Safety and health newsletter for the Oregon construction industry

September 16, 2014

 

Repairing a broken hand tool? Check with the manufacturer first.

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If you break the wood handle on your trusty sledge hammer, should you replace it with a new one or try to repair it yourself? It may seem resourceful to salvage a damaged tool with a do-it-yourself fix, but you might end up with an unsafe tool. Many hand tool manufacturers caution against altering a finished tool in any way. The tools are tested as they are manufactured and any alteration may affect the safety of the tool.

As a best practice, check with the manufacturer before altering a finished tool.

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