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7) Are the power cords in good shape? Don't use tools with signs of power-cord damage; replace them. Only work with an extension cord that's the proper size for the job (see chart, below), and route it so it won't be underfoot.


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8) Do you have your power tools properly grounded? Tools other than double-insulated ones come with three-wire grounding systems that must be plugged into three-hole, grounded receptacles. Never remove the grounding prong from the plug.


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9) Do you know what safety equipment you need for the job? Around cutting tools, always wear safety glasses, goggles, or a face shield. Add a dust mask when sanding. Wear hearing protection when required. (If you can't hear someone from 3' away, the machine is too loud and hearing damage may occur.)


MINIMUM EXTENSION CORD WIRE GAUGE SIZE
CORD LENGTH
Nameplate Amps 25' 50' 100' 150'
0-6 18 16 16 14
6-10 18 16 14 12
10-12 16 16 14 12
12-16 14 12 (not recommended)
From the Power Tool Institute, Inc.


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