Tool Usage & Maintenance Rules

Hand tools shоuld not be used fоr purposes other than they are designed for. Their material strength is always designed according tо the nature of work to be performed. Tools being misused may lead to fracture, causing danger to persons.

There are several basic tool rules that should be remembered. These are as follows.

  • Purchase quality tools - with tools, you usually get what you pay for. Quality tools are lighter, stronger, easier to use, and more dependable than off-brand, bargain tools. Many manufacturers of quality tools provide guarantees. Some are for the lifetime of the tool. If the tool fails, the manufacturer will replace it free of charge. This can save money in the long run.
  • Keep tools organized - a technician has hundreds of different tools. For the tools to be located quickly, they should be neatly arranged. There should be a place for every tool, and every tool should be in its place. If tools are just thrown into the toolbox, time and effort are wasted "digging and searching" instead of the job being done.
  • Keep tools clean - wipe tools clean and dry after each use. A greasy or oily tool can be dangerous! It is very easy to lose a grip on a dirty tool, cutting or breaking a finger or hand.
  • Use the right tool for the job - even though several different tools may be used to loosen a bolt, usually one will do a better job. It may be faster, grip the bolt better, be less likely to break, or require less physical effort. A good technician knows when, where, and why a particular tool will work better than another.

The use of tools may vary, but good practices for safety, care, and storage of tools remain the same.

The time spent maintaining your tools and toolbox is time well spent. Well-organized tools will save time on each job and help you get more work done.