Here's a great guide on tool bag care by Veto Pro Pac Founder, Roger Brouard.
While you are busy organizing the garage and winterizing your home, make time for another task that will put you in good stead as the cooler weather approaches - make fall the time for tool bag care and repair.
Every season is tough on your tools, but winter especially takes its toll. So take some time now to take care of the tools that take care of you - your tool bags. Here are some helpful hints:
A major clean sweep of your tool bag will reward BIG in feelings of well being the following Monday morning. Start by setting your tool bag on a good sized bench or sheet of plywood on sawhorses to empty out and line up all your tools. After you have removed all of your tools, upend your bag over a tarp or another sheet of plywood to bang out all the dust and debris. Along with the dust and debris will be some straggling tools like small bits and screw drivers that went unnoticed in the first clean out. These can now be either kept or tossed based on inspection, as they are much easier to retrieve from a pile of grit setting on a sheet of plywood or old tarp rather than from a garbage bucket or a dumpster; no dumpster diving here.
- Once the bag is emptied of the bulk of debris, this is a good time for zipper attention. A dedicated tooth brush makes a good cleaning tool to dislodge any dirt, dust or grit stuck between the zipper coils. After the coils are brushed out, either an air hose or gas blower will do a good job getting the rest of the fine stuff blown out of the coils and the rest of the interior bag and pockets portions too. A dust mask keeps it out of your lungs.In our next edition of Tool Bag News, we will go into more detail about zippers and their care, but for now this would be a good time to apply a good quality zipper lubricant such as McNett Zip Tech: www.mcnett.com. Follow the instructions and this should become a routine every couple of months depending on how dirt born your work environment is.
- Once the bag is clean and the zipper lubed, it is time to go through your tools and decide what is needed and what is not. Over time there is a tendency to jam the bag full of tools with some that are never used. And, with the tools spread out this is a good time to decide what you need and what you don't. A jam packed tool bag adds unnecessary weight and strains the zippers when you crank the zipper pulls around an over stuffed bag. A second bag for tool over flow is a good solution to keeping the bag lighter and better organized for easy access and work efficiency.
- Once you have figured out what you need and what you do not need, you can put your tools back according to how you might use them, making note of which tools go where. On Veto Pro Pac bags, the logo is on one side to differentiate which side is which. A clean and reorganized bag gets you on the right foot to start the job and gets you through your work day.
Founder, Veto Pro Pac
Oringinal article here.
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