That’s just a fancy way of saying “Dirt, Bugs, and Plant Debris”.
In working through the newly acquired stash of hardware, it has become quickly apparent that the collection spent most of its life in a more open environment – a shed, most likely, that had little in the way of dirt, dust, and insect control.
The nails in the open coffee cans share the space with lots of dirt, pine needles, seeds, dried leaf material, spider web gunk, and a very impressive assortment of dead bugs!
In fact, I have encountered an array of bug specimens that would pique the interest of any entomologist!
They were delicious, by the way….
Just kidding !
So, the first order of business for each of the coffee cans was to dump their contents into the handsawgeek Hudnut Sorter, clean the empty can, and return the hardware – sans dirt, debris, and dried-up critters.
The baby food jars are a little bit different story – they are all in good shape, they just have a layer of dirt crusted atop the lids. I have been taking these half a dozen at a time to the utility sink for a thorough cleaning and removal of old labels and glue. The newly cleaned-up jars and lids come out very pristine and shiny.
As a lot, they are actually quite attractive! This definitely adds credence to my decision to go this route with hardware storage.
With the addition of neatly applied and written labels, the ‘geek’ is now ready to get things organized!
Stay tuned for more…..