Tool Safety

These are the tools the Tiki Techs use and how to use them safely. Make sure to visit our safety page to learn more about how to stay safe.

Acetylene Torch

An Acetylene Torch uses acetylene (a flammable gas) and oxygen to cut through metal.
You must wear special dark glasses and gloves to use this tool safely. People in the immediate area should also be wearing special dark glasses. None of the sparks that come off the metal should touch the gas tubes. If this happens, you risk damaging the tool.

Adjustable Wrench

An Adjustable Wrench holds nuts and bolts in place, usually when tightening a fastener. It is able to adjust depending upon the size of material you are using. Wear safety glasses while using this tool.

Allen Key

An Allen Key (Hex Key or Allen Wrench) drives hex-socket screws into wood or other surfaces. Make sure to watch your fingers so you do not pinch them.

Ballpein Hammer

A Ballpein Hammer is a peening hammer that acts like a regular hammer. One side is round while the other is flat. Use safety glasses while using this tool.

Chop Saw

A Chop Saw is a circular saw that cuts metal. To use a chop saw, you must have all guards in place and your material clamped. You must wear safety glasses, closed toed shoes, snug clothing, and your hair must be tied back. Keep your hands clear of the blade, and metal. Make sure no one is too close to you or the blade because the metal you’re cutting may give off sparks.


A Clamp holds items in place when you are using a power tool or a hack saw. You should wear safety glasses when using this tool.

Drill Press

A drill press is a large machine used to drill precise holes in metal or wood. To prevent injury, you must clamp down the material, wear your safety glasses, and secure the drill bit.


Files smooth rough surfaces. They come in many shapes, depending on what you use them for. Keep fingers away from the area you are filing, wear safety glasses and push down and away from you. Do not use a file without a handle.

Hack Saw

A Hack Saw cuts materials like PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) and small pieces of metal. Wear safety glasses when using this tool as well as a clamp for securing the item you are cutting. Always push away from you when you are cutting.


Pliers hold small objects or hold a wire in place as you solder it. This tool must have rubber on its handles to prevent injuries to your hand.

Power Drill

A Power Drill (a.k.a a Drill Motor) drills holes into various materials using “drill bits”. It is also used to screw in or take out screws. The latter of the two, however, is rarely used. As a safety precaution, tighten or loosen the drill by hand while placing drill bits into the drill. Make sure to clamp smaller pieces, watch out for other people, and wear safety glasses.


A Sawzall cuts metal, wood, or plastic. Wear safety glasses when operating this tool.


A Sledgehammer is a large, industrial sized hammer used to flatten out warped metal or manipulate the metal to fit our needs. As a safety precaution, make sure no one is near the area you are hitting with the sledgehammer, clamp down your work, watch for fingers near the object, and wear safety glasses.

Socket Wrench

A Socket Wrench tightens hexagonal bolts. Always wear your safety glasses.

Soldering Iron

A Soldering Iron is a heated, pencil-shaped utensil used to connect wires with other wires or a switch. Solder is used when using this tool. For safety reasons, always wear safety glasses and be aware of the heated tip.

Torx Screwdriver

Torx Screwdrivers have a six-sided head and drive six-sided socket screws. Wear safety glasses when using this tool.


A Welder permanently fuses metal. You must wear a special welding helmet which has special lenses for your eyes to prevent eye damage. A welding jacket, long pants, closed toed shoes, and welding gloves must be worn to prevent injuries.

Wire Stripper

Wire Strippers strip the rubber casing off of any electrical wire. This exposes the bare wire so that you may solder them together. You have to watch your hands while using this tool to prevent finger lacerations. Make sure that the wires are not carrying an electric current. Ensure that rubber covers the tool handles as an extra precaution.