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How to Safely Use Power Tools
by Leona Zoey on May 21, 2014
With the winter well and truly out of the way and hay fever in the air, you know that it’s about time to start thinking about DIY. Your window for large scale home renovation only lasts for the warmer – and most importantly – dry times of the year, so if you’re going to begin a DIY project, now is most certainly the time to do so. But what if you’re new to DIY and home renovation? Not everybody is an expert with rewiring electricals. Not everybody can wield a circle saw and create something beautiful out of a solid chunk of wood.
If you’re interested in becoming proficient at DIY tasks and building your repair and renovation experience, you’ll need to use power tools. Only very basic tasks can be accomplished without them, and every serious DIY enthusiast should have a good set of power tools in their arsenal. The power tools currently on the market are more efficient and better designed than ever, but it’s essential that they are used safely. Remember that all power tools should be used and stored away from pets and young children.
Choosing the Right Tools
Always use the right power tools for the job, as misusing this kind of equipment can be extremely hazardous. Do your research and contact a specialist tool provider if you’re unsure of which tool to use for a particular task. The manufacturer and the owner’s manual will outline the kind of projects that the tool can be used for.
Reading the Instructions
Too many people remove their power tools from the box and start using them immediately. This is the wrong approach, as even if you’re experienced with a particular kind of power tool, you should still read the accompanying instructions. Each tool is different and even the same make and model may have been updated. Different tools carry different accompanying risks, and cordless power tools should be treated differently to those that come with cords.
Maintaining Your Power Tools
All power tools should be inspected regularly to make sure that they are in good working order. This is particularly important if you’re borrowing from a neighbour or a friend. Small nicks in a power cord can be covered by electrical tape, but deep tears or frays require a replacement cord. Check that the safety guard has no cracks and that the plastic casing of the tool is undamaged. Never pull out the plug of a power tool by yanking the power cord, and never carry the tool using the cord. When unplugging your equipment, grasp it firmly by the plug.
Wearing the Correct Clothing
Loose or baggy clothing can become snagged or entangled on power tools, and this is incredibly dangerous. Always wear well-fitting garments, remove your jewellery and tie back long hair before using power tools. If you’re working in a dusty environment, you should be wearing goggles to protect your eyes. Some projects that require power tools generate a lot of noise, and it’s essential to wear ear plugs when completing these kind of tasks.
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