Tamper Handle Broken


Old 07-31-03, 03:02 PM
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Tamper Handle Broken

I broke the handle off of a soil tamper- a ten inch by ten inch cast iron square plate, with a socket for the handle. The handle was not held on by a pin or screw, but by a ring of metal with a sharp edge running around the interior of the socket for the wood handle. I have obtained a hardwood dowel the same size as the old handle, but don't know if the handle needs to be soaked before being hammered into the socket. Anyone fixed one of these before?
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Old 07-31-03, 06:02 PM
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Swelling wood?

Wouldn't the dowel actually swell when it gets wet? If you drive it into the socket while wet, won't it shrink and actually be too small when it dries out? What about drilling two holes in the socket and put a bolt through the socket and dowel once you drive the dowel in?
Old 07-31-03, 08:21 PM
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I once heard of a similar type of fastener referred to as a "push grip ring"

If it's what I'm thinking of it's a one time use device.
You have to damage it to get it apart.

Try bolting it as suggested.

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