We’ve all done it at least once, working on some new project, perhaps even at a height only to realise you do not have the right tool to complete the task. But what you do have is a similar tool which can be adapted to complete the job. This is a mistake we’ve all made and we may have even gotten away with it but in some situations this mere act of improvisation can prove extremely dangerous. In practice, few people seem to be able to pick the right tool, because they don't know enough different tools. Also, the right tool for a job happens to be highly dependent on who is going to use it.

Hand tools should always be inspected before use. Never use hand tools that are rusted, cracked, warped, splintered, loose, damaged or broken! Look for any damage such cracks in handles, sharp edges, or splintering. If a wooden handle on a tool, such as a hammer or an ax, is loose, splintered, or cracked, the head has the potential to fly off causing injuries. Spades, shovels, and other long handled tools should not be used unless they are in good working condition and make sure that tools are not covered in paint, grease, or dirt that can create a hazard or hide a serious defect. Saws, knives, scissors, or other similar hand tools should be sharp as dull tools can actually be more hazardous than sharp tools. Wrenches that are warped, rusted, or sprung can result in breaking or slippage that can lead to serious hand injuries. 

Screwdrivers - Straight slot drivers have flattened tips that fit into screws and bolts with a dash-shaped slot that runs along the head. Phillips drivers have four-pointed tips that fit into screws and bolts with a plus sign-shaped slot at the head. The tips of screwdrivers are numbered from 1 to 4, depending on the width and thickness of the tip. For most home repair purposes, a 2 or a 3 tip is adequate. Screwdriver handles come in differing shapes and sizes. Select the handle that best fits your hand. There are many varieties of hammers on the market, from small lightweight “tack” hammers to heavy framing hammers. Most have claws (straight or curved) opposite the hammer head, which are useful for pulling out nails and prying up boards. For most home repair projects, a tack hammer and a standard 16-ounce hammer are most useful.

You will need to keep in mind that tools and equipment can be expensive. Quality professional hand tools will last many years if they are taken care of and treated with respect however manufacturers design tools for specific applications and intended uses. If you need to invest in quality tools we recommend the sooner the better, why not stop by or shop online at Tools Warehouse. They have a wide range of power tools, hand tools, hardware & machinery available with all the leading brands and great customer service.

Good quality tools can be a big investment, but if you take good care of them, they will last longer and return the favor. Making sure your tools are properly stored, cleaned, and well maintained will save you time and money as well as making your projects and maintenance jobs much easier. Organizing your tools and hardware is important and take inventory of what you have. Get everything out of your drawers and toolbox then sort the tools and hardware you are keeping into groups. Put all the different sizes of wrenches, pliers, screwdrivers, hammers, etc. together. Organize hardware like screws, nails, bolts, nuts and washers in containers that are clear, labeled and easy to access. Storing your tools properly makes them easy to find when needed and helps keep them from damage.