Tools are quite a good investment if proper care is taken. Adequate maintenance care of your hand tools and power tools will save both time and money. To keep your prized in good condition is essential to keep your DIY projects running. In this article, we will discuss mostly garden tools, power tools, and hand tools. But most of these tips are also applicable to any other form of devices as well. So read it out!
Toolboxes are also great to organize tools. It offers an added advantage of portability. Carry it around comfortably while keeping tools organized. Keeping all your toolbox in a toolbox is not a great idea. The toolbox is meant to keep your frequently used tools. It’s better to store the bulk of your tools in boxes, shelves, drawers.
Avoid Rusting of Tools
Always store your tools in dry space. Most parts of our houses like garages, basements have a considerable amount of humidity. Keep appliances away from any dampness. Storing tools on shelves or hanging pegboards expose them to outside moisture. It is always better to keep tools on air-tight boxes in humidity affluent areas.
Garden tools are prone to rust. Try to keep them hung; it allows them to dry off quickly. Avoid keeping them directly on concrete floors. Moisture easily comes up through the concrete. Extra precautions must be taken while storing power tools unless your workshop is air-conditioned. Always keep power-tools in their original cases. Hard-plastic cases protect them from humidity and external damage as well. Use silica gel inside drawers and boxes to absorb excess moisture. Rust-inhibitors and liners are also available for shelves.
Never Forget to Clean Your Tools After Every Use
Cleaning regular hand tools are simple. Wiping appliances with a rag after every purpose does the job. If devices contain grease and oil wash them with shop water. Allow them to dry completely before storing. WD-40 mixed with metal spirit is great for cleaning tools. Wipe dirt off wooden using rag dampened with linseed oil.
Some people prefer to clean garden tools in a bucket of sand mixed with oil. Linseed oil is best suited to fir this purpose as motor oil can harm plants and soil. Power tools are a little bit difficult to clean. Make sure the device is unplugged before you start cleaning. Use an air compressor to remove dust. Wipe the outer shell with cloth rags. Use motor-oil to lubricate moving parts.
Check for Moving, Cracked Parts Before Using
Damaged handles or moving-parts of devices can be fatal to use. Broken pieces can cause accidents during use. Look for mushroomed heads on sharp-edged devices. Such tools can shatter under a massive impact. Corrosion is another enemy of tools. A pure hairline crack can be dangerous. Look for exposed wires or frayed insulation are electrical hazards that you must be careful about.
Take good care of your tools to avoid any accidents while working. It takes a serious commitment to keep your appliances in good condition. The productivity tools give, it’s a minimal price to pay. A well-maintained machine will reward you with many DIY projects.