How To Use A Drill Safely – Without Injuring Your Self
There are actually are actually different furniture equipment that require drilling into the walls or create holes but drills can be very powerful and potentially dangerous tools that may harm you if not properly used or handled. In fact, there are several types of drilling-machines on the market and it’s upon the user to select a drill that works best for them but in this article I have decided to list for you some of the safety tips to consider while using a drill so that you don’t hurt yourself during the drilling-process.
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STEPS TO FOLLOW WHEN USING A DRILL SAFELY:
- Check for any electricity-cables within the walls: always check for any electricity cables running through the walls before you begin drilling because running into a live electricity-cable when drilling is potentially fatal and that is why it’s worth taking extra-time to check for any cables within the walls before the drilling process. So, you can purchase an AC-detector from most DIY or electricity stores and this detector will actually buzz or flash depending on the make if it locates an electric-cable on or inside the wall. In fact, you should do this for several times especially on the whole wall-section to be drilled so that you don’t make any mistakes.
- Don’t wear loose clothing or dangling-jewelry: when going to drill, never wear loose-clothing or dangling-jewelry because it could get-trapped into the drill as you lean over it. so make sure that nothing is around your hands before you begin drilling in order to avoid any fatal accidents during the drilling-process.
- Wear eye-goggles: you should always wear eye-goggles before you start drilling because this will help to protect your eyes form flying-dust and debris as the drilling-machine goes into the wall. In fact you can even put on a nose-mask so that you don’t inhale the dust/debris from the wall during the drilling process.
- Keep your hands off the drill-bit: the drill-bit actually becomes hot with continued drilling and it’s recommended to keep your hands off the bit so that you hands don’t get burnt. Additionally, always unplug the drilling-machine before changing the bits because if you don’t, you may end-up accidentally drilling your fingers during the bit-changing process. Likewise, remember to remove the chunk-key before switching on the drill for best results.
- Use the correct drill-bit for the type of wall to be drilled: before you start drilling, makes sure that you use the correct drill-bit for a particular type of wall you are about to drill into in order to achieve the best results. For example, you should use a masonry drill-bit on solid brick-walls, a wood-bit for timber and a high-speed steel bit for drilling metals.
- Use a specialist tile-drill if you’re working on tiles: in case you are drilling into tiles, then use a specialist tile-drill but remember to stick a little piece of masking-tape over the to be drilled in order to prevent the drill from wandering during the process. In fact, don’t try to use regular drills when drilling your tiles because you may end-up hurting yourself or even destroying the tiles during the process.
- Tap the wall first incase you’re drilling into a plasterboard: in case you’re going to drill into a plasterboard, then you need to first tap the wall in order to find a section that is not hollow because this is where the wooden joist is. After, aim to drill into section in order to achieve the best drilling results. On the other hand, you may decide to use a joist-detector because it very accurate and will actually save you a lot of time during the drilling process.
- Use a proper extension-cord: it is also recommended to always use a proper-purpose made extension-cord in case you need a longer-wire for your drill and don’t ever pick a drill up by its cord because this will damage the drill or the cord.
TIPS TO CONSIDER IF YOU WANT TO DRILL SAFELY:
- Wear gloves: you have to wear gloves where necessary in order to protect hands from the dust and debris that falls from the section being drilled. Additionally, some drills tend to become hot during the drilling process and this will make you feel uncomfortable so you will have to put-on gloves to protect your hands from the heat produced by the drill.
- wear proper eye, nose and hearing protection gear during the drilling process in order to avoid inhaling dust, sound-distortion and to prevent dust from falling into your eyes.
- You will need to keep the drill-vents clear in order to maintain adequate drill-ventilation otherwise the drill may heat-up and end-up burning your hands.
- Try to keep the drill-bits sharp at all times so that you can always easily drill your walls or other materials at any time.
- Always keep all electric-cords away from the drilling-area because you may end-up damaging these cords. On the other hand, secure the material being drilled if it not wall because this prevent any movements while drilling.
- Slow down the rate of the drill-feed before breaking through the wall-surface or any other surface. Additionally, drill a small pilot hole before drilling large-holes.
- Disconnect the power-source before you start changing or adjusting the drill-bit or any other drill-attachments. Likewise, remove the chuck-key before connecting the drill to the power-supply.
WARNINGS TO CONSIDER IF YOU WANT TO DRILL SAFELY:
- Never use a damaged or bent drill-bit because it will not do the drilling perfectly but only destroy the area or object being drilled. Additionally, don’t use high-speed bits without cooling or lubricating the drill.
- Don’t exceed the manufacturer’s drill recommended maximum drilling-capacities because this may lead to overheating of the drill-motor and then cause mechanical-damage.
- Don’t reach under or around the object being drilled. Additionally, don’t over-reach but just keep proper footing and balance at all-times when drilling.
- Lastly, don’t drill with one hand while using the other hand to hold the material being drilled because you may end-up accidentally hurting yourself.