In the tough coastal environment, aluminum flashing can be a
key component of the weather protection system. And depending
on the circumstances, your best approach might be to bend your
own aluminum, or other metal, from flat coil stock.
This year happens to mark the 50th anniversary of
Tapco€™s introduction of the
portable brake for bending aluminum on site.
Here€™s a promotional video from
Tapco, which celebrated its anniversary with a new
€œPRO 50€ version
of its signature tool.
And in this video, Hanley-Wood€™s
Dave Frane, editor of Tools of the Trade
, meets Tapco
rep John Miller at the Remodeling Show in Chicago for a
demonstration of a custom-bent pan flashing for a window or
Of course, when working with aluminum,
it€™s important to understand how
aluminum interacts with other metals
€” especially with copper, or with
treated wood that contains copper in the treating solution.
Aluminum is best fastened using aluminum nails, and should
never be placed in contact with copper or with copper-treated