how do you take care of your tools? I notice that my tools, such as my
anvil lopper and shears rust easily if they are placed in the garage. I don't
have another place where I can store those tools.
is there a spray that would prevent them from rust?
what would be a solution to prevent rust?
Wipe down with a rag soaked in any sort of NON-DRYING oil, such
as used motor oil. Once every 6 or so months, and you're done.
Drying oils (such as linseed) work too, but the rags present a
spontaneous combustion hazard, since "drying" really means oxidation
(which means heat). Store the rag in a jar if only for neatness' sake.
Ask a dermatologist and he/she will confirm that it's not wise to handle
used motor oil, which is why quite a few mechanics wear disposable latex
gloves nowadays. I believe it's been connected with skin cancer.
If you're only going to apply oil to the tools every 6 months, do it with
linseed oil using a piece of rag small enough to fit into a coffee can.
Stick it in the can and light it. No more spontaneous combustion issues.
I clean my tools with steel wool then spray with PAM, the cooking spray. It
is great to oil and prevent rust. A garage is a good place to store tools.
Putting an oil on them before they are rested goes a long way to preserving
Another tip...PAM is also a must to have on hand to spray sticky finger
after picking up pine cones.
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Ordinary white lithium grease---you can get a tub of it cheap at any
auto parts store or at Wally World, etc. Put it on a rag and wipe the
tools with a light coating. a one pound tub will last many seasons.
BTW, turpentine is excellent for removing sap from loppers, pruners,
J. Del Col
Fill a large bucket with sand and dump in the spent oil from your next
oil change. Pushing your tools into the sand will clean and protect
them from rust. During the winter, I'll sharpen shovels, hoes, axes,
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