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Safety and Tools
 

A Safety Note

The work and procedures shown and described in the www.hometime.com world-wide web files are intended for use by people having average skill and knowledge of the subjects.

CAUTION: If you are inexperienced in using any of the tools or equipment depicted or any of the procedures described, or are in doubt that the work and procedures shown and described may not be safe in your chosen situation, consult a person skilled in the performance of the work or procedure. Throughout this information there are specific safety recommendations summarized below. Pay careful attention to each of these.

The creators of the information in these files disclaim any liability for injury or damage arising out of any failure or omission to perform the work or procedure shown and described. Your performance is at your own risk.

 

Keeping Things Safe: Ladder Safety

  • The distance from the base of the wall to the base of the ladder should be 1/4 the height of the ladder.
  • Make sure the ladder's foot pads are secure on the ground. Shim if necessary.
  • Keep ladders away from electrical lines and pay attention to overhead lines when moving an extended ladder into position.
  • Never attempt to stretch while on a ladder. If you can't reach, move the ladder.

 

Keeping Things Safe: Power Tool Safety

 

ALWAYS WEAR SAFETY GLASSES WHEN USING ANY POWER TOOL.

  • Always follow the manufacturer's recommendations for using their tools and materials.
  • Dull tools are unsafe and can harm the work. Maintain your tools. Always work with sharp cutting blades.
  • Unplug power tools before loading them, changing blades or bits or making adjustments.
  • Never use any power tool in the rain.
  • Never alter or remove the blade guards on a power saw.
  • Always wear proper clothing and safety equipment on the work site. (See the Hometime safety chart below.)
  • Keep children away from the work area and power tools as well as away from harmful materials, adhesives and solvents.
  • Keep a clean work site and don't let debris accumulate.

 

 

The Right Tools for the Job: SAFETY CHART

This chart summarizes general applications. Your safety equipment needs may vary depending on the nature of the task and the equipment used. Always read and understand instructions and warnings prior to use.


Safety is an important part of any do-it-yourself project.
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Eye
Hearing
Respiratory
Head &
Face
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Construction
Cutting or Drilling Concrete/Brick/Tile
X
 
X
 
X
     
X
Cutting or Sanding Drywall
X
     
X
       
Cutting or Sanding Wood
X
 
X
 
X
       
Drilling
X
 
X
 
X
       
Hammering
X
 
X
           
Insulating
X
     
X
       
Removing Asbestos*
X
       
X
     
 
Eye
Hearing
Respiratory
Head &
Face
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Landscaping & Gardening
Applying Dry Fertilizer or Pesticide
X
     
X
       
Applying Liquid Fertilizer or Pesticide
 
X
       
X
 
X
Blowing Leaves
X
 
X
X
         
Using Chainsaw
X
 
X
 
X
   
X
X
Chipping & Shredding
X
 
X
 
X
     
X
Mowing
X
 
X
X
         
Trimming Trees
X
 
X
 
X
   
X
X
Trimming Weeds & Hedges
X
 
X
X
       
X
 
Eye
Hearing
Respiratory
Head &
Face
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img
img
img
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Painting & Refinishing
Hand-Applying Paint (Not Urethane)
X
         
X
   
Hand-Applying Varnish
X
         
X
   
Spraying Paint, Lacquer, or Varnish
X
         
X
   
Sanding & Scraping Paint (Not Lead-based)
X
     
X
       
Sanding & Scraping Lead-based Paint*
X
       
X
     
Stripping Paint
 
X
       
X
 
X
 
Eye
Hearing Respiratory
Head &
Face
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img
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img
img
Miscellaneous Outdoor
Pressure Washing
 
X
X
         
X
Snowblowing
X
 
X
X
         
Sweeping
X
   
X
         



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