Handling a home renovation project by yourself can save you a lot of money that you can channel to other projects. However, to do an excellent job, you will need a few power tools, the commonest being angle grinders, drills, and pencil grinders. These tools have sharp drilling, cutting, and grinding parts, which can injure you as you work if you do not take precautions. As such, it would be foolish for you to take your safety lightly whenever you are using such tools at home. Follow these tips instead to boost safety while working.
While tools are not in use, many people store them on countertops or shelves where they gather dust until the next use. During storage, moving parts can also rust or dull, thereby predisposing users to serious injuries when they are next in use. To maximize safety, it is a good idea to check your tools for damage or defects before using them. Check the handles to make sure that they are sturdy and safe to use. You should also check moving parts and make sure that they are in good working order before using them to cut, drill, or cut construction materials such as wood, concrete, and metal, et cetera. Oil moving parts before use and dispose of all tools that are beyond repair.
While you are hammering nails into wood or concrete, it is a good practice to use a hammer. While cutting wood or steel, use a saw, and cut wires using pliers. Once you have ascertained that the tool that you are planning to use is in good working order, the second safety tip is to select the right tool for the right job that you are doing. Do not hammer in nails with a pair of pliers or use a wood saw to cut metal/ stone to save you one or two trips to the tool shed. You should also use the right size blade, bits, and other accessories as well.
Whenever you are doing a home renovation project, remember that personal safety starts with you. As such, it is a good idea to wear personal protective equipment at all times to keep delicate parts such as the eyes safe. While grinding concrete or drilling metal, for instance, wear protective eyeglasses to shield your eyes from loose projectiles. These can injure and even damage your eye if you are not careful. Bruising or cuts to the palms and hands are common while handling demanding home renovation jobs. To prevent such injuries, wear a pair of long work gloves made from a protective material such as thick leather. Whenever you are using a hot furnace, the gloves that you wear should have a heat-stable design that can protect you from burns, etc. Other vital equipment includes hard hats for protecting the head from injuries.
Do not be one of those lazy individuals who maintain untidy workspaces or fail to clean up after using powerful tools such as angle grinders. By doing this, you not will not only have trip hazards from fallen foldable ladders or worktables but might also damage your tools. After completing your project (s), make it a habit to clean up your workspace to eliminate such hazards. Pick up nails, drills, and tools and keep them in secure garage storage racks.
Have you ever forgotten to unplug your electrical tools from power outlets after use? Do not make this mistake often as it will predispose you to a plethora of safety hazards, including accidental electric fires. You can also burn out motors and damage expensive tools, which is also concerning.
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The technology use to make home renovation tools is ever-changing. To be able to handle such tools effectively without sacrificing safety, it is a good decision to upgrade your skills. Learn how to handle new and improved tools and polish your safety skills following the directions of the manufacturer.
If you handle home renovation projects often, personal safety should be a priority for you to lower the risk of debilitating injuries. In this article, we have shared essential tips that could be of great benefit to beginners and/or pros looking to work worry-free at home. Briefly, make sure that all tools are in good shape. Check for rust or loose parts and maintain tools before use. In addition, always wear personal protective equipment such as gloves, hard hats, and goggles, and keep your workspace clean to remove trip hazards.