Effective Low Cost Carpet Rake

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Introduction: Effective Low Cost Carpet Rake

About: Woodsman and field tutor on a week day. Life long inventor, designer, engineer for the rest of the time. From items that make life easier to items with no reason to be....other than the idea popped into my hea…

I have always owned very hairy dogs, (see picture :)

With hairy dogs come hairy carpets, I have purchased all sorts of rubber/plastic/fibre "Carpet rakes" I have never found one that worked well enough to use on a regular basis so they tend to end up at the back of my broom cupboard. Another thing to note is that these are not necessarily cheap, the blue one was £30! (I will say that it does work very well on astroturf removing leaves and thatch)

I thought I could do better what follows shows I was correct :)

Step 1: Starting Point, Proof of Concept.

I have used these hand rakes to get dog hairs off my clothes forever, they cost no more than a couple of pounds each.

As proof of concept I literally took the handle off one and screwed the rake onto the end of a broom handle, it worked fine, lifting the hair out of the carpet, no more picking up clumps of hair that had been pulled together on the floor, just pick it off the tines in a lump.

Step 2: Materials

There is not a lot to this:

Materials

  • 3 hand rakes
  • A piece of good quality 12mm plywood
  • A handle and socket (in my case I used an old dustpan set, I will explain)
  • 4 countersunk screws and nuts (m4 dia x 25mm long)
  • Contact adhesive

Tools required

  • Wood cutting saw be it power bandsaw or hand saw for the plywood
  • large screwdriver
  • Pair of sharp scissors
  • screwdriver and spanner for bolts
  • sanding wheel/spoke shave/plane (your choice)

Step 3: Preparing the Parts 1

Using a large screwdriver pry back the metal edges that hold in the rake.

Take care doing this as you will be in danger of stabbing yourself with the screwdriver if you are too cack handed!

As the pads come out mark with a sharpie the long edge that pointed away from the handle so that you will get them the correct way round later.

Step 4: Preparing the Parts 2

Cut off the ends of the rake pads with some sharp scissors (where there are no wires) so that they will push together without too much of a gap, lay them side by side and cut the plywood to just a few millimeters wider and longer than the 3 rake pads. Round off the corners of the plywood.

I used the lid of an old long handled dustpan for the handle socket, I cut it out of the middle of the lid, drilled and screwed it to the middle of the plywood as shown.

Step 5: Assembly

Apply and spread contact adhesive to the underside of the plywood and the underside of the rake pads. Allow to flash off until touch dry then MAKING SURE THAT THEY ARE ALL THE RIGHT WAY ROUND, press the pads firmly in place.

Fit the handle in the socket, use a wood screw to hold it in place as it will be under some pressure in use.

Step 6: Does It Work As Expected?

Yes it does! once you find the correct angle to stop it skipping it does a great job.

S5001197 from Rog8811 on Vimeo.

So there you have it a way to reuse simple clothes cleaning brushes to make a very effective carpet rake that cost around £6 and works!

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    9 Comments

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    Brett Weaks CS
    Brett Weaks CS

    Question 1 year ago

    Would this work for really fine/tight grained carpet?

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    rog8811
    rog8811

    Answer 1 year ago

    Hard for me to know, all my carpets are shallow pile, may I suggest getting one of the hand rakes and give it a try? It will only cost a couple of bucks and if it works you could get a handle to make a prototype like the one I made...... which out of interest is now at my mothers house clearing up dog hairs there!

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    Jobar007
    Jobar007

    Question 1 year ago

    Since you've found the angle, have you thought about putting on "training wheels" to hold it at the right angle for others to easily use? That way one could hand this tool off to a child to help with chores around the house.

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    rog8811
    rog8811

    Answer 1 year ago

    :) I like the way you are thinking! Makes me wonder if I could attach it to Maisie's tail..... no, maybe not.

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    Jobar007
    Jobar007

    Reply 1 year ago

    That'd be the million dollar idea: get the dog to clean up after itself!

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    snowf7
    snowf7

    1 year ago

    Your demonstration was unbelievable. I thought that you were just changing the direction of the nap of the carpet. I was surprised at the amount of hair it picked up. There didn't look to be that much on the carpet. This is a great tool for anyone with hairy pets.
    My question is: Did you use a product that is made specifically for use on fabric, or out of brushes that are made of bent wires for use on the animal? Either way it is amazing. I will vote for you.

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    rog8811
    rog8811

    Reply 1 year ago

    Not sure if they are specifically for the purpose but I have only ever used these wire tine brushes on clothes in the past, it does work incredibly well as a rake!

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    muffypuccio
    muffypuccio

    1 year ago on Step 6

    Those rakes also come in handy for cleaning out sticky side of velcro that becomes clogged with lint.