5 Methods for Cutting Drywall

Methods for Cutting Drywall

What is Drywall?

Drywall is also known as plasterboard, wallboard or Sheetrock. It is a dried, pressed gypsum cement that comes in thicknesses from 1/4” to 3/4” and come in widths up to 54” to use on ceilings and walls. Longer sheets can be troublesome as they are heavier but there are less joints which will make finishing easier. When hanging drywall you’ll need to start with the ceiling first and then the walls. There are really two basic ways of cutting drywall, these are either sawing or scoring. Which method works best depends on what you are trying to do with it, for example, scoring is better if you are trying to cut sheets at a length while sawing is better for holes and openings.

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Why you should Use Tool Grease

Why you should Use Tool Grease

For most people tools are something you use and then put away, there’s very little thought to maintenance unless you’re a professional. It’s very likely you don’t consider greasing your tools as a priority and it’s likely that they wear out quickly.

Poor maintenance is one of the main reasons why your tools don’t last. But it’s such a waste of money when your tools can often be cleaned and maintained to last longer. Power tools need grease just as much as manual ones or they can seize, rust, and break. Just like a car your power tools have motors that need maintenance.

Tool Grease Properties

Tool grease comes in several forms and you’ll need to have the right grease for your tool or you can actually damage the mechanism. This is especially important in impact drivers because the viscosity of the grease and the heat capacity can cause more wear if it’s incorrect.

Similarly, if the grease is too thin it can cause heat build up and damage. Any tool that has a hammering mechanism needs a tool grease that is designed for that purpose. The viscosity of the grease also affects the life of o-rings because the additives can affect the rubber or silicone and break them down. It’s also important not to mix different types or brands of tool grease for the same reason.

When choosing grease there are four things to focus on – base viscosity, additives, consistency, and thickeners.

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5 Frequent Power Tool Accidents

Power Tool Accidents

Power tool accidents happen, even with the best intention there are always factors beyond our control, but with proper safety measures and some common sense, you can easily avoid being one of these statistics. It’s important to use safety measures with any tool but at the same time, thousands of people are injured every year, not to mention millions lost in medical costs and property damage due to accidents with power tools.

Frequent Power Tool Accidents & Preventions

Lacerations

Look at any one who works with their hands and you’ll see a selection of nicks and cuts. Cuts are a fact of life when working with tools but when using power tools these can be life threatening if they’re bad enough. Many seasoned professionals become over confident in their tools and abilities, choosing instead to forgo safety in favor of speed because “they know they can do it”. This is a false sense of security and will easily lead to accidents. These can also happen when trying to fix tools that are still running as moving parts can quickly rip the skin off. This also applies to punctures where a drill bit can go through a finger or a nail is driven through the hand by the poor attendance.

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10 Essential Tips for DIY Safety

Essential Tips for DIY Safety

When it comes to injuries you’ll find DIY is one of the biggest causes of homeowners heading to the hospital. Frequently using of Power Tools cause frequent power tool accidents. Check out our previously published article about 5 Frequent Power Tool Accidents. Around 200,000 people a year are seriously injured enough to need hospital treatment, and that number is probably far higher if you include injuries from electrocution, falls, and those who chose not to go to the hospital. Projects that have been named as the most likely causes of injury include carpentry work, roof repairs, electrical work, cleaning gutters, and simple household fixes. Here we discuss the Essential Tips for DIY Safety and include the alternate tips.

The biggest danger to safety when doing DIY work is the distraction. It takes a fraction of a second for an accident to occur and worst case scenarios can be fatal. There are around 70 deaths a year from basic DIY projects. Ladders are the number one cause of deaths by DIY each year, even those who are trained in ladder safety and who professionally use them are still guilty of skipping basic safety measures.

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