Taking Care of Tools

If you don’t care for your tools, it won’t matter how nice they are to start with. I do believe in buying the best tools you can afford. The first thing most people have is a tool chest or toolbox to store their tools. You should make sure your tools remain seperated so they do not bang or rub into one another to prevent blades and cutting tools from dulling. Yet it is common to find toolboxes not kept in the most idea of locations. If you want to increase the life of your tools, the best thing you can do is reduce the amount of moisture in the air where you keep them. One option is purchasing @@AMAZONTEXT;B0034G4OB8;a dehumidifier@@. Another option you may wish to explore which are much less expensive is a @@AMAZONTEXT;B0025OO8DO;silica gel can@@ these are small enough to fit in the drawer of a tool box to absorb any access moisture there. They will need to be replaced or reactivated every so often.

What should you do when you get rust on your tools? Well first off, you need to get the rust off as soon as possible. You can use steel wool, however it is can easily scratch your tools. There are also chemical options to do this as well. It really comes down to personal preference. If you find the rust to be very rough, you could look at @@AMAZONTEXT;B001AU3J6Q;spraying it down with WD40@@ first. After you have removed the rust, make sure to spray it down with WD-40 or another type of oil to help protect it form further rusting.

Wooden handles also need to be dealt with carefully. They should be oiled (and some people use a combination oil and bee’s wax paste) to condition and protect the wood from splitting. If a split occurs you will either need to replace the handle (if that is possible on that tool) or you will have to repair the crack with wood glue, sand, and condition the wood. It is defininately easier to keep your tools nice from the start then having to bring them back after mistreating them.