Jobsite Must Haves: Contract Glaziers  
talk about their Favorite Tools  
e’ve all got that go-to item …  
that one thing you use every  
day. You’d be lost without it.  
5 years now. As glaziers, we have an arsenal  
I’ve been in the glazing industry for over  
of tools, but if there is one thing that I reach  
for throughout the day, it’s a flat prybar with a  
sharp edge. Whether I’m reglazing a window in  
a house, putting a sliding patio door back into  
place, or raising a commercial door to adjust it,  
the prybar is a very universal tool.”  
Many people might say“mobile phone”  
without thinking twice,but for glaziers,  
the answers might be different—par-  
ticularly when it comes to the jobsite.  
We asked some USGlass readers to tell  
us about their favorite tools, and what  
makes them stand out. Here’s a look at  
what a few had to say.  
Jason Roussan, senior glazier,  
Binswanger Glass, Branson, Mo.  
For Jason Roussan, the versatility of  
the prybar makes it one of the most  
important tools on the jobsite.  
I’ve been a union glazier in local  
087 New York for 35 years. The last  
0 of which have been for David Shuld-  
iner Glass. I’ve also worked on and off  
on the revitalization of ground zero  
projects, and my favorite tool for glaz-  
ing is a caulking gun. The caulking gun  
is used for a number of reasons, like  
preventing water and air infiltration. In  
a structural application it’s used to se-  
cure glass to the building. I specialize  
in high-end interior finish caulking and  
structural caulking applications.”  
“My favorite tool is my tape mea-  
sure. It defines everything we do,  
it is the first tool you must learn to  
use, and you will continue to use it  
throughout your career. Everyone  
from the entry-level apprentice on  
up to the project manager all use  
the tape measure, and its language  
is universal to all tradesmen. I have  
a special mini tape I produced from  
David Shuldiner Glass,  
Brooklyn, N.Y.  
Mike Garcia, glazier,  
Mike Garcia demonstrates how he an old worn-out tape measure that  
frequently uses the caulking gun for comes in handy every day.”  
many interior projects.  
—Andres Molinar, glazing super-  
intendent, Santa Barbara Glass Co.  
One of our most useful tools is the mini  
crane. We use them often, because they can  
basically replicate—on a much larger scale—every mo-  
tion that your arm, wrist and hand can do. They swivel,  
they turn, they twist, all while holding onto huge pieces of  
glass. They can ride up a small elevator and fit into tight  
corners, yet still manipulate more than 1,000-pound  
pieces of glass using the glass cup manipulator.”  
Bob Linford, director of  
commercial contracts, Giroux Glass  
Giroux Glass works with equipment such as mini  
cranes from Spyder to install glazing in high-rise  
projects, even working with lites weighing 1,100  
pounds and measuring 12- by 7-feet.  
For Andres Molinar, the measuring  
tape is a staple in his toolbox and  
something he uses everyday. n  
USGlass, Metal & Glazing | August 2016