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Maintaining Long Handle Tools

Posted by Steve on May 26th, 2000 05:23 PM

We have a local "super handyman" named Al Carroll. He has several articles in the paper and a talk show. His web site is:

We all have long handled tools that we put up with mud on them and even wet. The next time we use them they are dirty and rusty.

Al's weekly helpful hint was:
Get a five gallon plastic bucket and fill it with sand. Add either new or old, two or three quarts of motor oil. Stirr up well.

The next time you are finished with that sharpshooter, or hoe, or rake, or whatever, repeatedly dunk and scrape the tool in the oil mixed sand and the tool will come clean and the tool will not rust.

I have one in my garage, (keep well ventilated) and I use it for so many things, my loppers, shears, and even my hand saw. There is no limit as to what this can be used for.

One time I had oil based paint on my hands, the phone rang, I grabbed a handful of sand and washed the paint off with the stuff and wiped off and ready to go.

Just a suggestion.

happy Memorial Weekend,


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