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