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Unread 03-24-2003, 03:47 PM   #1
Juliechan27
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Sheet metal questions!

Hi!
i have a few questions .... first off:

Where can I buy sheet metal?? I went to my local hardware store and asked for it and they looked at me like a third eye. (also this goes for plastic & plexiglass!)

second, if somehow i managed to get my hands on some sheet metal, how do you work with it? what tools are needed to bend/shape/cut/etc it?

any help or tips would be greatly appreciated.
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Unread 03-24-2003, 03:54 PM   #2
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> Where can I buy sheet metal??

At the hardware store, yes, ask for aluminium flashing. It's used for gutters. ^__^

> second, if somehow i managed to get my hands on some sheet metal, how do you work with it? what tools are needed to bend/shape/cut/etc it?

I've been told that you can cut it with an exacto knife, but being a weak girl I got metal snips.
If you want crisp folds, you should also get a special tool for this.
Ad for the edges, you will need a metal file to make sure you don't cut yourself (or anyone else). Said metal file can also be used to roughen up the surface of the metal if you are planning on painting it, making it easier for the paint to adhere.
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Unread 03-24-2003, 04:15 PM   #3
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oh one note on sheet metal ( i have used 22 guage aluminum) ALWAYS wear letahr gloves when handling it! i got my self carvesd up alot when cutting it an i was careful...jus to make sure ya done hurt yourself when cutting it.
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