Tool Maintenance For Beginners

Construction & Contractors Blog

Specialty tools, like those from, deserve special care. You cannot leave them lying around with the belief that they will be fine right where you leave them or just sitting on your workbench in the garage. If you are new to the world of tools, here are several ways in which you can protect and maintain your tool collection.

Oil Them

Tools with moving parts, such as a table saw or drill press, need to have their "cogs" oiled regularly so that they continue to move freely and do not get jammed up. Some of these specialty tools will come with a small bottle of the very specific type of oil you need to keep your tools oiled and working. While you do not necessarily have to buy the exact same brand of oil that was packaged with your tools, you do need to use the same type of oil. The oil is usually applied to the screws or bolts on which moving parts are connected. If there are any sort of gears inside the moving parts, like an engine in a small machine, these will need oil as well.

Clean Them

Plastic or rubber handles can be wiped down with a damp and slightly soapy shop rag or sponge. NEVER submerge any tool in water, as it may rust or corrode from the exposure to that much water. If you get paint or stain on a tool, just wipe it off the minute it happens. Use a light wipe of mineral oil mixed with a little paint thinner to clean any tools that got paint or thinner on them and then dried. If a tool was completely submerged in a paint can or bucket of stain, you are better off tossing it rather than cleaning it because it will rust and corrode from the amount of water/soap and/or mineral oil/thinner mixture that is needed to clean a tool after an accident of this nature.

Store Them in Cases or a Toolbox to Prevent Exposure

If you bought tools that came as a set in a closable container, continue to store them this way. Otherwise, loose and individual hand tools should be stored in a toolbox to prevent exposure to high humidity or rain. Specialty power tools should be covered if they are too large to place in a tool box, and power hand tools should be stored in a waterproof storage cabinet whenever they are not in use.


9 December 2015

All About Building a Home

Welcome to my website. I'm Albert Frost. Besides my dad, one of my biggest role models was my uncle Rick. He was a construction contractor who would let me come on his construction sites and also taught me everything he knew about building homes, including how to install hardwood flooring and add insulation. I always wanted to grow up to build houses like my uncle. I used to help my uncle with a lot of the grunt work needed to make a home a reality. But then I hurt my back playing football. Until I heal completely, I'm going to devote as much of my time as possible to teaching others about various construction topics I'm interested in.