No matter what project you’re working on in the yard, using a wheelbarrow can lighten your load and make it easier. They’re incredibly useful for protecting your back and making sure that the work you’re doing is as enjoyable as possible. But when something goes wrong with your wheelbarrow, it can be tricky to fix it. Read on to common problems with your wheelbarrow and how you can quickly and easily fix them.
While you can technically use a wheelbarrow that has holes in the bucket, you’ll end up leaving a trail of what you’re hauling and have to make more trips to make up for what you leave behind. This is an easy repair and can make your projects go quicker and more efficiently. Take a piece of aluminum sheeting larger than the holes and place it in the bucket. Drill holes through the aluminum and the wheelbarrow bucket and then attach it with bolts and nuts on the underside of the wheelbarrow.
A broken handle makes using your wheelbarrow very difficult. To repair a cracked handle simply brace it with a longer piece of wood, using bolts and nuts to attach it. If necessary, you can remove the handle and take it to a welder to fix. And as a last resort, you can often buy new handles to attach to your wheelbarrow. Just make sure to get the correct size or your wheelbarrow won’t be as easy to use.
A flat tire is frustrating but a relatively easy fix. If the tire has an inner tube then simply use a patch kit to repair the hole. If your tire has no inner tube then you’ll need a plug kit. After locating the hole, simply plug it, wait for the plug to dry, and remove any excess. You can pump up your tire and use it as normal after performing either of these fixes.
Although wheelbarrows are easy to fix the best prevention is good wheelbarrow maintenance. Keep the wheelbarrow stored away from the elements when not in use to keep it from rusting. Be careful not to use the wheels on nails or broken glass, and make sure to hose out anything corrosive that you may haul. Extra care of the handles can keep them in good condition – try oiling them to keep them protected from moisture and to keep them from cracking.