Finding places to store tools can be a pain, but what’s worse is trying to find tools when you need them! That is why on this week’s ‘Farm Hacks’ we look at some of the different, DIY methods of storing your tools, as well as other ways you can make use of older ones around the farmyard. Check them out below!
1- Spanners - For those who dabble in machinery, Keeping your spanners all in the one place can be tricky, but what is often trickier, is trying to find it again the next time. This picture shows how this can all be solved, simply through the use of a spring or a bit of fencing wire. Worth a try? Pic - Farm hacks Facebook.
2 - Brushes, shovels and rakes - Next up is shovels, brooms, rakes, grapes and spades. As you can see from the three designs below, courtesy of Pinterest, there are many different options when it comes to storing equipment such as rakes and shovels, most of which are very easy to build yourself. It is usually best to hang these designs on the wall, saving on space.
For the design on the left-hand side, all one needs to do is secure two pieces of wood to whatever wall you want to hang the tools. Next a bottom support beam is secured, with old PVC piping cut to size and mounted to the bottom and middle plants. This allows you to easily slide whichever tool you need in and out with ease.
The other two designs are pretty simple also, with the top right the easiest of the lot. This one is created by sourcing two even-sized planks of wood. Cut out upward slanting grooves out of them, as in the picture, to allow for tools to be placed in, and secure the pieces of wood to the wall. The final design is something one can buy very cheaply, though you could easily design your own variation.
3 - Small tools - This next design is for hanging some of the smaller tools found on farms and even gardening equipment. Some designs are very simple, such as the one pictured which literally involves hanging the tools off a nail, which is secured to a piece of wood on the wall.
The other design is simply a piece of wood, with different sized holes bored into it. This can be used to hold tools such as chisels and hammers safely.
4 - Reusing old tools -
For those of you who have many old, rusted tools lying around the farmyard, you can actually reuse them and turn them into something worthwhile. There are many different ideas available on the internet, though we thought the one pictured below was a novel idea.
These designs are one for carpenters or the welders out there, as they literally involve using old shovels and rakes and turning them into a fully-functional, antique-looking gate! You can try your hand at either the wooden or metal version, though both are uniquely beautiful.
Pictures - Pinterest