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Cutting Tool Applications: Metal vs PVC Materials

Jul 4, 2024
Cutting Tool Applications: Metal vs PVC Materials
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Cutting tools play an imperative role in various industries such as in construction and manufacturing regardless if they are hand-held or power-based. They are used for shaping, milling, drilling and cutting materials like plastic, wood and metal. With a wide range of tools in the market, there is a cutting tool for every cutting requirement. That being said, you need to select the most suitable tool for handling different materials so that you can achieve the best results. For instance, a saw blade with fine teeth is suitable for cutting through wood, while a carbide-tipped blade is ideal for cutting metal.
Nowadays, metal and PVC cutting tools are emerging as popular choices for cutting. However, many are still uncertain about their differences, consequently asking questions like “Is it necessary to use specifically designed tools to cut different materials?”, “How do their desired outcomes defer?” and “What types of cutting tools are used to cut PVC and metal materials?”. In this blog, we will compare metal and PVC cutting tools and discuss their unique advantages and applications. We hope that we can equip you with the right knowledge to make more informed decisions when selecting the appropriate cutting tool for your specific needs.
Metal Cutting Tools
Metal cutting tools like saws, drills and angle grinders are designed to cut through various types of metals with speed, precision and efficiency. Their versatility allows you to work on diverse projects without needing to purchase multiple specialized tools. All types of metals can be cut, from softer metals like aluminium to harder metals like steel and titanium. By utilizing the appropriate metal cutting tool, you can achieve accurate cuts and desired outcomes thus saving valuable time, effort and money. Their efficiency is exceptionally advantageous in industries such as manufacturing, construction and automotive where metal cutting is a frequent requirement.
Nevertheless, sharp blades and speedy rotations can easily cause accidents and severe injuries if they are not used correctly. Therefore, it is vital that you abide proper safety protocols which includes wearing safety apparels and using the right cutting technique (as instructed in the manual). Regular maintenance such as sharpening and replacing worn-out parts are necessary to ensure regular efficiency during every use.
PVC Cutting Tools
As the name implies, PVC cutting tools are designed to cut PVC pipes and other PVC materials. These cutting tools include pipe cutters, tube cutters and hacksaws. Their high precision provides clean and accurate cuts, leaving the PVC material undamaged and uncompromised. Therefore, these tools are heavily used by professionals in plumbing and construction industries where precise measurements are vital to secure better fitting PVC joints and connections.
PVC Cutting tools also come in various sizes to better meet the cutting requirements of small and large pipes. PVC cutting tools are relatively more cost-effective compared to other cutting tools as they do not require frequent replacement or repairs. Nevertheless, regular maintenance is highly recommended - simply clean and lubricate the PVC cutting tools occasionally to prevent build-up. When cutting PVC materials, you should wear appropriate protective equipment like face masks and safety goggles as harmful fumes may be released into the air.
You have come to the very end of this brief and hopefully insightful blog. We have covered topics like the differences between metal and PVC cutting tools, their unique applications, how to properly maintain them and ways to avoid potential accidents from occurring. There are endless possibilities offered by cutting tools so remember to always consider the specific needs of your projects before selecting and using a tool!
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Your Hand Tool Safety Checklist

Jan 2, 2024
Your Hand Tool Safety Checklist
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Your Hand Tool Safety Checklist

Severe cuts that require stitches. 
Broken bones when tools slip or fall. 
Serious eye injuries from chipping or chiselling. 

We don’t mean to worry you but we found it best to kickstart our blog with some hair-raising facts to highlight the importance of hand tools safety and awareness. Hand tools are necessary equipment on most job sites or DIY projects. That being said, they can cause very serious injuries when they’re not used or maintained correctly. Here are 5 suggested ways to prevent injuries to yourself and others when using hand tools.

Wear appropriate Personal Protectve Equipment (PPE) 
Feeling fine at the end of your shift does not pass for the fact that you’ve properly protected your body. PPE is basically self-defence - they protect you from any physical harm or hazards that the workplace environment may present. Examples of PPE include reflective vests, goggles, helmets, gloves, harnesses and more. All in all, wear PPE to safeguard your health and well-being, both for now and down the road.
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 Inspect your hand tools
Inspect your hand tools before every use - check for faulty parts that may be rusted, splintered, loose or damaged. If they are defected, repair or replace them. Hand tool inspections are often overlooked by many but if tools become defective, they can cause serious injuries. 
To illustrate, if the wooden handle of a hammer is cracked or loose, the head may potentially fly off and cause accidents. When using dull saws or knives, you’re likely to apply more pressure to your materials - leading to a higher chance of slippage thus increasing the risk of injury to yourself. 
Look at Gerard here for instance (we thought the name suited him well), who’s carefully inspecting his tools before use - he is making safety a priority here.

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Have a good grip of the tool
Always select a hand tool that fits your hand and the job that you’re doing. It is recommended that you opt for a tool with a handle that is wrapped with a soft non-slip material as they offer a better and more comfortable grip. 
Besides, by adding a sleeve to a tool it increases the diameter of the handle which reduces the risk of any hand fatigue or injuries. If gloves are worn, ensure that the tools being used can still be gripped easily without risking a slippage. 

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Employ hand tools in a comfortable work position
Use the right tool for the right job in the right way. Awkward postures or harmful contact pressures while working with hand tools can cause discomfort to your body. They may affect your wrist, shoulder, elbow or back posture without you realizing until the work piece is done. Over time, bad work postures may even contribute to an injury.
When using hand tools, avoid raising your shoulders and elbows. Instead, keep them relaxed and your arms at your side. Do not apply excessive force or pressure on tools. In actual fact, relaxed body postures make it a whole lot easier to drive downward force.

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Carry and store hand tools correctly
Practice cleaning tools after each use before returning them to their designated storages. On another note, it is recommended that you lubricate tools that have adjustable parts - remember to wipe away any excess with a rag to avoid corrosion and rust. 
Store tools properly and do not leave them laying around. Consider using a bucket, tool bag or a bucket when you’re carrying tools up and down a ladder. Needless to say, do not toss or throw any hand tool to a person. Tools are recommended to be handed over handle-first from the hand of the giver, ensuring a safe grip for the person borrowing the item.

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Conceptualize the idea that you are responsible for your own safety and the safety of others. Some may perceive that safety measures are common sense but they can be forgotten or overlooked if you don’t make it a habit. Ultimately, knowing safety is not enough - you have to practice it. 
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Types of Paint Rollers

Jan 2, 2024
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Picture this: You’re walking into a store to purchase some supplies for your new painting project. You stop at the paint rollers section and there’s an array of them in different sizes, materials and textures. You may be asking yourselves…
“Which works best with emulsion paints? With oil-based paints?”
“Is this type of roller suitable for rough surfaces?”
“Which roller produces the smoothest finish?”
We understand the struggle. Thus, we’ve prepared a brief yet informative infographic (Please see below) to help you differentiate various types of popular paint rollers. Nevertheless, if you have some time to spare, scroll further down and give this article a read - we hope you’ll gain some extra insight!

Tiger Stripes Rollers
Like a tiger, the roller is coated in yellow with black stripes. It is the most commonly used paint roller today as it ticks most if not all boxes for conventional painting project needs. The roller is made of woven acrylic material which shed minimal fibres and is virtually lint-free 
- producing a smooth or semi-smooth finish on surfaces. They are suitable for both indoor and outdoor use and they’re often employed for emulsion and masonry paints. 
Green Rollers
Green rollers are made of green thread fur and they are a great option for coating textured surfaces with stellar results and minimal effort. Traditional paints rollers tend to skip peaks and indentations of walls however, these confined spaces are no challenge to a green roller’s long thread fur. Furthermore, the smooth fur cloth material of the roller works best with water and oil-based applications, providing great colour and finish retention over time. 
Velour Rollers
Velour rollers are often made of mohair fabric and they are one of the most prized natural fibres today. As luxurious as it may feel, mohair is extremely durable and it does not crease, shed and stretch easily. Thus, velour rollers produce ultra-smooth surfaces of paints and clear coatings like Epoxies, enamels, varnishes, lacquers and more. Velour rollers are also an ideal choice for painting hard-to-reach areas like corners and cabinets due to their small diameter. 
Yellow Stripes
A yellow-striped roller consists of a long pile of microfibre material which causes the roller to pick up a lot of paint that consequently dries up quickly and evenly. They produce smooth finishes with a thick and even coverage helping you achieve professional-looking results in just one or two coats of paint. They are suitable for both indoor and outdoor work and are ideally used with emulsion paints. 
Blue & Yellow Stripes
Similar to tiger-striped rollers, these rollers are made of acrylic fibres. Synthetics in general can be used with water or oil-based coatings but they work best with water-based mediums. The shed-resistant material of the roller ensures smooth paint transfers which are favourable for edging and line striping. Additionally, they can produce smooth finishes on walls, textiles, machinery and more.

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Types of Hammers

Jan 2, 2024
Types of Hammers
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Hammers are used for much more than just driving nails and pulling them out. They are employed for a variety of jobs - from shaping to forming to finishing processes. Thus, you will need different hammers to facilitate specific tasks to achieve more effective outcomes.
In this article, we will be sharing some main types of hammers and their functions to help you select the best hammer for the right job. Without further ado, let’s jump into it!

1.     Claw Hammer

Claw hammers are one of the most popular hammers for general work. Their handles come in various materials - wood, steel, glass-fibre and more. With a rubber grip, it is easier for you to exert force without experiencing any hand fatigue.
The hammer’s claw is normally curved, incorporating a ‘V’ shaped structure which is suitable for any woodworking, prying or finishing jobs. The curved claw allows you to pull out any stubborn nails and perform other jobs where a lever is required.

2.    Cross Pein Hammer

Also known as Warrington Pattern hammers, cross peins are often considered a carpenter’s hammer. It is also a tool that is most useful domestically.
Other than shaping metals, they are used for starting panel pins and tacks. The chiselled side of the hammer’s head is first used to start the nail. Then, it is reversed and the nail is driven by the flat side of the hammer.

3.     Ball Pein Hammer
Normally used by a machinist or an engineer, the ball pein is used for peening, shaping metal and closing rivets (metalworking). With two heads, one being flat and the other round, it is suitable for specific tasks.
The ball/round end can be used to round off edges of metal pins and fasteners in addition to making gaskets for mating surfaces. On the other hand, the flat end of the hammer is often employed to strike punches and chisels.

4.     Rubber Hammer

Rubber hammers are often called for when a softer blow is needed due to their bounce-resistant (dead blow) heads. It is a lightweight hammer-like tool with a head made of rubber or hard plastic.
Considering that rubber hammers do not leave any marks or scratches, they’re commonly utilized to bend and shape sheet metal. They’re also useful for forcing tight-fitting wooden parts together, shifting plasterboard into place, and for upholstery works.


5.     Sheet Metal Hammer

Both ends of the hammer’s head namely the wide flat circular head and the chisel-shaped head are used for ‘pecking’ metals to shape them.
The specialized heads of the hammer allow you to bend, indent, mark, shift, stretch and form a sheet of metal - producing precise bends and formations based on your needs.
All things being said, we hope by this point you should be able to distinguish between different hammers based on their functions. Take a quick look through our collection of heavy-duty hammers and choose the models that you need to complete your jobs!
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