You might be a DIY expert or a professional handyman, but you still need to make sure you take care of your tools and equipment. By doing so, you ensure your own personal safety, while also prolonging the life of each tool. You’ll be able to save money on replacements and repairs, and you’ll avoid accidental injury on the job. Here are some commonly overlooked maintenance measures.
Dust may not seem like much of a hindrance to a power tool, but it can pile up and seep into corners and crevices. Especially if there is any moisture, dust can ruin your tools if not removed. If the equipment has been in storage for some time, don’t use them without giving them a thorough clean. You may think that your Porter Cable Sander is designed not retain dust, but you can’t prevent spiders from weaving webs all over it when you leave it in the tool shed for a few weeks.
Vermin of all types love to gnaw on wiring, and even if you have no creatures to worry about, lack of use or overuse can damage cords and wiring. Make sure you check on these with each tool before you use them, and don’t use anything that does have damage. Tools that involve impact, blades, or moving parts all need regular checks. If your blades are worn, you may need to sharpen them or replace them altogether. Don’t use rusty or worn blades as you can cause some serious damage and risk injury.
Depending on what climate you’re in, you will need to protect your tools from the elements. This means you’ll have to see about proper storage that prevents moisture or extreme temperatures from damaging the equipment. A lot of tools come manufactured with climate in mind, but you will want to take extra measures to prevent unforeseen damage, especially if you’re tools are from other countries or states.
Many tools and machinery need regular oiling, so make sure you use the right stuff for the job, and that you don’t do it too frequently either. Moving parts need to be lubricated to keep them running smoothly and to avoid rusting. Make sure you check on the correct lubricant or oil for these gadgets, because there are no one-for-all products when it comes to tools and equipment!
Don’t be stingy and try to save money by waiting till things fall apart before you replace them. You could end up damaging the tool further, or even whatever you’re trying to fix. Part of maintaining good up keep is to know when to replace parts. It’s also better to replace parts than entire machines, but only if the wear and tear is minimal.
Following these few maintenance tips will greatly extend the use of your tools, so be sure to care for your equipment just as much as you care for yourself.