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Unit: Preparing floor coverings

LMFFL2002A: Receive and prepare floor covering materials for installation

Preparing floor coverings

Materials and equipment

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It's important to carefully check the items listed on the job sheet against the actual materials and accessories you're putting together for the job.

This includes correctly matching up brand names, colours, quantities, and batch numbers, where appropriate.

While you're selecting the goods, you should also look at the quality of each item and make sure there's no damage or blemishes that could cause problems out at the jobsite.

It's much easier to solve these sorts of issues while you're still at the warehouse!

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Organising tools

Selecting the right tools and equipment for the job takes some thinking ahead.

Use the job sheet as a guide and mentally go through the installation process while you're getting the gear ready.

Some installers make up a list of tools on a piece of plywood or particleboard so they can use it as a permanent checklist.

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Tagged power tools

Don't forget that all power tools used on building sites need to be tested and tagged every three months by an authorised person.

The test is designed to ensure that the tools are safe and not likely to cause a fire or electric shock.

Once a piece of equipment has been tested and passed, the authorised person attaches a tag to it, stating their name or company they work for and the test date.

If a power tool is faulty, or the tag is out of date, make sure you take it to the person responsible for getting it fixed.

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The only way you can be sure that your tools will work properly on-site and not let you down is to check them before you leave. Some tools need more maintenance than others.

Some also have parts that are designed to be replaced when they wear out or go blunt. This means that you need to keep spare parts with you at all times, so you can quickly change them over while you're working.

Name two tools that require replacement parts to be carried with them.

Also name the parts that you need to keep on hand.

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