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Simple Ways to Fix Garden Tool Handles

2016-04-21

Generally, when you purchase quality Garden Tools , you hope that they will last a lifetime. Often, the first thing to wear out is the handle. It seems silly to throw a good tool away just because it has a broken handle. In fact, the cost to fix garden tool handles is typically much cheaper than replacing the entire tool. You just need to know how to fix the handle or handles.

First of all, you need to decide if the handle or handles of your garden tool actually needs to be completely replaced, or if you could possibly repair the tool by taping the handle. This would be the case if the handle is rough to the touch from using it so much. The best tape to use is sports tape like the kind used on hockey sticks. This will help you to grip the handle of the tool. And you can purchase this tape at a sporting goods store.

Sometimes, you should replace the tool handle completely if it is splintered, broken part of the way, broken all of the way, or missing. Any handle that is damaged in a way that is dangerous to use or awkward to use should be replaced. If this is the case, checking your local gardening or home repair center for replacement handles. You may want to carry the tool with you to be sure you are purchasing the right size and type. Well, you could also order the handles from an online store.

Besides, you can also place the good part of the garden tool in a vice grip. This will hold the tool steady as you work. Use a hammer, a drill, a screwdriver, a center punch or any other tools that seem appropriate to help you remove the old handle while the tool is being held in the vice. You will need to remove any fasteners that are holding the old handle in place. You may need to use a grinding tool to grind away the old fasteners and completely remove all chunks and pieces of the old tool handle.

Then, you’ll insert the new handle into the tool. The part of the garden tool where the handle fits is called the hasp. Use fasteners to securely attach the new handle inside the hasp. If needed, you may have to drill new holes and securely attach the handle with bolts, locking washers and hex nuts. Be sure the new handle is secured in place tightly. If necessary, apply epoxy adhesive to the area where the tool handle fits into the base of the tool if you are having trouble with the handle being loose.

Finally, monitor the tool cautiously once it is fixed. You'll want to be sure that the handle fits securely in the hasp, and that your garden tool is working just like a new.