How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Charles Your Own Question
Charles
Charles, Engineering Contractor
Category: Home Improvement
Satisfied Customers: 2066
Experience:  20+ years in most phases of construction
26609390
Type Your Home Improvement Question Here...
Charles is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

Hi, I Just built a shed and am installing these metal roofing

Resolved Question:

Hi, I Just built a shed and am installing these metal roofing panels that are corrugated here and there. They are fairly thin material . I bought them at Menard's for $17 each They are made out of steel I picked a brown color and their size is 3' x 8'. I need to know how to cut the length of it to 6 feet and I don't know what. Tool to use?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Home Improvement
Expert:  Charles replied 3 years ago.

Charles :

Hello, and thanks for your question! My name is XXXXX XXXXX I am happy to assist you today!!

Charles :

There are 2 most common ways to cut this type of material.

Charles :

One way is to use a small 4-4.5 inch hand grinder with a composite abrasive blade for cutting metal

Charles :

The other most common way is to use your circular saw with the same kind of blade but this one will be 7 inches so that it fits your saw.

Charles :

You should wear eye and ear protection because its going to a very loud job and sparks will fly around also. So, do not do this in a dry area unless you have a water hose at the ready to wet down the area after you make your cuts. You don't want to start a fire by accident.

Charles :

These composite blades are pretty cheap and should cost around $2 for the hand grinder blade and about $5 for the circular saw blade.

Charles :

After you make your cut there are going to be sharp edges that you should file down so you don't get cut by accident.

Charles :

You could also use the metal cutting hand shears that are common to the market but the results are generally poor when used for longer cuts as your doing, its also harder to cut the unlevel sheets

Charles :

Hi!

Customer: Perfect, thx much!
Charles :

Your very welcome

Charles, Engineering Contractor
Category: Home Improvement
Satisfied Customers: 2066
Experience: 20+ years in most phases of construction
Charles and 2 other Home Improvement Specialists are ready to help you