The Gerber Hardware Storage System #3: An Ooey, Gooey Mess!

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Blog entry by handsawgeek posted 09-17-2015 01:19 PM 868 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Earth, Fauna, and Flora Part 3 of The Gerber Hardware Storage System series Part 4: And Now …The Shelf Unit »

Today’s post relates a tale of woe concerning one of the coffee cans full of nails recently procured in the Great Yard Sale Hardware Purchase:

Upon dumping the contents into the Hudnut Sorter, I discovered that the can had been the recipient sometime in the past of a quantity of spilled motor oil!

So, what I emptied out was a lovely mixture of hundreds of 4 penny nails, dirt, dead bugs, and plant debris – all coated with oil!

Yummmm !!

To remedy this, the whole glob of material got thrown (scraped) into a 5 gallon bucket full of hot water and dish soap, and stirred around vigorously with a BORG paint stir stick (yet another great use for this venerable item). After a thorough cleaning and rinsing, the nails were spread out onto a large piece of cardboard to dry in the sun. No rust for these babies!

The happy end result was a large stash of clean 4 penny nails, returned to the clean coffee can, and ready for use.

Now all I have to do is find a way to get that darn oil off the Hudnut Sorter…..

-- Ed

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#1 posted 09-18-2015 02:13 AM

At least it didn’t have water in the bottom of it, Ed! That seems to be the fate of storage containers here.

-- God bless, Candy

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