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DIY SafetyPrintable version
Degree of DifficultyEasy
Estimated Time15 minutes
15 minutes
Tools & Materials Required
Here are some basic tools, materials and equipment that you should have on hand. Safety glasses, safety goggles, automotive work gloves, latex rubber gloves, disposable dust masks, paint respirator, vehicle ramps and jack stands.
The Job
Safety must be part of every job. Let's start with some basics, and then get into specific safety procedures.
The Basics
  1. Know what you cannot do and what you shouldn't touch. Don't be tempted to dive right into a project when you don't know what you're doing. Get some experienced help and advice. In short, do your research first.
  2. Use the right tools. A good general rule for purchasing DIY tools is that a new tool should pay for itself the first time you use it versus having the job done professionally at a service shop. Keep this in mind, and buy quality tools and, just as important, the right tools for the job. For example, don't use a screwdriver as a pry bar, or pliers instead of wrenches.
  3. Work with clean parts and good lighting. If you're going to work on something safely, you need to see it and you need to be able to handle it. An automotive break-resistant fluorescent droplight is one of the most-used tools in a DIYer's toolbox. Remember: You can't fix what you can't see.
  4. Keep a first aid kit and fire extinguisher nearby, in the garage, shop or vehicle. This can make the difference between a minor scrape and a much bigger problem.
  5. Employ "the buddy system." If you must work alone, keep a phone nearby. Make sure that someone knows where you are and what you're doing. In addition to being a courtesy and a good safety practice, keep in mind that your "buddy" could also offer help and advice if you need it partway through the job.
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