Volume 41, Issue 7 - July 2006

Glazing Contractors Share About the Most Important Tools They Use

If you’re a glazier, you just have to have them; otherwise, you can’t do your job, right? We’re talking tools here, and for glaziers, they come in all forms, shapes, sizes, makes and models. To find out which tools are tops with glaziers, we polled contract glaziers around the country to find out their favorites. Some of the results are printed here. To tell us your favorite tool, e-mail Ellen Giard at egiard@glass.com.

Bill Sullivan
Heartland Glass Co.
Waite Park, Minn.

• Suction Cups. “From the hand-held everyday cup to the multi-head vacuum lifters, the suction cup has enabled us to lift heavier loads safely.”

• Lasers. “These save time in leveling, plumbing and checking the squareness of openings and frames. Also the hand-held laser measurement tools allow one person to measure extra tall or wide openings without the aid of someone else to hold the ‘dumb’ end of a tape measure.”

• Aerial Lifts. “Our use of these machines has increased dramatically over the years, reducing the need of scaffolding. They reduce the amount of manpower required to lift large lites of glass and also reduce the risk of injury that exists when using scaffolding.”

Bruce Costner
Harmon Inc.
Richmond, Va.

• “Measuring device, tape or laser [for checking] dimensions in the field, openings, lay out, column lines, etc., and frame dimensions before installation begins.”

• A level, because “it is imperative work goes in plumb and level.

• “Screw gun, electric or battery and top-quality for heavy-duty use so you can set anchor screws without stripping screw heads.”

Bill Thimons and Jonathan Schuyler
Giroux Glass Inc.
Las Vegas

• “Suction cups, suction cups, suction cups,” said Schuyler. “They are so important.” Timmons agrees, saying, “It’s the only way to lift the glass safely. It gives you something to grab a hold of.”

• Also important are wrenches and screwdrivers.

John Neunlist
Admiral Glass & Mirror

• Safety tools, including hard hats, safety glasses, safety harnesses, rope grabs, lanyards and back braces.

• Drills, screw guns, extension cords and suction cups.

David Charneski
Imperial Glass,
Irmo, S.C.

• DeWalt cordless drill. “I use my cordless drill all the time. It beats using a screwdriver.”

• Long knife

• Wonder bar (flat bar)

Oscar I. Echevarria
PCC Construction, Gaithersburg, Md.

• Suction cups

• Screw gun

• Drill

Phil DeSautell
Curtain Wall Design & Consulting
Campbell, Calif.

• Vacuum cups

• Wonder bar

• Wilde hook tool/gasket puller.

Not-So-Typical Tools

While suction cups and drills may rank high on the glazier’s list of tools, what about those other “tools” without which the job would be harder to do? For example, can you imagine a day doing your job without your cell phone? We want to know which unconventional tools are most important to you. Just visit www.usglassmag.com to vote.

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