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!
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…..