Whether you work professionally with your tools or you keep them for your do it yourself projects, you need to keep them in good condition. When you look after your tools, not only will they last longer, they will get the job done better. This is a short guide to keeping your tools in great condition.
Have a Proper Place to Keep Your Tools
If you want to stop mislaying tools so that you can find the right tool for the job when you need it, make sure that you put them away safely in the same place each time. Small, hand tools can be kept in a tool box, saws, drills and other large tools should be hung up, either in a locked cupboard, shed or garage.
Keep Tools Clean
Each time you use your tools you should give them a clean before putting them away. Soak, clean and dry brushes and clean any rust from metal tools with a wire brush. Clean tools with warm water then dry and add a thin coating of oil to blades and surfaces.
Wear industrial gloves when cleaning blades or any other sharp tools as it is all too easy for your hand to slip. It is best to wear heavy gloves whenever you are working with very sharp tools such as a Stanley knife or a hacksaw.
Every so often you should sharpen any tools with blades once you have cleaned them. It is easy to cut yourself when working with a sharp tool such as a saw so wear heavy, industrial gloved when you do this job. Sharpening your blades will mean they work better and last longer.
Make sure that all tool handles are properly secured, especially hammer shafts as a loose shaft can cause accidents when you are working. Smooth wooden handles occasionally with sandpaper and then wipe over with a dry cloth.
Faulty electrical tools are the cause of many do-it-yourself accidents. When you are using an electrical tool such as a saw or power drill, make sure that both the tool and its fittings are dry and free from dust. If tools are dusty then use a soft brush to get rid of the dust.
You should always check electrical plugs and cords before using the tool. If the cord is frayed then get it replaced as soon as possible, working with an electrical tool that has a frayed cord is extremely dangerous. Make sure that cords are properly wound and secured when you put the tool away to prevent any damage. Any electrical cutting tool with a metal surface should be oiled from time to time as this helps to prevent rust forming.
Don’t be tempted to buy second hand electrical tools unless they are from a recognised dealer who offers a guarantee. Always buy the best electrical tools that you can afford, if you look after them properly they could last you for a long time.
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