Best using tools in hand and power

Best using tools in hand and power

Buying the best using tools you can afford and looking her them properly is common-sense advice. There is no doubt that good tools used well will produce top quality work. However, it does not matter how much you pay for something if you fail to use it properly. You will not produce good work and, more important, you may endanger or harm yourself.

Cable and pipe detector:

Concealing cables and pipes beneath the surface of plastered or partition walls is a neat solution. The safety rule when routing concealed cables and pipes is that they should always run either vertically or horizontally, never diagonally. This means that anybody attaching anything to the wall in the future knows where to expect them to be. However, unless you know for a fact where pipes and cables are, using a cable and pipe detector will prevent any nasty surprises.

Hand tools:

Keep all your tools sharp, clean, and in a good state of repair, and store them in dry conditions where there is no danger of rust forming on them. Bear in mind that a blunt or damaged tool, such as a saw or a chisel, is not only harder to use, and will not produce top quality results, but it is also more dangerous both to yourself and, potentially, to anybody else in the immediate vicinity.

Whenever you are going to use a saw, first firmly secure the piece of work to a workbench. Position the work so that the cutting line just overhangs the edge of the bench. This means that it has maximum support and also prevents the piece whipping about as you saw. Position yourself so that the saw becomes an extension of your arm, with your index finger pointing in the direction of the cut. Draw the saw gently and cleanly back and forth, cutting on the forward stroke only. Toward the end of the cut, support the cut piece to prevent the saw blade suddenly breaking clear and ripping the wood. If you have to put a lot of force behind the saw in order to get it to cut, then your saw needs to be sharpened.

A craft knife is an essential part of a tool kit. Make sure that the blade is sharp and that you use the correct type of blade for the material being cut whether it is paper, floor tiles, or carpet. Remember to keep your fingers well away from the line of the cut, and do not exert too much pressure or the blade may slip sideways. Knives with retractable blades are the safest to use, and the types that feature snap off blades mean that you always have a sharp edge to work with. Dispose of old blades safely.

Chisels can be very dangerous tools if they are blunt or misused. You should first secure the piece of work and then use a mallet to strike the handle of the chisel to take away the bulk of the wood. For the final paring away of the wood, it is best to use hand pressure only. Use the fingers of your other hand to. steady and guide the blade to where you want it to cut.

Power tools:

Electric tools add power to your elbow, bringing all kinds of jobs within the range of amateur enthusiasts. But beware as well as making your life easier, they can also be lethal if not used properly.

Always keep young children and pets well away from the area in which you are operating power tools. When young children are in the house, unplug the tool if you leave the room, even if it is for only a minute or two. When carrying a power tool, never hold it by its cable this can easily cause wiring problems resulting in an electric shock.

A few points to note especially are that you should always engage the safety guard when working on a power saw, and you must keep both of your hands and the power cable behind the saw’s line of operation. Don’t apply force to a power tool in order to speed up its operation. if you are drilling or sawing, then make sure that there is nothing underneath that may be damaged by the tool or cause damage to it.

In factories and workshops there are strict rules governing what people must wear while they are operating machinery and power tools. These are sensible guidelines designed to minimize the likelihood of accidents and injury, and you would do well to follow at home. The most basic rule is that you should never wear loose clothing or jewelry that could become tangled up in a moving part of a power tool. Long hair is equally dangerous, so tie it tightly back.

When changing a power-saw blade or drill bit, the first rule is always to unplug the tool. A distraction at the wrong moment, such as a knock at the front door, the telephone ringing, or the sound of someone or something falling over in another room, can all too easily divert your attention from the job at hand and you could inadvertently switch on while grasping a blade.

If you are using a power tool on an upper floor, make sure that the ladder or platform you are working from is solidly positioned. If possible, enlist the help of somebody below to switch on the power only when you are comfortably in your working position. Remember that the cord can become tangled up in your feet leading to a fall, so never let anyone stand below you as you work.

Always make sure that your work is well anchored down. If it is able to move, then you cannot be certain in which direction a power tool may go. To prevent this from happening, use workbench clamps or a vise to secure the work. In other situations where clamps or a vise cannot be used, such as when you are working on a door in situ, for example, either close the door tight or wedge it securely open underneath to prevent it from moving.

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