Good tools are quite an investment. However, they require good care for them to return the favour. Keeping the tools properly in a clean and well maintained environment saves the owner the money that could have been otherwise been used for repair. It as well makes DIY endeavors much more rewarding.
This write up may focus on hand tools, garden tools as well as power tools. However, the advice offered here also applies to other tools such as crafting, kitchen tool and any other. The bottom line is storing the tools clean and properly according to the instruction of the manufacturer. This may be hanging them on pegboards, storing in boxes, chests or bags or may be keeping them in drawers or shelves whichever works best.
Pegboards are the perfect option for tools storage. This is because this method allows one to see the tools at a glance and that it also makes use of the wall space efficiently. Where there is no sufficient wall space a person can make use of portable peg boards, rolling pegboards or the hinged ones.
Toolboxes are also a great way of tool storage. Their primary advantage is portability. Nonetheless, toolboxes are just for carrying those tools that are light and mostly used. The bulky ones are left in the drawers, shelves or pegboards.
Talking about tool storage, rust is the number one enemy. To avoid rust:
This may seem obvious. However, basements and garages may be a little humid especially if they are not heated. One should consider investing in a dehumidifier if they keep their tools in such places. They might not be expensive especially compared to the cost that one may incur in case their tools get damaged by moisture.
The power tools should be stored in the hard plastic cases they come with. The case may be exceptional if the workshop is climate controlled.
Rust inhibitors and rust collectors should be used for tools that are stored in drawers and tool boxes. Silica gel that comes in packs is a great element to keep the moisture away from the tools.
Another important tip for tool storage is keeping them clean. After a tiresome job with the tools, cleaning them might be the last thing that somebody is willing to do. However it is essentially good for keeping the tools in good form for the next job. It is worth doing it rather than spending huge sums of money repairing the tools or replacing them. Where cleaning may involve power tools, one should make sure that they are unplugged before cleaning.
When one has cordless tools, their storage may necessitate some extra considerations. Most cordless tolls require a battery therefore somebody will need to the climatic conditions of the storage places. In most cases rechargeable batteries require temperature of about 590F. However, depending on the type of battery, they may well handle lower or higher temperatures than that but in most cases not many types of batteries can bear extreme low or high temperatures.
Power tools can either be corded or cordless. The choice of most people are the cordless power tools for the simple reason that not many want to always tug around with the cord. Also sometimes it might not be easy to get somewhere to plug the cord. On the other hand, cordless power tools require higher maintenance and storage levels to ensure that they are in good shape. While storing the power tools, a person should ensure that:
Lubrication ensure the efficiency of a tool as well as preventing rusting of the movable parts. This exercise could be done before the use of a tool but it is best done after its use due to storage hazards such as moisture and rust. Some tools require special lubrication oil for the spindle and chucks. This is usually indicated in the user manual.
Power tools should be thoroughly inspected after their use and while storing. One should ensure that there are no exposed wires and that their pockets are free form any dust and debris. Either of these may hinder a descent connection the next time they are being used or when charging.
Though was mentioned earlier, when cleaning power tools water should not be used. A vacuum cleaner should be used to blow dust that might have collected in the tools. Accumulation of dust in power tools leads to premature wear. If the tool has a blade and the blade happened to get some gunk on it, a cloth and a cleaning product should be used. Remember also to clean the product after finishing in case it is flammable.
While taking care of the tools, do not forget that to the toolboxes, bags and belts in which the tools are being store will also need to be maintained. The boxes should be kept clean and if the belts are made of leather, they may need some conditioning once in a while. For this, I bet a quick wash would solve the problem.
To say the least, taking caring for one’s tools and their proper storage requires commitment. Therefore if one demands a lot from those tools it may appear like a small price to pay. A tool that has been well taken care of can be rewarding with lots of DIY goodness.