Salt and Rust

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As you know I live on a small island in the Bahamas right now. This is Cupid’s Cay and as you can see it has a causeway to the mainland but isn’t really that large. Given the proximity to the ocean salt is everywhere and always in the air.

Cupid's Cay

Cupid’s Cay

 

It’s not only here on the Cay but anywhere that is close to the ocean and the effects are similar.

Rusted interior door lock

Rusted interior door lock

Stainless steel hinge with rust

Stainless steel hinge with rust

Exterior rusted door lock

Exterior rusted door lock

Rusted door hinge

Rusted door hinge

Rust on interior hardware

Rust on interior hardware

Salt spray on the windows

Salt spray on the windows

The salt is just always in the air and settles on everything whether that is inside or outside the house. There’s nothing that you can do other than plan on replacing parts as they are needed and in the meantime spray them with WD-40 to keep them functioning as long as possible.

Ah life on an island!

 

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About Todd Vendituoli

Todd Vendituoli has been a builder for almost 30 years with companies in Vermont and the Bahamas and HomeCentrl is an extension of those years of building experience highlighting everything about your home. I am presently working within the field of social media and using my years of construction and design knowledge to help others understand and use social media to enhance their businesses in a multitude of different ways. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and a variety of other social networks.
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4 Responses to Salt and Rust

  1. Ah, the constant pain of living the island dream. A small price to pay for the life kings would fight over. You would think there would be a huge market for hardware that can withstand the environment. Switch everything to brass. Takes the salt and resists rust better. Worked on boats.

    • Thanks Nancy but I haven’t seen brass hardware for doors hinges and such. Do you know a manufacturer by chance? Most everything that is readily available is your standard fare so I would also imagine brass hardware might be a specialty item. Something to look into though.

  2. Mike says:

    I used to live not far from the beach over here in the UK and after doing up the house I did notice that metal such as the door locks etc seemed to rust a lot quicker than when we lived in the middle of the UK. Took me a while to realise that it was the salt causing this!

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