Spring Clean Your Toolbox!
You know that feeling when you open up the windows, air out the house, and clean out the clutter from winter? This wonderful feeling is called Spring Cleaning! Your toolbox could use some attention as well. With Spring comes Summer and these two seasons see a lot of home improvement projects. Let’s make sure that your tool box is cleaned up and ready for action!
First, take everything out of your toolbox and place it on a table. And we mean everything! Even those candy bar wrappers that were thrown in there months ago! Take a good look at the integrity of the toolbox itself. Will a little wiping out with a rag and cleaner bring it back to life? Or, is the poor thing all rusted and ready to retire? We know, sometimes we get attached to our toolboxes too. But, sometimes you just have to let the old go and move on to the new. Your tools deserve an area to rest after a full day of work where it is clean and moisture free, since rust is a tool’s nemesis. Replace your toolbox with a brand new shiny one to start the season off right!
Now that you’ve inspected the toolbox, let’s take a look at what you had in there to start with. It is essential to maintain your tools or replace them for safety purposes.
- Hammer: an essential and much-used tool, the hammer seems immortal, but actually does have a life span. You know it is time to get a new hammer when the handle is deteriorating. With abundant use, the handle can break which can cause trauma to your hand. The grip can also become smooth, causing you to lose your grip and possibly send the hammer flying in a direction that it shouldn’t.
- Screwdriver: another homeowner and handyman’s essential tool. Screwdrivers see their share of work during home improvement or construction projects. They take on anything from small to large tasks so that makes them a commonly used tool. Take a look at the handle here as well. The grip can deteriorate over time, which will make the task of using it that much harder. If it is chipped or even cracked, it can cause harm to your hand as you turn the handle. Also, check out the end of the screwdriver. Over time, the end can become dull, which will add to the effort that you will need to use it. Replace any screwdrivers that seem worn out.
- Saw blades: if your saw blades are rusty or broken and have seen better days, it is best to replace them. Using them could damage your saw and is also a safety hazard.
- Drill bits: definitely replace old drill bits that are worn down. They are inexpensive to buy and will save you unnecessary extra time in your projects. Sharp drill bits made of high speed steel (HSS) is recommended.
- Pliers: another tool that is used in many applications, pliers tend to wear down fast. Mainly it is the handle from all the pulling and twisting that occurs during projects. Replace them with new pliers if the grip is torn or chipped.
- Dust masks: yes, you should have these in your toolbox. Dust masks and respirators are important to wear during projects so that you don’t breathe in dust that is kicked into the air. Make sure they are clean. Check the rubber band for breakage. Replace if they are not up to par.
The above mentioned tools are just a handful of the types of tools out on the market. A lot of what was said applies to all tools. If they look or feel worn down, then it is time to replace them.
If you are in need of a specific tool for your projects or need to refresh your old, tired tools with new ones, please stop by Shell Lumber and head over to our tool section. Our team of tool experts are there to help you find what you are looking for. Shell Lumber is located at 2733 S.W. 27th Avenue Miami, Florida 33133, visit us online at www.shelllumber.com or give us a call locally at 305-856-6401 or Toll Free 800-621-6391.