John Elliott wrote:First rule of wheelbarrow repair: replace pneumatic tire with a solid rubber tire. A wheelbarrow with a pneumatic tire is like a foot wearing a sneaker.
Jennifer Wadsworth wrote:PS: As a desert dweller where every tree, bush and weed seems to have thorns, I use only solid rubber tires. More costly but cuts WAY down on dirty words and thumping tires. Of course, you don't get the cheap thrill of dragging home a full barrow-load of soil on a flat tire...
Yesterday was "free garage sale" day in a nearby city -- the one day of the year when you don't need a permit. So the place was lousy with insane women trying to sell dirty used baby clothes for top dollar. But I did find one old boy with two yards full of junk, chickens running around underfoot, one pissed-off dog (because he was chained up which he was clearly not used to) and a wheelbarrow. Tire was flat, there was junk in it, and the plastic tub was blown out, with an open crack running the full length of the bottom. On the bright side, he only wanted $5 for it. I didn't dicker.
Tire took air readily but lost it all again in an hour. So I need to patch the tube or (if I'm smart) find a solid tire; we have so many honey locust thorns I'm not sure keeping the innertube tire is anything
but a recipe for frustration.
As for the blown-out tub, I drilled out the ends of the cracks, drilled some more pairs of holes along the crack, and wired the crack together in a gross mechanical-support way using 5" pieces of nice copper wire I stripped from a piece of Romex the dogs brought home to chew on. Then I got the edges lined up as best as I could and hit it with a $4.00 tube of LocTite epoxy for plastics. There was a lot of crack and I may yet go back for another tube, but the repair looks good for hauling leaves and hay and dry soil. (I don't think I'll be carrying more than two cinderblocks at a time in there though, nor dropping them in from a height.)
Took the wheel off this afternoon and pulled out the tube. I haven't patched (or assisted with patching) an inner tube since our kids-with-bicycle days, except for that time at gold mining camp in the 1980s (not sure if it was the summer you were there or not) when the bear bit our wheelbarrow tire. So it's been awhile. I guess this proves that having a wealth of unusual life experiences comes in handy eventually, right? Anyway, I am gonna get a cheap patch kit at the Walmart, which is where I am going next.
Got the wheelbarrow tire patched last night and aired up this morning. If it's still firm tomorrow, I'll call it ready for service!
Jennifer Wadsworth wrote:Next time you load up your mobility-impaired wheelbarrow, throw your digital camera/smart phone in there too!
John Elliott wrote:Harbor Freight
Jennifer Wadsworth wrote:Possible way of making the tire last a bit longer - line the inside with newspaper between the rubber and the tube. Done it - worked better than just rubber and tube! Trust me - I get "broke".
Dan Boone wrote:However, I think the match goes to the honey locust trees on points. Sometimes I win but those infernal trees *always* score some points.
Dan Boone wrote:Mike I am skeptical of that product, and yet I just may have to try it! At least it's closer to fitting within my budget, especially if they sell it in dmaller bottles than the one shown. Thanks!
Dan Boone wrote:
Goal of retrieving load of soil for container garden: FAIL
Goal of planting out surplus seedlings: ACHIEVED
Plantings opportunistically mulched with surplus biomass: 12+
New fauna observed: 1
New skin rashes attained: to be determined
Physical obstructions cleared with machete: 2
Decline in number of functional wheelbarrows: 1
Was it disorganized? Yeah. But not a bad morning in the woods for all of that. However, I think the match goes to the honey locust trees on points. Sometimes I win but those infernal trees *always* score some points.
Stefan Sobkowiak wrote:
Thanks for the laughs Dan. Consider it a 'typical' day. Count your blessings when it goes better. Realize there will be days where it goes even worse. It's all meant to build your character (love, joy, peace, PATIENCE...). It's not WHAT happens it's how YOU REACT to what happens. Consider it all joy. There is no failure just feedback. Sometimes you just write about it, have a good laugh, look at your garden and smile.
Stefan Sobkowiak wrote:Oh and get a 'thornless' honey locust. I have seed in the fall and spring that come up 95% thornless. Such a pleasant tree, smells great, looks great, feeds the bees, oh and no THORNS.
William James wrote:I also had two blow-outs before I spent the 16 euros and got a rubber tire.