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 1840 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments 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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#2 posted 07-21-2017 08:21 PM

What an icky mess. You are a brave and determined soul to save those nails…most would have given them the old heave-ho! It’s awesome that you took the time to salvage them. I love that you’ve taken on this collection as a project to give everything in it another chance and a new life. That’s so cool.

Steve and I purchased an old Craftsman lathe along with a set of old tools a month back. The workbench it came attached to was stained with filth, oil and just plain disgusting to look at. The lathe had a lot of rust on it, but we thought we could give it an upgrade, so we sanded off the rust and replaced the melamine workbench surface and shelf below with new plywood. Along with a thorough cleaning of the legs and drawers, some coats of satin finish for the plywood and we had a much nicer 2nd lathe to use!

-- Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new. ~ Brian Tracy

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