Has anyone moved recently? We have lived here in the same house since 1997. That’s 20 years in September. We are talking about leaving as we have equity and can move to Louisiana and live comfortably for at least a year on what we can sale the property. Now that being said, how do you decide what goes and what stays. We have 4 dogs and 5 cats that will be moving with us.

We decided last week on this move and have given my son first chance at purchasing this property. The next thing is getting a camper shell for the truck to convert to a place for the animals to travel. We will also need a trailer to pull behind the truck. This week we have went to see 2 camper shells. The first one is too big and the 2nd one has a leaky roof and damaged flooring. Neither one will work so we will keep looking. For the trailer, we do have a boat sitting on a nice trailer. To convert it, we would need to remove the boat – Ugh – and then put a floor and sides on the trailer frame.

The idea of moving is overwhelming. We have collected so much stuff. We will probably leave large appliances and furniture but take the generator, power washer and tools. We will most likely sell the motorcycles and car just so we don’t have to move them. We will put the golf cart up for sell next week and should be able to get a couple thousand dollars. How many small kitchen appliances, pans, dishes, glasses, etc. should we take? Then of course paperwork and pictures will be going. I have collected quite a bit of holiday decorations. Do we take them or leave them? We have wood and projects in the shop. Should we take any of that stuff?

The one good thing right now is that we only work on Saturday and Sunday so we have 5 days a week to plan this move.


National Worship of Tools Day

It’s always weird to me that some folks seem to believe that women do not use or appreciate tools. That is demonstrated by this website: . After all women only want tools to improve themselves. Right? Not sure I agree with that. I’ve been known to pick up a hammer or screw driver to work with. Also worked in construction and did small repairs on homes from drywall to plumbing. Funny how some stereotypes still linger.


tools day* Squeezed in between Presidents Day and St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday you’d probably like to celebrate — if you knew about it.

March 11 is National Worship of Tools Day. Although the origin of the day is not known — and Hallmark has yet to come out with a greeting card — it seems like the perfect day to dote on your often-neglected tools.

Following these tips will keep your DIY gear in top shape and make completing home repairs a breeze:

Bust the rust

You left your hammer on the back deck or your screwdriver in your damp basement, and now it’s covered with rust. Not only does rust look bad but, given enough time, it will damage metal tools.

To clean rust, spray the affected surface with a penetrating lubricant such as WD-40 and scrub with a scouring pad (avoid using sandpaper because it can scratch the metal). When finished, wipe the tool clean. The lubricant will also help loosen rusted screws and quiet squeaky joints.

For more heavily rusted metal, you may need to use a spray-on, wipe-off, acid-based rust remover such as Rust-Ex, Rust Free or Red-B-Gone.

To keep tools from future rust attacks, store them in a dry place such as in a workbench drawer or toolbox. Companies such as Bull Frog sell strips of vapor corrosion inhibitors, which emit a gas that deposits a protective layer on metal surfaces.

Stay sharp

Hand tools such as planes, gouges and chisels become dull after repeated use. Additionally, their bevels sometimes require repair because of nicks.

You don’t need to be a pro to sharpen hand tools, but you do need to pay attention to what you’re doing. It’s important to know the proper bevel angles for specific tools. A chisel or a plane at the tip, for example, should be beveled between 30 and 35 degrees. Below the tip, the edge should be beveled 25 to 30 degrees. Be sure to observe the original bevel of the hand tools you intend to sharpen in an effort to maintain the proper angles. You may also want to invest in a honing guide before you sharpen hand tools of any type.

The type of stone you’ll use for sharpening depends on the specific hand tool and its blade. A stone with medium grit will work great for tools that require a sharp, fine edge (chisels or planes, for example). If the blade is nicked, extremely dull or damaged, you may need to use a stone with coarser grit. Mill files are often used to hand-sharpen tools such as hoes, shovels, axes and mauls.

It’s smart to invest in a variety of files and stones (round, flat, coarse, medium, fine), so you can care for all your tools.

Clean electric tools

To make sure that your belt sander, drill or jigsaw is ready to go when you are, you need to keep it clean and free of dust. Take some time to clean the dust from the tool’s housing intake units. It’s also wise to do an annual inspection for wear and tear on your tools’ power cords. There can be damage to the insulation, and you should keep an eye out for loose wires; wipe cords down to keep them from becoming damaged by oil or grease.

Manufacturers recommend storing electric tools in their original cases and containers to keep them free of dust when they’re not in use.