The Importance of Properly Maintaining Your Tools
Good Quality tools can be a big investment, but if you take good care of them, they will last longer and return the favor. Making sure your tools are properly stored, cleaned, and well maintained will save you time and money as well as making your projects and jobs much easier.
When it comes to storing your tools you have to work with the space that you have. Maybe you hang them on a pegboard or store them in toolboxes, bags, or chest, or maybe you keep them in drawers. Pegboards are a great storage system for tools. They let you see all your tools at one glance and they make use of wall space in an efficient way. If you don’t have enough wall space for a peg board you can take advantage of the pegboard system by building a hinged system, a rolling pegboard, or even a portable pegboard system.
Toolboxes are also a great way to store your tools. They have the great advantage of portability. While some people do use toolboxes to store all their tools, they can also be a convenient way to transport your most commonly used tools while leaving the bulky tools stored at home.
It is always important to be aware of the environment that you are storing your tools in as well. Rust is public enemy number one when it comes to tools. Places such as garages, basements and other enclosed areas can have humidity issues, especially if they aren’t air conditioned or heated. If you keep your tools in a location such as these it is definitely a good idea to invest in a dehumidifier. Placing silica gel packs in your toolboxes or drawers is also an easy and inexpensive way to help absorb moisture and keep your tools rust free.
Cleaning your tools is probably the last thing you want to do after a hard day’s work, but it is essential for keeping your tools in good shape. It is a process that only takes a few seconds and is time well spent that will prevent you from having to repair or replace tools. You can clean most hand tools with a simple wipe down using a rag. If they are dirty don’t be afraid to use some soap and water to wash them off. You can also clean your metal tools with a quick spritz of WD-40 and a clean rag.
Keeping all these tips in mind when storing and cleaning your tools will ensure that you get the most out of your tools and they last as long as possible.