How To Mount A Speedheater™ Classic Arm

Speedheater™ Classic Arm
When using the Classic Arm, it is acceptable to have the surface of siding not be completely stripped of absolutely every bit of paint….if it will be repainted. The surface should be cleared of loose paint. What remains is very tenacious paint, which after heating and scraping, is very unlikely to fail later.

After using the Speedheater™, the stripped surface is the perfect moisture content,  it will be smooth enough for immediate painting without sanding but has sufficient “tooth” for new paint to adhere properly and be long-lasting. Most paint for wood will not adhere well to surfaces which are too smooth and slick, like metal.

Another observation harder to see is the mounting of the Classic Arm to a pipe/pole. The pipe is 1 1/2  inches in diameter and sturdy metal to withstand  the tight clamping and unclamping of the bolt holding the Classic Arm at one level. The clamp bolt must be moved up and down the pole to change the horizontal height for the next row. The Classic Arm extends 5 feet on either side of the pole at one mounting. You can see this as the cleaned surface is on both sides of the pole at the same heights.  We recommend “top rail” poles from chain link fences as sturdy and easily cut to the size needed.  The size/length of the pole is determined by how high up in the building the stripping needs to be done.

It is difficult to see, but the two brackets which wrap around the pole, are screwed to the side of the building to stabilize the pole. With a 12+ lb Arm + 4.5 lb SH  when it is fully extended to 5 feet, there is quite a bit of torque which could bend a pole. This would make the SH bounce and not stay level and close to the painted surface.

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Is It Time For New Windows? Consider Repairing Rather Than Replacing!

Unless your home is fairly new, we’ve all been there with our windows:

  1. They seem leaky and definitely NOT energy-efficient. As it continues to get cold outside, they could be letting in cold air and making your attempts to lower your heating bills futile.
  2. They’re not easy to slide open or may even be painted shut. Not only is this frustrating, but you can get hurt trying to force a window sash to move properly. It may seem like a minor annoyance, but there is satisfaction in getting an old, stuck window back to a smooth operation!
  3. They aren’t looking fresh anymore. They may be damaged, peeling, and chipping, or the wood and paint may look dull. Now might be the time to give them some TLC. Getting old windows brought back to their original beauty can be rewarding, too.

Replace versus restore:

You don’t need to trash your old windows and put in modern, replacement windows. Thousands of homeowners who value the historic features of their older homes are restoring and repairing their windows. While your home may not be a stately, older home, we can learn from craftspeople who specialize in window restoration.

Here are some basic tips from them for restoring your older windows:

  • Soften and easily scrape away the cement-hard, cracked, and old putty with our Speedheater Infrared Paint Remover. It won’t break the glass like heat guns do.
  • Carefully remove the glass and scrape the old putty off the wood.
  • Re-glaze the glass panes for a good seal.
  • Strip away the old (usually lead-based) paint safely with our Speedheater
  • Prime and repaint with high quality, trim paint.
  • Weatherstrip the window inside its frame.

You can make these windows beautiful again and even more energy-efficient than modern, replacement windows.