I'm always looking for faster techniques or tools to speed things up and found the V-Line clamp by accident. It is designed to speed up snapping lines on sheathing. I carry one in my pouch and use it to secure the end of my chalk line while snapping cuts – especially the angled ones for hip, valley, and gable sheathing. You can see a demonstration of it in the player below. The video is hokey, but the tool itself is good.

V-Line Clamp

Snapping an Angled Line


Tim Uhler is a lead framer for Pioneer Builders in Port Orchard, Washington, and a Tools of the Trade contributing editor. He has been framing since his teens and has authored numerous technical articles and tool reviews for JLC and Tools of the Trade.

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