How to Maintain and Increase the Lifespan of Your Tools

Nowadays, it is very expensive to open up your wallet when things are broken and can leave a dent in your financial life. Sometimes these broken objects can be fixed at no to little costs. Whether you are a professional handyman doing work for neighbours, friends, family or clients or you have no handyman skills, you will need a toolbox.

Yes, a toolbox that keeps your household tools intact for emergency touch-ups, a little DIY project or just something you could pass on to your handyman. But what we always forget to keep in mind is the proper maintenance of our household tools to increase each tool’s lifespan. Below are guidelines on how to maintain our commonly used tools to prevent rust, breakage, faulty wiring, etc.

Proper Maintenance of Electric Hand Drill

Odds are, you own one and you use it frequently or you own one and you don’t have any idea where it is right now. The electric hand drill is a common tool, especially if you like to put paintings on the wall or hang different photographs to remind you of an unforgettable summer, your wedding photo, even a picture of your favourite Hollywood star. Your hand drill may be owned by your great grandfather but hey, drills last a lifetime, more likely when properly handled.

Don’t forget to remove your electric hand drill from being plugged after using it. Not only will it keep you from paying an extra electricity charge, but it will keep your drill (and your kids or housemates) from danger. Most drills came with a storage case so use it to store the drill.

Always sanitise your drill after each use. It will help reduce the chances of rust occurrences and will keep the sharpness of the drill’s blade. A clean drill will work smoothly and more effectively than a rusty drill.

The electrical cord should be wrapped securely and properly. Most of us are often in a hurry to store the drill, when in fact the cord’s still loose and could be cracked. Remember, the cord is the part of the drill where the electricity flows, so any signs of usage or wear that would be overseen could lead to a dangerous threat.

Proper Maintenance of Screw Drivers

Now, if you’re not that familiar with tools, this is the first tool you’ll need to grab and focus on. Screw Drivers come in different variants for specific uses, so you might as well take time and analyse which works for which. Screw drivers are used to loosen or tighten screws, commonly seen on door knobs, drawers and electrically operated appliances. There is the flathead screw driver, or the Phillips screw driver, both come in different lengths and sizes.

Always look for badly worn or damaged screw drivers. You could file the blades and keep it parallel, but not too much to avoid removing the temper while filing. Sharpness and accuracy of point will keep your screwdriver intact and perfect to use.

Keep the screwdriver free of any dirt and away from any object that could potentially destroy it.

Proper Maintenance of Pliers

Pliers, like any other tools should last a long time. It is used mainly to hold objects, particularly hot ones. Also, it is used to bend, compress and pull out a metal object from another.

Rinse your pliers after every use. Although water could be a source of rust, a good run through of cold water would keep your pliers clean at the end of the day. However, make it quick and never soak your pliers in water.

Always check the screw that holds your pliers together.

Look out for what you cut or bend using your pliers. Remember, most pliers are made of carbon, not metal. If you’ll be using it against something sturdier and harder than carbon, chances are it would lose its usability.

Proper Maintenance and Safety Guidelines of Wrenches

A wrench is used to tighten or loosen nuts, bolts, pipes and screws. Wrenches have different types too, so be sure to find the right wrench to do your job. Although wrenches are not that common, it is still an essential tool to each household’s toolbox.

Always clean your wrench after every use. Since it is used to tighten or loosen nuts, bolts, screws and pipes, your wrench may encounter grease, sealants, and oil. Letting those dirt pile up on your wrench may cause rusting.

Avoid using damaged wrench, if possible.

Don’t hit your wrench with any other tools like hammer, pliers, etc. This may end up damaging your wrench, contrary to what most handymen believe in that this might increase pressure.

Proper Maintenance of Your Nails, Nuts, Bolts, etc.

Since nails, nuts, bolts and the like are always used together with your tools, might as well keep them organised and well kept. They usually come in packs, so there is a plurality, and the tendency of nails or nuts scattered all over your toolbox is high. Below are simple tips:

Use a plastic organiser with dividers, preferably those that could fit inside your toolbox. By separating nails from the nuts, you could immediately grab your needs while working.

Then, if they are separated from each other, the occurrence of rust and other dirt accumulated particles will be decreased.

Remove damaged and rusty nails, nuts, bolts, etc. by updating your tool kit as often as possible. Not only will it keep your handicraft perfect and durable, it would prevent your tool kit from being crowded and trashy.