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IN THE GARAGE SAFETY FIRST!
When using my MIG welder or MAPP torch, I prefer to wear leather welder's gloves. My trusty old Tillman's are made of kidskin so they offer a lot of tactile response, while the leather provides good protection from heat and errant sparks as a byproduct of welding. They're also great for other tasks even outside of the garage that require a lot of dexterity such as gardening. PUT YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD I never quite understood what that phrase meant. I only have two feet, and both of them are my best. At any rate, because they are both my best, I protect them when I'm working in the garage and I do that by wearing protective footwear. I have a pair of high-top mechanics boots that are great for giving me lots of ankle support – I wear these whenever I'm going to be on my feet for extended periods in the garage. They're also nice and warm for when the garage is a bit on the chilly side. I usually wear ankle-high mechanics shoes which can best be described as super sneakers. With leather uppers and cushioned interiors, they're extremely comfortable, and with their sure-footed rubber soles you get plenty of non-slip traction, even on slippery surfaces. I also have a pair of team-issue pit shoes that have a spill-proof tongue under the laces that prevents liquids from entering the interior of the shoe. These are great anytime you're working around liquids that may spill – they’re terrific for washing the Corvette, too.
These Tillman welding gloves are made of kidskin and they offer a lot of protection while welding while giving you plenty of flexibility and dexterity. High-top pit-crew boots like these give your ankles extra support while protecting your feet from liquid splashes thanks to a sealed tongue under the laces. Low-cut pit shoes feature leather uppers and non-skid rubber soles for plenty of sure-footed traction, comfort and style that looks good in or outside of the garage. These team-issue pit shoes offer additional protection with a leak-proof tongue under the laces that keeps liquid from entering the shoe.
Be sure to check out next month’s Garage Tips when we’ll continue our treatise on Garage Safety First!
AUGUST 2018