Things to Be Aware of for Wood Lathe Safety

Things to Be Aware of for Wood Lathe Safety

Things to Be Aware of for Wood Lathe Safety

In a workshop, you will find the wood lathe to be one of the top tools in terms of safety. However, this is not to say that you don’t need to practice good safety measures with it. Here are some things to be aware of.

Checking the Condition of the Wood Lathe

One must consider that the wood lathe has moving parts that spin at high speeds and are subject to wear. Thus, checking the condition of the wood lathe before you use it is of utmost importance. What you want to check are:

  1. Bearings
  2. Security of mounting nuts
  3. Spur centers that are sharpened
  4. General tightening of the overall mounting
  5. Dressing of the tool rest

Quality of the Material

It is important for the operator to know what turning speed he will use based on the type of wood. This information can be found in charts. In other words, the speed of turning is based on the quality of wood. Some types of wood that may need to be turned slower are those with:

  1. Splits
  2. Voids
  3. Burls
  4. Knots
  5. Other imperfections

Wood with imperfections such as these is best approached by first turning at slow speeds. Speed can be gradually increased as some of the imperfections disappear.

Operator Safety

No matter how safe the wood lathe is, it is of no value if the operator is not in top condition as well. Thus, the operator should make sure of the following:

  1. Has sufficient rest
  2. No influence from drugs or alcohol
  3. Loose clothing and neckties must not be worn
  4. No rings or jewelry

Basically any loose item on your person could get caught in the wood lathe putting you in extreme danger of injury.

Height Considerations

When the wood lathe is too high or low, the operator is subject to stretching or hunching that can result in back pain. The recommendation is to adjust the height of the lathe so that its center line of turning is at the same height of the turner’s elbows.

Another way to reduce the risk of developing back pain is to stand on a rubber mat while operating the wood lathe.

Be aware of these things and have a safe and pleasant turning session with your wood lathe.

Choosing the Right Portable Air Compressor

Making the Choice for the Best Portable Air Compressor

Making the Choice for the Best Portable Air Compressor

A portable air compressor is a must-have for any home and a requirement in certain shop environments such as an auto repair center. However, not all portable air compressors are the same and you must weigh the features of each type so that you can make the choice in choosing the best one. Here are some considerations for you to make.

Light-duty Versus Heavy-duty Air Compressors

Before making your choice of the best portable air compressor, you must ask yourself how you are going to use it.
Light-duty portable air compressors are perfect for filling air mattresses, the kids’ swimming pools, bicycle tires, and even a flat automobile tire.

On the other hand, heavy-duty air compressors are used for sprayers, pneumatic tools, leaf blowing and other jobs where you will need higher level of durability.

What Type of Motor Do You Need?

Once you have identified how you will use a portable air compressor, the next decision is the type of motor. Basically, you are looking at electric-powered or diesel/gasoline-powered motors. If you are going to be using the portable air compressor in an indoor environment then an electric motor is your best choice. This is for a couple for reasons. First, power outlets are easy to find inside and the second reason is because there is no danger of exhaust fumes.

In contrast, if you are working outdoors where outlets are not readily available then the best choice is a portable air compressor with a gasoline or diesel-powered motor. This choice also depends on the availability of fuel in your area. Of course, to keep your expenses under control you’ll want to determine if low-cost fuel is available.

Determining the Workload

The easiest way to determine the portable air compressor workload is to decide if your typical jobs are heavy or light. As a rule of thumb, most jobs inside your home are light. Jobs that require coverage of a large area outside your home or in a shop environment are heavy.

Don’t make the mistake of getting a light-duty portable air compressor for a heavy-duty job because you will just wear out the components and possibly put yourself at the risk of injury.

Tips for a Smooth House Move

Tips for a Smooth House Move

Tips for a Smooth House Move

It’s well reported that moving house can be one of the most stressful life events, and although there’s usually a good reason for a house move – up scaling, making room for an expanding family or just starting afresh somewhere new – there’s so much preparation and organisation involved that it can seem like a bit of a nightmare. But if you plan it carefully moving house doesn’t have to be a big stress, and maybe you can actually enjoy starting out on a new chapter in your life.

Here are a few things to help you get through a house move without losing your mind (or any boxes of books) along the way.

Purge before you pack

Moving house is a good opportunity to get rid of all the stuff you’ve amassed over the years but don’t really need to take with you to your new home. Clothes you never wear anymore, gifts you’ve never used, games that are all played out – take the chance to sell them or give them away to charity shops. It’ll save you a lot of time packing extra boxes and having to find storage space in your new home for things that you don’t really need.

Of course, among all the bits and bobs that you might get rid of there will be things that have too much sentimental value, or things that you’re not sure about purging just yet. That’s a struggle many people face during a house move, so you can always take those items along with you and decide about them later.

Make a plan

Before you do any packing or moving make a plan for where you want all your furniture, books, games and clothes to end up in the new house. Then you can load up your van strategically so furniture and other things can go into the right position straight off. This way you won’t end up creating obstacles, for example leaving a sofa right in the way of lots of other furniture that needs to be moved past it.

Planning ahead like this will also give you a foundation to cope with the otherwise overwhelming problem of where on earth to start with the packing and transportation of everything you own.

Get the professionals involved

When it comes to a big house move you are probably best off getting a professional moving company to help you. They are the experts; not just in moving large amounts of stuff safely and with the minimum of breakages, but also in managing those little yet large challenges like successfully parking a large van in a tight spot right by the front door.

It adds a little extra cost to your move, but you may find that the stress it relieves is well worth the investment. You can find reputable removal companies through the British Association of Removers if you want to be sure the company you hire are reliable and trustworthy. Do all the admin in one boring go

Apart from the physical work of packing, moving, unpacking and arranging there are all the boring admin bits that need to be done too. You’ve got to tell all your utility suppliers, phone company, bank and everyone else about your change of address; and you’ve got to take meter readings and arrange home insurance – it’s tedious but it needs to be done!

The best way is to set aside one day or afternoon to tie up all these loose ends in one go. Then it’ll be done, nothing will be forgotten and you can get on with the fun stuff. Take meter readings straight away; use a comparison engine to sort out your home insurance; and call all your suppliers at once to inform them of your move.

With all of that sorted you are free to unpack your boxes and make yourself at home in the new house. Someone get the kettle on, I think you’ve earned a cuppa…