Friday, December 20, 2013

Using Power Tools--Guest Post

Today I'm welcoming a guest post by Peter Boucher.  For those of us who use power tools, it's very helpful information!  Thank you Peter!

A Simple Safety Guide to Using Power Tools at Home

Being able to carry out home improvements is a goal which many homeowners aspire to. Not only is it a cost effective means of being able to refurbish your property in the manner you’d like, but it’s also a great life skill to have, which can be applied in many other areas.

However once you get past the initial stages of accomplishing simple tasks, such as grouting and painting, many homeowners find themselves reluctant to take the next step towards performing more complicated tasks. One of the main reasons behind this is that such tasks often necessitate the use of power tools. Power tools can often seem frightening or overly complicated to people who have had no prior experience of them, and for this reason they will often shy away from tasks that they are perfectly capable of completing.

Get to Know Your Tools

One of the best ways to become more familiar with using power tools is to first acquaint yourself with how to use them safely. This is an important part of the process of learning how to use power tools in the home, which should be attended to whether you are reluctant to use them or not. This is because, whilst many power tools are perfectly appropriate for use by laypeople, they can become dangerous if used improperly.

Portable and Stationary Tools

Power tools can be classified in two ways – stationary or portable. Within these categories are further subcategories, such as corded or cordless. For examples of the different types of power tools, visit Ridgeons Limited to discover a wide range of different models. Stationary power tools tend to be heavier and more complicated than portable tools, however both can be dangerous in different ways.

Be Aware of All Potential Hazards

Corded tools should always be disconnected when not in use, and the cord should be viewed as an ongoing tripping hazard. Never carry your tool by the cord, or unplug it by yanking on the cord. When using a portable power tool of any type, always make sure you are on a level footing and are aware of the proximity of any other people around you. Stationary tools, which often require the use of clamps, should be used on an even surface. Your clamps should be secure at all times.

Store Your Tools Correctly

Both portable and stationary power tools should be stored correctly, however with larger items it may be tempting to simply leave them in a garage or shed. Be aware that improper storage can damage your tools and make them dangerous. Never use your tools if they are wet or rusted.


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