How to Keep Your DIY Tools Good as New

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Caring for Your Tools is as Easy as 1-2-3

DIY-ers love their tools, but sometimes we don’t show it. We’ve all done it. Carelessly thrown hammers and chisels or what have you into a tool box, risking nicks or dings. Left them crusted with crud and debris after a long day of use, saying we’ll clean them tomorrow (whenever that is!). Or ignored that speck of rust that appeared on a blade and is growing larger by the day.

But it’s easier, and cheaper in the long run, to take good care of your tools in the first place. There are three main considerations: proper storage, regular maintenance, and rust removal.

First, store your tools in a dry place. Place silica packets, like the kind you find in your vitamins, inside all your tool cabinets, boxes, and drawers to help absorb moisture. Keep them organized, too. Not only will you easily find what you need when you need it, but keeping your tools in an orderly manner helps prevent damage.

Second, lubricate your tools with oil. This will help keep parts moving smoothly and it will also help rust-causing moisture from permeating the metal.

Third, remove any existing rust from your tools. One simple and natural way to do this is to soak the rusty tools in white vinegar for a few hours and then rub them with aluminum foil or a scrub pad. Rinse and dry the tools, then apply a thin layer of oil to prevent rust from re-forming.

 

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