Drill Press Safety Guide

Using a drill press will reduce the amount of time that you need to spend on a task, not only because of the accuracy and the precision that come along with it, but also the power. However, a heavy piece of equipment like the drill press comes with its own set of precautions that must be followed closely to avoid injury. After all, power tools and electrical equipment are serious beasts – not toys.

Below are the top safety considerations for using a drill press

You should first and foremost become familiar with your machine. Learn every bolt, screw and lever inside and out. Ensure that you read the owner’s manual thoroughly as well. You need to be able to understand all of the potential hazards that may arise as a result of not following the procedures outlined in the manual carefully.

Remember to cover your eyes to protect from wooden or metal splinters, which could cause injury or blindness. The best way to do this is by wearing a full face mask, or protective goggles. NEVER use a drill press without eye protection. Ensure that before you turn on the power to the drill press, the chuck key is removed. The other workaround to this would be using a self-ejecting chuck key. However not all drill presses have these – so it’s best to check.

Make sure that the drill press button is switched to off mode/position when not in use. Especially while making any sort of repairs to the machine, ensure that the power cord is removed from the power source. This precautions is intended to prevent unwanted electrical shocks. Also you must use the correct drill bit for whatever material you’re drilling into, using the wrong one could cause a mess! As well as the right drill bit, the work piece must be held securely in place. you can use a drill press vise for this.

The spindle pulley on the drill press should be covered with a guard and there should be no loose clothing or jewelry in the area while operating the drill press. if you have long hair, be sure to tie it back or chop it off. If you don’t do this things can get caught up which can be extremely dangerous.

To prevent respiratory illness the work area needs to be well ventilated at all times, especially while using sanding drums or anything that creates fumes/dust. If you’re in doubt you can always wear a breathing/dust mask or respirator for extra protection.

Conclusion

In conclusion, read the manual! Once you’ve done that make sure you follow our steps listed above. You can always consult a professional or contact us if you’re still unsure about how to use a drill press safely. Feel free to leave a comment if you have anything to add to this list.

Top Home Staging Tips

When you’re selling a home, staging is key. In short, staging helps you to depersonalize your space, which in turn, helps potential buyers vizualize themselves in the space. After all, you’re selling it. Keep in mind, your house is no longer your home, your house is a product to be sold. Here are some of the best tips for successfully staging a home for sale.
Bathroom

I cannot tell you how many times I’ve seen a house for sale that features a dirty, disgusting bathroom. Sure, the rest of the house looks great but once you get to the bathroom, it’s gross. Period.

When staging your home to sell, scrub, scrub, scrub! Get rid of all that soap scum build-up, take a q-tip to the base of your bathroom faucet and get rid of the dirt in every nook and cranny. A clean bathroom will be pleasing to buyers and even lets them know you’re proud of your home.

 

 

Got a Fireplace?

Fireplaces can be huge for some sellers, but if you’ve used your fireplace (especially if you have a wood burning fireplace,) be sure to clean it up. Many fireplaces get “burn marks” above the opening. Scrub this area down and make sure your fireplace looks picture perfect. Be sure to also clean the screen and the inside of the fireplace (at least, vacuum up any stray soot or dirt,) because it will make a difference for buyers.

Kitchens and More

The kitchen is an important selling point for any home, there’s no escaping it. Of course, we’ve all heard that replacing appliances to stainless steel is best, or that all appliances should match. But selling a kitchen goes beyond having “upgraded” appliances. Old, dated cabinets can be a huge turn-off for sellers.

Cabinets can be pricey to replace, but if you’ve got the budget, consider replacing (or at least, updating them.) You can update old, beat-up cabinets with a quick coat of paint and new hardware. White kitchen cabinets (or beige, brown or some other neutral color) can all be extremely appealing to buyers. Simple, inexpensive updates can make all the difference.

Light Fixtures

Dated light fixtures can make an entire home seem out-of-touch with the world. Fortunately, light fixtures are easy and generally inexpensive to replace. Even replacing an old fixture with a modern, but basic light fixture such as a glass globe, can make a huge impact on a space.

Paint, Paint, Paint!

This is always one of my biggest pet peeves, but you’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again. Paint your home in neutral colors, if it isn’t already. I could never understand people who couldn’t look past paint color when buying a home, but it is what it is.

Choose warmer neutrals rather than cooler neutrals, as those can give off the psychological effect of a cold, uninviting home. Remember, just because you love that vibrant teal color in your office, doesn’t mean your buyers will.

Stage Each Room Individually

Be sure to stage each room individually, though many buyers tend to be more forgiving of children’s rooms. (Just be sure to cut down on how many toys your child has, as too many toys can still make a room feel small and cluttered.)

When staging each room, leave out items that are neutral and pack away items that are not. For example, your spouse might love that sculpture they picked up in New York, but it might not be everyone’s taste. Also, take down or change out any personal photograms in frames for more neutral photos-such as nature shots. The same goes for your wall art, you might love those vintage prints, but your buyers might not. Again, choose neutral wall art. Think: organic shapes, neutral colors and natural scenes.

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