Safety First by Roofing Step by Step


When conducting construction of all kinds, roofing without exception, we must make sure that we’re not jeopardizing our own safety. After all, what’s the point of doing anything if you can’t even live to enjoy it? With that said, we’d like to recommend a book called “Roofing - Step by Step”. This is essentially a DIY guide that shows you step by step how to do roofing yourself. One big reason we recommend this book is that unlike other roofing books that go straight into the technical stuff, this book has the section on safety as the first and foremost chapter of the book which we resonate a lot.
Just so you can see it for yourself, here’s an excerpt from the book:

“Though all the designs and methods in this book have been reviewed for safety, it is not possible to overstate the importance of using safe construction methods. What follows are reminders; some do’s and don’ts of basic carpentry. They are not substitutes for your own common sense.

  • Always use caution, Care, and good judgment when following the procedures described in this book.
  • Always be sure that the electrical setup is safe; bee sure that no circuit is overloaded and that all power tools and electrical outlets are properly grounded. Do not use power tools in wet locations.
  • Always read container labels on paints, solvents, and other products; provided ventilation, and observe all other warnings.
  • Always read the manufacturer’s instructions for using a tool, especially the warnings.
  • Always use hold-downs and push sticks whenever possible when working on a table saw. Avoid working short pieces if you can.
  • Always remove the key from any drill chuck (portable or press) before starting thee drill.
  • Always pay deliberate attention to how a tool works so that you can avoid being injured.
  • Always know the limitations of your tools. Do not try to force them to do what they were not designed to do.
  • Always make sure that any adjustment is locked before proceeding. For example, always check the rip fence on a table saw or the bevel adjustment on a portable saw before starting to work.
  • Always clamp small pieces firmly to a bench or other work surface when using a power tool on them.
  • Always wear the appropriate rubberier or work gloves when handling chemicals, moving or stacking lumber, or doing heavy construction.
  • Always wear a disposable face mask when you create dust by sawing or sanding. Use a special filtering respirator when working with toxic substances and solvents.
  • Always wear eye protection, especially when using power tools or striking metal on metal or concrete; a chip can fly off, for example, when chiseling concrete.
  • Always be aware that there is seldom enough time for your body’s reflexes to save you from injury from a power tool in a dangerous situation; everything happens too fast. Be alert!
  • Always keep your hands away from the business ends of blades, cutters, and bits.
  • Always hold a circular saw firmly, usually with both hands so that you know where they are.
  • Always use a drill with an auxiliary handle to control the torque when larger-size bits are used.
  • Always check your local building codes when planning new construction. The codes are intended to protect public safety and should be observed to the letter.
  • Never work with power tools when you are tired or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Never cut tiny pieces of wood or pipe using a power saw. Cut small pieces off larger pieces.
  • Never change a saw blade or a drill or router bit unless the power cord is unplugged. Do not depend on the switch being off; you might accidentally hit it.
  • Never work in insufficient lighting.
  • Never work while swearing loose clothing, hanging hair, open cuffs, or jewelry.
  • Never work with dull tools. Have them sharpened, or learn how to sharpen them yourself.
  • Never use a pourer tool on a work-piece-large or small-that is not firmly supported.
  • Never saw a workpiece that spans a large distance between horses without close support on each side of the cut; the pieces can bend, closing on and jamming the blade, causing saw kickback.
  • Never support a workpiece from underneath with your leg orr other part of your body when sawing.
  • Never carry sharp or pointed tools, such as utility knives, awls, or chisels, in your pocket. If you want to carry such tools, use a special-purpose tool belt with leather pockets and holders.
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