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Chainsaw Safety Tips

Although chainsaws are excellent tools for wood cutting, the potential for accidents is high and severe injuries can result from improper use. Safety should always be your first priority while operating a chainsaw. By taking the necessary safety precautions, you will avoid serious injury. Take some time out before you use your new chain saw to read the owner’s manual. Knowing the ins and outs of your machine, you’ll avoid any hazardous techniques that might jeopardize your safety.

The first step in safety is to make sure you have selected a chainsaw that is appropriate for you. Most chainsaws over 20” in length are not appropriate for homeowner use and should be reserved for professional wood cutters. You should be very comfortable with the weight of your chainsaw so that you can easily raise it repeatedly above a log or tree limb without tiring.

Operating a chainsaw requires signifi cant concentration and effort. Make sure that you are well rested and alert. Before heading out to the woodlot or wood pile, equip yourself with protective clothing and equipment, including hearing protection, safety goggles, a hard hat, and gloves. Buy a quality pair of chainsaw chaps and wear them whenever you are using the chainsaw. Don’t think of the chaps as optional; they may save your life. If the saw blade hits your leg, the fi bers of the protective pad within the chaps will be pulled into the saw’s drive sprocket and cause the saw to jam before there’s a chance that the chain hits a major artery. It goes without saying that your shoes should be closed-toed and have good traction on them. Avoid any loose-fitting clothing or jewelry that might get caught in the chain saw’s rotating chain.

Before you begin, make sure your chainsaw is in good operating condition. To ensure smooth operation and prevent damage to your saw, remove any dirt, debris, tree limbs, and rocks from the intended path of your chain saw. Do a thorough check of the chainsaw path to be sure it is free of nails, spikes, or other metal. Check all controls and handles and make sure the chain is properly tensioned according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Make sure the saw teeth are sharp to ensure safe, efficient cutting. Check oil levels often to ensure good lubrication of the bar and chain while operating. When adding fuel, dispense fuel at least 10’ away from any source of fi re and never attempt to fuel a saw while it is running.

Always use both hands to start the chainsaw, and never attempt to “drop start” your saw. Keep the chainsaw firmly on the ground with one hand, and use the other to pull the chainsaw starter rope. To ensure safe, precise cutting, always use two hands while operating. Make sure you keep a firm grip on the saw and have a balanced stance on an even surface. Maintaining proper stance while operating is essential to keeping the machine under control and minimizing fatigue. Never saw with the machine between your legs or operate on an unstable surface. Before you begin, take a few practice strokes with your chain saw. This will help you gauge your level of familiarity with the machine before you begin your projects.

Kickback is a major concern as the primary cause of injury for chainsaw operators. Kickback occurs when the teeth on the chain catch on something or when the wood pinches the saw chain, causing the blade to kick back violently in the direction of the operator. Most chain saws are equipped chain brakes and front hand guards intended to reduce the risk of injury from kickback. You can also use a low kickback saw chain. The best approach, however, is to avoid kickback entirely. Avoid situations where the saw blade might bind in the wood; use proper technique by cutting wood with the base of the saw blade, not the tip; and install a tip guard on the nose of the bar.

Stop work immediately if you begin to feel fatigued or have trouble concentrating. A chain saw is a powerful piece of equipment with the potential to inflict serious harm. Make sure your chain saw is properly maintained and pay attention to yourself and your surroundings to avoid accidents. If you take the recommended precautions and you maintain your saw according to the manual, you should experience years of satisfaction with this powerful tool.

What is a Top Handled Chainsaw?

Top-handled chainsaws

Top-handled chainsaws are a form of chainsaw whose safety is deliberately compromised in order to permit them being used single-handed where this is essential. They are restricted to working at height, such as up a tree In all other cases, it should be possible to arrange the cutting task so that it can instead be carried out with two hands and the safer rear-handled chainsaw.

A top handed chainsaw differs from a normal chainsaw in the sense thats its rear guard and the operating controls are designed to fit on the top of the chainsaw. This balances the chainsaw out allowing it to be used with one hand. This can come in useful in many situations like when climbing a tree.

This does not mean that the top handled chainsaw is a one handed chainsaw, it just means that if the user ever finds himself in a situation where using one hand only on the chainsaw is absolutely essential, it is possible to do so.

If you are interested in purchasing top handled chainsaws check out this website!

The All in 1 Garden Multi Tool

Buying Garden Tools can be - not a hazardous - a job that requires a lot of motivation and a lot of money. I mean there are so many garden tools out there at varying prices it can sometimes be a problem working out what exactly you have to spend money on. I am here to tell you that the winds are changing.

After some research an intelligent entrepreneur realised that most of these garden tools could run of the same petrol engine. So why not cut the cost of this engine out to the many consumers out there? Why buy the same engine over and over again just to improve your garden when in reality you could be just buying one engine with a series of garden tool attachments?

The garden multi tool does this. It has one engine with a series of tool allowing you to have the ultimately home garden tool ever at a fraction of the cost. And before you think this is a cheap knock off of all the tools put into one, even the professionals are using this piece of wonder equipment. Anyways it is just an idea for all you garden lovers out there!

The Great Benefits of a Home Sound Systems

Sound Systems have many domestic benefits that some people just don’t appreciate until they get a sound system. I mean your favorite beats being played around your house whenever you want pretty neat huh. But it has got a lot more potential than that and can prove to be even more fun.

Now I don’t know your family life 9obviously) but I do know mine and I can tell you their are times when I just want to put on my sound system and not have to listen to the constant, “Dad?” “Dad” “Hugh why hasn’t this got….” AHHHHH. Push a button on my handy remote and suddenly all that turns into “And I’m wanted dead or alive” Gotta love Bon Jovi.]

Home sound systems also give your home a bit of personality and make it more unique to you and also adds on some sentimental value. Now I don’t know about actual value but if not you can always take the sound system with you (This part all really is reliant on what type of sound system you get)

Home Improvement and Pest Control

There is absolutely nothing more devasting than getting a house looking exactly how you want and then finding the foundations have been wrecked by termites or your wires have been chewed through by rats and believe me I know!

So how do we avoid this pest problem?

Too start of you need to make sure your home is pest free you can do this by hiring a pest control agency who can check for a very low price if your home is pest free.

What should I do if I have a pest problem that could potentially wreck my home?

Well the first thing you should do is get a professional pest controller out to get rid of the problem. While some people may think this is expensive in reality it is simply the clever thing to do. A pest extermination will cost x but the damage pests can do is x times 100 so definitely hire a professional sooner rather than later!

If you are interested in pest control in Warrington, pest control in Wigan or pest control in St Helens check out Guardian Pest Management.

Increasing the Value of Your Home

Five ways to increase the value of your home.

We only have to turn on our TV at the wrong time of day to see how important renovation is to us today. Instead of buying a new home to meet your increasing needs for space or simply to ensure a higher return on your investment, people are opting to renovate. It’s a tricky business but if done right can be very rewarding. I have put together a list of five key options that can both add space and value to your home. 

1. Glass ceiling? Why add a conservatory.

An expensive option with a large amount of on-site preparation required (piling, ground levelling etc). This can be very expensive but it is first in my list because it can add real value to your home and can really capture the imagination of any buyers.

2. Extensions the do’s and don’ts.

Extensions can add additional space and new facilities to your home. A more practical approach that the one above but this can be equally effective. An extra bedroom could be fantastic but check your area. How may homes in your street have a garage? Really the options are legion. But whoever you choose make sure you consultant a professional to ensure the planning application isn’t a problem.

3. Landscaping, making the most of what comes naturally.

Often overlooked as a viable home improvement but simply by highlighting the natural beauty of your property can really set it apart from other homes and many homes are listed without maximum value purely because the overgrown bushes have made the garden look 10 square feet smaller. Always address this first as this extra space can be used an we will discuss this below.

4. Shedding a few pounds.

Adding a shed can be beneficial in two ways. Firstly it can free up storage space within the home and can provide a secure location for tools and other equipment. Furthermore it can demonstrate the practical uses for your garden and can help to encourage a potential buyer.

5. Raising the roof, what’s up there and why isn’t it making you money?

Loft conversions are another way to go. Get a quote before resting on your laurels as costs vary drastically depending on how much work needs to be performed on the initial structure. This can add a top office or additional bedroom which adds concrete value to your home in real terms.  But do check with a contractor to ensure the floor and walls are secure and always get work performed by a licensed professional. 
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