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How to Store Power Tools and Hand Tools

How to Store Power Tools and Hand Tools


It’s amazing how often we need tools around the home. Installing curtain rods, fixing a leaky drain, putting batteries in a new toy all require a tool of some sort. But, what do you do with your tools once you are done using them? In order to keep your tools in the best shape possible, it is important to store your tools properly. Looking for tool storage tips? Keep reading this article for must follow steps to tool storage.

Tool Storage Ideas: 6 Steps for Storing Hand and Power Tools

Hand tools can be especially susceptible to rust. In order to prevent damage from occurring follow these quick tips!

  • Step 1: Check for manufacturer approved instructions - The best way to protect your tools from damage is to follow the instructions set forth by the manufacturer. The manufacturer will understand their product best and know the best preventative steps.
  • Step 2: Clean the tools - The first step to storing your tools is to clean them properly. When cleaning the tools, use a cloth and some oil to remove any stubborn dirt or debris that may be caked on your tools. It is important to never use soap and water, as this can actually cause your tools to rust. As a general rule of thumb, clean your tools off after every use. This will help to prevent any rust or oxidation from occurring. 
  • Step 3: Use original cases whenever possible - The original case was built to hold and protect your tools best. When storing your tools, try and store them in the cases the tools originally came in. These cases will have cushioning and padding custom to what the tool needs.
  • Step 4: Look for damaged tools - Look through your tool collection and pull out any tools that are damaged or unusable. This will help to keep your tool collection from organized and prevent it from taking up unnecessary space.
  • Step 5: Store the tools in a dry location - When storing tools, it is important to take into consideration the environment they are being stored in. Storing your tools in the garage or basement can expose them to dangerous fluctuations in temperature and the potential for moisture damage. • Step 6: Keep the tools vertical Tools should never be stored close to the ground. The floor is more susceptible to fluctuations in temperature, which can damage the tools. Use pegboards and shelves to store the tools vertically and high off of the ground.

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Tools can take up a great deal of room. Looking for a location to store your tools? Consider a climate controlled storage unit! A climate controlled storage unit will protect your tools from dangerous and damaging fluctuations in temperature. Self Storage of Vacaville has a variety of sizes of climate controlled storage units, including the 5x5, 5x10 and 10x10 storage unit options. Reserve your storage unit with us today!