Toolsday: How to bend 5 common trims on a brake

hey what's up guys it's Kyle from our
art buildings and I'm coming back at you with another tools day and we're gonna
go a little bit unique this time I'm gonna show you guys some how-to tips and
tricks and if you want to know what I'm holding here and how I made it let's get
into it alright guys so today we are gonna talk
about my break and what I've got is a Tapco Maxx XL 12 foot 6 metal bending
break and I've used this now I've had it for about 10 years I got super lucky I
bought it in an auction I got it for like $1,100 this is about a $4,000 break
and I don't use it all the time I used to use it a lot more back in my
remodeling residential days but it comes in super handy when you're out on the
job and you've got a custom detail that you need to bend so there's really not a
ton that we're gonna talk about here I'll show you some of the specs I'll
show you how a brake works and then after that we'll go ahead and I'll show
you five easy Bend then I've learned and use quite
regularly on the jobsite all right so we really don't have a ton of specs to go
over with the brake it's a twelve foot six brake like I told you before which
means I can put 12 foot six worth of material in here I never do that because
if you get that long it just doesn't do very good at the very ends I found so I
usually try to stay 12 foot or less it does have about a 19 inch throat which
means you can stick about 19 inches of flat stock in there and Bend up still
and I mean other than that you've got a handle and this is what's going to open
your brake so that you can put your material inside and then you're going to
use it to clamp it down once your material is locked in place and I guess
I could be actually doing this with a piece of material you're going to use
these handles down here and these are all movable so if you don't like it here
if you want it out here where you got more material or down here you can move
those around there's actually a couple more that gets stored in the brake so
that's kind of a nice feature so that if you're transporting it you know you got
these pins and I haven't taken them off forever so
I just leave them in there but you can remove them and they do stick in the
break frame itself so the other thing that I've got on here are these this
accessory it's a just bend it break accessory and what's nice is it just has
these magnetic ends and they stick right on the bar so you can just move them
wherever you're doing your material and once you have them set up and zero it in
they work really well for not having to bring your tape measure out every time
mark your material you just basically put it to where the measurement is that
you want it and lock it down and you're good to go so that's pretty cool
accessory and takes about 15 minutes maybe to put on so I'll go ahead and
throw the links down below I'm sure they would appreciate it and I think you will
too because it has saved me a lot of time when bending trims other than that
this thing did come with a stand which is really nice because it's got some
wheels so you can roll it on and out of the in and out of the trailer on and off
the job site the other thing it came with is a slitter so obviously everybody
that has gotten a coil of aluminum steel whatever at 24 48 whatever it is inches
wide you don't ever need that wide of a piece and you got to cut it down so
there's a couple different tips one would be to go and buy yourself one of
these slitters because it makes like an effortless use of cutting of the
material but the other thing is if you don't want to go spend the money on one
of these I'll show you another trick in order to cut the aluminum you're not
probably going to use it on steel but if you're just doing aluminum bending I'll
show you that trick so before we get into actually bending some of these trim
details I'm going to show you a little trick that someone showed me and it's
super simple but it does save you a lot of time and
effort and it doesn't really involve this at all but it does have to do with
bending steel or aluminum all right so here is the trick for you
guys and a lot of you might already know this but I know there's somebody that
was in the position I was when I learned so I'm gonna show it to you anyway you
get this box of coil stock and the first thing you got to do is you got to pull
it out and you got to cut the first piece to length well now this is 50 foot
so if you pull that out it is a bear to handle to roll out to measure at 12 foot
and then put it back in the box so it doesn't uncoil itself across the jobsite
so what you do is you're gonna take a knife don't need it out that far and
you're just gonna cut right down a corner make another cut just give
yourself like a quarter inch just rip that out now what you're gonna do you're
gonna spin this to get your material starting to come
out go ahead and pull it out a little bit and you're gonna duct tape the lid
back shut now you got your own little dispenser here and you can just pull
your material out as you need it cut it down or if you want to just set it on
the ground then you can pull it out get your cut right across where you're you
know gonna want to cut it so you don't have the whole coil coming out so
hopefully that helps somebody all right so that tip is going to be good when you
need to cut your material to length but what about width so now I've got this 24
inch piece of coil stock and you can either use this cut off wheel which I
will show you in a second but when I was first starting I didn't have one of
these and this is what somebody showed me so you're gonna stick the material in
your break since I got these sweet little just bend it markers I'm gonna
set it at just some random number seven inches you're gonna lock it down and then
you're gonna take your utility knife and you're gonna score it right along your
break give it a nice full Bend and voila now you got your seven inch piece of
material and that's a pretty cheap way to do it but it doesn't do it the most
perfect way it gives you a little bit of a lip here on the edge of the metal and
the cutoff wheel does a lot better job so I'll show you how that works
all right so now we've got this kind of crummy Bend here because we just use our
utility knife to make that Bend is cut and we're gonna use the cut-off tool now
so what I'm gonna do once again I'm just gonna pull it out to a really doesn't
matter I'm just gonna cut a little bit off so I'm gonna move it out to two
inches now you might be saying well Kyle you just said you weren't going to cut
off a lot the way this works is you always have to think about what you want
and you're gonna add an inch and a half to it and I do that because the way this
cutoff wheel works is it cuts or shears or slits however you want to say it
right at inch and a half from the break so you just make sure it's in here you
make sure it's rolling nice and free and that's it it puts a nice clean cut every
time so now as you can see we got this nice clean it almost looks factory
because it's cut just about as nice as factory and that's gonna give you that
nice clean edge every time it rolls it instead of cutting it so it's not going
to be as sharp to when you touch it with your fingers alright so now those are
two tips that hopefully help somebody both prepping your material so that you
can get the right dimensions for your trims now I'm gonna take this piece of
scrap that we just cut off and I'm just gonna show you how this break actually
works so the first thing you're gonna do is you're gonna put your material in I
always usually try to put a hem in the material and that's like the most
simplest of bends and what a hem does is it helps clean up an edge stiffen it and
make it stronger so I'll show you that and then I'll I think it'll make a lot
of sense I always just basically put my material
right to the edge of this bending piece of rubber lock it down and give it a
full Bend now once I've got a full then you can
see it is not all the way closed but a hem is all the way closed so all you're
gonna do is you're gonna make sure your brake is closed you're gonna set it back
in here and then you're gonna close it and that is what's going to give you
this super nice tight hem and it's also gonna stiffen the flashing you see that
you see how it's not so floppy because it's got that bend over on it so that's
like probably the most simplest of things anytime you do a flashing that is
going to be visible put a hem in it and it's gonna stiffen it up and it's gonna
take away that oil can now remember oil can is when your steel waves and looks
really crappy so you don't want oil can you want to prevent it and anytime you
put a bend in flat stock it's gonna prevent bending that much more now the
next thing is just a simple 90 degree Bend probably the most common and the
first thing you're gonna want to do probably is just bend a piece of metal
so we're just gonna do with the same piece of scrap we're gonna stick our
material in I'm gonna line it up here on the edge of my bender break edge
whatever I don't know what it's called sorry and I'm just gonna basically roll
this up till my handles are just about 90 degrees and I always like to do that
because if you go too far you're never gonna get that bend out but if you don't
like your Bend you can always bring them back up and give it just a little bit
more tension but because I've done this a couple times and I've used this break
that is how you get a nice 90 degree Bend not sure if the camera is gonna
focus but look at that we just we just bent like the most simplest of things a
little bit of a maybe a drip edge a simple mini angle or post trim fascia
whatever it's pretty simple now if you were to take this exact same piece stick
it back in the brake push it in till we get that hem tight to the edge of
break and tighten it back up ooh I just about messed up sorry we're gonna go the
other way just talking here on camera got me flustered do the exact same Bend now we just made a simple piece of tiny
j-channel that you'll never get your fingers in to put a nail in because
there's not a big enough nail flange but there you go that is a simple piece of
j.chan 'el so believe it or not we just did two of the most common bends in the
first piece of trim and that was a hem which i think is very important and a
j-channel probably the most common piece of trim that anybody uses on a metal
building or vinyl sided house whatever it is J channel is so common and it
never hurts to know how to bend it even though it's the most simplest I think
it's worth pointing out how to bend it it's too simple 90 degrees and a hem so
there you go let's go ahead and we'll look at another
trim all right here's another trim and it's actually even more simple than the
J channel I forgot so let's do a fascia trim now you're gonna do almost the
exact same thing to start off and I usually do this on almost every start
and that is create your hem okay so once we've got our hem with most
fascia you're gonna be an inch and a half so we're going to use this little
guy here we're gonna set our face of our hem at inch and a half I'm gonna do our
90 degree Bend up then we're going to take the other end here oops and look at that you just created a
piece of fascia and so that's just gonna have a nice inch and a half Bend it's
gonna cap up underneath your over top of your soffit and cover up your fascia
nice and clean it's got those nice hems that way it's nice and stiff you see
that it's not going to get any of that oil can in between the flat here so the
bigger this area is the more chance of an oil can that's why when you look a
lot of piece of fascia trims they've got little beads and little rolls here and
you can buy those the same way that you have that cut-off tool you can use you
can buy different profile rollers that you just put your material in and as you
roll it across it it puts little beads and little bends in it but I don't have
any so I can't show you it alright so the next trim I'm going to show you is a
very simple trim it's a ridge cap trim and obviously you're not going to use it
on a shingle probably but if you're doing any metal work and you want to
bend your ridge cap you're gonna watch and notice that almost every one of
these trims once again is going to start with a three-quarter hem so we're gonna
do that I'm just going to put my material on the edge okay now the next thing we are going to
do is start our bend and we've got a series of three quarter bends so always
using the edge of our break as our tape measure so I'm not even having to pull
out my tape measure now when we make these bends you're going to want to make
sure you don't go to the 90 but rather a 45 degree so here we've got the start of our trim
and you can see we've got our three-quarter hem to a 3/4 Bend with
another 3/4 penned and this is a 45 to a 45 which is basically keeping our
material at a hundred and eighty degrees overall all right now we're gonna do the
exact same thing on the other side of our material all right so now we've got the same
bends on both ends and you can probably guess what we're gonna do next now this
is where you want to make sure that you know the dimension of your flat in
between all these bends I've already kind of pre measured that a little HGTV
secret I learned I've never even been on HGTV but I just assume they do a lot of
stuff off-camera so you don't have to show it and then you're going to stick
that in your break I'm going right to my six inches and this is where whatever
you bend this at is determined by the pitch of your roof so if I don't give it
a whole lot of Bend you can see it's gonna be a very flat pitched roof if you
don't like the bend I always say Bend a little bit at first don't over bend it
stick it back in your break and get yourself more of a bend I would say
that's more like what I'm gonna do which is a 412 on most of our buildings but
that's a nice simple piece of ridge cap and obviously if you want to get really
decorative we can add a bunch of other bends I won't do that right now maybe
we'll do a cool decorative Bend at the end all right the last Bend I'm gonna do
is one that always boggles my mind right away but once you do it a couple times
it gets a lot easier and that is an outside corner trim with a built-in J
channel so that way you can hide that vinyl or whatever that siding is that
you're putting up so this time we are not going to start with that hem what
we're gonna do is we're gonna start with a 3-inch Bend so we're gonna set our
piece of material at three inches and we're gonna do a straight 90 degree Bend okay then what we are going to do is
flip our material over and once again we're going to be pushing it all the way
into the stop here of the bender we're gonna go ahead and over bend it all the
way and this is basically putting a hem Bend in the middle of the panel so that
is what the the hem Bend is going to look like there alright now the next
thing we are going to do is we're going to take this 3-inch piece here and we're
gonna stick it in the break all the way and do a 90-degree Bend now what we've
got you can see here is a I don't know if it'll focus there but we've got a
piece of jade channel built in and now we're going to do the exact same thing
on the other side and you want to make sure that you've got the face up so
whatever your finished side of material is that's what you're going to keep up
on this next bend 90 degree pull it out flip it over push it all the way to the
stop do your hem Bend okay now you're going to go ahead and you're going to
push that all the way in again on that 3-inch piece do a 90 degree Bend and what you have created is basically
two J's on each side of this material so we've got a J here and we've got a J
here now all you have to do is know what the dimension of your flat is and I
don't know what it is so I'm just gonna pull out my tape measure here it's about
six and a quarter so I'll go ahead and stick it in here at 3 and 1/8 both sides
and do a 90 degree back so there you go there is the outside corner and it's got
the built-in J channels on both sides so when it goes around your corner your
material can tuck right in there nice and it'll hide the seam on the edge and
it'll look like maybe some wooden lap siding that's you know reminiscent of
the good old days as they say but without having to worry about
maintenance because now you've got a nice piece of painted aluminum all right
I got another trim for you here and it's a piece of drip edge so something that
is commonly found on the edge of a roof and it helps the water drip off the roof
and away from your fascia so it doesn't rot it out now we're gonna start with
another hem so stick it into your edge and we're gonna do that full Bend all right now once you've got your bend
we're gonna go ahead and flip it over stick it in to the edge again at
three-quarter mark and just put a slight Bend on it okay now we're gonna pull
that out too now let's just go ahead and go about two inches and here we're gonna
go 90 degrees and it's okay if you go a little bit over 90 because most roofs
are not flat so we're just gonna over bend that just slightly pull that out
now you're gonna flip it over and stick it's gonna move that flip it over and
stick it all the way in as tight as you can go and here you're gonna do your hem
Bend again pull it out
finish the hems and voila there you go now you've got your piece of drip edge
this is going to go up on the roof and this is gonna cover this is gonna go up
on the roof right here and this is gonna cover your fascia so when water comes
out over it it's gonna drip right off alright now let's go ahead and do a bend
that really I've never even done before but that is what is awesome about having
a break is that you can play with the metal and see what you can develop and I
wanted to show you how to do a slight radius so if you don't want all those
straight bends but maybe when you look up onto your house trim you want to make
it look like it's bent in a radius I'll show you how to do that so this is gonna
simulate like let's say a piece of crown molding up on your fascia so first we're
gonna start with our hem alright and once we've got our hem we're
gonna give ourselves our inch and a half bend down at the eave and that's what's
gonna bend over the bottom and cover your soffit typically that's an inch and
a half I'm gonna go an inch and a quarter on this just to conserve some
material all right so now we've got this piece of trim and really it's like that
piece of fascia I showed you earlier it's got the bend that'll go up
underneath the soffit and then this long piece is gonna go on the fascia well
what if you want to make this look kind of decorative well this is how you do it
and this is how you can kind of make just a slight radius so I'm just gonna
kind of do a starting-point inch and a half ninety degree Bend and then I'm
gonna flip it over and do another 90 degree Bend at the 3/4 stopping point
notice that we use that edge of our break all the time because it's always
going to give you that 3/4 of an inch Bend ok so now we've got this kind of a
profile forming here and I want to start making a bend so what I'm gonna do is
I'm gonna stick it all the way in and I'm just gonna give it a slight slight
Bend just creasing the metal and then I'm gonna pull it out and I'm gonna find
a point on my just Bend accessory here and use that as a reference point to
basically just pull it out of my brake a little bit at a time but using that
reference point to know that I'm parallel to the brake and I'm just gonna
kind of keep doing that little Bend kind of moving it out about 1/4 of an inch at
a time and I'm gonna keep doing this right up until my material starts going
perpendicular you'll see what I mean what you can see I've got is this is
gonna cap my soffit down here and I'm just kind of bending and I'm doing this
nice radius not what I'm gonna want to do is I'm gonna go ahead and take this
Bend make sure I'm running parallel now obviously I've never done this Bend
but I think you can get the idea you can do just about anything you can
make it look however you want if I have more material I would Bend this up again
and tuck it up underneath of that nice piece of drip edge that I just made
myself so there you go guys I don't know that I would ever call myself a metal
master bender but I do love playing around on the break making my own trims
and just playing with it and you know using it to replicate some of those
things on-site is almost priceless because there's nothing worse than
ordering custom trims and having to wait for them forever now if you've got any
questions about this if you got any you know I guess concerns about what I did
show you drop them down below in the comments I'd love to hear them because
hopefully you can help me maybe direct me towards another resource that shows
how to bend a lot of trims when I was contemplating doing this video I did
look out there on YouTube and I'm the Internet to see what else other people
were doing and there's not a lot out there so I would love to hear from you
guys maybe some of those other intricate bends that you do so that I can learn
how to do them so thanks a lot for tuning in and I appreciate your support
and we'll catch you on the next tools day

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