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At Swanson® we cover all the angles®…

At Swanson® we cover all the angles®.  Which is why we have a created a Swanson® Tips page on our website.  Carpenters and craftsman solve problems that wast time and money everyday.  Most pros have a menthod or work around to conquer all the odd situations that they run in to.  But every once in a while its good to take a refresher course, or investigate a new way of doing things with a specialty tool or exotic technique.  Therefore, Swanson(R) has compiled a list of project and tool tips for review.  stop by and take a look at the list of project and tool tips…  or better yet, submit one of your own.  The first 25 submissions will recieve a FREE WOOD Magnet(R).  Check it out at http://www.swansontoolco.com/swanson_tips.cfm


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Covering All The Angles – 5 Tools In 1

At Swanson® We Cover All the Angles®.  Speed Bevel Is 5 Tools in 1
Whether you build houses for a living, or you just want a multifunctional tool from the best name in leveling and layout, the Speed Bevel will handle the job. Made from tough, light-weight, high-impact ABS composite, the Speed Bevel is actually five tools in one – a framing/rafter square, a try square, a miter square, an angle finder/protractor and a sliding T-bevel. Expertly manufactured to provide dependable accuracy for years, the Speed Bevel is also very easy to use. Simply unsnap it and loosen the large thumb screw and you have a fully functional sliding T-bevel. Best of all, when you’re finished, the Speed Bevel folds to just over one inch high and two inches wide, so it fits easily in your toolbox, tool belt or even your back pocket.
Easy to Use Features Save Time & Hassle
The convenience of having both a rafter square and bevel in one tool will save lots of time on any job site or project. Notably, the tool’s composite materials won’t mar wallpaper, paint or other delicate surfaces. Easy-to-see markings are on both sides so you’ll never strain to see a measurement. The most common jobs are right on the tool, including SAE meas¬urements, jack rafter and rack wall scales. Light weight and portability let you to have both a square and bevel anywhere. The Speed Bevel offers all this:
• Fully functional Swanson Speed Square – rafter square, try square, miter square & angle finder
• Fully functional sliding T-bevel
• Compact & Portable – folds to only 10¼ inches long, 2¼ inches wide and 1¼ inches deep
• Light-weight and Durable – non-marring, high-impact ABS composite material
• Easy to see – high visibility orange color
• Inexpensive – under $12

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Especially Helpful For Plumbers

Installing proper plumbing drains call for a minimum 2% grade of slope. The Swanson® multiple ring vials offer an easy way to approximately determine the correct needed slope.

When the outside edge of the bubble touches the second ring of the vial it is measuring an approximate 1/8″ slope over 1 foot of run, which is a 2% grade.

When the bubble touches the third ring it is measuring an approximate 1/4″ of slope over 1 foot of run, which is a 4% grade.

Please check with your municipality to make sure your design complies with all building codes.

Swanson® Building Customer Trust for more than 80 years®.  Multi-Ring Vials   To see other project and tool tips Go to http://www.swansontoolco.com/swanson_tips.cfm 

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Deck Building Projects Part 1

Build a new deck with a Swanson® Wood Magnet®.  The Wood Magnet® is a multi-purpose post level that eliminates the need for most other levels.  Check it out at http://www.swansontoolco.com/t04424.cfm or see the video at http://www.swansontoolco.com/swanson_news_media.cfm

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