How to Use a Chipping Hammer
- Start by identifying the appropriate safety equipment to use (i.e., gloves, safety goggles, long sleeves, etc.). Chipping hammers throw debris and dust which can be dangerous.
- Optional: Grease the chipping hammers chisel before use.
- Use the chipping hammer by carefully swinging and hitting the weld to shatter the slag. Tap the slag only hard enough to loosen the slag and avoid putting hammer marks in the new weld.
- To remove spatter, use the wide flat part of the chipping hammer and slide it across the spatter. A wire brush (either connected to the chipping hammer or purchased separately) can also be used to clean the weld. Remove as much excess particles as possible. Continue this process until the weld is completely clean.
- Clean your chipping hammer after the weld is clean. It is imperative to properly clean your chipping hammer after each job to increase its lifespan.
How to Cut Material Using a Hacksaw
- Start by identifying the correct hacksaw blade for the material you would like to cut. For smooth cutting, it is ideal to select a blade that will have two or three teeth in contact with the material at all times. One tooth should enter the material before the previous tooth has cleared the material (i.e., thin materials require more teeth while thick materials require less teeth). For example, for a heavy-duty cutting job such as pipe, an 18-tooth per inch blade should be used. For a medium-duty cutting job such as thin wall electrical conduit, a 24-tooth per inch blade should be used.
- Install the hacksaw blade in the hacksaw frame. The blades teeth should point away from the handle of the hacksaw. Tighten the wing nut until the hacksaw blade is definitely under tension. Make sure it is tightened accurately before cutting.
- Secure the work piece before cutting. Clamp the work piece in a vise in order to keep it straight and still.
- Apply a few drops of cutting fluid to the hacksaw blade to keep it from overheating and breaking.
- Hold the hacksaw at an angle to the material being cut and apply pressure on a forward stroke. Strong, steady strokes should be directed away from your body. Use the entire length of the hacksaw blade in each stroke. Make sure to go slow to ensure a steady consistent pace. Re-apply cutting fluid to the hacksaw blade throughout this process. Continue this process until the work piece is completely cut.
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