Last edited 16 Oct 2020

Tool and equipment care and maintenance

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[edit] Introduction

Tools and equipment require proper care and maintenance, not only for longevity but also to remain useful and safe for the task at hand. Here are some care and maintenance practices for tools and equipment.

[edit] Proper storage

Proper storage entails shielding tools from harsh weather conditions, damage and theft. It is particularly crucial for metallic tools to be kept away from moisture to avoid rusting.

Having a cabinet where these tools and equipment are stored will be vital to ensuring a secure storage area. Also, greasing, lubricating or oiling metallic tools and equipment is essential to prevent rust from forming while keeping the tools in the best condition for future tasks.

[edit] Using tools and equipment for their right task

Using a tool for the task it is intended helps to keep it in its best shape. This reduces unnecessary damage and protects the user. It is also important to check whether the tools are in the right condition before using them.

[edit] Cleaning after use

Storing dirty tools without cleaning them can cause them to deteriorate. Routine cleaning reduces the chances of rust and can reduce the rate of wear and tear.

[edit] Inspect tools regularly

Regular inspection of tools is beneficial since it provides an opportunity to see if tools may need repair or replacing. Inspections can help to prevent a situation where a last minute trip to the store to purchase a new tool or spare parts delays a project.

[edit] Read and follow manuals

The manuals that come with equipment, especially power tools, have important and useful guidelines. They instruct and advise on the best way to keep equipment in optimal condition.

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