Tool Talk Safety – Electric Tools


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There’s a tool for every job, as the saying goes, but if that tool is electrically powered, there’s a right way to use each tool, too. When workers are using electrical tools, make sure:

1. The tool is in good condition. Tools should be designed specifically for the job and cords should be in good condition with no tears, kinks or worn out area.
2. The conditions are right. If workers are outdoors in damp conditions, electrical equipment may not be the safest way to go.
3. The right power source is used. Check that the equipment being used is rated for the source of the electricity that will be powering it.
4. The worker is ready. Workers should be trained on general electrical safety procedures and also on the specifics of the tool they will be using.
5. The worker is protected. Personal protective equipment (PPE) should be provided and used.


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Power Raking and Aerating

Achieving and maintaining a beautiful lawn requires basic lawn care practices such as properly mowing, fertilizing and watering. Ensuring nutrients can reach the soil beneath your grass are also important aspects to keep your lawn looking green. Implementing power raking and aeration allows air and water to penetrate built up grass or thatch and contribute to a healthy looking lawn. A&B Tool Rentals in Vancouver and Surrey carry Lawn Aerators and Power Rakes for rent.

What is Power Raking?power raking

Power raking removes thatch, a tight mat of dead rhizomes, stems and roots, which builds up under the surface of a lawn. Some thatch is beneficial to lawns, but too much blocks water, air and nutrients from reaching the soil. If thatch gets thicker than 1/2 inch deep, the roots grow in the thatch instead of the soil.

aeratingWhat is Aeration?

Aeration involves perforating the soil with small holes to allow air, water and nutrients to penetrate the grass roots. This helps the roots grow deeply and produce a stronger, more vigorous lawn.

The main reason for aerating is to alleviate soil compaction. Compacted soils have too many solid particles in a certain volume or space, which prevents proper circulation of air, water and nutrients within the soil. Excess lawn thatch or heavy organic debris buried under the grass surface can also starve the roots from these essential elements.

Should You Be Aerating Your Lawn?

One of the most common questions from homeowners is how to determine if they should be aerating their lawn. Your lawn is probably a good candidate for aeration if it:

  • Gets heavy use, such as serving as the neighborhood playground or racetrack. Children and pets running around the yard contribute to soil compaction.
  • Was established as part of a newly constructed home. Often, the topsoil of newly constructed lawns is stripped or buried, and the grass established on subsoil has been compacted by construction traffic.
  • Dries out easily and has a spongy feel. This might mean your lawn has an excessive thatch problem. Take a shovel and remove a slice of lawn about four inches deep. If the thatch layer is greater than one-half inch, aeration is recommended.
  • Was established by sod, and soil layering exists. Soil layering means that soil of finer texture, which comes with imported sod, is layered over the existing coarser soil. This layering disrupts drainage, as water is held in the finer-textured soil. This leads to compacted conditions and poor root development. Aerating breaks up the layering, allowing water to flow through the soil more easily and reach the roots.

Should you be Power Raking your lawn?

If the grass roots grow in thatch, the lawn may not survive hot, dry weather in the summer. Thick layers of thatch provide a home for insects and can result in an uneven, bumpy surface on a lawn, making it hard to mow. Thatch prolongs high humidity for the roots, promoting fungal and bacterial diseases. It builds up in lawns that are heavily fertilized or grow in soil that is poorly aerated or drains poorly. Pesticides used to repel earthworms can also increase the layer of thatch.

Thatch Depth: Power raking is stressful to lawns so you should only do it when the thatch is thicker than 1/2 inch. You can’t see true thatch by examining the top of your lawn. To check for thatch, cut several plugs 2 to 3 inches deep and look for a spongy, reddish-brown mat between the green grass and the soil. The thatch layer resembles felt.

When to Aerate Your Lawn

The best time for aeration is during the growing season, when the grass can heal and fill in any open areas after soil plugs are removed. Ideally, aerate the lawn with cool season grass in the early spring or fall and those with warm season grass in the late spring.

When to Power Rake your lawn

Power rake most grass types in the growing season. Power rake zoysia in the early summer and bluegrass in the early fall. Power rake cool-season grasses in the early fall. Cool-season grasses grow in the spring and fall and include Kentucky bluegrass, fescue and ryegrass. Power rake zoysia grass and Bermuda grass in late spring when the grass is actively growing.

Deep power raking uses vertical tines on a revolving reel to remove thatch and can damage a lawn by removing much of the living turf. Core aeration removes slender plugs from a lawn to relieve compaction from foot traffic and typically causes less damage than power raking. Lawns growing on clay or silty loam or that have a lot of use may benefit from aeration once a year. Loam is soil that has roughly equal amounts of sand, silt and clay. Aeration helps improve the efficiency of irrigation and increases the penetration of soil-applied pesticides.


Contact A&B Tool Rentals for all your lawn care rental needs!

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Tool Talk Safety – Noise

Exposure to noise can cause permanent hearing loss. – It can be irreversible. hearing-protection

Main Points

♦ The following equipment can be harmful to your hearing – compressors, con saws,
breakers, generators etc.
♦ You do not have to be using noisy equipment; you can be affected by someone
working close by.
♦ Exposure to noise may cause, hearing loss, irritation, annoyance and fatigue, lack of
♦ Use a less noisy process if possible
♦ If you have to shout to be heard, then wear ear defenders.
♦ Ensure machinery is fitted with mufflers and that compressor door are closed.
♦ Your first priority should be to reduce noise levels and therefore your exposure to
noise – if this is not possible then hearing protection should be worn.




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Tool Talk Safety – Eye Protection

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♦ You must take reasonable care of your own safety and the safety of others.
♦ You have a legal obligation to use eye protection provided in accordance with the
regulations, and you should never enter an area where eye protection is required
unless wearing such.
♦ Ensure eye protection provided fits you comfortably and is suitable for the job.
♦ Look after any eye protection provided. Keep them clean and report any damaged,
lost or unserviceable eye protection immediately.
♦ Even if not carrying out a task with an obvious eye hazard, you may be at risk from
others nearby. Always have your eye protection with you and if any doubt – wear it!
♦ Eye protection only works when worn over the eyes – it is useless worn over the
head or around the neck.
♦ Never watch any welding processes unless wearing suitable eye protection.
♦ Should you get something in your eye, or receive any sort of eye injury, then get a
trained first aider to look at it.
♦ Always consider eye protection when compressed air, hazardous substances,
cartridge fired tools, power tools, power washers, hand tools such as chisels, etc,
are in use.

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Tool Talk Safety – Manual Handling

Manual handlings activated are a significant of injuries in the construction sector. lifting_technique

Main Points

♦ You must take reasonable care of your own safety and the safety of others
♦ The primary aim is to eliminate manual handling so far as is reasonably practicable
(i.e. use mechanical handling).
♦ Where manual handling must be carried out then it must be assessed, and proper
procedures must be used.
♦ Plan deliveries and storage to take into account load sizes, locations and distribution.
♦ Assess all loads: are they heavy, bulky, unstable, difficult to grasp, sharp etc? Size up
the load and, if necessary, make a trial lift by rocking it from side to side and then lifting
it a few inches.
♦ Can you handle the load yourself or do you need assistance?
♦ Wear suitable clothing and PPE such as gloves and safety boots to protect against
cuts, crushed toes etc.
♦ Is there sufficient space, suitable lighting and a clear route to where you are taking the
♦ Do not carry a load that will obscure your vision.
♦ If necessary move loads in stages.

Always use a good handling technique:
1. Stand reasonably close to the load, feet hip width apart with one foot slightly forward
pointing in the direction you’re going.
2. Bend your knees whilst keeping your back straight and get a secure grip on the load.
4. Breathe in before commencing the lift.
5. Carry out the lift smoothly using the legs to take the strain, keeping the back straight,
chin up, and arms close to the body.
6. Step off in the direction the advanced foot is pointing, keeping the load close to the
7. If necessary, stop for rests en-route and avoid any jerky or twisting movements.

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All About Pumps

Which pump is best suited for your application?


lb480 lb800Dewatering pumps: LB480 and LB800

These pumps are best for pumping clean water and fits down an 8” pipe. Great for draining swimming pools, rain water filled up in forming, ponds and non-contaminated area. Not recommended for use in areas with lots of mud and debris. LB800 is a high head pump.
LB-480-62                                    LB-800
21lbs weight                                29lbs weight
Max. Head: 40ft                        Max. Head: 60ft
Max. GPM: 63                             Max. GPM: 82
11 1/4” height                             13 7/16” height
7 3/8” diameter                         7 3/8” diameter
32ft cable length                       50ft cable length
110V, 2/3 HP                             115V, 1HP
2” discharge size                        2” discharge size
Designed to fit an 8” pipe

Trash pumps: HS2.4S-62

HS_medThese pumps are designed to pump sand, solids, and debris with minimal wear and clogging. Although debris too large will still clog it up. Excellent pump for construction use with dirty applicatons.


Built-in shaft mounted agitator suspends solids.
25-47lbs weight
Max. Head: 40ft
Max. GPM: 57
12 15/16-15 1/4” height
10 1/16-12 7/16” diameter
20-32ft cable length
110V or 220V, 1/2-1HP
2 or 3” discharge size


lcs1.4s-61This pump must be primed first in order to work – fill it with water. It is able to pump down
to the floor, even the smallest puddle can be pumped dry. Perfect for flooded basements,
construction sites with concrete flooring, large road/parking lot puddles. Mop up pump:
Prime pump through discharge outlet for start up at any water level.
1 3/8” height, 23 lbs
Max. head: 40 ft
Max. GPM: 45
18 1/4” diameter
32ft cable length
110V, 2/3 HP
3/4” discharge size

Heavy Duty high head pumps: NK2-15, NK2-22

nk2-15_1These pumps are capable of handling abrasive materials with minimal wear. Heavy duty, high head pump can handle up to 1/4” material, diry water, and muddy areas. Not recommended for pumping in areas with lots of debris.

NK2-15                                                  NK2-22
3” Discharge Size (in.)                     3” Discharge Size (in.)
2HP, 110 or 220V                             3HP, 220V
32ft cable length                                32ft cable length
9 7/16” diameter                               9 7/16” diameter
24 1/2” height                                     24 1/2” height
63.5 lbs weight                                    64 lbs weight
Max. head: 69 ft                                 Max. Head: 85 ft
Max. GPM: 110                                  Max. GPM: 130

Gas Pumps: TE3-50HA – 2”, TE3-80HA – 3”

te350haCan handle solid materials up to 3/8”. Great for any construction applications including wet mud, slurry, minimal debris and dirty water.


TE3-50HA                                           TE3-80HA
2″ NPT male suction size               3″ NPT male suction size
2″ discharge size                                3″ discharge size
Honda GX-120                                   Honda GX-160
55lbs weight                                        64lbs weight
19x15x18″                                            21x17x19
Max Head: 115 ft                               Max head: 105 ft
Max GPM: 135                                   Max GPM: 265

3” Diaphragm pump: TD4-3

td4300_808_generalThis pump will handle up to 1-3/4” diameter solid material. Great for any construction
applications with lots of debris, sand, mud, etc.

3″ suction and discharge size
Max. discharge head: 25 ft
Max. suction lift: 25 ft
Max. GPM: 80
155lbs weight

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Tool Talk Safety – Housekeeping

housekeepingPoor housekeeping is a common, but easily preventable, cause of accidents and it is the
responsibility of every worker on the job to keep his work area clean and organised.

Main Points

♦ Housekeeping is an important issue on our sites because as well as for safety
purposes, a tidy job reflects the workmanship on the project.
♦ Each individual / sub contractor is responsible for the removal of debris and keeping
their area of work clean.
♦ Look after your own area – clean as you go – do not leave hazards which place you or
your workmates at risk.

Slip / Trip & Fall Hazards

♦ A minimum of 600mm is required on all working platforms.
♦ Keep all cables, hoses etc. away from walkways.
♦ All opens in floors or roofs must be securely covered – DO NOT COVER ROPES WITH
♦ Ensure you have adequate lighting.


♦ De-nail timber as work progresses
♦ All protruding re-bar should be cut or capped

Fire Precautions

♦ The likelihood of fire on a site is increased if there is rubbish strewn about.
♦ Keep all access routes, especially fire escape routes clear of all debris and materials.
♦ Do not leave shot firing cartridges about the site.


♦ Rats are attracted by food waste – use the bins provided and do not leave food on site.

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