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The Little Green Sucker really does suck — it takes air from your compressed air line and creates suction to hold itself to an interior or exterior wall, where it can hold up whatever material you’re fastening. The Little Green Sucker was first made to hold up Hardyplank siding, and I imagine a tool that can hold up a board made with concrete shouldn’t have a problem with other applications, like holding up crown or case molding.

A metal rod with a bent end runs through the tool and serves a couple of purposes:  it helps you space your siding equally, or it can hold up your molding.  The unit uses less than 1 cubic foot of air per minute at 40 PSI.  To release the tool, you just put your finger over the exhaust port.

A set of two will cost you $70, which might be a good deal if it relieves the aggravation of working alone with long material.

Little Green Sucker [Keico]
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7 Responses to Little Green Sucker

  1. tooldork says:

    Have to be a stickler – “HardiePlank®”

  2. _Jon says:

    Anything that lets me work alone is a winner.
    I’d love to see a website of “Do it Alone Tools” or something like that.
    A category of tools that allow a person to build a home without any assistance. Everything from digging a hole, pouring concrete, framing, finishing – all of it.
    I love my friends, but I really love working by myself.

    They could improve these with laser alignment levels so you could see if they are at the same height.

  3. PutnamEco says:

    Re:
    _Jon Says:
    Anything that lets me work alone is a winner.
    ———
    You would probably enjoy “Working Alone: Tips & Techniques for Solo Building,” by John Carrol

    http://www.amazon.com/Working-Alone-Tips-Techniques-Building/dp/1561582867

  4. fred says:

    We do a fair amount of this work – and like tried, homemade jigs – then the Malco FCG2 clips and more recently the Pacific Internationa tool – which works well – without the air compressor:

    http://www.amazon.com/Pacific-International-SA903-2-Piece-Siding/dp/B000VERBCU/ref=pd_cp_hi_1?pf_rd_p=413863601&pf_rd_s=center-41&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B00009YUMG&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=0B0XMBYAXVYW6PN3MTXR

  5. fred says:

    BTW – we’ve found that a powered shears (we use Kett) are the best tool for cutting FCS. Bought a special Makita FCS Saw – but seldom use it (only when gang cutting makes sense)

  6. fffish says:

    I’ll confirm that the P.I. clip-on tool works like a charm. Could not be happier with it.

  7. fred says:

    I noticed that Amazon offers another alternative to the PI tool that we use and like a lot – don’t know much about this one:

    http://www.amazon.com/SoloSider-Siding-Cement-Smartside-Adjustable/dp/B000HVEVX4/ref=pd_bxgy_hi_img_b

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