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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 12, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta What to do about yard tools OF THE WEEK Friday, October 12, 1973 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 7 CLEAN AND CHECK MOWER BEFORE STORING COAT WOOD HANDLES WITH LINSEED OIL WIPE HAND TOOLS WITH AN OILY RAG AVOID KINKS WHEN HANGING GARDEN HOSE By MR. FIX People who replace one or more garden tools every spr- ing are quite likely the same people who don't take care of their garden tools in the fall. There is an understandable tendency to leave garden tools standing in a corner of the garage or tool shed without a further thought once you have stopped using them. They seem fairly indestructible. But disuse rather than use is what destroys tools. It is dur- ing these periods of inactivity that rust and corosion take their toll. A tool taken care of in the fall is not only ready to use in the spring but is likely to last another season and probably more. Winterize your tools just as you would your auto. It's a lot easier, however. All you have to do is put away everything With most of the garden chores out of the way, it might be a good idea to give some thought to cleaning your greenhouse out. Your probably won't get all the jobs done in a day, but when finished, your work will be that much easier if you can keep things more or less in order, and periodic clean-ups will mean less work in the long run. Cleanliness helps to control insects and other plant dis- eases, so a healthy environ- ment is necessary. It seems to be a habit with most of us, as plant lovers, to collect an oversupply of odds and ends, so the greenhouse soon becomes overcrowded, which makes it difficult to do a good cleaning job. A certain amount of cleanliness should be practis- ed daily, such as removing' dead foliage and flowers, cleaning up spilled earth, etc or any other debris that has accumulated For a thorough cleaning job, whether in the spring, summer or fall, some people have their own system which they follow each year If you are a novice at such things and do not know just how to go about it, here are a few pointers that could be of value to you. If you just grow bedding-out plants like many people do, you will not have the problem of wondering what to do with all your potted plants, etc. Choose a day that is not too hot or windy and transfer all pots, boxes, baskets, etc. to a place where they will be out of the way, and if they contain plants, find a sheltered spot where they will be protected. If your greenhouse is large enough you could move them all to one section temporarily while you carry out your cleaning. REPAIRS Clean out potting benches, using a wire brush if necessary and make any repairs required. Wash all glass, using a long-handled sponge mop for the hard to reach panes, replacing any that are broken. For the woodwork and other surfaces to be cleaned, use soap and water, plus a dis- infectant. If any painting is re- quired, either inside or out, make sure that the surface is thoroughly dry. It is a good idea to apply at least two coats on the outside to protect from the weather and at least one in the inside, preferably two. Check all thermostats or anything in connection to your heating system, or motors that operate the ventilating equipment SCOURING Paths and floors (especially those of dirt) should be gone over and any weeds or un- necessary material removed. There is also the job of scour- ing plant pots, flats, greenhouse tools, etc. A wire brush 01 a chore pad does a good job, especially after the Handsome lawn chair economical By DONALD R. BRANN Those who want to enjoy some old fashioned, quiet hours of escape, should take up woodworking. Building something not only provides hours of tension free peace of mind, but also the economical solution to a cost- ly furniture problem. A case in point is the lawn furniture iuusualed. By following simple, step- by-step directions offered in a full size pattern, anyone can build it with ordinary hand tools. The money saved building this comfortable lawn furniture could pay for an electric hand or saber saw. The full size pattern tells how to build a single, double or triple size chair, matching settee and chaise. The list of materials printed on pattern specifies stock lumberyard materials. Exceptionally comfortable and extremely well designed furniture can now be yours at amazingly small cost if you take the time to build. When printed shocking pink, Holland blue, canary yellow or white, the furniture adds beauty to your home and great joy to outdoor living. Send s> Cu m cheque or money oraer for Pattern No. 169 Lawn Set to Lethbridge Herald, P.O. Box 4090, Postal Station A, Toronto, Ontario M5W 1M9 Send ?1 additional for new catalogue illustrating over 300 other build-it- yourself projects. Before Winter Sets in Be sure you water your Dec- idious trees and evergreens in before winter sets in. There's only a few more weeks to plant. See our com- plete selection of trees and shrubs. Lacsmba teerios Ltd. Highway Milas East of Lethbridge Wn Open Ti nnd I'M. 345-4933 Cloind pots, etc. have been soaking for awhile in a soapy solution to which has been added a lit- tle disinfectant. Rinse in clean water and when dry store un-. til needed. Chemicals used as pesticides or fungicides, and all fertilizers and other poisonous materials should be stored in a safe place out of the reach of children and pets. If you have a locked cupboard, so much the better. When bringing in plants from outdoors there are sure to be an odd insect or two on them so spray to insure your greenhouse will be "insect free." When the job of cleaning has been completed, use a fumigating material, ac- cording to directions and one recommended for your size of greenhouse, but do not use if the greenhouse is attached to a residence. Mr. W, I have just recently dug up my potatoes and find they were very scabby Is there something I could do to prevent this next year? Ans. Potatoes grow best in an acid soil, so if yours is alkaline, and quite a few soils in your area are, it might be wise to plant potatoes, such as the Netted Gem and Cherokee which are probably the most scab-resistant variety. Do not use fresh manure and incor- porate generous quantities of peat moss and also sulphur at the rate of 2 Ibs per 100 sq. ft. clean and in good working order. Cleanliness is the key to preservation. The power mower should be cleaned of grass clippings, dirt and grease. Sharpen the blade now so you have one less chore in the spring. After sharpening it, coat the blade with a light film of oil. Drain all the fuel to prevent deposits of gum in the car- buretor and fuel line. Run the engine until it uses up all the fuel. Take out the spark plug. Pour about an ounce of SAE- 30 oil into the cylinder. Crank the engine slowly to distribute the oil and then replace the plug. Put the mower on blocks so that it is not resting on the wheels. Cover with heavy paper or tarpaulin. Hand tools shovel, hoe, rake, spade, etc. should be cleaned of accumulated soil. Then use a wire brush follow- ed by steel wool to remove all rust. Sharpen the cutting edges and wipe with an oily rag. Check the wooden handles for breaks and rough spots. Sand off splinters. Replace cracked handles Keep wood handles in good condition by coating with linseed oil. Hang up tools to keep them out of the way and prevent damage. Pruning shears and grass shears will have stains that wash off with kerosene. Use steel wool and emery cloth for rust spots. Sharpen cutting edges on a whetstone. Tighten nuts and bolts. Replace those that are rusted Coat with a light oil. Drain garden hoses. Take apart the separate lengths and drain by stretching them out flat or" placing them on a slope. Replace old washers with new. Coil each length of hose separately, making cer- tain there are no kinks or twists. Hang the hose on a hose reel or coil it in a basket. Nozzles and automatic couplings should be removed and washed in detergent and water. When dry, wipe with an oily rag. Check sprinklers. Try out moving parts. Replace parts that are broken. Replace old washers. 'Clean and dry thoroughly, then lubricate bushings and coat exposed metal with oil. SAVING ON BILLS Avoid wasting electricity by cutting down on the number of times the refrigerator door is opened. Herald- At Home Build shelves that serve By MR. FIX There's no such thing as a house with enough shelf space, unless it's an empty house. Live in a house awhile and you will soon find that there are not nearly enough shelves. Even those that came with the house may not be what you want or need. The builder of your house had no way of knowing whether you wanted shelves hidden or displayed or what you might put on them. For the same reasons don't go about slapping up shelves until you determine what you want them to hold. Plan rarefully, whether you put up the shelves yourself or have the job done. Whether it is books, hat box- es or cans of paint, what you p'lt on the shelves will deter- mine their size and strength. If the shelves are for books, figure an 8-inch shelf as a minimum size. This size will take care of most books but if you can, put up some 10- or 12- inch shelves for oversize books. If the shelves are in a fixed position, vary the distance between them. If they are ad- justable you can vary the height as you fill them. Remember to allow some finger room for pulling out books, at least an inch or more. Place the wider shelves at the bottom, the narrower ones at the top. Long-playing records may be 12 inches in diameter but in their cardboard jackets they measure a quarter inch more all around, so allow accor- dingly. You can buy fully prefinish- ed shelves, shelf stock that is veneered and sanded but not finished or you can start with raw wood. Let your pocket- book be your guide. The thicker the shelf, the less like- ly it will sap, but remember extra supports will always take care of sagging problems. Snelves used in basement and garage can be made of the cheapest grade of sound lumber. Use economy grades for closet shelves. You will want attractive shelves in the living room, but remember that if you paint them don't buy the best grade of lumber you will only be covering it up. Shelf mounting hardware has become varied and sophisticated. The old- fashioned shelf bracket still exists, not only in its original form but disguised as hand- some woodwork as well. You can buy brackets that do not go right on the wall but which fit in mounting strips that are in turn fastened to the wall. Remember, too, that you can put up vertical supports of lumber and simply fasten wooden cleats on these. Cleats can be cut from short pieces of wood and mounted with screws and glue. For greater strength (and if you have the power tools for it) cut grooves into the sides of the supports and set the shelves in these. A back consisting of plywood or hardwood will make a bookcase more stable. If you fill a wall with shelves provide extra anchorage. Toenail through the top into the wall studs. If there is a back to the shelves, run nails or screws into the wall studs. LAUNCH NEW INDUSTRY AKKO. l.snicl (APi A 40- yoHi'-old will soon iu'ijiii In manufacture and ex- pot I color television sots to Olficiiils at M.isarvk said they h.ivc ;