Top Reviewed Metal Tools of 2019

Top Reviewed Metal Tools of 2019

At every year end, we like to take a close look at the exceptional products that our customers had great things to say about. These are our most highly reveiwed products from year 2019. Each review is from a verified purchaser who took the time to tell us what they...
Forging Slate Rippers in America

Forging Slate Rippers in America

Back in 1853, slate rippers were heated in coal fires and forged at our facility in Philadelphia. Today they are forged and milled to specifications so that every ripper falls between the same tolerance range. Watching the hard work that goes into every ripper will...
AccuSeamer & Cutter Debut At Metalcon ’19

AccuSeamer & Cutter Debut At Metalcon ’19

Metalcon 2019 – Pittsburgh, PA Metalcon is the largest international exhibition in the metal construction industry. Metalcon boasts: Over 250 leading manufacturers and service providerDaily complimentary keynotes and panel discussionsHigh level networking...
Bending Metal Without A Brake

Bending Metal Without A Brake

The “Uni” Bender If you are a first time buyer and not familiar with these types of roller benders, you’ll look to a “uni” bender.  The name uni comes from there being 1 main set of wheels, and 2 sets of guiding wheels, which will do the...
Soldering Solutions by Sievert

Soldering Solutions by Sievert

Soldering is Expensive New irons and tips replace worn out equipment. Bar solder needs are a constant expense. Once you buy a certain brand of iron, it makes sense to stick with it for economical sense. Learn why the Sievert line of irons may be worth your hard earned...
Clips for Standing Seam Roofing

Clips for Standing Seam Roofing

We Have Added Fixed & Expansion Cleats to our Product Line! Clips are an integral part to any roofing system. Incorrect clip selection, installation, or quantity can result in total roof failure. We offer fixed and expansion cleats for both 1″ &...
When Will Slate Fight Back?

When Will Slate Fight Back?

Slate holds about a 1% foothold in the overall roofing material pie chart, maybe less. A simple goal would be to grow it to 2%. If natural slate is going to continue to be installed on exterior and interior projects, the industry is going to have to join together....
Preparing a Panel for the Eaves Edge

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...
Choose Your Slate Roof: Natural vs Synthetic

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...
SOLDERING 101: Essentials for Roof Soldering

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...
Seaming Techniques and Details on 26 Gauge Steel

Seaming Techniques and Details on 26 Gauge Steel

The type of metal you are working on has a lot to do with what finishing details you are able to perform. Copper and zinc, being softer materials, are able to form and maneuver easily. When working with 24 gauge painted steel, you are more limited. This series of...
7 Tools Needed for Slate Roof Repair

7 Tools Needed for Slate Roof Repair

Slate Roof Accessibility  1. Acro Slate Brackets The Acro Slate roof bracket is a shear necessity if you are setting up staging on a slate roof. The tongue portion hooks onto a roofing nail (at least a 16 penny nail, 3 1/2″) and then 2 more are then used to...

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