Short #66 – Water in My Tools!
In this short podcast episode, Bryan explains what to do when you get water in your tools. (Hint: the answer is NOT to panic!)
Some technicians try not to get water in their tools at all. Depending on the climate and line of work, that may be an impossible task. In humid or coastal climates, you may deal with a lot of rain and moisture. If you work on cooling towers and boilers, you will be working with systems that rely on heat transfer through water, so you WILL encounter water.
When your tools get wet, you can't just stick them back in your toolbag and pretend that nothing happened; the tools' performance WILL suffer if you don't address the issue. If your tools get water on them, they won't dry on their own; they will corrode. At Kalos, we use microfiber cloths to clean our hand tools after they get wet. In the case of battery-powered tools, make sure you remove the battery and dry it off as best as you can. Sometimes, you can use WD-40 to help displace water.
You can also look into using degassing chambers to remove moisture from battery-free tools. These chambers look like crockpots and make it easy to pull a deep vacuum (below 500 microns) to remove moisture. (Don't put batteries or devices with refrigerant in the degassing chambers! Cell phones fall into this category, too!)
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