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sandyp

02:19PM | 06/01/01
Member Since: 05/31/01
4 lifetime posts
We're in the process of making a window bigger
on one side of our house. We've removed the
asbestos shingles around the area,
but we know that we'll need to cut some of them
to fit near the window's edge.

What's the best way to do this? They are
so brittle!

Thanks in advance!


Jay J

02:53PM | 06/01/01
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi Sandyp,

Buy yourself a Utility Knife and a Carpenter's Triangle. Make sure you buy an EXTRA pack of blades for the knife.

Use scraps to practice 1 or 2 before you go cutting the GOOD pieces. First, measure TWICE and make your mark. THen, start scoring the BACK of the shingle a few times. Flip it around if you must to make a COMPLETE scoring from top to bottom. THe more you score, the EASIER it is to break. Then, set the shingle UPSIDE DOWN over, say, a step where the score-line is just hanging PAST the edge of the step. Gently PRESS on the 'scrap' part of the shingle, and ta-DA.

Again, I hope you're trying this on scrap pieces first. THe more you score, the easier it is to break.

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

sandyp

04:00PM | 06/03/01
Member Since: 05/31/01
4 lifetime posts
Thanks so much for the speedy reply! I'll try it.


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