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Forum topic by Chipper posted 08-18-2008 08:53 PM 2332 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-18-2008 08:53 PM

I was doing some fence repair work and broke the handle on a borrowed shovel. Since I believe that you should always return a borrowed tool in the same or better shape than you started out with, and this shovel has sentimental value for the owner, I am replacing the shovel handle instead of just buying them a new shovel.

Much to my surprise, the original handle actually has a significant bend at the end of the part that goes into the shovel. ( I had a heck of a time getting the old part out). The replacement handle I came up with is long enough, but straight. I want to attempt to put the new handle in after heating it up (bending it). My question: can I just heat the end of it in bucket of boiling water (easy) or do I need to set up a steam box (pain :) )?

-- Steve (Plano, TX)

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#1 posted 08-19-2008 12:52 AM

Steve, you can heat it by boiling it. You should boil it for about 2 hours (assuming handle is about 1.75” thick).
Have yourself something to stick the boiled end into an over bend it a little. You’ll want to be able to keep it with this bend in it for a couple of days, until it dries out. You’ll get a little spring back when you remove it from your form.

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#2 posted 08-19-2008 02:24 AM

Whoops . . . don’t ya hate when that happens. When the handle cracked on my favorite shovel I could not find a replacement. I had to get another shove. I can’t help you with the bending though . . . sorry.

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