The proper choice and use of tools

The Telegram (St. John’s) - Home Buyers' Guide - - METRO REGION -

One of the ma­jor el­e­ments in the suc­cess­ful per­for­mance of work around the home, both in­side and out­side, is the proper choice and use of tools.

In this re­spect, the seal of the Canadian Stan­dards As­so­ci­a­tion is a ref­er­ence, be­cause it in­di­cates that the tools bear­ing the seal re­spect the Canadian Stan­dards of man­u­fac­tur­ing and safety, and are equipped with a ground wire or dou­ble in­su­la­tion. This is very prac­ti­cal. Here are a few tips to help you use your tools safely: • The Power cord: Do not han­dle the tool by its cord. This tends to dam­age the cord (and the dam­age is not al­ways vis­i­ble).

• The plug and the han­dle: Grip the plug (not the cord) to dis­con­nect the tool and use the han­dle to move it about.

• Dam­aged Tools: Never use a tool if the elec­tric cord has been dam­aged or if the ground wire is twisted or cut. Like­wise, never use a dam­aged ex­ten­sion cord.

• Three-pronged plug: Never cut or fold the rounded ground prong of this part of the tool.

• Power cord: When us­ing an elec­tric saw or drill, keep the elec­tric cord be­hind you to be cer­tain that you do not ac­ci­den­tally cut into it.

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