My New Labor Day Holiday Shovel

by projectbuddy


My last posts were several months ago and were focused on floor restoration. Although I do have some future items to share on the topic of “How To Repair A Big Hole In Your Floor,” these months have basically been working on my floor…scraping and sanding….scraping and sanding. (Boring and repetitious to do, probably more so to read about!)

But over the Labor Day Holiday, I bought a new shovel and I finally had some helpful tips to share with my readers. You see, I don’t want to waste your time. This is not “save your life” content, but you really might find this useful. Before going any further, for those of you who still have selected “follow” even after these months with no posts, I want to say, “Thanks for hanging around and waiting patiently for a new post!”

Without a doubt, I do find it more than just a little too coincidental that on the day after I bought my nifty new shovel, my drain line started to back up. This is the third shovel I’ve bought and it will be the third time that I have dug up and repaired my waste in the last seven years.

I do like to dig. It doesn’t take a great deal of skill or training! And you can see results right away! It’s also great for reducing stress! Before I die, I will have probably dug up and planted something in every square inch of my yard! (Still, I’m not looking forward to digging up and repairing that waste line for the third time!)

My first shovel was a Sears Craftsman shovel with a hickory handle. It was a beauty and a real pleasure to use. More than anything, the shaping of the wood on the handle just made it look and feel like a tool made for human hands.

When that shovel handle broke, I took it back for the free replacement on Craftsman tools, and much to my displeasure, I found that they didn’t make Sears Craftsman shovels with wood handles any longer. They switched to a straight metal tube instead. It lacked that slight shaping of the wood that made it look and feel “right” for my hands.

It was tough giving up my broken shovel. Even broken it seemed better than that new style of shovel.

The replacement shovel was not my favorite. The red metal on the handle faded to a pale pink over time, and even though the handle never broke like the wooden one, it never felt “right” in my hands. The actual metal of the blade part of the shovel was weak. I knew it was wearing away, even curling back in some places on the cutting edge, but it wasn’t until I put it beside my new True Temper shovel with a wooden handle that I saw just how much metal had worn away in just a few years.

Quick Tool Tip: When there is a design change to a tool, there could be more to it than what you see. I have a feeling that there could have been a higher manufacturing cost for a guaranteed unbreakable metal handle that was balanced by a lower manufacturing cost for the actual metal blade. Of course there could also be just a bad day at the factory!

This photograph was taken September 2014 with the new shovel on the left and the old shovel on the right. Hopefully you can see just how much of the old shovel’s blade has been worn away!