So you have a new tool set and decided to finally check a few things of your Honey-Do Repairing List!
That’s great if you keep in mind that Home improvement projects can be dangerous. Not only is there a call for sharp power tools in many tasks. There is also a growing chance that can cause injuries.
About Work Safety
You can’t always repair or tackle home improvement projects in your home if you’re not careful… I mean if you miss a few fingers it’s a lot harder to accomplish. And the bad part is, that with a little careful organization and forethought the visit to the hospital could have been prevented.
Follow these easy work safety tips and even the most difficult home improvement tasks can be conquered safely and successfully.
Repairing & Good Tool Practice:
- Be sure to completely read the instruction manual for your power tools and follow the manufacturer’s safety instructions.
- Tighten any adjustments and check that the guard is working before you operate a tool.
- Keep power tools dry, and plug them into grounded electrical outlets.
- Take care not to cut the power cord.
- Never store your power tools while they are still connected to the power supply.
- Keep fingers well away from a power blade.
- Clamp small pieces of wood before cutting them, rather than holding them.
- It’s imperative to wear work gloves when you’re handling rough materials such as wood, glass, or metal, but take them off when using a power tool so you have complete control over it.
- Never use any kind of power tool without proper protective eye wear.
- Unplug a power saw before changing the blade or doing any other kind of maintenance or cleaning to it.
- Learn how to properly support a board when you cut it with a power tool so it doesn’t kick back towards you during use.
Use Good Sense While Repairing
- Always completely shut off power or water when working with the electrical wiring or the plumbing. One of the first questions you should ask as a new homeowner is where your shutoffs are located.
- When working on a ladder, don’t lean out to either side. Keep your body weight between the sides of the ladder. It may take longer to get off the ladder and move it to reach farther, but it is well worth your time. Falls are one of the most common causes of injuries in the home.
- If you’re not used to the physical element of doing construction, remodeling, or renovation work, you might easily injure yourself or strain your muscles. You may not even notice the aches and pains until you wake up the next day. Don’t take chances and overexert yourself when lifting heavy objects, or when repeatedly lifting lighter loads.
Get a helper to do some of the work, and take plenty of breaks. Listen to your body’s signals and realize when enough is enough. Learn to bend and lift with the knees and not your back.
Here are a few Bonus Pro Tips:
- Unplug Power-tools if you leave them unattended for any length of time. Why? Lot’s of times there are kids around where we work and little Billy would like to help. You can only imagine how good that works.
- For the same reason if possible do not leave your Extension Ladder setup. It’s an invitation to curious kids are curious. And that is an accident waiting to happen.
- Speaking of Extension Ladder … Do yourself a favor and spend the roughly $70 Bucks on a stand-off it will be much safer (the top will not slide) and feels better to work off.
So now it’s up to you. Will you follow these tips? It could save you a nice bundle.
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Now I want to turn this over to you…
Did you learn something useful? Or do you have any questions left?
Maybe you have some additional tips that I missed…
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