Way, way too long since I last posted on here. I don't know where the start of this year went, I really don't! To kick things off, I thought I'd give my advice on something quite close to my heart, having learnt the hard way what not to do!
Never Cut Through the Cord Again
There is nothing worse than when those Hedges you planted in the front yard to add some real aesthetic character to your yard become overgrown and unsightly. Even worse, these Overgrown Hedges can become a genuine hazard when they block the path of safely getting out your front gate. The last thing you want is a snag in your shirt as you’re on your way to work. The best way to deal with these overgrown hedges is to use an electrical machinery device to get the job done quickly and efficiently. However, even when you are using such machinery you need to keep an eye out from other hazards that can occur.
Imagine you are having fun trimming away those sticking out bits on the hedge or shrub, and then all of a sudden you hear some very unwelcoming noises. This will happen when you accidentally cut the Cord of the power device you are using. It can happen easily if you get a little too enthusiastic while swimming the bar of the trimmer up and down. With this motion, the cord can swing too – and it will swing right into the slashing jaws of the trimmer. The power will cut out as quickly as your pride disappears when this happens.
The most important thing to do if this happens is to stop working and get it fixed. If you try to power through and keep getting the work done, you will do more damage to the electrics of the cord and power point where it is plugged in. Depending on the severity of the damage to the cord, you can do a few home remedies to make it useable again. For example, you can fix it with electrical tape, making sure you wrap the tape a good five centimetres either side of the cut.
Another more preventative approach to this problem is taking a proactive measure. Try using a carabineer or other type of hook and attach it to your belt. While you are working, loop the cord through the carabineer and ensure it is fixed behind you. This will stop the cord from swinging towards the trimmer while it is switched on. The only hazard you have to look out for with this method is ensuring you don’t trip over the cord when you take a step backwards!