What are lead working sticks used for?
|Lead working sticks are used to shape or flatten sheet lead both before it is used and after it is in position around a chimney or bay window.|
|Lead working tools, are particularly useful when a roofing structure is uneven or obscure. They allow the user to take advantage of the malleability of the lead and to mould it accordingly.|
|They are most commonly used in the installation of chimney flashing. Bossing sticks, a type of lead working stick, for example, can be used to effectively work sheet lead so that the flashing follows the external corner of a chimney.
For more information, see What are the different types of lead working stick?
|Although done less frequently, lead working sticks can also be used to shape sheet metal into the internal corner of a structure. This technique is sometimes implemented by roofers fitting weathering and is also used in the manufacturing of metal tanks used for the storage of water and oil.|
|Lead bossing and other lead working techniques require a great deal of skill and patience. As a result, the tools required to carry out these practices are usually used by trained roofers and other tradesmen who have learnt the art of lead working.|