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Shovel Handle Care

While it’s the blades that usually get the most beating, the handle of a shovel needs some special care to extend its life as well.

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Handles can dry out, and when they do, the wood is much more liable to become weakened, causing the handle to suddenly snap… a rather expensive way to make very thick tomato stakes. You can keep handles from drying out by using a rag to rub linseed oil into it every once in a while. Just make sure you first sand any varnish off the handle, or the oil won’t have a chance to sink in.

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