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Power Tool Storage: The Top Mistakes People Make When Storing Power Tools

Posted on: May 11, 2018 | Tri-Village Self Storage 2018-05-11

Any home improvement project will require a variety of tools. This means that the average homeowner likely has a large assortment of tools lying around. So, what do you do with your power tools to keep them organized and in the best possible shape for when you need them? Well, when storing power tools, it is more important to know what not to do. Keep reading to find four common power tool storage mistakes!

Common Cordless Power Tool Storage Mistakes

Time and time again, we see the same power tool storage mistakes. When storing your power tools, never:

  1. Store dirty tools
  2. Store wet tools
  3. Forget to use a protectant spray
  4. Store tools on the ground

Let’s take a look at why these are mistakes.

1. Never Store Your Tools Dirty

If you’ve been with us for a while, you know to never store anything that is dirty. This is the same for storing power tools. Before you store your power tools, make sure they are clean. When cleaning your power tools, use a rag to wipe off any caked-on dirt and examine them for signs of wear-and-tear. If you notice any rust or damage, take care of it before you put your tools into storage.

2. Never Store Wet Tools

An item that is wet when placed into storage can result in the formation of mold, mildew or rust. In order to prevent your tool from getting damaged during storage, dry them off before placing them into storage. Laying your tools in direct sunlight for a few hours will help to ensure they are properly dry.

3. Always Use a Protectant Spray on any Metal Parts

Prevent rust from forming on your power tools by using a protectant spray on any metal parts. A protectant spray can be purchased at any home improvement store.

4. Never Store Your Tools Close to the Ground

The ground can be prone to moisture and fluctuations in temperature and humidity. When storing your power tools, store them in a tool box or tool storage cabinet high off the ground.

Tri-Village Self Storage Has Tool Storage Solutions

You invest a lot of money into your tools, and you want them to last for as long as possible. If you don’t have a safe location to store your power tools in your garage, consider a climate controlled storage unit. Cordless tool batteries can be very expensive. When you store your cordless tools in a location that fluctuates in temperature, the batteries in the cordless tools can be damaged. Not only will fluctuations in temperature shorten battery life, it can cause the batteries to swell and make them unusable.

A climate controlled storage unit will keep your tools safe from moisture and fluctuations in temperature and humidity, but still in a location close to your home. Tri-Village has storage facilities in downtown Columbus, OH, Plain City, OH and Grandview Heights, OH. Contact us to rent a storage facility today!

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