Anyone who likes to do home projects needs to have certain tools for a variety of jobs. Many avid DIYers also really enjoy adding to the tool collection. Whether you only do occasional projects around the house or regularly tackle home improvements, your tools are a necessity. Accumulating a quality set of power tools doesn’t come cheap, so it’s in your best interest to take good care of them so they last a long time. Below are some things to consider when caring for your tools.
Proper storage of your tools will help prevent damage and contribute to a longer life. Some tools may be sensitive to cold temperatures, especially batteries. Garages and other spaces without climate control are not the best place to store certain items. You also want to be careful when stacking tools on shelves. Some tools may get damaged with something else piled on top or you may risk tools falling if they’re not properly stacked. Many power tools come with hard cases or contractor bags, which are always worthwhile for protecting your tools when not in use.
Keeping your tools clean is an absolute necessity for a long life. When using saws or sanders, always be sure to clean all the saw dust from the tool when you’re done for the day. You can use a shop vac or an adapter on your air compressor to clean the saw dust from your tools. Accumulating dust and debris can impede the performance of the tool and eventually cause damage if the tool gets blocked. When doing tile work, drywall work, or using mortar, be sure to keep your power tools free of “mud” and clean them promptly if they do get messy. Keep your storage cases and bags clean and free of debris too and your tools will always have a clean place to reside when not in use.
Many power tools have parts that need oil to run properly and last a long time. Nail guns, for example, should typically be oiled before each use. Other tools may need periodic oiling to protect them and keep them functioning well. Be sure to consult the operator’s manual for each tool to find the lubrication guidelines.
Your tools’ cords are very susceptible to damage if not coiled right. All cords should be wound in a loose circle so they aren’t strained. When they are wrapped around the tool or just shoved into a case, they get twisted and will incur damage over time. Take the extra minute to neatly and loosely coil all your cords and they will stay in great shape for years.
Blades and Bits
With your saws and drills, it is imperative that you replace blades and bits when they get worn. A saw with a dull blade will have to work much harder to cut through the material and it can damage the saw or reduce the life of certain parts. The same applies to your drills and drill bits. Always be sure to work with saw blades and drill bits that are still sharp.