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I Came... I Sawed.... I Fixed - by Linda

Linda - our New England immigrant - is our resident Ms Fix-It.

Her column is updated every weekday or thereabouts, so check back often for new secrets and tips.

Tool Care

Shovels need love too, well at least proper care.

Shovels, spades and the like should last a homeowner a lifetime if they are properly cared for.

Depending on the amount and type of use many digging tools benefit from being sharpened occasionally and they always work better and last longer if kept clean and rust free.

Before being put up a shovel should be washed off and dried but if we stop there it is only a matter of time before rust sets in.

A quick wipe down with an oily rag offers protection from rust but oily rags are not good to have around so try this instead.

  • Take an old plastic bucket and empty a small bag of sand and a quart of motor oil into it.

  • Mix it well.

  • Before putting tools up stick them into the sand buck to apply a protective film of oil.

  • Do you have Home Repair ideas or secrets to share or have a question?

    You can Write to Linda!.

    Include your first initial and last name and put the words HOME REPAIR in the subject.

    I'll try to use your contribution in a future column.

    (Please note that these columns are written several weeks in advance so publishing it will be delayed accordingly.)

    Linda, Red and Pup

    Hope this helps tame some of your day-to-day little Home Repair beasties.


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