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Step 1: Putting It Together
- Cut a piece of rope about the length of your leg.
- Attach one end of the rope near the head of the shovel.
- Make a loop at the other end of the rope, and another loop a few inches from the end one. Or wrap the rope around the center of a stick, if you would rather have a handle.
And that's it for the construction part of the project.
Step 2: Using It
One person, “A”, holds the shovel. The other person, “B”, holds the rope handle. “A” places the shovel head on the ground against whatever it is that has to be shoveled. “A” does NOT push, he simply guides the tool. “B” pulls the handle (and thus shovel head) towards her, scooping up the material (sand, dirt, whatever) to be removed. “B” then lifts the handle upwards and “A” guides the shovel, using the shaft as a lever, to where you need to dump the material. Rhythm is the key, and after a few tries, the team can move a lot of material without straining.