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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the straw badge in tool care.

Sometimes hand tools get rusty and need some tender loving care. Remove rust from a hand tool, clean it, and then, oil it.  Only use natural methods like vinegar, steel wool, sand paper, etc.  

Some possible hand tools for this BB are:
 - wrenches
 - hammers
 - drill bits
 - pliers
 - pruners
 - knives
 - sickles
 - shears
 - any other hand with lots of metal bits

Minimum requirements:
  - use a non-toxic cleaning method like sandpaper, vinegar, etc

To get certified for this BB, post the following as pictures or video (<2 min):
  - rusty tool
  - rust being removed
  - clean and oiled tool
  - description of oil and cleaning method used
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I have this hammer... er, hammerhead.  My crystal ball tells me it will get a handle soon.



I removed the rust:



so it was shiny all over.  I mean, it had a dull sheen.



Then I oiled it with linseed oil, which smells like fish.



The End.
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I certify this BB complete! Nice work!

 
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Got a nice chisel at the auction. Just needs cleaning.
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Rusty!
Rusty!
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Turpentine and 1200 grit sandpaper
Turpentine and 1200 grit sandpaper
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Ballistol is good stuff!
Ballistol is good stuff!
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I certify this BB is complete.

 
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Update:  I did not take a picture of the actual sanding process.  Guess I will try again some other time with another tool.  No shortage of rusty tools in the garage.

Very rusty hammer, I removed rust with sandpaper and steel wool,  then oiled with linseed oil.
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Tools
Tools
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Oil
Oil
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Finished
Finished
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Note: Hello MK, can you provide an image of rust removal? Thanks!

 
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These are a pair of linesman pliers I got as a part of my electrical apprentice collection. This summer I left them on the window sill for a few days and they got moist somehow...probably a very humid day followed by a cool one that led to condensation. They weren't covered with rust but they were much harder to open then they should have been. So I put them in a cup of vinegar for about 24 hours, pulled them out and brushed them with an old tooth brush, wiped them, and oiled them with some olive oil. If it doesn't last we have other oils in the garage I can try.
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Looking kind of sad
Looking kind of sad
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Rusty jaws too
Rusty jaws too
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Bath time
Bath time
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Ohh yeah, lookin' good
Ohh yeah, lookin' good
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Rust removed, oil added, and they are ready to pull and snip wire once again!
Rust removed, oil added, and they are ready to pull and snip wire once again!
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Needed a hammer recently to bang around with, so I found this one in my housemate's garage. Figured he probably wouldn't mind if I used it since it looks like it hasn't been used in years.

Saw Cam's post using vinegar, and since I'm all about doing the least amount of struggle I gave it a shot. Soaked this guy in a bowl of white vinegar overnight. It was pretty cool to watch it start bubbling and the oxidized bits fall off and start dissolving. So easy. Used a light hand with a toothbrush to brush the rust off. There was one tough spot that didn't want to give up its rust, so I took it outside and scraped at it a little with a metal bracket I had sitting around. Rinsed it in the vinegar again, dried it off, then sprayed it down with PB Blaster.

Here's the video of the scrubbing process:
Don't mind the hungry kitten crying for dinner in the background.

Looks like this hammer head could use a new handle, so that might be next on my Tool Care list..

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I was working on a project which required an auger bit, and saw that the ones I have are a bit rusty (partially from the humid climate, partially because I didn't give them a good once-over when I picked them up secondhand). I decided to be good to my tools and take the rust off. I used a very basic wire brush-and-vise method. I oiled them with grapeseed oil (a drying oil--no horrible sticky residues) and hit them with a heat gun until the oil smoked, ensuring it incorporated in rather than just sitting on top.
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Removing rust from some auger bits
Removing rust from some auger bits
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Here is my submission for the Tool Care - Straw - Remove Rust, Clean, and Oil a Hand Tool BB.

I used an angle grinder with a wire brush to remove the heavy rust then a vinegar bath to remove the rest of the rust from the head of a hammer/hatchet combo.  I also put a wood chisel into the vinegar bath as there was some rust inside the handle attachment pin-hole.

While researching this project, I noticed that several people advocated using candle wax and melting it into the metal.  I decided to use a few of my organic beeswax crystals leftover from making Wax Cloths.
I put the metal on the stove to heat/melt the wax into the metal.

To document the completion of the BB, I have provided the following:
  - rusty tool
  - rust being removed
  - clean and oiled tool
  - description of oil and cleaning method used
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rusty hatchet/hammer combo unit
rusty hatchet/hammer combo unit
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angle grinder with wire wheel removing heavy rust
angle grinder with wire wheel removing heavy rust
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still some rust
still some rust
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handle removed (it is damaged and not comfortable to hold/use tool) showing more rust inside handle hole
handle removed (it is damaged and not comfortable to hold/use tool) showing more rust inside handle hole
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chisel and hatchet/hammer ready for vinegar bath
chisel and hatchet/hammer ready for vinegar bath
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pouring - glass jars help make vinegar deeper by displacment
pouring - glass jars help make vinegar deeper by displacment
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bubbles on metal
bubbles on metal
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just scrubbed tool heads - leaving for a few more hours
just scrubbed tool heads - leaving for a few more hours
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finished - you can see some hardened wax on the top (side facing you)
finished - you can see some hardened wax on the top (side facing you)
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