Learn how to use a picamer correctly, check the device carefully and ensure the correct fuel supply. These are just three of the steps you need to follow in order to safely use such a powerful and effective device, which can seriously affect your health if you are not careful.
The picamer is one of the most powerful and difficult to use tools in the field of construction. It is a heavy and powerful device, which physically demands the person who operates it and can quite seriously affect the user’s health, in the long run, if it is not used correctly and taking into account the mandatory safety measures. Find out in this guide what steps you need to follow in order to benefit from the functions of this device in the best conditions.
Make sure you know very well how to use it
Whether this means carefully reading the technical manual, the most complete instruction provided by an experienced person, following correct and detailed tutorials, or all this together, before starting a picamer, you must be sure that you know what are you doing.
It is also important to know how to choose the right accessories that help you pierce layers of materials, depending on the surface you work with (cement, brick, asphalt, concrete, etc.).
Check the device carefully
One of the steps you must go through before any use is the careful checking of the picamer. Make sure all protection systems are in place and working, check the power and ground cables (for electric versions) and the hose that connects to the compressor (for hydraulic models), the type of chisel, if it is sharp enough and if it is well fixed.
If you are working with a power supply and you need more freedom to work, make sure you have an extension cord suitable for the level of power you need to distribute, from the category of outdoor options, long enough to easily cover the distance from the power source to the working point.
If you are using a heat engine version, take care of filling the fuel tank before starting the engine.
Location of use
Because pickaxes are among the noisiest industrial devices in the field of construction, it is important to avoid using them as much as possible indoors, where the walls will prevent the sound pressure from dissipating. Studies show that a picamer operator is exposed to up to 130dB, the noise similar to that created by a plane taking off, much louder and more dangerous than that generated by other automatic tools.
Wear protective equipment
The protective equipment you need to safely use a picamer covers a variety of necessary components. Because your hands, and your whole body, are subjected to a high level of vibration, generated during the operation of the device, not only is it recommended to use gloves, but it is even advisable to look for models that act as a buffer layer, reducing transmitted vibrations. from handle to hand.
You also need goggles and a mask, because the crushing of bricks, asphalt, etc. produces particles of different sizes that can penetrate your eyes, affecting vision, and airways, and we refer here to fine dust and pathogens located in the masonry, which can accumulate in the lungs. Another protection measure, to prevent dust aspiration, is the periodic spraying with water of the surface in which you break concrete or brick.
Equally important is the professional footwear, with a rigid structure, toe and heel with metal inserts, thick sole and heel that supports the ankle well. Complete with long pants and a blouse or shirt with full sleeves and don’t forget the safety helmet.
Because using this instrument exposes you to a very loud noise, in addition to the fact that it is mandatory to use soundproof headphones, it is important to look for a quality model that reduces the sound pressure as efficiently as possible.
Secure the cables and hose
In the case of electric motor pickers, the power cord must be attached either to the belt or to the operator’s shoulder, in order to avoid its slipping, by mistake, in the area where you work and the penetration of the cable with the sharp tip, causing electric shock.
For models with compressed air, it is important to be careful where the hose that ensures the circulation of pressurized air passes. It must not be pulled over sharp obstacles, which can crack it, or reach your work area. In case of cracking, the hose must be fixed on the route to avoid whipping.
Position and move the picamer correctly
The best picamer in terms of power is often a very heavy one, which requires a lot of your body. To protect your back, it is important to lift the device off the ground by tightening your leg muscles and less by straining your back.
Blocking the chisels in the surface where you work is prevented by placing the picamer in a slight angle of inclination, towards you. This position also helps you hold it better and control it more easily. Avoid penetrating the worked material, lower than the length of the tip allows.
If you are unfamiliar with this device, at first you will tend to keep it too tight and tense. Its optimal operation requires a good grip, which masters the direction of work, but which offers, at the same time, the device the freedom to move and work.
Reduce continuous working time
The weight you have to support when working with a picamer demands enough of your body to need breaks. It is best that within the team, the operators switch between them to allow enough rest time. If you are the only person working with this machine, establish a program that allows you to take breaks often enough not to get tired.