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A Little Light Maintenance

March 20th, 2010

This time of year I take advantage of these beautiful days to do a little maintenance. I’m not always doing gardening, I have other chores to do. The other day I was noticing that our outdoor light fixtures were getting really faded.

Good quality outdoor light fixtures are not cheap so it’s important to give them a little love every now and then. I spent a couple years looking for the right fixtures for the outside of our home and I want to make sure these stay beautiful for a long time! This past week I spent some time giving them a protective coat of linseed oil and scrubbing up the glass globes. The difference is AMAZING! They look better than they did when they were new.

This chore couldn’t be any easier, all you do is rub a light coat of oil on with a cloth or sponge. It will make sure the lights look great and last a long time, which will save me money in the long run. Sometimes a little bit of times spent in maintenance saves us lots of time and money in the future!

Do you do any kind of maintenance chores that save you time and money in the long-run?

8 Comments to “A Little Light Maintenance”
  1. Deb on March 20, 2010 at 8:24 am

    I have an award for you if you’d like it…just want to let you know how much I enjoy your blog
    .-= Deb´s last blog ..Hey, Hey Bogie =-.

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    • Susy on March 20, 2010 at 10:32 am

      Thanks Deb!

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  2. Michelle on March 20, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Wow! What a difference! I thought you repainted them..!
    .-= Michelle´s last blog ..It doesn’t look like much now but… =-.

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    • Susy on March 20, 2010 at 11:40 am

      Amazing what a little linseed oil will do. You could probably use mineral oil, but it wouldn’t last as long and I’m not a fan of using any petroleum based products in the garden where birds come into contact with it. I bought some organic linseed oil last year and I use for all the wood/other items outside.

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      • Whit on August 3, 2016 at 5:21 pm

        Susy, do you thin your linseed oil out at all before applying to metal or wood?

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  3. pocketina on March 20, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    that is BRILLIANT. Brilliant!

    I did a maintenance chore today, that helped save our clothes & tempers.
    We have deer fencing around each of the raised beds, and I went around to all of them and snipped off every single jagged wire edge, on every bed.
    It took 2 hours!

    (Last year, we just continually snagged our arms or clothes on the edges, and cursed the fences & did NOTHING about it. Silly, huh?)

    Actually, getting over denial & putting in the deer fencing itself was a huge feat. We used to just hope the deer would somehow not notice the delicious vegetables we were so carefully cultivating. You can imagine how well that worked out. Hope is not much of a deer repellant.
    .-= pocketina´s last blog ..Much improved! =-.

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    • Susy on March 20, 2010 at 11:36 pm

      If only hope did keep the deer away I would have had peas last year :)

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  4. stefaneener on March 21, 2010 at 12:54 am

    That’s a word to the wise!
    .-= stefaneener´s last blog ..All Hail the Queen(s) =-.

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