Good quality tools don’t come cheap. They are an investment. As such, you not only want to make sure that you use them properly, but also that you store them properly between uses. From screwdrivers to lineman pliers, hammers to hand saws, tools need to be cared for so that they work well and last for a long time.
From hand tools to garden tools, power tools, and even kitchen tools or craft tools, cleaning, maintenance, and suitable storage makes all the difference.
Tool storage is, in a large part, dependent upon the available space you have. Some people store their tools in boxes or chests, on shelves, in drawers, or on a peg board. The best is probably on a peg board; each tool is there to be found at a glance and wall space can be used very efficiently in this way.
Alternatively, a tool box can also be a great option. This is a portable alternative.
Whichever storage option you choose, the most important thing is to protect your valuable tools from rust. Rust will destroy tools and make them either difficult to use or completely unusable. Keep tools in a dry place with low humidity – away from clothes dryers, laundries, etc. Store power tools in their original boxes or cases, and hang garden tools off the floor. If you use a toolbox or drawers, use silica gel packs to absorb moisture, or invest in anti-rust drawer liners.
You should also clean your tools after you have used them. Clean hand tools like screw extraction pliers and shears by wiping them with a rag, or washing with soap and water if they are really dirty. Make sure to dry them completely, and remember to gently oil hinges. Also, empty and clean out tool boxes from time to time.
Every time you use your tools, check them for damage. A damaged tool needs to be repaired or replaced. Look for cracked, splintered, or loose handles, corrosion, rust, jamming hinges, damaged heads, cracked housing, and frayed or exposed wires if using power tools. A damaged tool is an unsafe tool.
Finally, when you purchase tools, choose top quality tools from a reputable brand. Always use tools only for their industry-specified purpose. When you take proper care of your tools, cleaning, maintaining, and storing them appropriately, they should last for many, many years – even a lifetime.