5 ways to Maximize your Plumbing Tools’ Lifespans

Keeping your tools in good shape is essential in any profession. Plumbing tools especially can be victim to a lot of wear and tear while you’re hard at work, so it’s important to pay attention to their condition. There are a few easy ways that you can increase your tool’s lifespans, saving you money, time, and energy down the line, and we’re here to help show you how with our top 5 pointers.

Clean your tools

One of the simplest ways to take care of your plumbing supplies is to clean your tools regularly. Removing grease, dust, or other substances from your tools as they happen can help you prevent build up, which will inhibit the tool’s performance down the line. It can also lead to damaging your tools, so that they won’t perform properly when you need them. 

Investing in Blue Monster Scrubbing Towels is a great way to help with this endeavor. They are heavy duty, pre-moistened, and dual textured, perfect for getting even the toughest of gunk off your tools. They are also free of harsh chemicals and have a pleasant citrus smell, as well as being quick drying to prevent rust. Blue Monster Scrubbing Towels also come with a free hand and nail brush, so you can stay as clean as your tools.  

You should also take the time to lubricate any tools that need it, which not only optimizes performance, but also helps prevent rust. Whether you’re using a special oil or spraying on some WD-40, your tools will thank you. 

Keep records

A practice that will help you stay on top of your tools condition is taking notes on their situation. Writing down when you purchased the tool, how long you expect it to last (along with any included warranties), and when you should need to purchase a replacement will allow you to evaluate how long your tools are really lasting you. You should also check for signs of wear and tear after each job and make note when you notice a nick or concerning issue. Staying organized can help you realize if you’re actually getting the maximum lifespan out of your equipment, as well as keep you safe.

Read the manual and follow guidelines

As straightforward as a tool may be, taking a few extra minutes to read the manual could ensure a longer life for your tools. You want to guarantee that you are using a tool properly and as it was intended, so that you can prevent any breakage or deterioration. Ensure that you are familiar with all of the tools capabilities and limitations, so that you can avoid over straining the materials and causing them to break. This way, when you’re on a job, you’re ready to utilize all the tricks in your toolbox.

Proper storage

After a job’s complete and you’ve cleaned off your tools, it’s important to consider where you are keeping your tools. Avoiding moisture and sun exposure can help you prevent rust on your tools. Storing them in a cool, dry place is one of the best practices, such as in a toolbox or garage. Some tools come with plastic containers that are perfect to continue using as storage throughout the tool’s lifespan. You can also prevent rusting by utilizing corrosion liners inside your storage container. One more thing to keep in mind is that you want each tool to have its own compartment and avoid contact with your other tools, which could cause damage. 

You also want to follow the manufacturer's advice on storing the tool. Some instruments need to be loosened or taken apart when not in use. This can help you avoid prolonged tension and other issues that may arise, which will wear your tools down much quicker than when they are stored properly.

Ensure optimal performance during use

During a job, it can be easy to simply whip out a tool and start using it. However, it’s important to ensure that you are using each tool as efficiently as it was intended. Checking your calibration regularly can help speed up this process when you are on a job site, so you can quickly use the tool you need. Ensuring that your tools are properly calibrated also helps both you and your tools avoid working harder than is necessary, ensuring more endurance and a longer lifespan for your tools. 

You should also consider proactively changing out small parts of your tools. A few examples include swapping out bits on a drill, blades on cutting tools, and sandpaper on your sanders. Making these changes when the small parts are at about 75% of their life cycle rather than waiting until they are completely worn out will also help your tools avoid overworking. This will help you get the full use out of your equipment.

Better tools, better work

When your tools are in their best condition, it allows you to do your best work. The last thing you want to happen is for your tools to fail in the middle of an emergency repair. These tips take only a few minutes, but can make a big impact on your craftsmanship. When you’re ready to purchase tools that will last longer and the materials to help you take care of them, trust the oldest plumbing supply house in Chicago. At A Messe Supply, we’re experts at providing you with top-notch customer service at the best prices. 

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