I can't stand poorly made products. My Bona floor mop has been held together with tape, screws and hope for a few months now and is finally what I call BPR (beyond the point of repair).
When I went to a home improvement store to buy a new mop I found that I could only purchase the mop in a kit with a bunch of other stuff I didn't need to the tune of 25 bucks.
Well I don't need a kit and I'm not looking to drop 25 bucks on something that may only last another year. So I started to hunt around the store for things to make my own mop.
Step 1: Things I Needed
Things From the Store:
5' of 3/4" PVC pipe ~ $2.00
5' long, 3/4" thick paint pole ~ 9.00
Things I Had at Home:
Drill with 3/16 drill bit
Dremel with grinding wheel attachment (or a hacksaw)
Wood chisel (or a knife)
3 - 2" bolts with nuts
Bottom portion of the Bona mop where the cleaning pad attaches to.
I played around with a few different ideas while at the store. A copper pole was nice but too expensive; a galvanized pole was too heavy and a PVC pole would have been too flexible.
I was going to buy a broom with a 1 1/2 inch thick wooden handle but as I was walking to the check out I saw the paint pole which wouldn't need as much trimming and it was a few bucks cheaper.
Besides why destroy a nice broom?
Step 2: Get to Work
The first thing I needed to do was cut off the threaded end of the paint pole.
Then I cut a 7" piece of PVC pipe.
The pole was a little too wide to fit into the PVC so I used a wood chisel to shave off just enough that the pole would slide inside the pipe about 4"
Once the pole was snuggly in place I inserted the Bona portion into the other end of the pipe.
Step 3: Drill & Grind
I drilled 3 holes. One through the PVC where the Bona part was inserted and two through the PVC where the wooden pole was inserted.
I then pushed the bolts through and tightened them.
Next I used the Dremel to cut and grind down the excess bolt.
Now I have a great mop that I am sure will last for years to come.
Please let me know if you have any ideas on how to improve my design or leave a comment on how you would have done it.
Thanks & Enjoy