Almost every homeowner has at least one power tool, but many owners are not always sure how and when to use these tools. It is important to start by reviewing the instructions and follow the safety guidelines that came with the power tool before using it. Take safety precautions any time you use a power tool. These guidelines will help you to use your power tools as safely as possible.
- Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines and directions
- Wear protective eyewear and clothing that doesn’t dangle or hang loosely
- If wearing gloves, make sure they are leather
- Confirm that safety guards are in place and working
- Replace damaged parts or damaged tools before using them
- Always firmly grip your tools
- When sanding, wear a dust mask
- Wear earplugs or earmuffs when operating a noisy power tool
- If you have long hair, tie it back
- When using tools outdoors, plug them into a GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlet
The following is a list and description of some common power tools:
Jigsaw (or Sabre Saw) – A jigsaw is a small, handheld saw that moves a narrow blade up and down. Because the blades are narrow and the cutting action is vertical, this saw is ideal for cutting intricate curves or shapes. When cutting more delicate wood, jigsaws are the ideal tool. This saw is frequently used by hobbyists and DIY home improvement enthusiasts. This device can be equipped with a wide range of blades.
Circular Saw – Circular saws are one of the most versatile power tools. Circular saws can be used to cut boards, plywood, large pieces of trim, etc. Most circular saws are packaged with a standard blade; however, you may wish to purchase additional blades. You can choose between corded and battery-operated circular saws.
Miter Saw (or Chop Saw) – A miter saw is commonly used for making smooth, accurate wood trim cuts. These saws can also be used to cut 2 x 4s and 4 x 4s. This saw has a number of pre-set angles that you can use, which is a great feature when you are making repetitive cuts. Moldings and longer stock with similar lengths can be cut multiple times with a miter saw.
Electric Sander – A sander mechanically accelerates sandpaper movement so that a rough surface can be sanded more quickly. The most basic sander is a 1/4-sheet pad sander that allows you to create a more finished look on your surface. Ideal for refinishing furniture and for the preparation of new wood for finishing.
Power Drill – You can use a power drill not only for drilling holes of various sizes, but also for attaching accessories such as driver bits, wire brush wheels, sanding drums, and others. There are corded and battery-powered drills. Cordless models are available in various voltages including 9.6, 12, 14.4, and 18 volts. Power drills can be used for drilling holes in wood, metal and masonry, driving screws, and hanging heavy objects.