Storage and maintenance tips
Kim Roberts discovers what power tools are necessary for the home handyman and those who do woodworking.
* Keep tools protected from dust and moisture. Organised storage makes it quick and easy to find them when needed and protects the tools from damage.
* After each use, check for any defects or damage.
* Remove any dirt, soil, debris or excess grease. Clean every metal surface with an approved cleaner and then dry it off completely with a cloth before storing. Spray with a lubricant metal protector, where indicated by the manufacturer.
* Preferably use shelving, drawers, storage boxes or cupboards/cabinets, depending on the size and shape of the tool and what is best in your climate.
* If your tool comes in a handy carry case, make use of it to keep the tool safe.
* Drier climates allow for tools to be hung on an organiser board. Never store tools on the ground.
* Organise tools with their discs/attachments in handy consecutive drawers.
* Use food storage containers. Label containers to make the tools quick and easy to find.
* A tool box makes a great storage place for a power tool that has extra fittings/bits. The extra parts (depending on the sizes) can be stored in the top compartmentalised tray, while the actual tool fits underneath in the bottom compartment.
Read the full article ‘Power tools for DIY’ers’ in the March/April 2019 issue of The Home Handyman.