In order to show how to both repair and modify at the same time, I decided to use one that had a tip broken off. You can see this in the picture that the tip has been sheared off due to use. In addition, the surface is caked with soil from an earlier dig as well as rust throughout.
The tools that will be used in this project are:
- A tool for marking the surface
- Bench Grinder
The Safety Courses Needed:
Step 1: Repair
From there I took the trowel to the bench grinder in the metal shop.
A few basic rules regarding grinding:
- Do Not Wear Gloves. When using a tool that is rotating rapidly, there is always a risk of fabric being pulled in to the machine which will result in serious injury.
- Always wear safety glasses and ear protection. When using the grinder, be sure to use the plastic shield on the grinder itself as well as wear safety glasses. It is likely that bits of hot metal will fly in your general direction, especially the eyes. In addition, the grinding room is very small and the grinder is very noisy. I definitely recommend using ear protection to preserve the longevity of hearing.
- Use two hands. It is necessary to brace the tool properly in order to prevent it from getting caught on the wheel, or getting pulled in. To prevent injury, use both hands to run the metal across the grinder.
- No Aluminum. If aluminum is used on these wheels, it will gunk up the surface and will cause it not to work as well. If you are unsure of what material your tool is, ask a Dream Consultant. If it makes sparks, it's not aluminum!
For a small modification...