You finished mowing and your lawn has the just-cut fresh look. Except for those dreaded weeds and edges along your sidewalks, gardens and driveway.
You head for your trimmer, ready to tackle those weeds with a vengeance..
Before you start, refresh yourself on some trimmer safety tips to prevent major injury from happening when using your string trimmer.
Check the weather, if it is raining or the grass is wet, consider doing your trimming another day. Operating your string trimmer in wet weather is a bad idea for a few reasons. The first being you could slip, slide and fall on the wet grass causing injury to you or damaging your trimmer. Also, wet grass allows the trimmer to not operate at full capacity which can eventually lead to permanent damage and having to replace your trimmer.
Make sure you clear your working area of any wire, metal objects, fence posts or other objects that could be thrown by the string trimmer. String trimmers can throw objects up to 50 feet. Keep yourself safe by doing a sweep for any objects that could be thrown before starting your job.
Protective clothing gives you that extra layer of protection against the flying dirt and debris. Long sleeve pant and shirts protect your arms from flying dirt and debris. Safety glasses, goggles and face masks protect your face from any objects that could ricochet and fly into your face. Another good idea is to wear ear protection to tone down the loud noise of the trimmer.
Trimmers are each made to use certain types and sizes of line. Using a line weight that is not recommended by the operator's manual can cause stress to the engine allowing it to not operate properly, which can lead to long-term damage. If you don't have the operator's manual anymore, take the line off and bring it along when you purchase a new line.
If you have ever used a string trimmer before, you know that they can send dirt, debris, sand and grass blades flying in any direction causing a whirlwind around you. Consider these operating safety tips.
After you are finished using your string trimmer you must take the proper procedures to keep your string trimmer in healthy condition. Follow these steps to ensure that your string trimmer stays in top condition.
Trimming can put the final touches on a great mowing job. However the flying dirt and debris that a string trimmer can produce can turn this simple job into a dangerous one. All you need to do is follow easy safety procedures and your lawn will be looking great in no time.
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