Toolsday: How to bend 5 common trims on a brake

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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


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


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