Storage sheds are the perfect way to keep your belongings safe and sound while you head overseas to live. As someone who has never used a storage shed before, it is important you learn the best way to pack up your things before putting them in the shed so they are still in good condition when you return to Australia. Garden tools are one item that many people don't give any attention to before storing them. However, by following these two tips, you can make sure your garden tools don't suffer any damage while you are away.
Electric power tools such as hedge trimmers, edging devices and weed eaters have removal batteries used to power them. Leaving a battery attached to the garden tool shouldn't cause any permanent damage to the tool unless the battery becomes corroded and starts to leak acid.
However, a battery that is connected to your garden device will slowly lose its charge over time. Once it fully discharges, it is difficult to return it to a chargeable state. Instead of having a battery in your storage shed that a) could leak or b) become useless while you are away overseas, remove the battery and either dispose of it or sell it.
Remove Grass Trimmer String
When it comes to your grass trimmer, you may assume that once the battery or the liquid fuel is removed from the device, then the rest of it can go straight into the storage shed. Again, this assumption is not true.
The grass trimmer string which is wound around the spool head of the trimmer becomes very brittle when it is exposed to the cold over time. This brittleness makes the string unusable because it breaks each time you try to cut grass with it. Remove the string from the grass trimmer, and sell or dispose of it rather than trying to store it in the shed. Purchase new, flexible string upon your return when you are ready to use the grass trimmer again.
Lastly, take the time to wash and dry garden tools such as spades and rakes before you put them into storage. While a little dirt never hurt anyone, dirt contains spores such as mould and fungus which continues to grow while these items are in your shed. Since you don't want these pathogens spreading to the boxes or furniture also in your shed, it is wise to remove them from you garden tools by washing them away.