Taking Care of Hand Tools
Hand tools are of great importance in
everyday life. What they are, how to use them, what they can be used for
are significant to the worker. There are different variety of tools and
each tool has a special use. Hand tools cost money and hence every
worker should know how to take care of the tools he uses.
Care of Hand Tools
The care of hand tools depends on many factors like as follows:
- Cleaning and Conditioning:
A tool should always be kept clean and free of dust so that it
remains in a good condition and a tool in good condition gives the
- Clean your tools after use.
- You can wash your hand tools using brush.
- There should not be any risk of spreading pathogens while
washing your tools.
- As rust is caused by dampness or moisture, the formation of
rust can be prevented by applying light oil on those rust prone
- When rust forms on tools, remove it by using a fine abrasive
cloth or scrubber.
- The moving parts of the tools must be kept working freely
and hence it is necessary to lubricate them regularly.
- Tools should be kept in a tool box or a tool cabinet or work
- Each tool should be kept in its own individual place so that
it is easily accessible and can be replaced readily after they
have been used.
- The compartments in a tool box or a cabinet should be
designed and placed in such a way that there is no danger of one
tool coming in contact with the other.
- The bench top or the working area should always be kept
clear and unobstructed.
- Tools should not lie idle on the floor or in the working
area as they are a hazard to anyone working there or passing by.
- Sharp tools like chisels and knives should be placed in
their respective holders so that there is no danger of cutting
oneself when picking it out or replacing it.
- Store hand tools in a dry, sheltered environment.
- Place similar tools together so that people can see easily
what is available.
- It is important to note that a user hurts or cuts himself
only when the tool is dull. A hand tool in a good working
condition will do its work efficiently without any effort on the
part of the worker. It is seen that when blades are dull, the
worker has to exert great pressure to cut , which in turn may
off balance the worker leading to his slip or fall. That is why
the blades of the cutting tools should always be be kept sharp.
- Metal blades should be well-oiled.
- Any kind of screws, blades, nuts, bolts, rivets, and springs
must always be checked regularly for wear or damage, and should
be replaced if necessary.
- Wooden parts of hand tools must be sanded oiled regularly.
- If certain tools are beyond your capacity to clean and
maintain, then take advice from the concerned maintenance
Last but not the least, tools should be used to do only that
specific job for which they are designed. For example, you cannot
use a chisel as a screwdriver or a screw driver as a chisel. Such
misuse is dangerous both to the tools and to the person using them.
You should learn how the tool should be used and for what purpose.