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Safety first


Although the methods in this site have been reviewed for safety, it is not possible to overstate the importance of using the safest methods you can. What follows are reminders--some do’s and don’ts of work safety--to use along with your common sense.

 

Always use caution, care, and good judgment when following the procedures described in this book.
Always be sure that the electrical setup is safe, that no circuit is overloaded, and that all power tools and outlets are properly grounded. Do not use power tools in wet locations.
Always read container labels on paints, solvents, and other products; provide ventilation; and ob serve all other warnings.
Always read the manufacturer’s instructions for using a tool, especially the warnings.
Use hold-downs and push sticks whenever possible when working on a table saw. Avoid working short pieces if you can.
Always remove the key from any drill chuck (portable or press) before starting the drill. Always pay deliberate attention to how a tool works so that you can avoid being injured. Always know the limitations of your tools. Do not try to force them to do what they were not designed to do.
Always make sure that any adjustment is locked before proceeding. For example, always check the rip fence on a table saw or the bevel adjustment on a portable saw before starting to work. Always clamp small pieces to a bench or other work surface when using a power tool. Always wear the appropriate rubber gloves or work gloves when handling chemicals, moving or stacking lumber, working with concrete, or doing heavy construction.
Always wear a disposable face mask when you create dust by sawing or sanding. Use a special filtering respirator when working with toxic substances and solvents.
Always wear eye protection, especially when using power tools or striking metal on metal or concrete; a chip can fly off, for example, when chiseling concrete.
 

Never work while wearing loose clothing, open cuffs, or jewelry; tie back long hair. Always be aware that there is seldom enough time for your body s reflexes to save you from in jury from a power tool in a dangerous situation; everything happens too fast. Be alert!

Always keep your hands away from the

business ends of blades, cutters, and bits. Always hold a circular saw firmly, usually with both hands.
Always use a drill with an auxiliary handle to control the torque when using large- size bits.
Always check your local building codes when planning new construction. The codes are in tended to protect public safety and should be ob served to the letter.
Never work in insufficient lighting.
Never work with dull tools. Have them sharpened, or learn how to sharpen them yourself.
Never use a power tool on a work piece--large or small is not firmly supported.
Never saw a work piece that spans a large distance between horses without close sup port on each side of the cut; the piece can bend, closing on and jamming the blade, causing saw kickback.
When sawing, never support a work piece from underneath with your leg or other part of your body.
Never carry sharp or pointed tools, such as utility knives, awls, or chisels, in your pocket. If you want to carry any of these tools, use a special-purpose tool belt that has leather pockets and holders.

 
 

 

 

 

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