Safety tips for home power tools

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Power tools are useful for those who want to tackle DIY home improvement works. They help the users save time as well as make the job easier, and this makes them popular. These tools, however, need to be handled with a lot of care otherwise they can cause serious injuries. Most mishaps happen due to boredom, overconfidence, and negligence. By keeping the following safety tips in mind, you can work safely and satisfactorily with these power tools.

Safety glasses

These help to prevent debris, shards, dust and wood shavings from getting into your eyes. They are considered the most basic piece of safety equipment which you must use when working with power tools.hometoolsrightsadfgvb

Ear protection

Power tools usually generate noise that can sound louder especially in cloistered environments of your workshop and may damage your ears. To minimize the damage to your ears, you should use earplugs when working with power tools.

Know the right tool for a job

It is vital that you know the right tools for the job you want to do to avoid damaging the material and unnecessary injuries. Ensure that you read thoroughly through the instruction manual that comes with the equipment and you have to familiarize with safety precaution recommendations.

Right clothing

Ensure you tie your long hair and avoid loose clothing. Put on clothing that covers your entire body and heavy gloves to avoid sharp splinters and implements from hurting your hands. Masks that prevent you from inhaling harmful particles from the materials should also be worn. Steel-toed safety boots and hats should also form part of the clothing.

Tool inspection

You should never employ power tools in wet environments or dip them in water. Check periodically for any damaged plugs, exposed wiring, and loose plug pins. You can tape nick cords but if there is a cut that appears too deep, then consider replacing the cord. Damaged tools and tools which feel and sound different when used have to be checked.

Cleanliness of your work area

hometoolsleftsavdbfgmhYou should at all times maintain the cleanliness of your area of work since accumulated dust particles can ignite with a spark. Keep flammable liquids covered away from where the power tools are used. Uncluttered work areas can make it easy for you to maneuver your tool. Distractions caused when the cord gets tangled can lead to accidents.

When making a DIY home improvement, your safety is crucial so take note of these safety tips to keep you safe while working using power tools.…

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KC in the Kitchen

TUESDAY, AUGUST 24, 2010

Taste and Create Blog Sharing Dessert Month

Taste and Create gives bloggers the opportunity to test each other’s recipes and then, naturally, blog about them. This is my first month participating; I am new to blogging, having been up and running only a couple of months. I was VERY lucky to be paired with an experienced blogger; No Reason Needed
You should see her blog! It is wonderful; filled with yummy recipes, family tidbits and crafts too.

Being as this is back to school time I searched her recipes for something I could put into my daughter’s lunch bag and I certainly found it! Chocolate Chip Muffins. They are easy to make; I followed her recipe to the letter with one tiny change; I made half mini muffins and half full sized muffins. My reason being, the minis, if they last long enough, will be perfect for a brown bag treat! Light and fluffy, very flavorful with just the right amount of chocolate chips! A definite MAKE AGAIN recipe!

Here is the recipe and I encourage you to give it a try!

CHOCOLATE CHIP MUFFINS

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups flour

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup dark brown sugar, tightly packed

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

2 eggs

1/2 cup butter, melted and slightly cooled

1/2 cup milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup chocolate chips

Method:

Pre heat the oven to 375˚F. Line 12 muffin cups or grease the cups.

In a bowl, mix together the flour, sugars, baking powder, baking soda and salt and keep aside.

In another bowl, beat the eggs with a balloon whisk for 2 mins. Add the milk, butter and vanilla extract and stir.

Add the butter mixture to the dry ingredients and mix lightly just until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Do not over mix the batter.

Spoon into the muffin cups and bake for 20-22 mins till done.

 

MONDAY, AUGUST 23, 2010

Summer Zucchini & Tomatoes with Polenta

I absolutely adore ratatouille and find it well worth all the cutting, cubing and individual sautéing! But my daughter had recently developed a rather severe allergic reaction to eggplant, so severe in fact she now has to carry an EpiPen with her just in case. So, needless to say eggplant is now banned from my kitchen!

I developed this dish in hopes it would fulfill my summer yearning for the now impossible traditional ratatouille. Let’s face it, if you really adore eggplant you will miss its tangy flavor but I enjoyed this dish’s uncomplicated summer spirit and will serve it again! Both my husband and my daughter found this dish totally satisfying as a starter when served with thinly sliced, baked polenta.

Pecan Torta

Celebrate National Pecan Torte Day with an Italian inspired Pecan Torta for dessert tonight!

This dense and creamy cake is also great topped with a dollop of whipped cream. I have also served it with a drizzle of lemon curd but I must admit I love this torta as is, warm out of the oven!

FRIDAY, AUGUST 20, 2010

Shrimp & SalsaTacos

These tacos combine some of summer’s best treats; tomatoes, peaches, avocados, corn and peas!

THURSDAY, AUGUST 19, 2010

Peach Corn & Avacado Salsa

I had made …

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