Home improvement is a great hobby but to be effective you will need to gather an array of work tools.
These home improvement tools can be expensive to collect; it is in your own financial interest to protect your
investment by good tool maintenance.
When spring arrives it is a good time to think about any maintenace or repairs needed for the tools needed
for the outdoor seasons.
The following list of tool maintenance tips can help to extend the life of the tools you buy and ensure
1. Moisture - is the greatest enemy of your tools. Prolonged exposure to water can ruin any
type of tool. Metal surfaces rust, electronic contacts short out, and wooden handles can swell or crack. So it is
vitally important that you store your tools in a safe, dry place.
2. Electrical safety - Any Power tool with a damaged cord is not safe or legal to work with.
When any electrical lead begins to wear, it is time to replace that tool or have it repaired by a professional
3. Extension leads - only last as long as their protective casings. In a similar way to our
previous tool maintenance tip, an extension lead is unsafe to use when the protective outer casing is damaged.
Electricity can kill, so do not take the risk with your life or others that might borrow your power tools.
Investing in new extension leads is a small price to pay for peace of mind.
4. Hose reels - Wherever possible, your equipment should be kept neat and tidy, this is vital
for hoses, as they are such a trip hazard in the garden. If you do not take the time to properly wind your garden
hose on to a hose reel you run the risk that it will develop kinks or folds; this is where the material can wear
out and start to leak.
So investing in a suitable wall hung hose reel will help you to coil hoses properly and extend their
lives. Nowadays there are a number of self retracting hose reels that will take the hard work out of gathering in
garden hoses. Remember to isolate any taps as winter approaches and drain the hose to protect from frost
5. Decorating tool maintenance - Remember to clean paint brushes and rollers as soon as you
have finished using them. Don't give the paint time to harden on your valuable tools. A painting project is not
finished until all the tools are cleaned up and put away.
Although cleaning brushes and rollers can take some time, depending on the type of paint, any delays,
could cause you to have to replace your painting tools.
6. Organisation - Spend some time planning on how to organise your tools. Prioritise your
space, each of your most valuable tools should have its own particular place, and you should return each one to its
place when the job is done.
If space is limited then you will need to store some tools in the same place but whenever possible it is
best to keep tools separated. In a disorganized clutter, tool maintenance can become difficult and you may well
find it demotivating when you find it difficult to locate the right tools for the job.
7. Manufacturers instructions - Tool manufacturers don't just provide manuals for their
legal protection. You will find tool maintenance to be much easier when you use them and store them in accordance
with the manufacturer's instructions.
8. Maintenance schedule - It is wise to follow the recommended maintenance schedule for
your home tools. Compile maintenance tasks from your different tool manuals and gather them together on one
calendar. This way you are unlikely to forget the regular maintenance tasks required.
9. Damaged handles - Don't be tempted to save money in this area, replace tools with loose or
damaged handles. Especially with gardening tools. A broken handle can make such tools very dangerous; how can you
exert full strength to tasks when you are not certain that the handles can take the pressure.
10. Safety gear - is for your benefit, so take as much care with it as with your other tools.
Following safety precautions is important even with simple tools. Your home improvement tools should include eye
and ear protectors as an absolute minimum. Ensure your safety gear is always to hand.
Keeping these suggestions in mind, will help to obtain the maximum amount of reliablity from your tools.
Diligent tool maintenance makes future home improvement projects easier to plan, and afford by minimizing the
number of tool replacements you need to make.
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