  Invest in your...
Locking A Standing Seam Panel

Locking A Standing Seam Panel

Standing seam projects require an understanding of how panels lock together. Snap-Lock panels are a more simplified means of standing seam and this post will focus on mechanically locked panels. We will take a closer look at a few ways to achieve a double lock...
Soldering Tools of the Trade

Soldering Tools of the Trade

Brand New Soldering Tips Available at Stortz Tools Masc Long Life Tips – The Masc Long life soldering tips provide an alternative for any iron that uses a “rodded” tip.  It will fit in the Perkeo, Aero, Sievert ESK1-10, and Express 330 Soldering...

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