Things To Consider When Putting Your Tools Into Storage

Written By Alla Levin
April 25, 2022
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Things To Consider When Putting Your Tools Into Storage

When you’re not using your tools, a storage locker is a perfect place to put them. Whether you use these tools for work or just have a large number of them for regular usage around the house and garden, keeping them at home is not always viable. In such circumstances, choosing a suitable storage facility to keep your equipment is the ideal solution.

Not only would storing your tools in a storage unit keep them safe and protected, but it will also free up room at home, which may be limited. However, there are a few things to consider if you decide to lease a storage facility for your gear. With that in mind, here are some things to think about while storing your equipment. 

Empty The Oil

Using a self-storage container for your equipment as a storage option is a terrific idea for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is security. However, you should be advised that no one will be checking on the contents in your storage unit — once the door is locked, it is up to you to guarantee that everything is secure inside the storage unit.

One of the most crucial things to do in this respect is to empty any gasoline, oil, motor fluid, or similar from all of your tools. For safety reasons, no flammable item should be left in a power tool, lawnmower, or – and this is entirely feasible – a car. Furthermore, if this liquid leaked, it would be very difficult to clean up. It’s also a good idea to remove all batteries from power tools for the same reason. In this way, you can be certain that the unit is secure and that your tools are protected.

Clean Your Tools And Equipment Tools In Storage

It’s advisable to clean your tools, tool chest, and anything else you wish to put in your storage unit before you leave. Although this may take some time, once completed, you will know that the equipment is in excellent shape and that when you need your tools again, they will be ready to use without you having to spend any further time cleaning them.

It’s also a good idea to stop by the unit on a frequent basis. This is why, if possible, selecting a nearby storage facility close to home is an excellent option. However, keep in mind that the nearest unit may not be the best one, so make sure you’ve done enough research and are satisfied with your pick – you need to be confident that your belongings will be secure wherever you keep them.

It’s also a smart idea to return to the unit on a routine basis to do extra cleanings. Even in the best storage containers, dust can accumulate, and if you want to maintain your tools in the best shape, it’s a good idea to clean them every few months, even if you don’t plan to use them right away.

Organize Your Tools 

While it might be tempting to just put everything into the storage container, close the door, and walk away, this is not a smart idea. If you do this, it may speed up the unpacking and storage process, but you’ll certainly regret it when it comes time to retrieve anything you need.

The best thing you can do is allow enough time to carefully arrange your equipment inside the storage facility. This is maybe more relevant with smaller hand tools. If you don’t already have a tool chest, you need to purchase some shelves from Bilt Industries, as well as some plastic bins. Sort and name your tools and keep them in these containers. Keep related things together so you know where all the bolts, screws, screwdrivers, and so on are. Once in the boxes, put them on the shelf, and you’ll be able to locate everything you need right away.

Cover With A ClothThings To Consider When Putting Your Tools Into Storage

As previously said, dust may be an issue in a storage locker, just as it would be in a basement or garage. The last thing you want to do is arrive at the storage facility, go to get the equipment you need for the task you’ve been assigned to do, and discover that everything is caked in dust, requiring you to spend a significant amount of time scrubbing before you can even begin.

Aside from the previously stated frequent cleaning, another alternative is to cover everything with a cloth. You can safeguard the bulk of the stuff in the storage container this way. Smaller hand tools can be kept safe by storing them in plastic crates. In other words, the more you can do to keep filth and dust at bay, the simpler it will be to maintain your equipment.

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