As you begin to become more and more obsessed with DIY, you will start to notice your collection of tools is growing. Whether they’re power tools, gardening tools or even craft supplies, you can find yourself gaining a new one with each new project. If you do a lot of work around the house, you have probably realized that you’ve gained quite the collection of tools. Some of your power tools in particular weren’t cheap. Obviously, you want to keep them going for longer to avoid the cost of replacing them. Use the following tips and tricks to keep your tools in good condition for longer.
Store Tools Properly
Whether it’s a power drill or a wrench, you should be sure to store all your tools in an appropriate manner. Don’t just throw them into a bag or box when you’re finished with them, letting wires tangle and delicate pieces bash about. Obviously you can’t create lots of space to store your tools if it isn’t there, but you don’t necessarily need a lot of space. You can use pegboards, boxes, drawers or whatever you have available. Just make sure you keep everything neat, organized and out of harms way. Store power tools in the cases you buy them in, because they’re designed to protect the product. Don’t forget to consider safety too, especially if you have children or pets.
Sharpen and Regrind Tools
Some tools will only function at their best if they’re sharp enough of the correct shape. You may find that your tools aren’t functioning as well as they once were, but it doesn’t mean you need to replace them. Your tools might just need you to sharpen them or regrind them so that you can get them back to their full potential. If you have tools made from carbide, such as a table saw, you can find a service that performs carbide cutting tool regrinding. You can also have tools repaired before you consider replacing them completely.
Keep Them Clean
Unfortunately, with every fun hobby there’s a boring bit that you also need to do. To keep your tools in good condition, it’s a good idea to clean them after every use. You probably don’t want to bother after a day of DIY, but make sure you leave time for it at the end of the day and you’ll be prepared. You can very easily clean garden tools and hand tools. Simply wipe them down with a rag at first, but don’t be afraid to get out the soap and water if there’s stubborn dirt. You can also use linseed oil to keep your tools protected. When it comes to power tools, it’s a bit more difficult. First check that they’re unplugged, and then wipe off any dust (you could also use an air compressor). Lubricate any moving parts too, to keep everything in working order.
You’re sure to come to love your tools. For many people, caring for their tools is a relaxing task, not a chore.