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Safety tips when using log splitters

How to use log splitters most securely is still a question of many users. In today’s article, I would like to share with you some useful tips on using a log splitter safely.

Here are some tips that you should follow while using the log splitter to prevent any injuries to your fingers, like crushing them or cutting themselves.

  • Know the type of wood: Be careful when putting records in the log splitter because every kind of log will work differently when it is split into different types of log splitters. You place the wood by holding it on the sides and not keeping it at the end. Remember that wood has cracks, so you don’t divide evenly or break into large chunks.
  • Be wary of using log splitters: Like any machine that uses a cutting edge, you must always be alert. If you feel that the person is not alert and tired then absolutely should not use the log splitter right now, stop immediately. In particular, you should never lay your hand on the log while it is being separated to prevent any mishap.
  • Coordinate with assistants or helpers: You must synchronize with your team or assistants when operating the machine to prevent any unforeseen accidents that may occur when you use the log splitter.
  • Maintain distance: Make sure you only turn on the device when the support person is at least 10 feet away from the machine. Also, maintaining a safe distance is always recommended in the user manual to protect your safety and those around you.
  • Preventing back pain: Working with log splitter has several issues that affect your back. Continuous lifting and placing such records will lead to back pain. Therefore, take enough rest to relax after a while at work and perform the necessary movements to reduce stress for yourself. The best way is that you choose a space and location where you can adjust the height so you can set the log splitter to conduct you comfortably without stress.
  • Wear suitable clothing: It is also essential that you wear the right clothes and protective gear while working with log splitters. Wear goggles and gloves to prevent splinters from getting into your eyes and poking your hands. Also, you need to wear non-slip shoes, preferably covered shoes or specialized shoes for the work with potential dangers.
  • Avoid poisoning: You are likely to be poisoned by hydraulic fluids released from a hydraulic log splitter due to the high pressure developed inside it during use. This liquid is very toxic and can cause blood poisoning, gangrene, and even death. Therefore, you should pay special attention to avoid direct contact with that liquid.
  • Follow the instructions in the user manual: Do not ignore the safety instructions in the manual that came with the log splitter before assembling and operating it. All safety regulations will be outlined there. The instructions in the user guide will also guide you to use the log splitter correctly and solve any problems that may arise. This will ensure that your device has no issues and any warranty issues with your device.
  • Know all the Controls: Before you start using the log splitter, you must be fully aware and know all the controls and switches on the machine. And the most important thing is that you need to know how to stop and hang up.
  • No children: Do not allow children to approach the device. The log splitter is not a toy. Children under the age of 16 are not allowed to use these log splitters.
  • Maintain distance: You must ask to keep your children and pets at least 20 feet from log splitters.
  • Place the device on flat ground: Place the machine on a horizontal surface and lock the device, so it does not move. You do not place the log splitter on any uneven, slippery surfaces. These surfaces will make the machine unstable, and this will affect the quality of the splitting and may even cause injury to the operator.
  • Right lighting conditions: You should only use the log splitter in the right lighting conditions such as daylight or under bright artificial lighting. You do not operate the machine at night or in poorly lit areas to prevent accidental mishaps.
  • Do not use the appliance for any purpose other than splitting wood.
  • Never let the log splitter run without supervision.
  • Remove log splitter once you are finished to prevent any trips and unexpected falls.
  • Your safety is your responsibility; do not ignore it.

The design enabled second hand

When we talk about safety issues, it’s only natural that we talk about Split Second’s two-hand activation design, making sure that both of your hands are far away from the stand, gears, and the log.

Typically, woodcutter holds one hand on the log and the other on the splitter to direct the log splitter to cut and also to prevent any unwanted debris from reaching them.

The Second Split is precisely designed to avoid this habit. The wedge in a snap is placed at an angle of 45 degrees to ensure the wood is not separated and tilted to one side. This also prevents any wrong pieces coming your way. Therefore, users do not need to hold hands on the wood to avoid pinches, cuts, and other unnecessary accidents.

In conclusion

Set the log splitters you need to use before choosing to buy them. Then decide on which log splitter is best rated for your needs, budget, and other criteria. In particular, consider the pros and cons of all the models and types of log splitters to use before making a decision. And keep in mind the things about safety when using the log splitter, I just shared for you above. They will help you a lot in the process of operating and using the best log splitter you have.

One Chair Down, One To Go

As you can see by the title, I finally have a chair done!

If there ever was a moment for me to have my very own orchestra, now is it.

I bought these chairs from Goodwill, oh, I don’t know, about FIVE MONTHS AGO.  For $12.00 each, kids.

Q:  Seriously, does re-upholstering a couple of chairs really take that long?

A:  It does when you have no idea what you’re doing!

Here’s what I started with…

It might be hard to tell, but that is actually pink, striped crushed velvet…and, underneath that layer, was some lime green crushed velvet.  Surprise!

And, here’s the first chair, all done…

How do you like them buttons?? I was under the impression that would be the most difficult part of this project…

Yeah, right.

I did about 100 things wrong while upholstering this chair, and decided to fix about 50 of them.  I’m worried the next chair is going to look so much better because I actually kind of get it now.

Kind of.

I hope that as I’m working on the second chair, I can get more photos of the steps I take, and present it to you in more of a ‘How To’ (or maybe ‘How NOT To’) format.

In the meantime, if you have any tips, suggestions, or even questions, please, please comment! Nothing makes me happier than to hear from you!

Pallet Coffee Table

We purchased our new construction home two months ago, and I’m in the process of trying to blend my industrial/rustic style with my husbands ultra-modern/black plastic style (Read: I’m trying to make sure there is NO modern, black, plastic-y stuff in our house).  One of the things I really wanted was a large coffee table, but I didn’t want the expense.  I started searching the internet and came across a ton of really cool pallet table ideas, and so began the search for some FREE pallets.  First, I asked my husband.  “Sure,” he says, “I can get you some pallets.”  A month later, and still no pallets.  I asked a friend if her husband could get some pallets for me.  “Yeah!” She says, “My husband has a ton of pallets at work.  He can get you some!”  A month later, and still no pallets.  Think, think, think…got it! I’m a genius (in a sing song voice)!! I put on my skinny jeans and asked some guys at our construction site for a couple of pallets.  “Sure,” they say, “Take as many as you need!”  Apparently, my skinny jeans weren’t doing the trick, because they didn’t carry them home for me.

The pallets were pretty beat up, so first I had to sand them…and then I had to sand them some more:

After I finished sanding, and cleaning, I started staining them.  Our couch right now is dark brown, so I wanted to make sure that the wood wasn’t too dark.  I went with Minwax Wood Finish, Early American 230:

I have to admit, this was my first time staining wood! It was so easy! Much easier than painting, I think.  Well, honestly, I haven’t painted much.  So, painting may not be so difficult, either.

I’m now in the process of putting a top coat on the wood and painting my brackets and caster wheels.  Stay tuned for the finished product in the next few days!

Pallet Coffee Table: Part 2

I did it! I was able to finish my pallet coffee table in time for Thanksgiving, and I have to say, it’s an amazing coffee table! It was a lot of work, but so worth it.

I had a really hard time figuring out how to attach the top of the table to the bottom, and finally came to a solution, using elbow brackets.  I wish now that I had spray painted them to match the rest of the hardware on the table, but you can’t actually see the brackets unless you lay on the ground, so I won’t worry about it too much.

I have some ideas about hardware on the outside of the table, just to give it a more industrial vibe.  We’ll see how that plays out.  I added an extra 2 x 4 in between the pallets, to give it some extra height, along with locking caster wheels.

I really can’t tell you how proud I am of this table! I have never made anything like this before, so to start a project like this and see it finished, is an incredible feeling.  Try it yourself, and let me know how it goes.

We’re headed out to the movies but I’ll be back tomorrow to show you our Christmas tree.  I’m trying to convince my husband to let me change up all of our typical holiday decorations.  We’ll see if I’m successful…

Lamp Re-Vamp

I have to admit, the title of my post made me giggle.

On Sunday, my husband took down the chandelier in what is supposed to be our formal dining room, but we’re using it as a sitting area because it connects directly to the living room.  It came with our house and was brushed silver.

After brushing it with some steel wool, and spraying it with primer, I decided to paint it the same color as the hardware on my pallet coffee table.

I also purchased some Edison light bulbs to give the chandelier an antique-y vibe.  I think it still looks like a pretty modern, semi-industrial chandelier.

The light coming from the Edison bulbs is so much warmer than the light from a fluorescent bulb.  Much prettier for photography!

I also got a table lamp that was white ceramic from Marshall’s a few months ago, but the desk and bookcases in our office are white right now, so I decided to give the lamp a little boost.  I totally forgot to take a picture of the original lamp, but imagine it shiny and white.

 

The light coming from the Edison bulbs is so much warmer than the light from a fluorescent bulb.  Much prettier for photography!

I also got a table lamp that was white ceramic from Marshall’s a few months ago, but the desk and bookcases in our office are white right now, so I decided to give the lamp a little boost.  I totally forgot to take a picture of the original lamp, but imagine it shiny and white.

I love how bold the blue is, and this paint dried really quick! I don’t think it’s actually intended for ceramic, so we’ll see how well it holds up.  I decided that I don’t like the shade that’s currently on the lamp, so I’ll be hunting for something new.

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For those of you who follow me on Facebook, you know that yesterday I made an outstanding purchase at Goodwill.

These chairs were only $12.00 each!! I’m putting these chairs in my project line up and hopefully I’ll get them started sooner than I have the drapes.  I’m pretty sure that parts of the chair are not actually wood, but maybe some type of resin? Oh well! I’m too happy to have found a style of chair that I like for so cheap!

I found my fabric for the back panel of the chair.  For the front of the chair and the cushion, I’m going to use drop cloths, which are kind of a light oatmeal color.

What do you think? My drapes are (eventually going to be) white with a blue Marrakech trellis pattern.  I hope it all works together! I’ve really tried to just go with what I like and make it work, and so far, so good.  I hope I can keep that ball rolling.

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I’ve decided that for 2014 I’d like to do a photo a week project and I’d love it if you all would join me.  I’ll have a post coming tomorrow with the weekly photos to be taken and how it will all work.