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    Keep Yourself Safe: The Do’s and Don’ts of Using a Demo Hammer

    Published on 21 January 2020, Tuesday, 4:54 PM
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    From demolishing brick walls or concrete slabs to plaster and tiles, ensuring your safety when using a demolition hammer is extremely important. The equipment experts at Kennards Hire have put together a list of do’s and don’ts to ensure that you remain safe when using a demo hammer because you can always count on Kennards to make your job easy.

    DO choose the right demo hammer and always read the manual

    If you've always used a demo hammer to do some DIY, they are a great piece of equipment. There’s a huge range of demo hammers out there, from light models that can do surprisingly delicate work through to heavy duty models that can demolish large concrete slabs or brick walls. So it’s really important to choose the right model for your job. When you do, it’s important to read through the product manual before starting any work to keep yourself, and others around you, safe and prevent any serious injuries from misuse.

    DO always wear protective gear

    Protective gear such as a hardhat, ear protection, eyewear, gloves, dust mask and steel cap boots should always be worn when operating a demo hammer. By wearing the correct protective gear, you’ll be sure to reduce personal harm and stay protected from any flyaway fragments. Get the job done without sacrificing your safety!

    DO ensure that the equipment is stored safely when not in use

    To reduce the risk of the demo hammer accidentally starting up and to prevent potential damage, ensure that your equipment is unplugged and stored in clean, dry spaces when not in use. Like all power tools, it’s crucial that the demo hammer is kept out of the reach of young children to reduce dangerous situations.

    DON'T operate on hazardous materials

    Although demolition hammers are great for most projects, using them to work around hazardous materials such as asbestos is not wise. These materials are best left to be dealt with by professionals who have the expertise and ability to manage these health-hazardous materials. If you are unsure if a material is hazardous get it tested before going ahead with your project.

    DON’T use the cord for carrying, pulling or unplugging

    Avoid breaking or destroying the cord by carrying, pulling or unplugging the demo hammer via the cord. Abusing the cord and exposing it to heat, oil, sharp edges or moving parts will result in damage to the equipment itself, which can lead to severe personal injuries such as burns and electric shocks.

    Whether you’re a weekend warrior mastering DIY projects or an experienced tradie working on a jobsite, you can count on Kennards for all your equipment hiring needs!

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    Nathan Mills
    Nathan is a seasoned Kennards Hire team member passionate about empowering DIYers in their projects. He loves everything DIY and brings together years of equipment and project experience to help customers get the right tools for their next job.