For many gardeners, a wheelbarrow is a vital piece of equipment. They’re perfect for lightening loads that you haul in the yard, and when you take good care of your wheelbarrow it can last for years. No matter how careful you are though, sometimes a tire puncture does occur. A lot of the time you are able to repair the puncture using a patch, but sometimes it is such a big hole that replacing the inner tube is the only option. If this happens and you are ready to replace it, read on for some instructions on how to do this.
Get the Wheelbarrow Into Position and Remove the Tire
With the wheelbarrow upside down on a flat surface, push around the rim of the tire with your fingers or a screwdriver. Use the screwdriver to pop the tire off the rim. Work your way around the tire until the whole thing is free of the rim.
Prepare the New Tube
Rub baby powder all over the new tube and locate the valve stem. This step keeps the inner tube dry and makes sure that it will slide when you’re putting it in place. Remove the cap from the valve stem and set it aside for later. Pull the tube onto the rim and press the valve stem through the tire itself.
Put the Tire Back On
Put the tire back around the rim, pressing one side of it into place. Then, using your screwdriver, pop the other side onto the rim, being careful not to puncture the inner tube that you have just installed.
Adjust the Valve and Inflate
Make sure that the valve stem is straight and pulled through the tire. Using an air compressor or a pump fill the tire, checking the pressure with a tire gauge before putting on the cap that the pressure is correct. Incorrect pressure can cause the tire to crack or the wheelbarrow to not roll as well as it should. Once it is, screw on the cap.
Put the Wheel Back On
When your wheel is ready you will need to put it onto the axle. Using a wrench, tighten the nuts that hold it in place. When your wheelbarrow is put back together make sure that you’re taking care of it to keep it lasting as long as possible. Storing it out of rain and maintaining correct tire pressure will help your wheelbarrow last.