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Rip out weeds more easily with a simple tool that allows you to get them out by the roots so they don't spring up again when you turn your back.

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You will need about 450mm (18") of steel rod or bar, 8-10mm (3/8") diameter.  I used 10mm mild steel rebar.

To form it the tools you need:
 - hacksaw or some other way of cutting it to length.
 - a hammer and something to beat against as an anvil.
 - tools to bend it, at least two of: a length of steel pipe and/or a large wrench and/or a vice and/or a clamp.

 
galadriel2 years ago
If you don't have the metal bar handy or you don't feel up to cutting and bending metal, there's another way to manage this pretty easily.

From the size this appears to be, you could get the same effect with a horse's hoofpick, usually less than $1, found at farm/feed stores and horse/livestock supply stores online [I'd include a link or several, but it feels tacky to put commercial type links on instructables]. It's the same shape and about the same size, I think, though in smooth metal. Hoofpicks do come in a variety of types, but the simplest type looks just like that.
nicolas3141 (author)  galadriel2 years ago
Yes, the tool described is not a new invention and similar things are available commercially, but my home-made version is slightly larger and somewhat heavier duty than most hoof picks. Also the tip of the hook is sharpened the other way, ie at 90 degrees to the way hoof picks are usually shaped. These subtle differences are the advantage of making it yourself to suit the need exactly, and hence it works noticeably better.
These are hoof picks (two separate words).