From At­tic to the Base­ment

Pre-win­ter projects for unglam­orous ar­eas: or­ga­nize those tools, in­su­late the at­tic, up­grade your wa­ter heat­ing sys­tem.

Old House Journal - - Quick Makeovers - By Lynn El­liott

Care for Your Tools

Piled in a bucket, tossed in a drawer— we take tools for granted. With a bit of at­ten­tion, they’ll be more func­tional and last longer. Af­ter each use, wipe tools with a clean rag. Check for dam­age or cor­ro­sion. Rusty? Scrub with steel wool and rust re­mover; wear heavy gloves to pre­vent get­ting cut. Wash and re­peat, then dry thor­oughly. Lubri­cate mov­ing parts with all-pur­pose oil, avoid­ing han­dles. For rough han­dles, use medium-grit emery cloth to sand first across and then with the grain. Coat with lin­seed oil. Keep tools sharp with a medium-grit sharp­en­ing stone, lu­bri­cated, de­pend­ing on type, with wa­ter or hon­ing oil. Or­ga­nize clean tools: in boxes, on shelves or in cab­i­nets, from hooks on a peg­board. Hang lawn tools, don’t store them on the floor. For ev­ery­day tools like ham­mer and screw­driver, keep a handy cache in a small tool car­rier.

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