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HOW TO RESOURCE: POWER TOOL SAFETY AND PROPER USE



In this section, you will find the following subsections:

AVOIDING THE ILLS OF POWER DRILLS
ELECTRIC SHOCK PREVENTION AND POWER TOOLS
HIGH SPEED MOVEMENT AND YOUR POWER TOOLS
TOOL TORQUE
THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN CLEANING PARTS

AVOIDING THE ILLS OF POWER DRILLS:

TIP: consider the type and thickness of material and type of drill you will be using when you choose a drill bit. Not all bits are made for cutting metal. Some varieties are meant to cut wood, plastics, or concrete.

CAUTION: when drilling a hole in metal, the most hazardous instants are 1)when hole is being started because drill bit is subject to slippage; and 2)when bit has finished drilling hole and is preparing to exit other side of material. Bit in this position is exposed to catching; catching can cause enough torque to either throw you or wrench drill from your hands! Reduce pressure being applied at this point, and maintain firm grip on the drill.

IMPORTANT: when using a rechargeable drill, read its instruction manual carefully with respect to care and use of batteries. Some batteries can be recharged at any time, regardless of depletion levels. Other batteries are meant to be used until completely exhausted; repeated charging prior to complete depletion can dramatically undermine battery life in these instances.

Here are some other ways to enhance your power drilling experience:

A)Determine if there are obstructions in the path of your bit before drilling. If you need to change prospective location of a hole, this is easiest time to do it.

B)Select the right size and style bit for a task.

C)Never force drill bit into material; pressure should allow bit to eat through material by its own natural momentum.

D)Use bit lubricants when drilling hard metals to avoid overheating or scorching of material and drill bits.

E)Be sure that bit is tight in chuck before you start. ALWAYS remove chuck key before drilling.

F)Be sure that your bits are sharp.

THIS IS BECAUSE: a dull bit can bind, causing drill to rotate. A sudden, unexpected rotation can cause serious injury, including a broken wrist.

TIP: in the event that a particularly large hole needs to be drilled, begin by drilling a smaller hole and gradually increase size of bit till you have hole of desired dimensions. This is an especially good idea when working with hard metals.


ELECTRIC SHOCK PREVENTION AND POWER TOOLS:

Here are a few ways to avoid shock when you are working with power tools:

A)Properly ground your electric tools as specified by manufacturer. Grounding means that stray current from tool will be transmitted to earth, not to tool user!

TIP: use a portable ground fault circuit interrupter(GFCI) for safety. A GFCI is a fast acting remote circuit breaker, installed between a grounded outlet and the power tool you are using. When a GFCI device senses circuit imbalances caused by current leakage, it shuts off electric power to tool within a fraction of a second. GFCI is not only great protection, it can alert you to the existence of dangerous tool condition.

B)Periodically inspect power tools for wiring problems. Also inspect extension cords, plugs, outlets, and any other equipment being used to transmit electricity.

CAUTION: not all power tools with faulty plugs or cords need to be discarded; often they are fixable. However unless tool owner is qualified, it is sometimes best to have a licensed electrician replace bad cords and plugs.

In a professional repair shop, where employees will be using tools, it is always best for safety(and liability) purposes to have an electrician make power tool repairs!

C)Unplug power tools when you are replacing bits, blades, or grinder wheels.

D)Never operate an electric power tool in wet or damp area.

E)Wear gloves when using power tools to protect yourself from accidental shock.

CAUTION: if you feel a shock or �tingle� when using any power tool, stop work immediately and unplug faulty tool to interrupt current flow.

TIP: use extension cords that can carry the rated current of your power tools. Undersized extension cords are problematic in two ways; 1)they can become overheated and start a fire; 2)they will deliver lower than intended voltage to a tool, potentially resulting in tool damage.

REMEMBER: that excessively long extension cords(two or more cords coupled together) can have the same effects as an undersized cord.


HIGH SPEED MOVEMENT AND POWER TOOLS:

The moving parts on power tools can create their own hazards. To avoid injury, keep the following in mind:

A)Keep hands, hair, and clothing away from rotating or reciprocating tool parts.

CAUTION: to prevent your hands, hair, or clothing being grabbed unexpectedly by a speeding tool part, 1)keep all safety guards in place when operating power tools; 2)in the vicinity of power tools, try not to wear loose or dangling jewelry, or baggy or oversized clothes.

B)Be aware that any time you are drilling metal, high speed friction can produce sharp, hot shavings.


TOOL TORQUE:

Torque refers to the twisting action of a tool. Torque CAN result in injury under the right conditions. To keep yourself safe, remember the following rules:

A)Hold your power tools firmly. If a power tool begins to labor, be particularly vigilant for jams.

B)Purchase handheld power tools that possess constant pressure switches. In other words, switches that engage moving parts of tools ONLY WHEN they are being pressed.

CAUTION: some tools are available with lock on switches which allow motor to run moving parts whether trigger is being pressed by operator or not. We consider �lock on� devices to be problematic and unsafe. When you are purchasing tools, seek models without this hazardous feature. If you are using a tool with �lock on� switch, always avoid engaging, even if it seems inconvenient.

C)Use sharp cutting bits and blades on power tools to reduce likelihood of a jam.

D)Clamp or block the parts or materials you are repairing to a firm work surface. Never use your hands to hold materials or parts in place as you work on them.

E)Wear the right protective equipment(gloves, goggles, ear plugs, etc.) when operating electric tools.

F)Check tools and tool accessories for damage that could lead to failure, and replace as necessary.

WATCH OUT FOR: broken or cracked drill bits and saw blades, plus faulty triggers that could cause a tool to power on or off unexpectedly.


THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN CLEANING PARTS:

A)When using steam cleaning equipment, be sure to wear adequate protective gear; articles include a hat or cap, face shield, rubber apron and boots, and heavy rubber gloves!

B)When using a parts washer, occasionally skim the surface of solution to remove oil, grease, and other impurities from solvent mixture.

REMEMBER: that when the solvent becomes saturated with dirt, tank of cleaner must be emptied and refilled. Since used solvent is considered a hazardous material, be sure to dispose of it in accordance with the Federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act(RCRA), and relevant local ordinances.

For further information on disposal practices, visit the RCRA website at:

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