Sunday, October 19, 2008

A Cool Tool Vacation

No, it's not a trip - but it's time to think about giving your garden and lawn tools a winter vacation. You won't be needing them for a few months, but don't let them feel neglected. Caring for them now means they'll be in good shape when spring rolls around - and it won't be that long, will it?

The first thing is to make sure they're clean. Hose 'em off, sweep up and you're out of here. There's a little more to it than that, of course. The lawnmower, in particular, needs a little work before you give it the holiday heave-ho. Drain all gasoline out and make sure the undercarriage is clean. Check for cracked blades while you're there.

Wash up all the other tools and make sure they're dry. Experts recommend sticking the blades in a bucket of oil-laced sand. You can also treat wood handles with linseed oil to keep them from cracking. If you see signs of rust, take care of that now before it gets any worse.

Now, everything's ready for a few months' rest while you go work indoors on all those piled-up chores.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Strip Your Bath of Shower Strips

As you can see, it's wise to change out tub and shower strips on occasion. They may look fine on the top side, but see what's developing underneath?

Eventually, they begin to come loose, anyway - an even better reason to buy extras for replacements. There's a down side to safety in the tub or shower, though. These little strips leave a residue behind. So, don't buy anything fancy or cute - just get basic strips and place the new ones over the yellowed spots the old ones left behind. Be sure to follow the instructions - some have to sit overnight or up to 24 hours before getting wet.