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Forum topic by UrbaneHillbilly posted 1640 days ago 930 views 0 times favorited 22 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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UrbaneHillbilly

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1640 days ago

Hi guys,
I appreciate the advice and good will here. I am wondering how you guys have locked your kids out of your large power tools. I have a 3 year old and one on the way any day. My shop just isn’t in a place that can be locked as a building and while my three year old is generally respectful, just unplugging stuff doesn’t seem good enough.

I am toying with having the tool circuits put through an extra box with a kill switch that can be locked, or some such thing.

How have you guys managed this with little children?
Henry


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a1Jim

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#1 posted 1640 days ago

How about flipping the circuit breaker that effects the tools

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papadan

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#2 posted 1640 days ago

Remove any keys from the tools, or change the switches to the keyed type. Unplug the tools. Then it is a matter of education by teaching them not to touch plugs and switches. Only other thing would be to add doors if nesc. to lock them out.

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kolwdwrkr

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#3 posted 1640 days ago

Show them the battle scars and say this is very dangerous, and basically no different from a hot stove. Touch it and you will get burned. Kids aren’t stupid unless you treat them like they are. I have 3 kids running around here, one 8, one 7, and one 5, not to mention all the neighbor kids. All of them go in and out of the garage where all my tools are. If I’m not in the garage it’s locked. If I’m there and they come in they already know not to touch anything.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#4 posted 1640 days ago

We raised our kids to behave themselves and respect tools, property, ect. I have never had a problem.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Bill729

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#5 posted 1640 days ago

I think you need to teach them that tools are sharp—like a sharp knife, even if they are not on/moving! I picked up an antique tool at at a flea market with a sharp corner—oops! My fault—until now, I kept my light bleeding to myself.

Bill

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pat6366

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#6 posted 1639 days ago

I’m sure there are plenty of parents out there that truly believed they ” raised their kids to behave themselves and respect tools, property, etc” that have kids missing fingers. Seems like locking door to shop, flipping circuit breaker or removing keys are best ideas.

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Dukegijoe

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#7 posted 1639 days ago

My garage is on a subpanel. I flip the breaker in the panel and lock it closed. I have a 2 1/2 year old and a 4 month old. Works so far. The real trick is to keep my oldest from thinking the shiny sharp chisel isn’t the screwdriver from his Black and Decker toy tool kit (btw, the answer for that is to place them out of site, and possibly locked in a tool chest).

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsmen can hide his mistakes! - Walter Blodgett

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#8 posted 1639 days ago

Having been raised on a farm, it is critical to behave yourself and do what you are told; like stay out of the bull pen.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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pommy

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#9 posted 1639 days ago

like most have said teach the little tikes to stay away from sharp tools allso i dont know about other but i tend to put my tools away in thier box even in the shop

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#10 posted 1638 days ago

You definitely need to use common sense and keep things away from toddlers. By the time they are able to roam, they need to have some resonsibility. My wife works at an elementary school. It is very evident there are a lot of kids being reaised without any descipline or responsbility!! :-((

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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UrbaneHillbilly

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#11 posted 1638 days ago

I think the separate panel for the shop is probably the best bet.

Since the parenting aspect of it came up in the comments I will say my intention with the tools is the same as with the guns. The kid (only 3 and 1/2) talks about guns with me, goes to shoot, can handle what he wants and help take apart and clean with me…but I still lock the gun safe. When the kid gets to know the combination to the gun safe is a matter of maturity. Also, we don’t do toy guns. There is only one type of gun, real ones. Same with tools, he has a few and they are sized for him, but they are real, the plane is sharp and so is the chisel and for now he uses those with me. (By the way, I cannot say enough about the importance of having tools sized for the kid, both for their enjoyment and safety in handling.)

Anyway, thanks for the advice. Although I was hoping someone would have a suggestion that was cheaper than putting in another panel…:)...because I need that money, for more tools, and wood.

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fredf

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#12 posted 1638 days ago

a box with a lock and slots to put the cords through. put the pug in the box and lock it

one box could hold several plugs if the tools are close

Of course I put a key lock on our tv. My son took the back off and bypassed it. talk about a chip off the old block . . . . .

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Vincent Nocito

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#13 posted 1637 days ago

I have seen some people use small luggage locks through the hole in the plug on the power cord. It keeps the tool from being plugged in while the lock is in place. Consider putting really sharp tools in a locking cabinet out of reach.

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Dennisgrosen

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#14 posted 1637 days ago

I think some of it is right
abaut powertools
but I allso learned my daughter when she was four
how to use and handle a realy sharp knife and to have respect for tools
but not to be afraid to use them ,and I told her that she is only alaud
to use them when I am around she has hold that for 6 years now
and she use the cordlees drill and one on a stand + the scrollsaw very well
but she has never go to the shop by herself even though she cuold have
and she has never tuch the sharp knifes in the kitchen I gess I have been lucky
and two years ago she got the first toolbox with real tool in no sharp tools yet
she says why shuold I you have them so I can borrow from you :-).... jaa right :-(

and I have never locked anything up

Dennis

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#15 posted 1636 days ago

Dennis, I agree with you and your methods. If everything in the house is locked up, the child gets the message he or she cannot be trusted.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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