Metal Shop

  • More than a few years ago, I remember the best frame tech in the shop I was working for measuring a vehicle he had on the frame rack. This particular shop had just purchased a state-of-the-art laser measuring system. Being curious, I wanted to see ho
  • There are still some people who will look to include old damage in a new claim. Be wary. That is insurance fraud.
  • I've written several articles and taught seminars about proper pulling techniques. During demonstrations and hands-on programs, I'm always amazed at the lack of understanding many techs still have about pulling and the proper techniques required on m
  • The interesting thing about setup on a dedicated bench is the fact that doing so also is considered to be part of measuring the vehicle. You may be able to charge for this time (it's something to think about).
  • Determining whether to repair or replace a damaged part is a decision made daily in collision repair facilities and estimating bays.
  • With multiple pulling devices, you can pull from multiple locations and in differing directions.
  • Before you can perform proper welds with an STRSW machine, you need to fully understand how it works. Current flows through the arms (aluminum first with the case of C gun style), which are made of a copper alloy. Copper and aluminum are excellent co
  • A couple of weeks ago, I found myself in the office of one of a group of 18 collision shops, training the office management and staff on the finer points of management system use. During that training session, there happened to be a representative of
  • Make sure you take pictures of the vehicle before tearing it down. Take them from all four corners of the damaged area, and of the dash and gauges with the key on.