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Self Storage Solutions for Plumbers and Electricians

Self Storage for Plumbers and Electricians

Self storage is a great storage solution for many types of businesses from retail to construction to restaurants.  A self storage unit can be used to store retail inventory overstock, office equipment and business documents. But, where do the construction companies, contractors, plumbers and electricians, store their tools and equipment? They store it at a self storage facility!

Contractors, plumbers and electricians usually work out of their vans, trucks or their homes, most do not have “brick and mortar” locations or buildings to store their equipment.  The cost of renting a storage unit is much lower than paying for rent and utilities for a storefront or a warehouse. Using a self storage unit for plumbing and electrical tools and equipment storage helps contractors keep their overhead low and their budget in-check. Storing plumbing equipment at a self storage facility is a cost-effective solution for plumbing and electrical contractors to easily keep their tools, equipment and piping all in one place and allow their vans or trucks to be less cluttered.

Self Storage for Electricians

Electricians are tradesman who design, install, maintain and troubleshoot electrical wiring systems in homes, commercial buildings and large pieces of industrial equipment. Electricians can install new electrical systems, repair power outages for homes and businesses as well as troubleshoot and repair electrical issues. Electricians use a variety of tools during the course of the day including wires, tape, power drills and saws, and smaller tools such as pliers, screwdrivers and wire strippers.  They also will have a supply of lighting fixtures, fuses and other electrical needs.  A self storage unit is a convenient place for electricians to store their electrical tools and equipment.

Self Storage for Plumbers

Plumbers are trained to do a variety of jobs including installing or fixing home heating systems or hot water tanks, fitting bathrooms and kitchens and making emergency calls for issues that could arise. Plumbers have to use a variety of tools in their day-to-day repairing or installing projects. They have to have pipes, Teflon tape, plungers and augers of all types on-hand at all times for their work. Because of the increase in the cost of building and plumbing supplies, plumbers purchase building materials in bulk to keep their overall costs down.  Having a place store these items, such as a self storage unit, is a great and low cost storage solution.

Storing Plumbing & Electrical Equipment in Self Storage

Most self storage facilities have 24/7 computerized gate access hours allowing contractors, electricians and plumbers to access their tools before they need to be on the job site. Self storage facilities have drive-up storage units, which allows for easy access for contractors to load and unload their equipment.  Safety and security measures such as well-lit facilities, video surveillance and keypad entry gates give tradespeople peace-of-mind that their equipment will be safe while in storage. Self storage units come in a variety of sizes in both climate and non-climate controlled giving the contractor a range of storage solutions.

Stop N Stor makes it easy for contractors, electricians, and plumbers to store their equipment with our construction storage solutions. Stop by our six Hinesville, Port Wentworth and Savannah locations  to see how we can help with your plumbing and electrician contracting storage needs.

Tips for Storing Power Tools

How to store power toolsMost people have a variety of tools at their home from small hand tools like screwdrivers or wrenches up to large power tools that usually can be found in workshops or tool shops. Tools can get stored all over home from the basement to the garage, but if they are not stored properly, they could rust and break. Contractors and construction workers also need to make sure that they properly store their tools and construction equipment. Contractors can store their tools and equipment in a self storage unit to allowing them to keep their overhead low and to have a handy place to keep everything organized in one place.

When it is time to keep these tools safe and in good working condition, where and how should they be stored? Most people will keep their tools in their home in the basement, in a workshop or in the garage. There are many different home tool storage ideas from DIY solutions to expensive storage cabinets that you can find at your local hardware store. A handy way to keep tools stored at home is to hang peg boards on the walls of your work room, in the garage or basement. This will keep tools off the floor and organized. For smaller tools and accessories, use a drawer storage system to protect from dust.

How to Prepare and Store Power and Hand Tools for Storage

Before storing, tools need to be properly prepared and maintained. The goal is to keep tools in good working condition while storing so they can easily be used right away when removed from storage.

  1. Consult with the manufacturer’s instructions for specific instructions on how to store power or hand tools as each have different requirements for care and storage.
  2. To keep tools tidy, clean them after each use. Wipe down with a rag or towel to be sure that they are free of dirt, grease and debris. Clean every metal surface with water and scrape away any soil and dirt. Completely dry the tool with a towel or rag before it is placed in storage.
  3. As you do your cleaning, check for damage or defects on the tools. If the tool cannot be repaired, then throw it away. Do not leave it to clutter up extra space.
  4. Coat the metal parts of the tools with a lubricant metal protector spray.
  5. Do not place tools directly on the ground for storage. Place small hand and power tools on shelving or in plastic bins. Store short-handled tools in a plastic bin or box. Organize like-sized tools together in a bin.
  6. Tie together long-handled tools, such as hoes and shovels in a garbage can while in storage. Otherwise hang these tools on a wall.
  7. Power tools should have all surfaces cleaned and completely dry before storage. Spray lubricant on all metal surfaces.
  8. Keep an inventory of the tools that you have in storage. Label each tool storage box with contents, so you will be able to find the tool that you need much easier.

Where to Store Power Tools

If there is not enough room to store tools in the home, then consider renting a self storage unit. Putting tools in a self storage unit will keep them safe, away from children and frees up space in a basement or garage for other items.  Stop N Stor offers a variety of storage unit sizes in both climate and non-climate controlled that are great options for storing power tools from 5×5, which would be great for storing a small tool collection to 10×30, which would allow more than ample space for large and small tools and equipment. Stop N Stor has a state-of-the-art security system, keypad gated entry and residents managers to give our customers peace-of-mind that their belongings are safe while in storage. Our facilities have easy access to the storage units allowing for easy loading and loading of tools. Stop in to our 6 locations to find out how Stop N Stor can help with any storage need from business to personal storage.

Contractors and Self Storage

Contractors and Self Storage

Self storage is a great storage solution for any type of business including retail, restaurants, contractors or offices.  Self storage is an option to store business files and office equipment, but it is also an ideal place for construction workers, contractors, plumbers, electrician, and painters to store their tools and equipment during the “off-season” or during the construction project.

A majority of small businesses, including contractors, plumbers and painters, work out of vans, trucks or out of their homes and do not have store front locations or buildings to store their equipment.  The cost of renting a storage unit can be much lower than paying for rent and utilities for a storefront or a warehouse. By storing building materials and tools in a storage unit, contractors keep their overhead low and their business running well within their budget. Contractors also keep overall costs down by buying materials, supplies and tools in bulk and store them until these products are needed.  Construction workers and contractors have to take their equipment to and from their work site every day. Having a self storage unit in a centralized place makes it much easier for the contractor to transport equipment easily. Keeping the tools and equipment in a self storage unit will also help to protect them from damage from weather or even vandalized if kept on a construction site.

Tool Storage Tips for Contractors

Small power or hand tools should be stored in plastic bins to keep them protected from dirt, dust and other types of damage. Organize like-sized tools together per plastic bin. The bins are also easy to stack and carry from the storage unit to a truck to a construction site. Make sure to label the boxes with its contents so you will be able to find the tool when you need it and then keep an inventory list of the tools that you have and where they are stored.

There are preparatory steps that need to be followed in order to get tools ready for storage. Read the manufacturer’s instructions to get details on how to store power or hand tools. It is important to follow the cleaning and storage instructions, especially for larger power tools such as power saws or drills.

  • Clean tools after each use. Wipe down with a rag or towel to be sure that they are free of dirt, grease and debris.
  • While cleaning the tools, check for damage or defects. If the tool cannot be repaired, then throw it away.
  • Clean every metal surface on the tool with water and scrape away any soil and dirt. Completely dry the tool with a towel or rag before it is placed in storage.
  • Coat the metal parts of the tools with a lubricant metal protector spray.
  • Do not place tools directly on the ground for storage. Place small hand and power tools on shelving or in a plastic bin.
  • Tie together long-handled tools in a garbage can while in storage. Otherwise hang these tools on a wall in your garage or storage unit.
  • Power tools should have all surfaces cleaned and completely dry before storage. Spray lubricant on all metal surfaces.

Placing construction tools and equipment in a self storage unit is a great solution to keep them protected in storage. Storing in a self storage unit can be convenient for contractors because most storage facilities have drive-up storage units, which allows for easy access for the contractors to load and unload their equipment.  Stop N Stor  has computerized gate access allowing contractors 24/7 hour access to their tools and equipment.  Security measures such as video surveillance, individual storage unit alarms and gated gate and building entry gives the contractor peace-of-mind that their equipment will be safe while in storage.

Stop N Stor offers a variety of storage unit sizes from 5×5 to 10×30  for tools to larger equipment storage.   Stop in to our 6 storage facilities in Hinesville, Port Wentworth and Savannah to find out more about how we can help construction companies, contractors, painters and plumbers keep an eye on their bottom line by storing their equipment in a self storage unit.