There are many ground rules for working with power tools that everyone has probably known since they were in high school. These rules are born of common sense, although they are not always applied in our daily lives.
Everyone knows that you should always pay attention to what is going on around you and never turn your attention to other things going on around you. Protection is essential. Even if it feels silly to wear safety glasses, they are necessary when working with power tools. Proper protective clothing, appropriate for the project you are working on, also protects against injury.
These are guidelines that anyone can use, but did you know that there are steps you can take to improve your safety when working with certain power tools? Use this simple guide brought to you by Rochester, NY Foundation Repair to understand how to best protect yourself from injury when using tools.
When using a band saw, keep the saw blade straight and always use the correct tension to avoid injury. As you work, slide the wood through the blade with your hands on either side of the cut line. Always make sure the power switch is off and locked, or the saw is unplugged when replacing the saw blade, and consider wearing a full face mask to avoid chipping.
When working with a drill, it is very important to always use a good quality drill of the right size and type for the job you are trying to do. For example, never use a drywall bit to drill into concrete. Make sure the drill you are using has no faults or defects that could affect quality and cause the drill to jam when energized. The bit must also be sharp to be suitable for the job. Never press the bit into the material you are working with, as pressing can put pressure on the bit, which could result in serious injury. Remember to always run the drill at the recommended drill speed and size.
The first rule of thumb is to remember to protect your eyes. Always wear safety glasses or a face shield when using this tool, as it is impossible to prevent parts of your project from flying in your direction. Wearing a respirator over your nose and mouth is also a great way to avoid inhaling particles from the material you are working with. Before using the grinder, take a moment to think about where the sparks will ignite and where they exit the area of flammable objects that could ignite if struck by a spark. When you’re done with the grinder, resist the urge to manually stop the rotation. Remember to always let the wheel stop naturally.
If you are using a circular saw, make sure the area it is in is dry to avoid electric shock. Always pay attention to the location of the cable so as not to accidentally cut it and make sure the blade stops rotating on its own before installing. When transporting your chainsaw, be careful never to put your hand on the trigger to avoid accidentally starting it.
When using a reciprocating saw, it is very important to choose the right saw blade for your project. Always use a sharp blade that is not damaged and make sure it is secure. As you have seen, keep your hand away from the blade to avoid unnecessary injury.
Anytime you work with a table saw, you should always position the tool so that the saw blade protrudes 1/8 inch from the wood you want to cut. Never start or stop the blade before it has stopped touching the wood. Never use your hands when trying to cut a very narrow strip of wood. Instead, use a stick to push the part through the blade.