Any good tradesman knows you’ve got to take proper care of your tools, and that involves learning a few clever storage hacks to preserve and prolong the life of your tools. In this article, we’ll show you how.
We’re guessing you’ve invested a bit of money into your tool case, which should also mean you now invest a bit of time and effort in properly caring for them. Proper tool storage preserves and protects the tools from the passage of time, and elements, but also from being stolen or in some other way damaged.
So, what can you do to ensure the safety of your tools?
1. Trust in self storage.
Self storage has grown to be one of the most sought after storage options in the world, at the moment. It comes with an impressive list of benefits, like:
- Guaranteed safety – self storage containers offer a guarantee that your things will be safe from thieves and break-ins;
- Protection against the elements, as well as dust, damp, and so on;
- More space at home, since you’re storing your expensive gear in your dedicated tool storage unit;
- Lastly, peace of mind – when you’re only carrying a couple of tools you use most often with you, you’ve got less to worry about, and thus are better able to focus on the job at hand.
2. Take out insurance.
Most insurance companies offer special deals for tradesmen, to ensure the safety of their tools. Make sure you get your expensive gear insured, so that, if there is a problem, you won’t have to shoulder the cost of replacing your tool kit.
It might seem like a bit of a hassle now, but remember, if you’re willing to invest in high-power, expensive tools, you should also put some effort into protecting them.
3. Try not to keep your tools in your car.
We get it, you’re often on the road, and need your tools with you on various jobs. This might make storing them in your car sound ideal, but trust us, it’s not. Cars have relatively low security value, especially when compared to dedicated storage units, or even keeping the tools in your home or shed.
So only store your tools in the car when you absolutely have to, and make sure you park in video-monitored areas, to reduce the risk of theft.
4. Organize your tools.
More often than not, regardless of where you store your tools, that place will get messy fast. Yet this is a bad idea both for you, as well as the tools themselves. So try to organize your tools. Invest in cardboard or clear, plastic containers to each and every tool, to protect them. Store your nuts, bolts and other small apparel in jars or boxes, to avoid clutter.
5. Consider a tool storage cabinet.
You heard that right, there are actual cabinets out there designed to keep your tools safe, and organized. So wherever you’re storing them, maybe consider buying one of those cabinets, to give you easy access to your tools.
For more information on a temporary storage solution for your tools, please contact Big Blue Squirrel on 01708 862 787.