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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 handle 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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Rob Lineberger
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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!

 
Jordan Holland
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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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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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Jen Tuuli
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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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L. Johnson
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Posting requirements for reference.

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

Unfortunately I don't have a good storage space for my tools. As a result all of my chisels need care.

I soaked my chisels in vinegar for about 2-3 hours then used a wire brush and steel wool to clean them up. Another dip into the vinegar before a quick rinse in water and a thorough wipe down with a paper towel.

I oiled them with camellia oil. It is the preferred oil for blade maintenance here in Japan.
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Rusty chisel
Rusty chisel
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Soaking in rice vinegar with its friends for a few hours
Soaking in rice vinegar with its friends for a few hours
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Clean with wire brush
Clean with wire brush
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Clean with steel wool
Clean with steel wool
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Protect with camellia oil
Protect with camellia oil
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Maintenance complete
Maintenance complete
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Someone approved this submission.
Note: I certify this badge bit complete.

 
Luke Mitchell
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I left a rake outside for a while as I was intending to use it to forage hazelnuts. In the end I never took it with me (there are plenty within reach near me) and it got a bit rusty.

I cleaned the rust using a wire wheel on an electric drill. This is quick and works really well. It's important to wear PPE though as the wire can fly off and the dust is horrible for your lungs.

I then used a penetrating oil, WD40, to coat the metallic components and prevent flash rust. It also acts as a degreaser. I wiped this off and then applied tung oil, a polymerizing/hardening oil that will protect the rake for much longer than WD40 alone. I also oiled the handle.
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Edward Norton
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My go to hammer definitely need some TLC.
I made a solution of citric acid, wrapped the head in cloth and let it soak for a few hours.
Then I scrubbed it with wire wool.
I finished by oiling with some tallow I made last week.
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Brandon Gladefield
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Just as a question to anyone that would know, I would love to know what this hammers intended use is for? It belongs to dad and I'm trying to get a lot of the Tool Care BB's at his place since I'm still working in my collection of tools!
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Chosen tool for a bit of TLC
Chosen tool for a bit of TLC
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Removal apparatus of choice
Removal apparatus of choice
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Halfway there
Halfway there
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Oil of choice
Oil of choice
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Decided to keep only a little but of the paint on the handle because I like the way it looks. But all oiled up now
Decided to keep only a little but of the paint on the handle because I like the way it looks. But all oiled up now
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Note: Congratulations Brandon. I certify this BB complete. It is a riveting hammer. Looks simolar to a peen hammerCheers.

 
Brandi Lee Lough Dennell
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Our hand axe usually only comes out of the shed a couple of times a year to split a few logs for firewood. This BB was my motivation to get it ready to sharpen and then use it to start carving my first spoon.

It was rusty on both sides, but I only photographed one side to start. I used sandpaper by hand when we were away on holiday and then used the sandpaper around a sanding block once we were back home. That made it far easier to handle. I oiled it with vegetable oil.
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Rusty axe
Rusty axe
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Sanding the axe
Sanding the axe
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Sanded and oiled side one
Sanded and oiled side one
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Sanded and oiled side two
Sanded and oiled side two
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Mike Haasl
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I worked on an old hatched I found in the Red Cabin.  I used a wire wheel on a bench grinder to derust it and linseed oil to protect it.  If I could've removed the head from the handle it would have been easier but it was on there pretty good.
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Poor baby!
Poor baby!
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Wire wheeling it
Wire wheeling it
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Oiling
Oiling
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All done
All done
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