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Whats The Garden Tools?

Whats The Garden Tools?

Regular care will ensure that your tools continue to perform efficiently.

Maintaining Garden Tools

Routine maintenance needs to be done only once a year if tools are handled with care, cleaned, and oiled if necessary, and repaired promptly and correctly. Regular care ensures that damage and deterioration of valuable equipment are kept to a minimum.

Cleaning a Fork
Making digging easier; When working in soil that is heavy and sticky, periodically remove soil from the tines of a fork. At the same time, remove any stones that are jammed between the tines that may cause the metal to bend.

Removing Soil

  • Dried soil An old, but sturdy kitchen knife makes an excellent tool for manually removing lumps of soil that have dried on garden tools.
  • Clay soil To remove stubborn lumps of clay from a fork or spade, push the tool into a compost pile or a bucket of fine, oily gravel. Much of the adhering clay will come off and mix with the compost or gravel.
  • Tires Clean the tires of a wheelbarrow regularly. A heavy coating of mud may conceal sharp stones that could cause punctures when the wheelbarrow is used again.

 

Looking After Blades
Oiling blades; Cutting blades must be clean and dry before oiling. Put plenty of oil on a clean rag, and use this to wipe over the blades and other metal parts. This should be done at least several times a year, and preferably after each use.

Looking After Wood

  • Drying Before putting tools away, stand them upright to dry, preferably in the sun. If the tools are still damp, store them vertically to prevent water from accumulating and rotting the wood.
  • Removing splinters To remove scratches or splintered areas on wooden handles, rub down the whole handle with fine-grade sandpaper, following the grain of the wood.
  • Applying oil When storing equipment for a long period of time, rub linseed oil on the handles or shafts of wooden tools. Alow the oil penetrate, and remove any excess with a dry rag.

Covering Uncomfortable Tool Handles

Taping around wood; Wrap a layer of insulating tape around wooden tool handles that have become rough or splintered. Make sure that the wood is completely dry so that the tape can adhere properly. The tape should last for several months and can be easily replaced.

Making a foam handle; Small sections of foam, such as pipe-insulating material, can form a soft covering for an uncomfortable handle. Hold the foam in place with insulating tape,at each end. Make sure that the foam is not too bulky for a comfortable grip.

Preparing Tools For Storage
During much of the winter, many tools will be required only occasionally, unless digging and soil preparation need to be done during this time. Before putting equipment away in an appropriate place, ensure that it is clean, dry, and ready to be stored for a long period.

Checking Equipment

  • Dried debris Rub dried garden debris off metal blades using a clean cloth soaked in denatured alcohol.
  • Fuel tanks Very cold weather alters the consistency of gas. Insulate gas-powered equipment with an old blanket before storage.
  • Cords Check the cords of electrically driven equipment for signs of wear and tear. Replace cords if necessary.
  • Clean blades To keep blades and tines in good condition, scrub them with a wire brush and warm water. Allow to dry, then file the cutting edges if they have deteriorated.

Preventing Rust
Cleaning and oiling; Mix with a bucketful of sharp sand. To clean and oil large tools before storage, plunge them into the sand several times. Use oily sand to clean nonelectrical equipment, such as forks, spades, and other tools with metal heads.

Sharpening Blades
Maintaining cutting tools; Cutting tools, such as pruners and shears, need regular sharpening if they are to continue to cut well. Run the blades regularly through a sharpener, or take the equipment to a professional for servicing.

Storing Tools
When the gardening season comes to an end, tools should be placed in a suitable place for storage. Before storing the tools, be sure that the area is dry to avoid problems such as rust, wood rot, and frost damage. If in doubt, check die condition of die tools regularly.

Hanging Tools; Hand tools Store hand tools off the ground to help keep them dry and to reduce the possibility of knocking them over or hitting them.

Maintaining Garden Tools

Constructing a tool rack
Make a tool rack by laying the tools to be stored flat on a piece of wood. The tools will be hung on galvanized nails, so mark their positions with a pencil. Remove the tools, and hammer in nails.

Storing Correctly

  • Plastic wrap Never wrap tools tightly in plastic since condensation may build up and encourage rotting and rust.
  • Hooks Heavy tools can be suspended above the ground on sturdy hooks, such as those used for storing bicycles.
  • Soil Never store tools directly on soil. Hang them or stand them on a board wrapped in plastic.
  • Shed Before using a shed as a storage area for tools, make sure it is dry and in good condition.
  • Power tools Keep electrically powered garden tools in a dry place. If the storage area is excessively damp, consider storing this equipment in the house.

Traditional Tip
Maintaining a lawn mower To ensure that a lawn mower works efficiently at the beginning of a new gardening season, have the machine professionally serviced before putting it into storage, and be sure to place it on a level, wooden base when it is not in use.

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