If there’s anything a roofer would never be caught without, it’s their tools. This is understandable, as tools are the life of their industry. There are gears for every job imaginable, and even some whose purposes are hard to explain to someone outside the trade. There are different tools in a contractors belt, but are they using them the right way?
According to Bower Roofing, wrong practice if left uncorrected can turn into habits, and habits can be hereditary. One thing that’s almost never taught is how the power source for electrical tools affect performance on the project. A good example of this is how they treat the cords.
Due to the nature of their job, roofers prefer using power sources with long cords so they can move freely across the work site. The problem occurs when the cord is longer than a hundred feet; at that distance, the power source won’t be able to deliver the amount of juice needed for the tool to function.
Though electricity is pure energy, it still has its limitations. When electricity travels a distance greater than a hundred feet, it loses a lot of its voltage, which will increase the amperage of the tools. The rise in amps can cause internal components, such as circuit boards to overheat, rendering the tool unusable. The length of the cords isn’t the only thing roofers need to be aware of; they need to look at its width.
The thinnest a cord can get for safe operation is a ten gauge. A thinner wire, denoted by a higher number, will increase the amperage of tool the same way a long wire does. The only reason thinner wires such as the twelve gauge exist is because these are the thinnest wires available for a hundred and twenty volt tools.
Cords may not be the first thing people notice when it comes to tool use, but these are an important piece of the roofing maintenance and repair puzzle.