Installing Wood Siding with Saw Safety in Mind


Working with hand and power saws can be dangerous. If you aren't extremely careful, they can cause a serious injury. However, many craftsmen work with saws on a daily basis without harm, and there is no reason why you can't, too. Take your time while working, and respect the tool's powerful potential.

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Installing Wood Siding Means Working with Sharp Objects

Installing wood siding on your home can be difficult to do without operating a saw. If you have never worked with hand and power saws, and you question your ability to use them safely, then you may want to hire a qualified contractor for the project. However, if you use common sense, and take care while working, you should be able to safely handle the saws needed while installing siding.

There are several types of saws that are often used while installing wood siding:

  • Hand saw
  • Power circular saw
  • Table saw
  • Radial arm saw

Each of these saws can be dangerous if not handled appropriately. A few tips for using saws:

  • Always be aware of where your hands are in relation to the saw blade before you begin sawing.
  • Make sure the board you are cutting is securely supported on both sides of your cut prior to cutting.
  • Inspect the area you will be cutting for wood knots, or any type of material the saw blade could throw out, such as metal staples or nails.
  • Never put your finger on the trigger of a power saw until you are ready to cut.
  • Use power saws with a brake, so the blade stops immediately when the trigger is released.

Take your time while cutting, and wear eye and ear protection. Virginia Tech University and the State of Delaware offer helpful saw safety tips, as well. Be careful and attentive, and you can be accident-free while installing wood siding on your home.

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