Tips on How to Store Your Summer Tools


Summer means shedding the pallor of winter and drying off from the showers of spring, as the warm weather of the season all but demands spending time soaking in some sun. Whether cooking out in the backyard or taking the time to complete some lawn maintenance, the summer also requires breaking out plenty of equipment and tools that shouldn’t be forgotten once the weather starts cooling off.

To help you take care of your summer equipment so you don’t need to spend money replacing items that were worn down by a winter of neglect, here are a few helpful tips on how to store those tools once the season has subsided.


Take all portable barbeques models inside for storage, but keep all propane tanks covered outside with a plastic tarp or bag. When kept indoors, propane poses a significant explosion risk. Even if you own a built-in grill or one designed to last outdoors, make sure to cover it to help keep moisture away. Most hardware stores sell plain covers for anywhere from $10 to $80. Make sure you tightly seal your cover over the grill once the weather turns cold, as any gaps can allow moisture to enter where it can become trapped, and could lead to the formation of rust.

Play Equipment

Depending on the what equipment your kids play around on during the summer season is made of determines how you should store it for the winter. Play equipment made from sturdy wood anchored into the ground can survive even the harshest of winters outdoor, as can most models made from a heavy plastic. However, by applying a water sealant before the fall, you can help wooden equipment last longer. Smaller lightweight unites, such as those made from thinner plastic, need to go inside to avoid sustaining any permanent damage.


Depending on the climate where you live, your lawnmower may be one of the first pieces of equipment you store away for the fall. If you take your mower in for a tune up at the end of the season, you can avoid the extended wait times that usually accompany getting a tune up at the start of mowing season. Make sure to add a gasoline stabilizer to preserve any fuel that remains in your mower during the offseason, and follow the same procedure when storing leaf blowers or weed whackers, as well.


To stop damage from freezing, unfasten all hoses from outdoor water spouts, drain thoroughly, and store them in a shed or the garage. Even when drained, hoses left outdoors can suffer from exposure, thereby shortening their lifespan by several years.


Take paint leftover from summer projects inside to a heated garage or basement. Letting paint freeze, especially ones made from latex, will make them nearly unusable. While you can add paint thinner to oil-based paints to help restore them, the quality of the paint will suffer even if usable.

Lawn Furniture

Lightweight, portable plastic lawn furniture should be stored inside during the winter. Heavier pieces, such as ones made of wrought iron, can remain outside when covered. You can purchase covers designed by the manufacturer or just use large plastic bas that you purchase from the hardware store.

Timothy Lemke is a freelance writer. To read more of his work, visit the website of API/AMS, the precision sheet metal machining Hillsboro shop.

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