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For a toolkit newcomer, long term tool storage is probably the last thing you'll worry about at first, but a bit of preventative maintenance can help you avoid hassle later on, and even prevent an injury. If you need to store tools in a workshop or basement, it's best to shelve them or mount them on a tool rack. If you shelve cutting tools, keep them with the blades pointed to the inside, or remove the blades altogether. When mounting cutting tools, remove the blades or hang them blades-down, pointing to the floor. It's best to hang heavy tools at the very bottom of the rack, and save the higher spaces for lighter items. Never store cordless tools with their battery packs inserted unless they are built-in.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|