Hardwareguy's Shop Rules (aka horse sense!)
First and foremost... Don't be stupid....prevent death!
NEVER get under a vehicle supported only by a jack! USE JACKSTANDS OR DIE!
NO SMOKING.....EVER! (its bad for you even when you are away from gasoline!)
Use the right tool for the job. The wrong tool may cause the job to take longer or damage you, the part you are working on, the tool or a combination thereof.
NEVER open a hot cooling system.
Do not work when excessively tired, drunk or otherwise unfit to work on a car.
Keep the FSM, Haynes or Chiltons manual handy. Do not proceed until you fully understand the procedure. (RTFM!)
Torque bolts to the specified torque using a torque wrench if a torque is specified.
Use the right fluids for the right vehicle/vehicle system.
Have a well lit shop...and a backup light just in case! (yes, we have had the lights go out during MODFEST...having a battery flashlight was great!)
Keep the shop well ventilated with crossflow fan ventilation when using solvents or testing engines. Beware of Carbon Monoxide!
Have an ABC fire extinguisher and a water source handy.
Read all warning labels on chemicals.
Stay hydrated....heat exhaustion sucks!
Keep all power tools and cords in good condition. If a tool trips the GFCI, it's no good!
Read all manuals pertaining to your tools. There may bee cool features or hidden dangers you may have overlooked. (this especially applies to electrical test gear!)
Disconnect the battery when making changes to the electrical system.
Clean spills ASAP.
Wash skin ASAP if irritated or a harsh chemical has been spilled on you.
Do not use gasoline as a hand cleaner. (yes...people STILL do this!)
Wear safety glasses when grinding, using strong chemicals or working under the car.
Do not dump oil....recycle it.
Work with a friend if possible.
Drain the air compressor tank! A rusty tank is a time bomb.
Do not weld near the gas tank.