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Is anyone aware of a tool for notching the rails on a section after having to cut it down - other than a hack saw?
 

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I'd also say jigsaw with a non-ferrous metal cutting blade - slow and steady wins the race... depending on how much cutting you're doing and what your access is, they've also got non-ferrous 7 1/4" blades you could install in your circ. or worm drive saw. Again, go slow when cutting - makes cleaner cuts.

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I'd also say jigsaw with a non-ferrous metal cutting blade - slow and steady wins the race... depending on how much cutting you're doing and what your access is, they've also got non-ferrous 7 1/4" blades you could install in your circ. or worm drive saw. Again, go slow when cutting - makes cleaner cuts.

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Let me just add: Make sure to wear safety glasses when cutting it. Metal burrs in your eyes suck!
 

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And I thought sawdust hurt! I hope that wasn't first hand knowledge!

Glasses should be the order of the day when cutting, period - eyes are pretty fragile things...

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Let me just add: Make sure to wear safety glasses when cutting it. Metal burrs in your eyes suck!
Oh yeah I know how that feels. First time it happened I went to the family doc, he says "I don't see anything in there it's just scratched, put this ointment in there a couple of times a day & it'll be healed up in a couple of days". 3 days later I go to an eye specialist cause I can't see out of that eyeball. He puts me in some sort of midevel headrack then shines a big a$$ light in my eye. "Oh yeah you got a metal fragment stuck on your eyeball & it's rusted all around it too". He puts some liquid caine drops in the 'ol eyeball. Now my head is stuck in this rack thing with sticks propping my eyelids open with big a$$ light shining in my face & he comes at me with a minigrinder/drummel tool kinda thing. :eek: Holy crap I'm in for it now! He plucks the fragment out with some little tweasers then commences to a grinding the eyeball. Well that caine stuff worked good for about 30 minutes. When it wore off it felt like my eyeball got ran over by a dumptruck with beltsanders for wheels. :cry: He told me the eye is the fastest healing part of the body & he was right, the 'ol eyeball was good as new a couple of days later.

Happened a couple of years later, I went straight to the eyeball doc knowing full well what was in store for me.:sad: At least I got it over with quick that time.

Moral of the story is, always where safty glasses cause sunglasses don't cut it.
 

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Yikes! I've never had anything like that happen (knock on wood). But one time I was chopping some aluminum with a chop saw, a gust of wind kicked up, and blew the dust up under my glasses, and my eyes got peppered with aluminum dust. I carry a first aid kit in my truck with an eye wash bottle, and fortunately I was able to get it all out. Like you said, though, it felt like someone took a palm sander to my eyeballs for a whole day afterwards.
 

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Oh yeah I know how that feels. First time it happened I went to the family doc, he says "I don't see anything in there it's just scratched, put this ointment in there a couple of times a day & it'll be healed up in a couple of days". 3 days later I go to an eye specialist cause I can't see out of that eyeball. He puts me in some sort of midevel headrack then shines a big a$$ light in my eye. "Oh yeah you got a metal fragment stuck on your eyeball & it's rusted all around it too". He puts some liquid caine drops in the 'ol eyeball. Now my head is stuck in this rack thing with sticks propping my eyelids open with big a$$ light shining in my face & he comes at me with a minigrinder/drummel tool kinda thing. :eek: Holy crap I'm in for it now! He plucks the fragment out with some little tweasers then commences to a grinding the eyeball. Well that caine stuff worked good for about 30 minutes. When it wore off it felt like my eyeball got ran over by a dumptruck with beltsanders for wheels. :cry: He told me the eye is the fastest healing part of the body & he was right, the 'ol eyeball was good as new a couple of days later.

Happened a couple of years later, I went straight to the eyeball doc knowing full well what was in store for me.:sad: At least I got it over with quick that time.

Moral of the story is, always where safty glasses cause sunglasses don't cut it.

Deckman,

I'm with you. I never wore eye protection as much as i should have until I had to see the specialist with the mini-grinder. Losing use of one eye for 3-4 days has cured me, I always were eye protection now. Good point also, don't waste your time with your family doctor, mine irritated my eye worse. they can't really see what is going on without the knowledge & equipment of the eye specialist. Kinda like having the foundation guy finish trim out your custom home. nothing against the foundation guy.

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It looks like that will be the ticket for notching. I just hope they make one for Ultra aluminum fence. What brand do you use and how do you like it? Let me known how they work,if you get them.
 

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Depending on what the customer wants, i use mainly Jerith, Elite, and Specrail...haven't had any problems with them.
 
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