Month: February 2018

There are a lot of different hand tools, but whether you’re using a wrench, saw, hammer, chisel or others, you should always follow safety precautions. A lot of the injuries that come about are due to improper handling, so keep the following in mind.

Use the right tool:

Do not use a hammer if the job requires a wrench. Do not use a chisel if you need a screwdriver. There is a reason these tools are designed for a specific task. Forcing the tool to do something it is not meant for could damage the work piece or cause an accident.

Never Use Damaged Tools:

Do not use a saw if it has broken teeth, a worn out screwdriver dull cutters etc. Using damaged tools will at best, slow you down and make you unproductive, or worse the tool could come apart and cause an accident.

Use Cutting Tools Carefully:

Meaning, always cut away from your body. It does not matter what type of tool you use, always follow this basic principle.

Maintain a Firm Grip:

Your hand grip and footing must be secure when handling saws and other large hand tools. This is one reason why ergonomic handles is necessary.

Wear a Tool Belt:

Don’t hand carry tools. Wear a tool belt or carry a toolbox. It is more practical and reduces the possibility you’ll hurt yourself. A tool belt is a must if you’re a professional carpenter, electrician or plumber.

Tools and Heights:

Use a roper or hoist to bring tools up. Do not hand carry them if you’re on a ladder. And when you’re up there, keep an eye where they are and make sure they don’t fall and hurt someone.

When working with someone, always hand a tool over by the handle. Never throw the tool and assume they’ll catch it.

Wear Protection:

Wear gloves to protect your hands. Wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from dust and debris. Don steel toed shoes or boots to protect your feet in case you drop one of those tools.

Your company may require you to wear other types of protective gear like hard hats, specific types of eye wear, ear plugs etc. Follow the instructions and you should be fine.

Other Safety Tips:

  • Do not put a pointed or sharp hand tool in your pocket.
  • Always choose ergonomic tools as they are more comfortable to use even for long stretches.
  • Inspect your hand tool and look for signs of damage or wear and tear. Fix them immediately or replace the tool.
  • Always store your tools properly to avoid damage.
  • Read the manual and follow the directions for use. Do not use hand tools for tasks they are not designed to handle.

Final Reminders:

Knowing how to use hand tools is one of the most effective ways to prevent injuries. Hopefully the tips above have also provided more insight so you can focus on work and avid getting hurt.

Power tools boost your productivity, speed up your work and simplify a lot of the tasks you perform. As good as power tools are, they’re not going to last if not taken care of. Here are some tips to keep them in tip top shape.

Read the Fine Manual:

Look up the care and maintenance section in your power tool manual. Follow the directions given there. Do not use any cleaning materials that are not recommended as it could damage the tool.

Clean Your Power Tools Regularly:

Grime and dirt can have a negative effect on power tools, slowing or even causing a complete halt. Use a rag to wipe the tool each time you use it and store in a safe, clean location.

If there is a lot of dirt, clean the tool with a damp rag. A thorough cleaning with a damp cloth is ideal every now and then.

For exhausts and other hard to reach spots, use cotton swabs or other narrow instruments. Oiling the cotton swab a bit also helps.

It is also a good idea to use an air compressor for blowing air into crevices and ventilation. This is the best method to remove dirt and dust inside tools without disassembling them. If you do disassemble the tool for cleanup purposes, make sure you don’t lose any of the pieces.

If your power tool has filters or other components that need replacement, do so on regular intervals. Follow the schedule or change it more often if you use the tool a lot.

How to Store Power tools:

If your power tool came with its own container or box, use that. Store the tool only when you have cleaned it up. Given a choice between a makeshift and original case, always go for the original case as it has been designed for the tool.

Keep the tool and its case in a tool chest or a storage drawer. It is best to keep the drawer in a basement, garage or any location where the temperature does not change much. By keeping climate fluctuation to a minimum you’ll be able to prolong the tool’s life.

Other Tips & Suggestions:

Always keep the user manual close by. If there is a problem with the tool, check the manual first for tips and troubleshooting. Keep all the manuals in drawer or in a toolbox so they’ll always be within easy reach.

Don’t forget to check your power tool for signs of damage, wear and tear. Check the cords for fraying or wire exposure. Replace the cords immediately if you see any signs of damage, even small. Do not attempt to fix the wire unless you now exactly what you are doing.

Final reminders:

Power tools go far in terms of making your job easier, but it is just as important that you take care of the tool. Take care of your power tool and it will take care of you too.