OK, so my wife asked me to get her one of those 'Garbage Spikes' so she can pick up stuff in our yard.  For some reason, our yard acts as a collection point for the neighborhoods loose garbage every time the wind blows.  So, when my wife said she was actually going to do the cleaning up, instead of making me do it, I jumped at the task to go buy one.  Well, as it turns out, I couldn't find one locally, so I built one for $15.

Oh, and I didn't think to make the Instructable until after I was finished with it, so we don't have have 'in progress' pics.  sorry.

Step 1: Acquire Materials!

I went to Lowes to get parts this time because it was close by...  any hardware store should have this stuff. (I have listed the Lowes numbers for convenience)

Part description, Lowes Part number, Notes
60" Ash bow rake handle, 147671, This can be any handle really, this one just seemed to be the right size for me
8-32 x 1 3/4" bolts (4), 18771, we only need 3, but they come in 4 packs
8-32 Nylon washer lock nuts (4), 137446, we only need 3, but they come in 4 packs
4" SS cleanout cover plate, 253211, Doesn't have to be stainless, but I thought it was pretty :- )
3/8" x 1' all-thread, 44597, We will be using about 8" of this
3/8" fender washer (2), 68884
3/8" nylon washer lock nut (1), 51129, we only need one, but I bought a 25 count pack

<p>looks great, nice job.</p>
I take an old garden tool handle that is long enough and pre drill a hole an inch (+/-) in one end.<br>Next I cut off the head of a LONG nail and tap the cut end into the pre drilled hole.<br>I use a file to resharpen the nail when it needs it.
Sorry, I was being unfair and I had no right to dis your instructable in that way. I was missing the point of gaining satisfaction from the result. It really is a well made tool. Please accept my apologies, I guess I was in a bad mood.
Thanks. I appreciate it.

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