A decent toolbox is a good investment for every household. Having decent tools on hand for your DIY project saves you time and money.
However, it’s important to keep your tools properly stored, cleaned, and maintained.
Here’s some tips and tricks to take better care of your tools.
Store your tools properly
To keep your tools in good shape, it’s important to store them properly.
Work with the space you have.
You could invest in a couple of decent storage boxes, or use an old chest of drawers. Or maybe you’d prefer them to hang on the wall, in that case grab yourself a pegboard.
The key thing about storage is choosing something that works for you while maintaining your tools in the best shape.
Remember – a place for everything and everything in its place.
Only use tools in working order
Dull blades and hammers with loose heads are not working tools.
Avoid rust – tools number one enemy!
The most common culprit of tool killers is rust. Rust makes your tools unsafe, unusable, and just plain sad to look at.
However, with proper care after use (i.e. wiping off dirt, water, etc.) you can ward off rust for a very long time.
Just like human skin, metals need conditioning. Best way to store your tools is in a bucket with soft sand mixed with mineral oil. The reason is because the oil will form a seal around your tools, preventing oxygen from reaching/reacting to any grime left on your tools. A little bit of oil will make it so your tools won’t spoil.
If they need it, repair your tools
If a tool shows signs of needing to be repaired, take it to a repair shop and get it sorted when you first notice the problem.
Quality not quantity
We all love a bargain.
However, when it comes to your toolbox its best to avoid the bargain and invest in a tool of decent quality.
Clean your tools after every use
After a long day of work, the last thing you want to do is clean. Unfortunately, if you want to keep your tools in the best possible shape, it has to be done. Clean your tools after every single use.
Keep some tools handy
Keep a few frequently used tools in the house. While the majority of your tool inventory should be stored properly in your place of choice, it’s handy to have a hammer, a few screwdrivers and a couple of nails handy in case of emergencies.
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