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TOOLS OF THE TRADE SERIES (6 Programs) DVD
"A worker is only as good as his or her tools." This six-part series inventories basic trade-specific gear while giving viewers a glimpse of what it's like to be a plumber, a carpenter, a mason, a welder, an electrician, or an automotive technician. Tool use is demonstrated within the context of real-world applications; safety considerations and code concerns are flagged. A comprehensive overview of popular - and profitable! - trades.
The series consists of six 19 to 32 minute programs:
INSIDE THE PLUMBER'S TOOLBOX
From plungers, to pipe wrenches, to Teflon tape, this program introduces each common tool of the plumbing trade with a brief demonstration of its proper use. Safety precautions and industry tips are provided as well, and four major types of piping and tubing - steel, copper, plastic, and cast iron - are described.
INSIDE THE CARPENTER'S TOOLBOX
How do carpenters turn building materials into buildings? To find out, this program takes a look at the tools and construction materials carpenters depend on every day. After a rundown on manufactured wood products like plywood, OSB, I-beam joists, and glu-lams as well as the fasteners that hold them all together, the video covers a variety of carpentry tools divided into four groups: planning and drawing, measuring and marking, cutting and shaping, and fastening and assembly. Types of carpenters - rough, finish, and general - are also mentioned, and safety is reinforced throughout.
INSIDE THE WELDER'S TOOLBOX
Welding is part skill, part science, and a whole lot of precautions. This program shows viewers the safe way to work with fire, gas, and molten metal as it profiles the tools used by welders to perform a variety of tasks. Specific tools and equipment for OFW, GMAW, GTAW, and SMAW are spotlighted, along with a variety of general tools and safety items. The video also takes a look at basic welding diagrams and pre-welding treatment of materials.
INSIDE THE MASON'S TOOLBOX
The eye of an artist coupled with the mind of an engineer: that’s a mason. Over the course of this program, viewers will learn about commonly used masonry tools; the attributes of brick, block, tile, stone, cast concrete, and mortar mixes; fasteners, wall ties, and mortar joint reinforcements; estimating material amounts; and on-the-job safety. The building of a brick wall from footing to cap showcases a variety of tools in action, including the brick tongs, mortar hoe, chalk line, hawk, trowel, bricklayer’s rule, mason’s hammer, brickset, power saw, and jointer. Specialized tools for use with cast concrete, block, stone, and tile are also shown.
INSIDE THE ELECTRICIAN'S TOOLBOX
After a general introduction of electricity - electrons, current, kilowatts, and the journey of electrical power from utility company to home - this program examines the work materials and tools commonly used by an electrician. Wires, cables, conduits, boxes, receptacles, and switches are illustrated, and the tools required to cut and run cable or conduit, detect and test voltage, and wire or connect fixtures are shown in action. Wiring diagrams and blueprints are also considered, and safety is stressed throughout.
INSIDE THE AUTOMOTIVE TECHNICIAN'S TOOLBOX
Focusing on both conventional and hybrid vehicles, this program examines the systems that make them run and the tools that keep them running. After an introduction to the power train and the fuel, electrical, cooling, exhaust, steering, suspension, and brake systems, the video moves on to the auto tech’s personal hand tools and shared shop tools. All manner of wrenches, pliers, screwdrivers, and hammers are discussed, along with high-tech diagnostic instruments and specialized equipment for repairing or replacing automotive system components. Education and training opportunities are touched upon, and safety practices are emphasized throughout.
*Viewable/printable instructor's guides are available online.
*Recommended for high school, vocational/technical school, and adult education.