If your favorite garden shovel handle broke while you were working, you may want to consider replacing the handle instead of purchasing a new shovel. Garden shovel handles commonly break from extended periods of use or weathering. Replacing your shovel handles allows you to keep your favorite garden shovel and is less expensive than purchasing a replacement shovel. You do not need extensive skills to replace the garden shovel handle. Here’s how to go about repairing a garden shovel handle.
Broken garden shovel
New hardwood shovel handle
Grind the rivet head from the shovelhead with your grinder. Completely grind off the rivet head, while holding the shovel in your metal vice.
Drive the remaining part of the rivet (the inner part) from the shovelhead with your center punch and hammer. Place the center punch over the remaining river and strike the center punch with your hammer forcing the rivet from the shovelhead.
Remove the stub of the old garden shovel handle remaining in the shovelhead. Screw a long wood screw deep into the stub leaving part of the screw head exposed with your screwdriver.
Secure the screw head in your metal vice. Hit the shovelhead with your rubber mallet until the broken part of the handle removes.
Roll a strip of paper into a tube and insert the paper tube inside the empty socket (where you removed the broken handle) and allow the paper tube to unroll unit it fits the diameter of the shovel socket. Secure the paper to the unrolled size with a piece of tape.
Place the tube of paper over the tapered end of your new garden shovel handle. Gently slide the paper tube onto the shovel handle until the handle stops it. Mark the top edge of the tube with your pencil.
Measure the socket depth on the garden shovel with your tape measure and transfer the measurement onto the new shovel handle. Measure down from the pencil mark you made in Step 6, and transfer the measurement from the shovelhead socket onto the new shovel handle, mark with a pencil.
Place the new handle in your metal vice to hold it firmly in place. Cut the new shovel handle one the point you marked in Step 7 with your crosscut saw.
Slide the new handle in the socket of the shovelhead. Strike the end of the shovel handle against a wooden block while holding the shovel socket firmly with your hands. This drives the new handle firmly into the shovel socket.
Drill a pilot hole with your drill through the hole located on the end of the shovel socket. Drill a wood screw into hole that is slightly shorter than the diameter of the hole. This step secures the new shovel handle to the shovelhead.