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How to protect and store your hardware tools

Ilisapeci Tinanisigabalavu
Thursday, February 15, 2018

BUYING good hand tools, power tools and garden tools can be quite an investment, but if you take good care of them, they'll return the favour. This is according to the website. The website also states that keeping your tools properly stored, cleaned and maintained will save you time and money.

Store your tools properly

Work with the space you have — hang them on pegboards, store them in boxes, bags, chests or drawers and shelves, whatever works for you is best.

Pegboards make a great storage system for tools because they let you see all your tools at a glance and they can make use of the wall space in a pretty efficient way. You can also build a hinged system, rolling or even portable pegboard if you don't have enough wall space.

Toolboxes are convenient for tools storage because they offer the primary advantage of portability.

Keep your tools in a dry place: garages, basements and other enclosed spaces can have humidity issues on your tools, especially if you keep them out on shelves or pegboards. Invest in a dehumidifier to keep the dampness down. You can set a humidity level so that the dehumidifier turns on only when it needs to.

Hang your garden tool: even if you keep your garden tools inside the garage or your shed, hang them so that they don't rest on the floor because moisture can easily creep up from concrete floors.

Store power tools in their original cases: power tools are better protected when they are stored in the hard plastic cases that they usually come with. The tools are also better protected from humidity when they are stored in their cases.

Clean your tools after every use.

Cleaning your tools after a good day of work is essential is keeping your tools in good shape.

Hand tools: wipe hand tools using a rag. If they're dirty, give them a good wash with soap and water and make sure you dry them well afterwards.

Garden tools: wash the garden tools if necessary. Some people like to use sand mixed with lubricating oil to clean their garden tools. Put some sand into a bucket and stab the tools in it to clean them, and then oil the tools using lubricating oil or linseed oil.

Power tools: make sure that the tool is unplugged before you clean it. Try and get all the dust off and wipe down the surface of the tool. Lubricate any moving parts with machine oil to prevent the tools from corroding.

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