Have you never used a power tool before? If so, they can be extremely intimidating. They’re loud, typically awkward to hold, and can be extremely dangerous if used improperly. For many, these reasons are enough to put them off ever trying power tools.
However, if you’ve ever tried to drill a hole with a screwdriver, you know that sometimes, a power tool is the only way to get the job done. There’s no reason to limit yourself because you haven’t used a power tool or tools before. You can learn.
Using Power Tools
- Choose high quality. If you’re going to buy or rent a tool, it can be tempting to choose the cheapest option. Particularly if you think you’re only going to use it once or twice, it can seem pointless to invest in a higher quality option. In fact, higher quality tools work better. They’re also typically better for beginners, as they have the latest safety features and ergonomic design. Invest a little extra money and you’ll have a much more positive experience.
- Pick the right tool. Have you ever tried to hammer a nail with a rock after losing track of your hammer? It seems like it would work — but in reality, a hammer is a brilliantly designed tool that in many cases can’t be swapped out for any old thing. If you attempt to use the wrong tool, the best case scenario is you do the job badly. The worst case is you injure yourself. Put in the time and money to choose the correct power tool and you’ll find it pays off. If you’re not sure what tool or tools are appropriate in your situation, ask somebody at the store or do some research online.
- Be safe. Power tools are built with many safety features, but still must be respected. If used improperly or carelessly, a tool can cause a severe injury. Prioritize following safety measures over everything else when using a tool, particularly a tool you’re inexperienced with. Your power tool likely comes with a manual outlining proper safety precautions. You can also look online or ask an expert to learn how to safely operate your tool. Always keep your eyes and attention on what you’re doing.
- Ask somebody. The best way to learn something new is to be taught. If you know a friend or family member who is familiar with the tool you want to use, ask him or her to teach you. You might also consider looking into your local recreational center or community college. You may be able to find an inexpensive course teaching you how to use your new power tool. If all else fails, video tutorials on virtually every tool can be found online.
Getting a job done yourself with a power tool is rewarding. If you know how to use household tools, you become a more capable and self-sufficient person. With care and research, you can learn how to properly use power tools.