What are electric jack hammers? If you have ever walked by a road that was being rebuilt you will probably be familiar with the sound of one of these. A jack hammer is a tool in which a hammer and a chisel are combined. This pneumatic tool is driven by compressed air, but in the case of an electric jack hammer, by an electric motor. The large jack hammers that are used in road construction are usually mounted on a rig and are powered by hydraulic systems.
Who uses them?
Electric jack hammers can be used by professionals as well as by those who are working on improving or rebuilding their home. Jack hammers can be hired and bought, if you are not planning on using your jack hammer often you may want to consider hiring one as these machines can be expensive. Before you start using one on your floor you may want to consult an expert builder to make sure that you are picking the right tool for the right job. A jack hammer is a very powerful tool that can do a lot of damage if you are not using it on the right surface or for a suitable project.
What is it used for?
A jack hammer is mostly used to break up slabs of pavement or concrete and rock. These machines, contrary to popular belief, do not drill through rock. The hammer that is inside the machine moves up and down continuously in cycles, loosening and breaking up the flooring or tiling. Force has to be applied to the machine to secure effectiveness. These pneumatic tools should only be used when wearing the right protective clothing for safety.
When to use an electric jack hammer: It is a most effective tool to use in any building or remodelling project that calls for any demolition. The machine works quickly and saves a lot of time compared to manual demolition jobs. It is very important to make yourself familiar with the tool before you start your project. Read the instructions and always make sure to take great care when using a jack hammer, and make sure to clean the machine with a dry cloth every time you used it.
Safety when working with an electric jack hammer
If you buy one, or if you hire one, it is important to make sure to get some safety goggles to stop fine dust and small debris from entering your eyes. As the machine is very noisy it is a good idea to wear ear protectors and gloves, as well as a dust mask covering your mouth. Dust particles may be hardly visible, but that won’t stop them from entering your airways. Make sure to wear suitable clothing that protects you from dust and always store your electric jack hammer away from kids in a dry and safe place.
Make sure that you are using the right bit (and that the bit is attached the right way) before you start working. If you need to trim a straight edge you should be using a hammer bit with a flat tip. This bit will make it easier to hammer a straight line without any additional damage. If you are using the electric jack hammer on concrete you won’t be able to get the job done without a spade bit on your jack hammer. Pointed tips are mainly used to break up any flooring that has a solid exterior. Put a lot of pressure on the machine if you are using a pointed tip to prevent the machine from gliding away and becoming uncontrollable.
So how do you start working with yours?
Make sure to position the jack hammer on the surface that you intend to work on. Always work from the outside to the inside of the surface and switch the machine on. Let the device do its job and do not ever try to lift or move the hammer whilst switched on. Never lean on the machine when operational and don’t push it around.
If you reach a point where the damage done by the machine is deep enough, you will need to switch off the electric jack hammer. Never try to carry the machine over to another place and do not pull the jack hammer out of the debris. Continuing with your job is as easy as angling it into another direction before switching the machine on again. Take occasional breaks to clear up the rubble before you continue working and to give the machine a chance to cool down a little.
Check the electric hammer every time before you switch it on. Make sure that the drill bit is attached properly and adjust the hammer drill rod if needed. If you are using the machine for the first time you may want to set it at a slow or medium mode before you start using it at its maximum speed. There is often a forward and reverse switch, which always has to be set on a forward mode. Always make sure that you know where any extension leads, that the device is plugged into, are. And switch the jack hammer off completely if you take a break.
If you follow these guidelines you will be able to remove your old flooring or paving slabs in a short amount of time, and safely. Working with an electric jack hammer can be a fun experience if you feel confident that you know exactly what you are doing. Make sure to buy bags designated for demolition debris and have them picked up by your store. There is nothing more frustrating than finishing a home improvement job without being able to clear the area that you were working on. Shop around for good rates if you want to hire one of these machines and make sure that the bits that you will need for drilling are included. You don’t want to waste your money on a tool that is not going to be suitable for your project.