A couple of weeks ago I finally found a crescent wrench I had been
missing. I normally keep it hanging in my shop, so there's the wood
connection for the too tight people. Apparently the kid had took it,
used it, gotten it wet, left it in the rain, or something, because it
was rusted. The jaw wouldn't move at all, and one side wasn't exactly
what I'd call rusted, but looked more like something had grown on it.
I keep a jug of white vinegar in the shop, so poured some in a
small cup, and set the wrench in it. I've read and heard about how
great the white vinegar is for rust, and from those accounts, figured
two days would have it in top shape again. Forget it. After 2 days,
the vinegar was brown, and the wrench was as solid as ever. However,
after a week, I was able to get the jaw loose, after I tapped it with a
hammer and pried on it, and the little screw thing was able to move,
altho not great. Fresh vinegar, and stuck it back in.
So, now after two weeks, it is working quite well, the vinegar is
all brown again, and most of the tarnish or whatever is gone. I'm going
to leave it in there another week, to see if it will clean more of the
tarnish or whatever off. Then I'll rinse it off, and oil it up. Then
maybe paint the damn thing yellow, so the kid doesn't take it again.
You think that's a joke? I have a set of ratches wrenches hanging near
where the crescent wrench used to hang. They are all painted yellow,
and the kid hasn't touched a one of them. Laugh about that.
I didn't need the wrench right away, so instead of popping for a
new one, I decided to give the vinegar a shot. Not near as quick as I'd
been lead to believe, but definitely works, and non-toxic to boot, so
you don't need to worry about it eating your skin if you slop some.
Now I need to get some shellac, and then some EverClear, to thin it
with. That way, if I accidently swallow some, it won't make me sick,
or kill me.
No sense in being pessimistic - it wouldn't work anyway.
Life just ain't life without good music. - JOAT
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