Jackhammers are potent tools that can help break up concrete and other materials. When used improperly, however, jackhammers can cause serious injury. Use the following tips to ensure that you’re using your pneumatic jackhammer safely and efficiently:
Clear the space.
Before you start the jackhammer, it’s important to clear the area of any debris. Ensure that you’re away from any structures or power lines and that no people are in the area. Also, ensure your pet is kept safe at a distance, or at least out of earshot if they’re particularly sensitive to loud noises. As for cars, don’t let them get too close either—it’s possible that their tires could get punctured by flying rocks and gravel! Once you have cleared the space around where you plan to be operating your pneumatic jackhammer, there are two more things to do:
First, make sure that there’s enough room for movement! You don’t want it getting stuck on a curb or rock because it might break down mid-job and cause problems. Second and lastly: remember when using a pneumatic jackhammer not just for safety reasons but also because noise pollution can affect nearby residents negatively.
Prepare for a kickback.
The proper way to use a pneumatic jackhammer is to prepare for the kickback. There are two ways in which you can minimise the risk of getting kicked in the face:
- Wear protective glasses or goggles, gloves and earplugs. This will protect your eyes from flying debris and prevent hearing damage if you use it at close range.
- Stand to one side when using a pneumatic jackhammer so that if something goes wrong, there’s less chance of getting hit by debris or the tool itself. If something goes wrong, make sure you plan on how to deal with it before starting work—it’s better than panicking!
Determining where to start.
When you’re ready to start, use a measuring tape to measure the length of the wall. Mark this measurement with chalk or a marker so it’s easy to see what needs to be done.
Use a level while marking your area to know it is level. This will allow you to ensure your wall is properly aligned and straightened out before drilling into the wall.
Put on safety gear.
Before you start using your jackhammer, make sure that you’re properly equipped. A good safety kit includes:
- Safety goggles
- Ear protection (earmuffs or earplugs)
- Hard hat (mandatory for people who work on construction sites)
- Steel-toed boots (to protect against falling debris)
Place it on the ground. Keep them flat.
Now that you have a flat surface, it’s time to ensure your bit is level with the ground. It should be perpendicular to the ground and vertical. If you don’t have access to a flat surface, use something like a rock or another part of your body (your toe).
Make sure your safety glasses are on tight when you’re ready to start hammering away at those rocks!
The most common uses for a pneumatic jackhammer are breaking up asphalt, concrete and basements. However, there are many other uses for the tool. It’s also an effective way to break up concrete in a garage or basement if you want to make room for new flooring installation.
One of the advantages of this type of jackhammer is that it can be used indoors without creating too much noise or dust because there’s no heavy machinery involved in its operation—you simply hold it with both hands while pressing down on its head until you have achieved desired results. You’ll need to wear protective gear such as gloves and eye protection when operating one, though, because they can be dangerous if not handled properly.