It is never good to put tools away dirty. They can rust and that shortens their life span. One way that I have always cleaned my tools is to wash them and spray a little bit of cooking spray, a cheap farm supply, on them before I store them for the winter. This will keep them from rusting and will be ready to use come Spring.
I, also, found a way to remove rust and that is to brew a pot of black tea, remove dirt from tool, submerge in the liquid and let set for couple of hours. Be sure not to submerge wooden handle. The tea’s tannic acid will remove the rust. Rinse and dry before use. If your tools are stored correctly then when Spring comes you can shorten your time by using them right away and not having to clean then before using.
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Fall has arrived and we are preparing for the winter months ahead. Now is the time to clean and winterize your tools and equipment. One thing that I have learned is to not put tools away with dirt on them. I never considered that a problem until it was pointed out to me several years ago.
I didn’t realize that I could prevent my tools from rusting over the winter months just by doing about 30 minutes of cleaning and maintaining in the fall.
For garden tools, shovels, pitchforks and the like, wipe them clean of dirt and mud and then wipe them down with vegetable oil or cooking spray. This will keep them clean and rust free. Waterers and feeders that are not in use during the winter months need cleaned thoroughly, dried and put away in storage until needed. The best way to clean these are to wash them down, if not able to immerse them, with hot sudsy bleach water and then rinse well and let air dry.
The same pertains to bridles, saddles, harness and reins for your horses. If not maintained during the times of non-use, they can grow mold and become dry and brittle. It is advisable to clean them well and use a product like Leather Therapy to keep them in good shape at least every six months. Depending on use of your equipment, you may need to do it more or less.
This process goes for just about anything that you store for several months at a time. Just like my Lawnmower tractor and wagon that I pull behind it to do yard work. I clean them, wash them down and then store them in the shed or barn out of the weather. This keeps them in good condition and ready for use come Spring. This also applies to heavy farm equipment such as tractors, hay wagons , hay racks, combines, disks, brush hogs and etc.
Just a little maintenance in the Fall saves a lot of work in the Spring.
If you do not live on a farm or if you have never been on a farm this question is not that silly. I was always told that no question is silly if you do not know the answer. To someone like me, the first time I was asked this, I was surprised. It seemed so funny that y0u wouldn’t know what is around a barn.
I guess the first thing most of us would say is animals. Whether it be horses, cattle, sheep, goats, pigs or whatever livestock we raise. Then, of course, there is the feed, horse feed, cattle feed, salt blocks, minerals and cat and dog food. Also, there is the hay for the animals to eat and straw for their bedding.
Then the next thing would be the equipment, such as, tractors, wagons, combines, disks and maybe plows.
Of course, there would be all the neccessities of farm life such as fencing supplies, shovels, rakes, pitchforks, manure spreaders, buckets, log chains, hammers, wrenches and all other kinds of tools.
It may be surprising what you find out around the barn. You might find lumber, where someone has been building something or horse shoes lying on the ground where they have just finished shoeing a horse, halters and bridles hanging and saddles on saddle racks in a tack room. There will be lead ropes and sorting sticks and sorting paddles used for herding the livestock. You might even find a skull or two of bulls or deer.
There is just no telling what you may find. I do know that a farm is a great place for a treasure hunt.
Any how, these are just a few of the things you will find on a farm, out around the barn.