Installing Monarch Z Clips: What Do I Need to Know About Mounting to Drywall/Gypsum?


We frequently receive customer inquiries about whether Monarch Z Clips can be mounted to drywall and which fasteners to use when doing so.

In a nutshell, yes, you can mount the continuous lengths to drywall. However, it’s important to remember that the strength of the Monarch Z Clip Hanging Systems derives from the material you are mounting to and the fastener that you select. If you were to mount the continuous lengths with regular sheet metal screws and not penetrate any studs, it is very likely the system would fail with any amount of shear load.

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Monarch’s MFTAPE: Materials and Installation Factors to Consider


Monarch serves a variety of industries and it always surprises us when we learn all the different ways our customers use our products. Our MFTAPE clip is particularly versatile and customers have used it on everything from acrylic signs to back painted glass panels.

MFTAPE comes equipped with two strips of pre-applied 3M VHB tape that work via peel-and-stick application. The design is intended to help you install panels easily without having to drill directly into them.

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3 Measurements to Consider When Crafting the Ideal Workbench


The almighty workbench. Every skilled woodworker needs one and every wannabe woodworker dreams of having one. But what exactly goes into a solid, sturdy, beautiful workbench? While hard work may be the first thing that comes to mind (and you’re right about that), precision is more likely the most adequate answer.

Simply put, building a top notch workbench is all a matter of paying painstaking attention to detail and being absolutely certain about the accuracy of your measurements. Still, plenty a woodworker will use any ol’ design they’ve found online or in a dusty workbook to build their workbenches. But as woodworking experts like Popular Woodworking’s Christopher Schwarz point out, personalization is key to designing and building the ideal workbench.

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Installing Wall Panels Using Keep-Nut Self Anchoring Inserts

Guest Post by Andrew Morris of Chemical Concepts

One trend on the rise in the architectural wall panel market is the use of hidden fasteners. Architects prefer hidden fastening systems because they create a clean, modern aesthetic, which is in stark contrast to the bulky, industrial appearance of exposed bolts and hardware. The problem is that achieving this look can be challenging when presented with the myriad of modern materials such as phenolic laminates, solid surfaces, composites and engineered stone products on the market today. We all know that “Z clips” are a great way to mount both interior and exterior wall panels, but how can we mount this hardware to many of these popular materials? While each wall panel product presents its own challenges, many of the common issues can be addressed using self-anchoring inserts. One product in particular that we will discuss in this article is the Keep-Nut anchoring system which has many unique advantages that make it well-suited for these applications.

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4 Ways to Prevent Woodworking Tools from Rusting


Woodworking tools are a big investment, and there’s no doubt that you’ll want to care for them as adequately as possible. Part of that caring process requires having enough woodworking savvy to know when and how to maintain your tools. Plenty of the tools lying around your shop are made of various types of metal and, if not cared for properly, they’ll rust at the first sign of moisture. While you may still be able to use some of your tools after mild rusting has occurred, it’s only a matter of time before they’re rendered useless. Nevermind the fact that rusty tools are just plain ugly.
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Monarch Metal How-To: Cutting Aluminum on the Job Site


In an ideal world, aluminum would be cut by a fabricator who has the tools and experience to make clean, low-cost cuts. But sometimes, cutting aluminum to size needs to be held off until measurements are taken at the job site, which means it’s up to you and your team to tackle this task.

Luckily, aluminum is a lightweight, soft metal that’s relatively easy to cut–given that you’ve got all the appropriate tools onsite, of course. And if you know your way around those tools, then that makes the job much easier. Even still, adding this extra step to the project at hand will cost you time, money, and work site progress.
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The Anatomy of Workshop Safety


If you’re a passionate woodworker, the workshop is a second home–its tools are old companions and the time you’ve spent there makes for fond memories. But accidents can still happen even with this level of familiarity. In fact, the Woodworkers Guild of America reports that over 60,000 workshop injuries occur each year. Since many of these accidents are caused by standard workshop tools, one wonders how big a role safety refresher courses could have played in preventing them.

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