Drywall 2 - Safety Drywall 2 - Safety
As you exercise your Do It Yourself skills, develop safe work habits and stick to them.
- Drywall is heavy and awkward to lift and maneuver. It is best to work in pairs, especially when working on ceilings and high areas.
- Be careful when lifting so as not to cause unnecessary strain.
- The proper respirator or face mask is recommended when sanding or sawing.
- Be sure power tools are properly grounded.
- Use the appropriate tool for the job.
- Keep blades sharp. A dull blade requires excessive force, causes sloppiness, can slip and is the cause of many accidents.
- Protect your eyes from gypsum dust by wearing safety glasses or goggles.
- Observe proper use of stepladders. Never climb higher then the second step from the top - use a taller ladder instead. Be certain the spreader bars are locked in place and both pairs of legs are fully open. If leaning the ladder against a wall, a safe distance between the wall and the feet of the ladder is one quarter the height of the ladder. Do not use an aluminum ladder near electrical wires.
- When setting a plank between ladders as a scaffold, be sure it extends a foot on each side and is clamped or nailed to its support.
- Use the proper protection, take precautions and plan ahead. Never bypass safety to save money or rush a project.
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* Check local code and building requirements before beginning work.