Tips on Caring for Hand Tools

Many people use hand tools around their homes. Perhaps you have a tool box with the tools that you use on a regular basis or maybe you store your tools in your garage. No matter where your tools are, keeping them in working condition is important to any home improvement project you may tackle. There are tips and tricks you may wish to implement as well next time you grab for your hammer or other tool.

No Rust

Next time you put your tools away in your toolbox, place a piece of charcoal or some chalk in there. These items help absorb moisture, keeping your tools rust free.

This is the most foolproof way of keeping your tools safe from rusting as that is most likely to happen during peak summers so better to keep the toolbox in the attic. You can also read about the new Makita impact driver at Impact Driver Guide to gain more knowledge.


There aren’t many things more frustrating than trying to find that nail or screw when you are in the middle of a project. Instead of searching all over your home to find these items, store them in a clear glass jar. Select a jar for one specific item. You do not have to purchase jars for this project, instead recycle your pickle, jam or other glass jars. Be sure to wash them thoroughly before you store nails, screws or anything else in them. This allows you to see exactly what you need immediately.

Scouring Powder

If you have a hard time keeping that screwdriver tip in a screw head, next time consider dipping the tip of your screwdriver into scouring powder immediately before you use it. Scouring powder gives your screwdriver increased “sticking” power inside those screw heads.

Tennis Ball

If you have a hard time twisting and turning the handle of a screwdriver on a project-for example, screwing a screw into a stud in your wall; consider placing a tennis ball over the handle of the screwdriver. Slit a tennis ball just enough to insert the screwdriver handle. Twist the tennis ball instead of the handle and watch that screw insert into the stud.

Replacing a Wooden Handle

If you need to replace a wooden handle on one or more of your tools, place the new wooden handle in your oven before you install it on the new tool. Turn your oven to warm or approximately 250 degrees and allow the handle to “bake” for a few minutes. Keep an eye on this; you do not want to forget the handle is in the oven! When you install the new handle on your tool, moisture from the air will cause it to swell creating an extremely tight fit!

Straight Nail

Have you ever tried to nail a nail and the darn thing goes sideways? If you have experienced this and you can place a horseshoe magnet next to the nail before you hammer it. The attraction that metal and magnet create keeps the nail straight, allowing you nail it in straight the first time.



Julia Arostegi lives in California USA. She took Developmental Communication at the University of California and finished her studies in 2012. She is currently the managing director of California Magazine. She is also a blogger, content enthusiast and a photographer.