How to Bend Aluminum Trim

Hello, everybody. We’re gonna show you today how to use a metal brake. You guys have probably seen stuff like this. This is a little piece left over from some fascia wrap that we did. See how this is bent a couple of times? If you’re wondering how to do that or how that ever gets done, stay tuned. We’re gonna show you how.

What we’re gonna do now is we’re gonna cut our piece to width. I’ve got the full 24 inch piece here. We’ll show you in a couple minutes how we actually rolled this out and a couple of tricks to roll it out and to cut this off. I’m gonna show you how to cut it to width right now. I’ve marked on here three sections. They’re eight inches each, so I got 24 inches. I’m actually using all eight inches. You may use seven inches and then have a little bit of waste at the end or something. You can do it however you want, but I’ve marked this twice with eight inch marks.

I’ve got the first one put in the brake. Now I’m gonna cut that. All we use is a utility knife with a sharp blade. We go along and score this a couple of times and it’ll brake right there. All right, coming in for our second pass there. Now we’ll take the handles, bend that up, come back a couple of times and you can see we’ve got a nice, straight edge on that. Now this is our scrap for our next piece. Go back to the brake and we’ll shape this to what we want.

All right now what I want is, I want a right angle piece with a hem on one end. I’ll show you how to do a hem. We’re gonna mark this first for our dimension. I want three quarters of an inch bent over as a finished top edge for our hem. We’re gonna put our hem in first. This is white on both sides, so it doesn’t matter which side I choose. For you, you may be using metal that has a different color on the other side, so remember that you want to be on the right side when you put it in the brake.

All right now since this is gonna be a hem, I wanna go all the way as far as I can go with that. Now we’ll put it in the brake to kinda flatten it down.

All right so now the camera will focus on that. You can see that we have a hem there. Now we’ll start with that. That’s gonna be our top finished edge of this metal. Now we’re gonna bend a right angle coming out here, although I’m not gonna bend it quite 90 degrees because I’m using this for some deck flashing and I want it to press down for me. We’re gonna mark our dimension which is gonna be four inches. We’ll put it back in the brake.

All right now we come up with it. Again, I don’t want quite 90 degrees here. I’m gonna let that be about 80, 85 degrees. Now that gives us the piece that we’re looking for. We’ve gotta make several of these so we’ll keeping work. You get an idea of how it’s done. I hope that helps you guys understand a little bit more about braking metal. If you have questions, let me know in the comments and we can talk about it. I can give you some tips. I’d also be interested in your tips, if anybody has any tips out there for doing something a little bit unique or an improvement on that, I’d be interested. Also, like the video and share with others. Helps us get the word out. Thanks so much.

Tips for you today. These are … this is called a hand brake. These come with different size blades. You can even get wider blades than this that’ll brake a little bit longer of a piece. Imagine you wanted to put a little bit of a bend on the end of your piece like this and maybe make a relief cut. I’m just making this up, so you probably wouldn’t cut it right there. For the purposes of demonstrating this I wanted to just make a relief cut. Let’s say you needed to bend a little 90 there, you can use your hand brake to do that to reshape some things. Additionally, sometimes you can use the hand brake to flatten your hem out. I got a couple areas that are still bulged up on my hem, so I can go along and kinda set my hem nice and tight with these. That’s a good use for those tools. A hand brake. Nice tool to add.

Okay, here’s another tip for you. When you’re rolling out your metal, I always clamp it like this because if you don’t it’ll uncoil on you and you’ll have a big mess. I clamp it then kinda hang onto it with my hands and roll it out. I’ve got a little stick down here. My brake is 10 feet long, so I’m gonna roll out a nine and a half foot piece. Actually, the brake’s a little over 10. You could … I could do a full 10 but I don’t need it for what I’m doing so I’m going nine and a half. Again, just kinda be careful to hang on to your roll. Once you get to where you wanna be, put your clamps back on. Take your snips. I’m just using some snips like this and I cut it right at nine and a half. We’re all set. Ready to mark it and go back in the brake with it.

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