How to give your tools the TLC that they need
If you want to make sure that your lineman pliers last as long as they should, then taking good care of them is critical.
For any artisan out there, they know for a fact that an investment in good tools like linesman pliers is quite important just as an investment in good training is important for the quality of their work. When it comes to having the right tools, you can buy the best tools but if you do not give the tools the care and attention that they need then you will end up having tools that cannot serve you as well as you they originally could. In order to take better care of your tools, some of the things that you need to do are as follows.
First you need to make sure that the tools that you have are stored well. This can mean different things to different people as we shall see below, but the bottom line is that the tools should be kept in an environment that is safe from misuse and safe from the elements. As for the part about good storage meaning different things to different people. Let’s take an example. If you live in a coastal area, then your storage needs will certainly be quite different from your storage needs in a dry dessert area. The difference is of course the amount of humidity in the air as well as the salt water that is in the coastal areas. As we know, metals constantly react with the environment around. What this means is that if you want to store your hand tools in an area where they will not rust or react to the environment in one way or the other, the storage conditions need to cater for this. So if you have the best quality of lineman pliers, how you would store them in a coastal area is not how you should store them in a dry place. Better yet, make sure that the storage area for all your hand tools is a cool, dry place that is devoid of moisture that can cause rust.
Besides good storage, you also have to make sure that you clean the tools that you use regularly and certainly always before you store them. If you have just used your lineman pliers for one task or the other, simply making sure that you clean them and that they are ready for use the nest time will ensure that the pliers not only last long but that they are well maintained and ready to be used the nest time around. If the tools that you use are slightly damaged after use, make sure that you repair them as soon as possible. This o course includes regular tasks that you would ordinarily do including sharpening blades, tightening screws and safely securing handles and so on. If the tools that you are using seem to be corroding and rusting, then you not only need to address the rust but you also need to address the symptom which could be that the tools need oiling or that the environment where the tools are stored could be causing faster than usual deterioration of your tools.
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