How to Store your Tools for the Winter

  • Now that the winter months are well upon us we won’t be using our tools as often. Instead of having them take up space in your home or garage you should consider placing them in one of our many secure units at 1st Choice Storage in Miami. To help to in ensuring the quality of your tools we have gathered some tips for you when it comes to storing your tools this winter.
  • 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.
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