How to Build a Sand Flea Rake

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Making a sand flea rake can be cheap and easy. You only need a few items and a little bit of time. Sand fleas are common at beaches and can be a problem. They bite, causing red marks and itching. If you rake areas where you will be sitting on the beach, you will be less likely to be bitten by the insects. It's fairly simple to make your own sand flea rake.

Things You'll Need

  • 1-by-1 1/2-foot wire mesh
  • 3 pieces 2-by-6-inch metal scraps
  • Drill
  • Rivets
  • Metal bar
  • Choose a piece of wire mesh that has small holes so that the tiny sand fleas will get caught in it. Drill a few larger holes in the mesh so that sand can escape the rake. Bend the wire mesh so that the 1 1/2-foot-long side is folded over into a little bucket.

  • Bend the sides of the wire mesh inward.

  • Drill holes 1 inch from either side of the metal scraps. Lay metal scraps on the side of the wire mesh. Attach the metal scraps to the mesh with rivets. Once you have the metal scraps aligned alongside the wire mesh, drill holes in the mesh so that you can put the rivets in.

  • Insert rivets in the four holes, making a bucket-like rake.

  • Drill two holes in the last piece of scrap metal 1 inch from the ends. Line the piece of metal up with the middle of the back side of your rake. Drill holes in the mesh matching up with the holes in the scrap metal. Attach scrap metal to the mesh with rivets.

  • Drill holes in the metal bar lining up with the scrap metal you just attached. Drill holes in the scrap metal you last attached and on through the mesh. Attach the metal bar to the rake with rivets.

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