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Pictured is a handle grip I welded from scraps when the plastic grip on our snow shovel cracked and fell off of the wooden portion of the handle. This Instructable will detail the process of making a new handle grip. A welder is required.
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Step 1: Bend the flat part of the handle grip

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The piece inside the yellow lines is 3/4 wide and 1/8 inch or slightly more in thickness. It is 11 inches long. The size of your hand will be a factor, but I bent this one 3 inches from each end, leaving 5 inches across for the width of my hand.

Step 2: Add the round portion of the grip

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The round portion of the grip is 3/4 inch black pipe. Cut it 5 inches in length. Weld it between the ends of the flat you just bent. Grind the welds smooth so rough spots do not snag on your gloves or scratch your bare hands.

Step 3: Front attachment

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Get a piece of flat steel 3/4 inch wide and 3 inches long. It should be about 3/16 inch thick. Drill a 1/4 inch hole for the screw that will go through the handle. Drill a countersink if you will be using a flat head screw.

Weld this piece to the upper part of the handle grip you just finished (top of the yellow outline).

Hold this assembly on the wooden handle and begin drilling a 1/4 inch hole through it.

Step 4: Make the rear attachment

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Cut a piece of 1 inch angle iron 3 inches long. Hold it on the shovel handle in its position and use the drill to score some marks on it indicating the center of the hole. Drill the hole in the angle iron.

Put the screw through from the front. Attach a nut. Tack weld the nut in place. Tighten the screw.

Weld the corners of the angle iron to the flat portion of the handle grip. There is not a lot to reach with the welder, but this adds a lot of strength and stability to the handle grip.

Grind any rough edges that could snag gloves or scratch skin.

Your shovel now has a handle grip that will last much longer than the original plastic grip.
trudyh5 years ago
I don't suppose anyone knows where something like this can be bought? I have a perfectly fine snow shovel, metal scoop, wooden handle, that had a cheesy plastic grip which, natch, finally snapped off. I would a lot prefer to buy a new grip rather than be wasteful and get an entirely new shovel, plus my hardware store out here in the boonies only carries plastic scoop ones, and I don't want to buy a shovel over the Internet since I can't be sure it will be comfortable to use.
Phil B (author)  trudyh5 years ago
Trudy, Thank you for the comment. I assume you live in the Northern Hemisphere where snow is a few months away and you have time in your favor. My advice would be to watch your neighbors' trash barrels on garbage day. Every so often someone sets out a shovel, snow or otherwise, with an intact handle. Also, everyone should cultivate a friend who owns a pickup truck and a friend who has a welder. A friend with a welder would probably make up a handle for you.
carpespasm6 years ago
That's a great little example of home fabrication and a good improvement over the plastic version.
Phil B (author)  carpespasm6 years ago
As you can probably guess, this was not a theoretical project planned ahead of time. Rather, it snowed and the plastic handle broke when I went to use it. It was time to sink or swim.
LinuxH4x0r6 years ago
Nice! I'd recommend grinding those welds down, they look how do i put this nicely a little rough and sharp
Phil B (author)  LinuxH4x0r6 years ago
Thanks. The welds have not been as much of a problem as rough edges on the pieces of metal from the shears that cut them to size at the mill.