Quick and easy method for holding replacement sheet metal together.
There is a tool you can purchase for every task required in sheet metal construction. Some of these are “must haves” and some are “nice to have”. Cleco’s are a must have.
The basic steps of sheet metal repair are: Template, cut to size, bend/fold/shape, test fit, adjust, test fit, adjust, weld in final position. The most important part of the process is to create an accurate fitting piece, and the easiest way to do this is make the test fit repeatable.
That is where the word “Cleco” comes into play. A Cleco is a small metal holder that is installed in a hole to temporarily fasten two pieces of metal together.
Once the patch panel is close a Cleco clamped, then another, and these will hold the piece tight and accurately in place. Any changes can be marked, the piece removed, modified and replace in exactly the same position. Clecos are installed using a special type of pliers—cleco pliers. Have a couple of pairs of cleco pliers around, as you will use this tool regularly.
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