Whining About a Rake

With the moving of rubble and laying chip paths Charlie has been doing a lot of raking.

The garden rake broke apart.
The garden rake broke apart.

The handle of his garden rake broke off where it joins to the business end of the rake. He tried using a leaf rake but it didn’t work very well as a replacement for a garden rake.

Rotted wood was jammed into the rake head.
Rotted wood was jammed into the rake head.

It looks like the wood just rotted away. I suggested that it could probably be fixed.

One bolt worked great making the rake secure. Two might be perfect.
One bolt worked great making the rake secure. Two might be perfect.

After cleaning out as much of the rotted wood as he could, Charlie drilled a hole through the metal casing and the shaft.

Raking the chipped path with the newly repaired rake.
Raking the chipped path with the newly repaired rake.

He put it back together with a small bolt and nut which has been working very well.

What do you do with old tools? (Obviously we save or salvage them.)

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

11 thoughts on “Whining About a Rake”

  1. A friend used a hollow metal pipe to replace the wooden handle and that worked well. I have lots of garden forks with broken handles – I need to get a handle on those one of these days. Meanwhile, lots of rain in one day and the heat pump got knocked out in a storm, so I have a very hot house. Hopefully the repair guy will be here today and it will be an easy fix.

    1. Hot and muggy — not nice in the house. Time for a long trip to the grocery store or WalMart or the library. Hope your guy comes and fixes it in one trip. Jo

  2. Replacement handles are usually pretty easy to come by, I’ve certainly bought one or two spare garden fork/spade handles in my time, so there’s no reason why a rake handle shouldn’t be as readily available. If the ‘business end’ is still serviceable, I’d always opt to repair rather than replace!

    1. Turns out we actually had two. I guess one for me. I have made hangers for all the long-handled tools which Charlie eschews using. Things might not get broken as often. Jo

  3. i haven’t owned tools long enough for them to break yet… but i would try to repair them for sure. we own one rake but we don’t have much of a yard so never really need it.

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