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Old 07-22-2020, 01:40 PM   #21
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Most houses today are trimmed in aluminum. This comes in a 'coil' of various sizes rolled up and stuffed in a cardboard box. This aluminum trim is cut to length and width and bent in an aluminum brake. It may have different names, but, we've always called it trim coil. I've bent up and installed a lot of it so I always have some laying around.
They don't seem use Trim Coil in this area. All the Box stores say "Not Available in your area" or something to that effect. Maybe because most of our houses don't use "aluminum siding"?

But thanks for explaining it to me.
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Old 07-22-2020, 03:33 PM   #22
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My state supposedly requires two plates, but I have a single YOM plate that came with the car when I bought it three years ago. That plate is on the rear. Our YOM plates in Washington don't even need an annual renewal or a sticker, so I just keep motoring along. If I lived in a more populated area like Seattle, it might be different.
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Old 07-22-2020, 05:14 PM   #23
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They don't seem use Trim Coil in this area. All the Box stores say "Not Available in your area" or something to that effect. Maybe because most of our houses don't use "aluminum siding"?

But thanks for explaining it to me.




Hmm, wonder why.

What type of trim is used in your area ?

Aluminum siding isn't used much anymore, if at all. Most is now vinyl. Aluminum is still used quite bit for trim as its so versatile [ easily cut and bent to fit almost anything]. I still use quite a bit of it, especially for flashing. But vinyl trim is getting better and starting to take over.
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Old 07-22-2020, 09:33 PM   #24
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Front plates will sometimes turn and hit the radiator damaging the fins. Pop told me that many people would move the plate off center so that it would hit the radiator shell instead of the fins. Yes, it might scratch your shell, but that won't cause any functional problems with the car.

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Old 07-23-2020, 05:21 AM   #25
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NYS is still a 2 plate state. Mine lives in the middle of the the headlight bar. For some strange reason it stays in place.
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