Contractors: 4 Ways To Keep Your Tools And Equipment Safe
If you’re a contractor, your livelihood likely depends on your tools and equipment. In order to keep your tools safe and functioning properly, storage is crucial. To ensure that your tools are always up to the job, keep the below tips in mind:
Never leave tools on the ground
One of the most common causes of damage to hand tools is that they have been left on the ground to accumulate dust and grime. Even something as simple as a screw driver with an end that has been chipped because of time spent on the ground, or with a head that has become clogged by dust and dirt and is unable to properly grip a screw, is going to mean a loss in efficiency.
Manual and power tools should be kept off the ground and stored vertically. This will not only ensure that your tools are stacked properly, but will prevent friction between tools – which could cause your tools to dull or not work properly.
Keep cords wrapped up
If you have high-quality power tools that you rely on to do your job, you know that improperly storing the chords of these tools is a surefire way to damage the wiring and render this equipment ineffective. Wrap up and hang your cords properly when not in use. These cords should not be tangled with other power tool cords, and should also not be left under anything, such as another piece of equipment.
If you are running out of space at home, or in your work shed, and need more room for additional tools, think about investing in a climate controlled self storage unit. There are often flexible contracts on storage units that come with round-the-clock security, as well as climate controlled rooms that will provide the best protection possible for your tools.
Being a contractor means investing in a range of expensive tools, both electronic and manual, to help you get the job done. These are assets, like any other business assets, that should be protected, which means having these tools properly stored so that you are assured every time you go to the job site that your equipment is ready for action.