How to Repair a Broken Leaf Rake
A leaf rake is a vital tool for clearing leaves from your yard. A heavily used rake may eventually break. Usually, the handle may split or break off where it is joint to the rake head. Rather than discard it and purchase a new one, you may want to fix the broken rake. Purchase a new handle from a hardware store, preferably one that is stronger than the old one. Hardwood handles tend to be more durable. Take the rake head with you to the store so that you can get the correctly sized handle. You can then proceed to repair your rake as outlined in the steps below.
Step 1 – Mark the Drill Point
Insert the new rake handle into the rake head. Be sure the handle extends all the way into the head and is secure. Use a pen to mark the drill hole on the handle. Once you’ve marked the drill hole, you can remove the handle from the rake head.
Step 2 – Position the Handle
Place the handle on a sawhorse. Secure the handle firmly in the sawhorse to allow you to drill the hole efficiently. If you don’t have a sawhorse, you can hold down the handle with one foot on a step while you drill.
Step 3 – Drill the Hole
Select a drill bit whose diameter is slightly smaller than that of the wood screw. This ensures a secure connection once you drive the screw in. Attach the bit to the drill. Position the bit on the marked point and turn on the drill. Lightly press the drill so that it begins to penetrate the wood. Once the bit gains entry, apply firm pressure until it drills right through the handle. Gently extract the drill from the handle. Use a hairdryer to clear away sawdust from the hole.
Step 4 – Apply Glue
Use a thin paintbrush to apply a coat of glue around the handle's end. Apply a coat of glue around the tip of the wood screw as well. The glue will create an effective bond.
Step 5 – Insert the Handle
Quickly push the glued end of the handle into the rake head. Be sure to position the handle so that the hole aligns with the one in the rake head. Place the wood screw in the hole. Screw tightly with the help of your flathead screwdriver. Use a damp paper towel to wipe away excess glue. Allow the glue to dry completely before you use the rake. You now have a leaf rake that is as good as new.
- It is a good idea to apply a protective wood oil finish onto your rake handle periodically. This helps to strengthen it and extends its longevity.
- Regularly wipe the rake head with oil. This will prevent rust and keep it in good shape for longer.