The information shown are suggestions or guidelines and are not intended to cover all applications of building requirements. It is the responsibility of the designer/installer to ensure that this information meets particular building conditions and/or code requirements. It is also the responsibility of the installer to ensure that all OSHA and/or safety requirements are understood and met. Metals Direct shall not be liable for any claim or claims which arise out of the handling or installation of the material.
When handling metal panels, care should be taken to protect the finish from scratching or abrasion. Dragging panels across one another will unnecessarily increase the risk of scratching. Individual panels should be carried vertical to the ground by grasping the edge of the panel.
A forklift or crane can be used to handle unopened bundles up to 25′ in length. For forklift unloading, forks should be spread to maximum width and placed at center line weight distribution of bundle. For crane unloading, a spreader bar should be used to evenly distribute the weight of the bundle. Cable support will cause damage to the panels and should not be used.
Bundled material should be kept dry and above ground. Material should be tarped (not with plastic) or protected from weather conditions by other means. Allow for proper air circulation to prevent moisture buildup under tarp. Elevate one end of the bundles to allow for moisture runoff. If the panels become wet, all panels should be removed from bundles and individually dried. Prolonged storage of panels is not recommended. If conditions do not permit immediate installation, extra care should be taken to protect sheets from developing white/red rust or watermarks.
All bundles of panels should be inspected upon delivery from Metals Direct. Any damage or moisture present on panels should be reported to carrier and noted on bill of lading. In addition, Metals Direct must be notified of damage or moisture within 48 hours of discovery.
Some field cutting and fitting of panels is to be expected by the installer and minor field corrections are a part of normal installation work. Always cut one panel at a time. For small cuts, hand-held shears or electric nibblers are recommended. For best cutting results a panel shear is recommended. Shears and nibblers are available through Metals Direct. Cutting of panels and driving of fasteners will create metal shavings. These metal shavings must be swept or removed from the panel surface. Failure to do so will cause rust stains on the panel surface and will void any warranty.
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