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How to Keep your Tools Safe in Storage

Written by  Tuesday, 20 March 2018 00:00
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Whether you have just run out of room in your home or can’t seem to part with the tools you just don’t need right now, you can trust Elite Storage to provide you with the perfect unit to store all of your tools. We have temperature controlled storage units that provide you with the best protection available when it comes to the things you care about. Listed below are a variety of tools you may be looking to store and how to store them properly.

 

Hand Tools

Freezing temperatures can make many metal or plastic parts brittle and particularly susceptible to breakage if you use them at very cold temperatures. To avoid this, get into the habit of taking hand tools out of the cold before use; let them sit inside the house for an hour or more. Keep in mind that metal tools can rust if left out. Make sure you have them stored in a place that moisture from the air can’t get to the tools.

 

Power Tools

Any kind of power tools should be cared for throughout the cold winter months. Keeping them away from moisture is key. Have them elevated off of the storage unit floor to reduce the risk of damage. Make sure you allow your power tools to adjust to a warmer temperature before using. Using your power tools when they are still cold could cause extensive damage. Make sure your power tools are properly lubricated according to their user manual.

 

Gas Powered Tools

You need to take special care of your tools that are gas powered such as your lawn mower and chainsaw. If not properly winterized, gasoline left in an engine can gum up the carburetor or other parts, unlubricated engine parts can corrode, and moisture may affect the ignition system. A standard winterizing procedure includes:

•Drain the gasoline (or add a gasoline stabilizer). Gas that stands in the tank for more than one month can form a layer of varnish on the inside of the fuel components, and draining the gas reduces this problem. Or, you can add a can of gasoline stabilizer to the tank.

•Change the oil on 4-stroke engines. This will keep dirt and other particles in the oil from sticking to parts of the engine.

•Seal the fuel cap. Engines emit small amounts of fumes even when they aren't running. Cover a vented fuel cap with a piece of aluminum foil to prevent evaporation.

 

As you can see the use of a temperature controlled storage unit at Elite Storage is the best way to protect your tools from fluctuating temperatures this spring. Call us today for more information about the units we have available.

 

 

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