4 Ways to Remove Rust from Lawn Furniture

by Admin on February 25, 2015

If you’re stuck in the icy grip of the polar vortex right now, it’s tough to think about outdoor furniture. The outdoors may only exist in your mind as that uncomfortable environment you trek through to get from your house to your car, and your car into your workplace.

But I come bearing a reminder that the outdoors are actually quite enjoyable for many parts of the year. Remember when the sun actually warmed you instead of only reflecting off the snow to blind you? Think back to the good times, when it was above freezing and your exposed flesh could survive contact with outdoor air. Those are the days when you wished your entire living room was outside.

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Even in those halcyon days, it rains every now and then. And that rain can do a number on your outdoor furniture, and cause a lot of rust. Use the present time to get them back into summer shape. Here are a few tips to remove that pesky rust from your lawn furniture:

Rub the Rust Off

When you see something on your patio chairs that shouldn’t be there, your first instinct is probably to rub it off. Sometimes your first instinct is right. Rubbing some sandpaper or steel wool on the metal could be enough to do the trick and remove the rust.

If the rust proves to be stubborn, you can up the ante and come at it with a power sander or grinder. If you go the power tool route, be careful you don’t take the metal off with it. So don’t hold it in one place for too long.

Apply Chemicals

There are plenty of rust-removing chemicals on the market that could save you some elbow grease and remove some of that stubborn rust. The drawback is that these chemicals can be pretty powerful, so be sure you don’t take a big gulp of air while applying it to your chairs. A mask and gloves are recommended. All you have to do is apply the chemicals with a paint brush, give it some time and then scrape off the goopy remains of the rust.

Try Converting It

This method is for when you’re sick of removing rust and think you can learn to live with it. Simply buy some rust converter – most hardware stores will have it – and scrape away the flaky paint to reveal the problem area. Apply the converter, which stops the spread of rust but doesn’t remove it, and wait for it to dry. Once it’s dry, you can paint right over top of it – no rubbing or potentially lethal chemicals needed.

Hire a Professional

If you realize the rust is too stubborn to remove yourself, or you don’t have the time or motivation to tackle it, consider calling in some skilled professionals to get the job done.

Regardless of what’s on the 5-day forecast, remember that warmer days are just ahead. To make the most of the welcomed, upcoming seasons, get your lawn furniture in shape by making a plan to remove that rust.

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There’s no other way around it: In order to get the most out of living in your home, it’s essential that it’s well-lit. In addition to simply creating a safer environment — family members and guests are less likely to trip over something and fall if they can see where they’re going, for example — proper illumination also enables you to, you know, see.

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If you’re looking to install a new light fixture or replace an existing one, you’ve come to the right place. These days, money is tight for everyone. The good news is that it’s relatively easy to install a light fixture on your own or with the help of a friend. In doing so, you’re able to considerably reduce your expenses compared to having a professional come in and do the same thing.

Are you considering putting in new lights in your living room, your kitchen, your bedroom or anywhere else in your house? Great! Here’s a brief how-to guide to get you started.

1. Ask Yourself What You’re Trying to Accomplish

OK, your living room is too dark for comfort. Not a problem. You’ve decided to hang a new light fixture to fix the problem.

But that decision is only half the battle. You need to figure out what specific problems you’re trying to tackle and design your lighting solution in a way that addresses them. Pay close attention to the actual location of the lights; if you’re replacing an old set, keep in mind they don’t necessarily have to go in the same exact spot.

2. Check Local Applicable Codes

Most cities and towns will require electrical work to be inspected before governing authorities sign off on it. Prior to getting started, make sure your home is up to code. Chances are you’ll also have to get your work inspected after the fact, so plan accordingly. On old homes, you may need to replace your circuit breakers. This can be less expensive than it sounds if you can find a company that lets you exchange your old ones for a discount on the new ones. Not only will you save some money, but you won’t have excess circuit breakers sitting around your house for years.

3. Figure Out How Much Juice You Need

Are you going to use incandescent bulbs? Fluorescent ones? What about LED or halogen? Depending on your preferences, you’ll have to choose bulbs that offer you the optimal level of illumination.

Once you’ve figured out which kinds of light bulbs you’re going to use, you’ve got to make sure you have enough juice to power your light fixture. No sense in putting in all that time only to flip the switch when the project’s done and blow a circuit. So make sure your new fixture has an appropriate power source.

4. Shut Your Power Off

This might be a no-brainer, but after you’ve designed your new light fixture, you’re probably going to want to start installing it right away.

Not quite yet! Before you do any electrical work, it’s imperative that you shut your power off. Failure to do so could result in catastrophic injuries. So again: Shut your power off before you get to work!

5. Get to Work

You’ll likely be able to take care of most smaller projects on your own. But for those that are a little bigger — let’s say you’re hanging a new light fixture on the ceiling of a 15-foot loft — it’s probably wise to have a helper, even if it’s just your son spotting you on the ladder.

Remember, safety is job one. You won’t get to enjoy the fruits of your labor immediately if you get injured — so be careful!

Good luck!

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