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The simplest & best way to care for hand tools & hand power tools is to use them in the proper way & only for their intended purposes. e.g. the proper size of conventional screw-driver should be used to apply torque to a slotted screw; the screw driver should not be used to open paint pans, bang holes in a lid, pry out bent nails or to chip rock proper use ensures that the tool is always in the best condition to enable its use, completion of a job accurately, rapidly & precisely. It also ensures longetivity of the tool. Tools should be kept clean & sharp at all times. Burrs & dirt or other foreign matters should be removed immediately. Tools should be stored either by hanging or by placing them in drawers. If tools with cutting edges such as chisels, files, punches, knives or saws are kept in drawers or a toolbox. They should be kept from touching each other. Keep metallic tools thinly coated with light oil. If tools are to be stored for a long period of time (more than one month) apply a rust preventative, such as a light grease, to all metal parts. If one of your tools because worn or dull the most practical solution is usually to buy a new one. Keep the old tool to use for a task for which you would rather not employ a good tool. Some tools such as screwdrivers, punches, chisels & pliers, cutters can be reground. Specific procedures are discussed in the applicable care of each tool. When tool such as screw-driver, punches, chisels or plier cutters are ground to resharpened or resharp them, the tool should be dipped frequently in cold water to keep it cool. Too much heat can cause loss of temper of the metal; this condition is usually indicated by the appearance of a blue color on the metal. General Safety Always concern yourself and others with safety. Hand & power tools can be very harmful and can harm a person permanently. Sharp tools are the easiest to use and the safest. Do’s and Don’ts Do’s 1. Do take your time in working with all tools. 2. Do plan ahead.

3. Do wear rubber soled shoes when working on electrical work, cutting metal and chiseling. 4. Do take work breaks to reduce Fatigue. 5. Do follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. 6. Do store your tools properly. 7. Do keep your tools sharp. Don’ts 1. Don’t wear neckties, long sleeved shirts or shorts while working in the shop. 2. Don’t work when you are tired. 3. Don’t allow your children to use sharp tools or power tools unless you are supervising them closely. 2.5 What you have learnt In this lesson you have learnt description of tool,uses and how to care of them which tools used in electrical field. 2.6 Terminal Questions 1. List the basic tools. Describe any two tools with approproate Figure. 2. Write an essay on Basic tools.

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