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Are You a Safe DIY-er?
by Staff
When it comes to home improvement, what you don't know can definitely hurt you. Do you have the know-how to complete your project safely? Take this quiz and find out!

Electrical work can be tricky -- even deadly if you don't do it right. What kind of shoes should you wear when donning your amateur electrician's hat?

  • None -- going barefoot is best.
  • Go with rubber-soled shoes or a rubber mat placed underfoot.
  • It doesn't matter what kind of shoes you wear.

Plain old power tools and basic home improvement equipment can't possibly hurt my eyes or ears, right?

  • No, they're not loud enough to impact your hearing or strong enough to fling particulates in your eyes.
  • There's no proof that they can harm you, but it's best to err on the side of caution.
  • Absolutely! Power tools, saws and other machinery can damage your hearing permanently, and a wayward wood chip is all it takes to hurt your eyes.

What do you really need to extinguish a small fire at home?

  • a bucket of water
  • the fire department's number on speed dial
  • a fire extinguisher

Which of the following should you always keep handy when working on DIY projects?

  • a friend to hold the ladder and pass the tools
  • a fully stocked first aid kit
  • a case of cold beer

What's the safest way to dress when working on DIY projects?

  • remove all jewelry and watches, keep sleeves short and securely pull back long hair
  • cover arms and legs when doing anything where sparks threaten to fly
  • both of the above

How much weight should your work bench be able to support?

  • 50 to 100 pounds
  • 100 to 200 pounds
  • at least 400 pounds

True or false: They don't make tools like they used to. Hang on to the classic models as long as possible.

  • True. You don't really need all the bells and whistles that newer tools possess.
  • False. Newer tools have enhanced safety features that simply weren't around when your grandpa's saw was manufactured.
  • It depends on how well the tools have been cared for.

You're about to remove lead-based paint from your home. Should anyone in particular avoid the work area?

  • Everyone on the block should head for the hills.
  • No. It's old paint, so it won't hurt anyone.
  • Yes. Children and pregnant women should steer clear of the entire home until all dust has been safely removed.

Sometimes, springing for professional help is the safest and easiest way. Which of these repairs should you leave to the pros?

  • roof and gutter repairs
  • chimney work
  • both of the above

True or false: Children can learn valuable lessons by watching you work on projects at home.

  • True. Let the little man join in on the fun with his own toy hammer and saw.
  • False. Kids are quick! They can reach out to touch a saw in the time it takes you to wipe your brow.
  • This is a gray area. Just supervise little ones closely while you're working, and everything should be fine.