Garden Tool Repair

garden tool1 Garden Tool RepairCheck your garden tools each fall for things to fix, then repair them over the winter. You’ll be ready for spring! This Fix-It Guide on garden tool repair tells how a garden tool works, what often goes wrong, how to identify the problem, and what parts and tools you will need to fix it. It then gives simple step-by-step instructions for how to replace a tool handle, how to fix a leaky hose, how to sharpen a garden tool, how to remove rust from a tool, and how to tighten a loose wooden handle grip. Garden tools that are beyond repair or too inexpensive to repair can be recycled.

How Does It Work?

Garden tools are all those implements that make it easier to grow flowers, vegetables, trees, and lawns. Garden tools include shovels, hoes, hoses, shears, and clippers. They help us dig and refill holes, eliminate weeds, water roses and radishes, prune trees and shrubs, trim grass, and much more.

What Can Go Wrong?

Handles break on shovels, hoes, and other tools. Hoses leak. Cutting and digging edges become dull. Tools get rusty. Handle grips become loose.

How Can I Identify the Problem?

If a garden tool’s handle breaks, you can replace it (see below).

If an otherwise good hose springs a leak, you can stop that leak (see below).

If a cutting or digging edge becomes dull, you can sharpen it (see below).

If a tool is rusty, you can renew it (see below).

garden tool2 Garden Tool RepairIf the wooden handle grips of a tool are loose, you can tighten them (see below).

Fix-It Tip

What Parts, Materials, and Tools Do I Need?

Replacement parts are available from local hardware stores, home improvement centers, and garden centers. The tools you will need to fix your garden tools include these:

  • Bench vise
  • Electric drill
  • Hammer
  • Wood file
  • Galvanized wood screws
  • Sharp knife
  • Penetrating oil or kerosene
  • Steel wool, emery paper, or a wire brush
  • Epoxy adhesive
  • Mallet

What Are the Steps to Fixing It?


Don’t try to repair a broken tool handle because a repaired handle will be weak. Replace the handle instead.

Replace a tool handle:

  1. Clamp the tool blade in a bench vise.
  2. Remove the handle from the hasp using a drill, hammer, or other tools as needed.
  3. Insert the new handle into the hasp.
  4. Tighten the handle in the hasp using fasteners.

To make finding the right hose parts easier, take the bad piece of hose to the hardware store with you to find the correct hose couplings. Most repair fittings work with either rubber or vinyl hoses, but some work only with one type.


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