5 Power Tool Safety Tips When Renovating Your Bath

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Power tools are essential for professional bath renovators and the everyday handyman who likes to tackle DIY home improvement jobs in the bathroom and around the home.

These mechanical devices are great because they not only help homeowners save time but they also make the job easier since you are not exerting as much physical energy compared to traditional hand held tools.

However, with great power comes great responsibility and you must remember that as efficient as they are, any electrical hardware still needs to be handled with care otherwise they can lead to unnecessary misfortune or injury.

Regrettably, mishaps can occur and those are usually due to negligence, boredom, overconfidence or lack of experience.

While most first time bathroom renovators sometimes forget that redecorating their bathroom can sometimes involve hard hats and steel toes, by keeping the following 5 safety concerns in mind, you will be able to work safely with power tools while performing your washroom renovations.

1# Protection for your eyes and ears are very important depending upon the device that you are using. Safety glasses prevent dust, debris, wood shavings, shards from fibreglass and metal shaving, etc. from getting into your eyes.

Safety glasses, though one of the most basic pieces of protective equipment is usually neglected by homeowners who are in a hurry or who want to save a buck but you can’t put a price on your ability to see, and this essential protective gear must be used when working with power instruments.

And while we are on the topic of vision, the importance of proper lighting cannot be stressed especially when working in tight cramped spaces like under the sink in your bathroom vanity. Sometimes we forget just how noisy power utensils can be.

Avoid These Common Damaging Mistakes

These electrical tools can generate a lot of noise, which may be amplified and sound even louder in the confined space of your lavatory. It is common best practice to minimize damage to your ears to wear protective ear muffs or earplugs when working with electrical implements.

2# One of the most common mistakes the first time bath renovator can make is not using the right tool for the job at hand. For every job, there is going to be tools of the trade.

Know which tool is used for which task is paramount to the job getting done because you not only avoid personal injury to oneself but you also stay away from damaging expensive construction materials that you purchased.

Guys take note of this, yes it is true we all deep down assume that it can’t be that hard because the professionals make it look so easy. But remember that such TV personalities such as Tim Carter from askthebuilder.com or Holmes on Homes are authentic professionals that do this for a living with many years of experience under their belt.

Like any other profession, there is tool etiquette to be followed. For example, power tools should never be carried or unplugged using their cords. And while it may seem like common sense to keep your fingers away from the moving parts or the on/off switch while you are working, studies have shown that sometimes common sense is not so common.

So remember because of this, it is advisable and even stressed that you thoroughly read the instruction manuals that come with your electric tools and get familiar with the prescribed safety precautions outlined for your benefit and well being.

3# You want to wear clothing that that covers as much of your body as possible including heavy gloves in order to avoid sharp edges or splinters from damaging your hands. Any device driven by a motor will have a lot of moving parts, and loose clothing or untied long flowing hair should be avoided at all cost.

The last thing you want is for something to get caught up in one of your power tools. To this end when using devices like miter or table saws, these implements should be used with a quick-release clamp and a wood push through for added safety.

Handle With Care for an Injury Free Zone

Keep that nail gun pointed down when not in use and keep those wandering fingers away from the on/off switch on the power belt sander. Even electric screwdrivers and other hand held electric hand tools like motorized drills must be handled with care.

4# Power tools are essentially an extension of yourself, and just like you should take care as to where you step or sit, you should also be aware of the environment machinery is in. When it comes to electrical power tools, water is the enemy.

Be very conscious where you lay down your electrical appliances especially in a wet bathroom environment and it should go without saying that any electrical parts should never be dipped in water. It is also a good idea to check your tools before and after you use them.

Look for exposed wiring, damaged plugs, and loose plug pins. Mechanical devices that are damaged such as severed or broken cords or those that sound and feel different than when you first used them should be checked and repaired to avoid malfunctioning or electric shock.

And keep your work area clean, the last thing you want to do is trip or fall when using a motorized instrument.

5# Enjoy your power gizmos. Go with brand names like Bosch power tools or Makita power tools, so you know you’re getting quality implements. Keep your electric tools clean by storing them in their cases and put them in a place you know you can find them when you need them.

You can even organize or hang them up on a work bench in your basement or garage. Treat your power tools well, and they will return the favour by being in optimum working condition when you decide to tackle your next bathroom renovation project.