The Importance of Properly Maintaining Your Tools
Useful quality tools can be a significant investment, but they will last longer and return the favor if you take good care of them. Making sure your devices are properly stored, cleaned, and well maintained will save you time and money, as well as making your projects and jobs much more comfortable.
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 perhaps you keep them in drawers. Pegboards are a great storage system for tools. They let you see all your devices at one glance and the wall space in an efficient way. If you don’t have enough wall space for a pegboard, you can take advantage of the pegboard system by building a hinged design, 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 instruments, they can also be a convenient way to transport your most commonly used tools while leaving the bulky tools held at home.
It is always important to be aware of the environment that you are storing your tools 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. Invest in a dehumidifier to keep your tools in an ideal environment. Placing silica gel packs in your toolboxes or drawers is also an easy and inexpensive way to help absorb moisture and keep your toolkit 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 devices 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.
These tips will ensure that your toolkit lasts as long as possible.