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How to open and close a folding square?

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Carpenters square, folding squares, carpenter, carpentry, angles, woodwork, measuring, framing, right angle, stone masonry, building, construction, flooring, paving, DIYer. A folding square can be folded, in order to easily store it when it is not in use. This saves space and avoids any unnecessary damage to the folding square.

Opening a folding square with a locking mechanism

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Step 1 – Grip folding square

Grab either side of the folded square.

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Step 2 – Pull sides

Pull the sides away from each other to open the folding square.

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Step 3 – Lock folding square

Once the folding squares frame is completely open you need to lock it in place using the stopper. Slide the stopper underneath the top side of the folding square and let it slot into place. This will then enable the frame to be stable when being used.

Closing a folding square with a locking mechanism

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Step 1 – Release stopper

Push the stopper downwards. At the same time, lightly lift the side where the stopper is located, this will release the stopper from the groove where it sits. This will then allow the side to split and be able to fold.

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Step 2 – Close side

Once the stopper is released from its groove, push the centre of the side towards the opposite corner.

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Step 3 – Close folding square

Hold both sides of the folding square and push them together.

Carpenters square, folding squares, carpenter, carpentry, angles, woodwork, measuring, framing, right angle, stone masonry, building, construction, flooring, paving, DIYer. The stoppers on either end of the side you are pushing will line up with the grooves and slot in place.
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Opening a sliding folding square

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Step 1 – Release stopper

Hold the sides of the folding square that are located underneath the stopper and the groove. Pull the sides out from underneath, so the stopper slides out of the groove.

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Step 2 –  Unfold sides

Keep pulling the sides until the the stopper slides towards the end of the slot.

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Closing a sliding folding square

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Step 1 – Position hands

Place your hands on the two longest sides of the folding square, shown in the picture.

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Step 2 – Push side

Push the side that is labelled in the picture towards the opposite side of the folding square.

Carpenters square, folding squares, carpenter, carpentry, angles, woodwork, measuring, framing, right angle, stone masonry, building, construction, flooring, paving, DIYer. Pushing the side will cause the stopper that is located on the bottom side of the folding square to slide across the slot.
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Step 3 – Fold bottom side

Keep pushing the side until the bottom side of the folding square lifts and and folds.

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Step 4 – Lock stopper

The folding square should now be one length with each side on top of each other. Turn the folding square over and push the stopper into the groove. This will lock the all three of the sides together so they do not come loose.