If you take good care of your tools, they’ll return the favor. Proper care and routine maintenance of your hand tools and power tools will save your money and time and makes any home repair or improvement project easier, safer and more successful. Proper tool care saves your money by lasting longer.
Taking care of your tools is very important. But if you neglect your tool maintenance, then you will not get the proper benefit from tools. Your tools will be damaged soon.
Just invest a few in tool maintenance equipment and supplies and giving a little time, you can keep all of your tools running at peak performance year-round.
1. Store Your Tools Properly
- A proper storage system is a must for every tool. Work with the space that you have. Maybe you hang them in a pegboard, store them in a container, tool backpack, toolbag, toolbox, shelving unit or maybe you keep them in drawers in your house/shops. You can use a combination of all these to keep your tools protected and in peak condition.
- Toolboxes offer the primary advantage of portability. The toolbox is a way of carrying around your most used tools. You can make a good quality toolbox for every level of DIY needs.
- Pegboards are a great system for storing tools. Pegboards can make use of wall space in an efficient way. You can take advantage of pegboards by building a portable pegboard, hinged system or a rolling pegboard If you don’t have enough space. Or, you can use a workbench.
There are a few basic tool storage ideas and tips you can follow.
Rust is number one enemy of tools. To avoid the rush and protect your tools, follow these:
- Follow The Manufacturer’s Instructions: Some tools will have specific instructions on how to store them. So, firstly consult your manual. It’s very important to follow these instructions to keep your tools in peak working condition.
- Keep Your Tools in A Safe Dry Place: You need to make sure that area you’re storing tools is safe and dry. Humidity and water can cause a problem and damage your tools. The amount of humidity that exists in your garage/ basement will surprise you. You can get a dehumidifier to control the moisture.
- Use Original Cases: it’s recommended to keep the power tools in their original cases they usually come with. They usually come in hard plastic cases. These cases will keep your tools safe from extreme conditions. They will be better protected in their general cases.
- Sturdy storage Containers: Invest in some sturdy containers, if you are storing smaller hand tools or you don’t have the original container. This will keep your tool organized and make easy to transport.
- Hang Your Garden Tools: Hang your garden tools so that they don’t rest on the floor. Moisture can easily creep up to garden tools from concrete floors.
- Go Vertical: You should not store your tools on the ground. For smaller tools, you can spend on some shelving. You can hang things like garden equipment, hammers, wrenches and many other tools and will be able to access them easily anytime.
- Rust Collector or Silica Gel Packs: Lots of packaging comes with silica gel packs. They are great for keeping moisture at bay. Toss silica gel in boxes or drawers and they can help keep rust away. You can also use rust inhibitors or anti-rust liners.
2. Keep Your Tools Clean
After a long day of work, the last thing you need to do is cleaning the tools. Cleaning tools are essential to keep them in good shape. It will not take too much time. But it’s always better to save the tool by cleaning regularly than repairing a tool later.
- Power Tools: Cleaning a power tool is trickier but not complicated work. Before cleaning power tools, you need to make sure that the tool is unplugged. Next, you have to get all the dust off. You can use an air compressor for that. First, wipe down the surface of the tool. Now lubricate any moving part. You should also check the manual that came with the tool.
- Hand Tools: Cleaning hand tools is simple. you can clean most of the hand tools by wiping them down with a rug. Give your tool a good wash with water and soap if they are dirty. Dry them well after washing and oil them.
- Garden Tools: Cleaning method of hand tools and garden tools are pretty similar. Wash them if they are dirty and then oil them up. You can keep a bucket of sand mixed with a bit of oil to clean quickly.
Cleaning the tools is not enough. You also need to clean your belts, toolboxes, and bags.
3. Inspect and Repair Your Tools Every Time
One of the most important things you can do is to inspect and repair your tools every time you use them. Doing this will ensure your safety and improves machine longevity.
- Corrosion and Rust: If a tool becomes highly affected by corrosion, the tool may be unsafe to use. Replace the tool or try removing the rust yourself. Removing rust is pretty easy if the damage isn’t too much.
- Cracked, Loose or splintered handles: Damaged handle can cause injury to you or others because they have prone to break during use. You can probably sand it down if the handle is not splintered too badly. But you will need to replace the handle if it is heavily splintered or cracked.
- Power Tools That Dont’s Start Easily: Don’t use the power tool that needs a couple of tries to get going or push to get the blade spinning. Without using it, Firstly clean and lubricate it. But if that doesn’t solve the problem, repair the tool. You can also fix some repair yourself. But if you’re confused, then take it to a pro.
That’s it! Follow our guide and your tools should last for years. Keep these tool caring and maintenance ideas in mind. You will get great benefit from well-cared tools. Also, read our list of essential home tools.