HOW TO CONQUER YOUR FEAR OF POWER TOOLS?

OCTOBER 4,2021

👋 How do we combat that fear of hurting ourselves, and reach a point where we can use power tools with ease?


 There are a few steps that can help you through this scary journey. If you have an open mind and get through the fear, there are so many things you can do and create!

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  • "Did you know there's an actual clinical term for the intense fear of power tools? Ergalilektriphobia."



"Did you know there's an actual clinical term for the intense fear of power tools? Ergalilektriphobia."


USE SAFETY GEAR


There is an inherent physical risk when working with power tools making proper safety gear essential. Utilize safety gear to protect your eyes, ears, and lungs. When you are about to work with power tools consider the risks involved with using that specific tool to determine the specific safety gear to use.

At a minimum use eye goggles, then depending on the tool and the material you are using, determine whether you need ear protection and a mask. For example, when using a drill you may only need eye protection, but when using a power saw use eye, and ear protection, and a mask (optional).

Also, remember to wear closed-toe shoes. Taking this simple, but necessary step will help you feel confident and comfortable as you press the power button.

READ THE MANUAL


We know a manual on how to use a tool is not exactly a page-turner. Yes, it can be downright boring and sometimes even confusing. Still – you should ALWAYS read the instruction manual that comes with the tool. If you’ve bought tools secondhand or used, you can often find the manufacturer instructions on their website – just type in the product number and the maker and the words “instruction manual” in google and you’ll likely find it within a few minutes. Learning how to use them safely is not enough. You must also learn how to clean, store, and maintain them. Your power tools can last you for years if you learn proper maintenance.

WATCH AND LEARN


The first step of learning anything is watching other people do it. When you watch woodworkers, you get to see how the tools are actually used.

Find someone who uses tools, like a family member or friend. Observe them while they work. Notice how an expert uses them and ask them any questions you might have.

Seeing tools at work gives you a better idea than just reading manuals. They might even be willing to teach you how to work them.

If you don’t have anyone around to observe, find videos online. You will find reviews, products use videos, how-to videos, etc, or every power tool. For example, look up how to use table saws before using it.

PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE


As goes with anything in life the more you practice the better you become at that skill. If you’re practicing with a drill try out different drill bit sizes. Drill into different materials and thicknesses. Try different settings. Learn through trial and error and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. It doesn’t have to be perfect and be patient with yourself as you learn new skills. The more you practice the more confident and comfortable you will be.

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PRACTICE DOESN’T MAKE PERFECT


As you get more comfortable with the tools and technique that you are using, it’s important not to get too comfortable. This sounds counterintuitive…but it’s important to remember. When power tools are involved, it’s important to remain alert and use your brain! The last thing you want is to be working too hastily and slice off a finger! 

START SIMPLE


In order to grow your confidence and feel more comfortable working with power tools, start simple then build on your experience. If you have never used a power tool before choose a power tool that involves less risk and is easier to use. For example, a drill is a good starter tool. It involves little physical risk, is fairly simple to use and any homeowner or renter will benefit from having it around. As you grow in your confidence try out more advanced tools such as an electric sander or a nail gun then onto a power saw, and continue to progress from there.

BE AT YOUR BEST


Stop to take breaks, eat enough food to sustain your energy, take your time, and don’t rush your project. Limit distractions from your kids, phone, pager, and don’t multitask. Stay focused on the task at hand and think through each step before taking action. Give the time with your power tools your best and your confidence and comfort will grow.

SHARE YOUR PROJECT OR WORK TO OTHERS


When we share with others what we are going to do, it gives us the accountability or push we sometimes need to get us over the starting line. So push yourself to do it AND to do it to the best of your ability.

If you have a love for creating beautiful woodwork and home improvement projects, you must try to overcome your fear of using power tools. Don’t be scared of using them. They can be dangerous, but being careful and taking the right preventive measures eliminates any chances of accidents.


With practice, you will gain valuable experience that will help you become better at using tools. Take the first step, and soon, you will be building like a pro. Don’t hesitate; start your woodwork journey now. 


Josh J. Gur - CEO

CEO of Sanrico

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