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Posted: Monday, September 2, 2013 10:00 pm | Updated: 1:31 am, Tue Sep 3, 2013.

(StatePoint) For DIY-ers, the cooling weather is an ideal time to get all those important home improvement projects completed. Having a well-maintained set of tools can mean the difference between a productive weekend or one of frustration.

“Well maintained tools simply work better,” says Chris Barker, Technical Services Manager at Royal Purple, a manufacturer of premium synthetic lubricants. “Taking care of your tools will save you time and energy on projects and money on replacing mishandled tools.”

Here are some important things you should do to ensure your tools last a long time:

• Proper Use: Use the right tool for the right job. You can compromise the quality of your tools by using them incorrectly.

• Clean tools after use: After a long day of working on your home or in your garage, the last thing on your mind may be cleaning your tools. But putting them away without cleaning them invites rust and poor performance. Just be sure you completely dry your tools after you clean them.

• Lubricate: All the cleaning in the world can’t protect your tools from the long-term effects of oxygen, which is why no DIY-er should be without a multipurpose synthetic lubricant. A long-lasting lubricant means less maintenance for you. For example, Royal Purple Maxfilm, a high-film strength, multipurpose synthetic lubricant uses a proprietary additive called Synerlec to adhere to metal parts and provide continuous protection. It is rated highly by the Handyman Club of America for performance, quality durability and effectiveness.

Maintaining your tools and lawn equipment with regular lubrication will protect them against wear, rust and corrosion and can actually improve the condition of metal surfaces. Be sure to use it in an upright position to maximize aerosol propellant life.

More information can be found at www.ProtectParts.com.

• Put tools away: Leaving tools exposed renders them vulnerable to harmful elements. Proper storage protects them from rust, rot and damage. Invest in high-quality tool boxes, hanging racks and bins. You’ll also have a more organized workspace, which can save you valuable time. 

High-quality tools can be a true long-term investment, but only if you take steps to treat them with care.

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