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Aug 29, 2014 4:25 PM CST
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
Frugal Gardener Garden Procrastinator I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest
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I just wanted to point to a 2011 Idea or Article from Paul (@paulgrow) . He gives lots of good tips and there are over a dozen comments.

http://garden.org/ideas/view/p...

Of course this thread is open to anyone who wants to add their practices, tips, questions and photos.

All I have to say is don't be like me!

Drain hoses and irrigation timers, and cap them to keep bugs and dirt out

Clean hand tools and bring them inside. Oil them! Sharpen hoes and spades over the winter. Wax the handles. Hang them where they won't absorb mositure. Sing them to sleep. Take care of them and they will take care of you.

Sharpen your lawnmower blade.
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Aug 29, 2014 9:52 PM CST
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Garden Procrastinator Greenhouse Dragonflies Plays in the sandbox I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
The WITWIT Badge I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Dog Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Container Gardener Seed Starter
And if you have some that you've neglected, that plastic stuff that you can either dip handles in or brush it on works wonders!
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
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Sep 2, 2014 12:34 PM CST
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
Frugal Gardener Garden Procrastinator I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest
Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database.
>> that plastic stuff that you can either dip handles in or brush it on works wonders!

The soft, red goopy stuff that becomes like rubber? I've meant to try that ever since I saw the ad where a nerdy-looking guy with a gleam in his eye is chasing a cat, with a can of the dip-it goo in one hand.

I've thought that I would use urethane on any wood that got TOO cracked and nasty. But for now, mineral oil or "orange oil" furniture polish to soak in, and wax to coat, have worked OK.

I use beeswax where I want a "grippy" handle, and paraffin where my hands need to slide, e.g. a rake.
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Sep 2, 2014 5:57 PM CST
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Garden Procrastinator Greenhouse Dragonflies Plays in the sandbox I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
The WITWIT Badge I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Dog Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Container Gardener Seed Starter
That goopy red stuff is indeed what I meant. I had a small hand cultivator that was just a mass of cracks and weathering. Dipped it in that red stuff and it's as good as new, or even better. The surface isn't sticky or tacky, just a nice non-slip finish. I have a photo of my little tool somewhere. I'm quite pleased with the result.
Ah, here's the photo. I dipped it about 3 times. You can still see how deep the fissures in the wood were.

Thumb of 2014-09-02/woofie/800705
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Sep 2, 2014 6:01 PM CST
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
Frugal Gardener Garden Procrastinator I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest
Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database.
Now it looks expensively hand-carved under the coating.
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Sep 2, 2014 6:10 PM CST
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Garden Procrastinator Greenhouse Dragonflies Plays in the sandbox I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
The WITWIT Badge I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Dog Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Container Gardener Seed Starter
That was done 3 or 4 years ago, I think. It has held up very well. I made sure that the sealing coat covered the intersection of the metal and the wood. Unfortunately, that goo doesn't keep at all well in the can. Use it all right away after opening, or forget it!
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
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Sep 2, 2014 6:18 PM CST
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
Frugal Gardener Garden Procrastinator I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest
Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database.
Thanks for the warning!

I think my oil treatments would last longer if the tool was never exposed to drizzle, but I live in the coastal PNW. One year, maybe.

But it is easy to re-oil wood as long as I have an oily rag I don't mind getting somewhat dirty. I store some rags in plastic baggies so the oil and dirt stay inside the baggie.

I clean and dry the handle before re-oiling, but even so the mineral oil pulls dirt out of the grain in the wood.

Wax lasts longer than oil, but wood "feels better" with little or no wax. I think it "lasts longer" with wax. Usually I oil first so the more mobile oil soaks in as deeply as possible. I imagine that the wax dissolves a tiny bit in the oil, so that it (might) penetrate the surface better after I oiled it first.
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Sep 2, 2014 6:26 PM CST
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

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where do i buy the plastic goopy red stuff?

is it a name brand?
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Sep 2, 2014 8:12 PM CST
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Garden Procrastinator Greenhouse Dragonflies Plays in the sandbox I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
The WITWIT Badge I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Dog Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Container Gardener Seed Starter
We got ours at the local hardware store. I think it also comes in yellow. I know I found an online link not too long ago. I'll take a look. You can brush it on as well, but I wouldn't use a good brush for that myself.

Oh, here it is. It's called Plasti Dip.
http://www.plastidip.com/home_...
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Sep 24, 2014 1:35 AM CST
Name: Wes
Ohio (Zone 6a)
Woofie, thanks for the write-up on the Plasti Dip.

I've been meaning to pick up a can for awhile and good info on using the contents of the can once it's opened, something I'd wondered about.
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Sep 24, 2014 9:17 AM CST
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Garden Procrastinator Greenhouse Dragonflies Plays in the sandbox I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
The WITWIT Badge I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Dog Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Container Gardener Seed Starter
Yes, it will turn into a nice solid mass in the can, and in fairly short order. I put the cap back on, wrapped the top in plastic and snugged a rubber band around that and it still dried up quickly.
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
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