How to Replace a Fiberglass Shovel Handle

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Things You'll Need

  • Phillips-head or flathead screwdriver, depending on existing shovel handle

  • Replacement fiberglass shovel handle

The shovel is among the most commonly used and traditional construction tools and can be utilized for a seemingly endless list of purposes and applications. While traditional shovels are made with a wooden handle, modern technology offers a fiberglass alternative that's often stronger and more durable. Fiberglass is usually more durable than wood, but like any material, it can wear and break under extended and extreme use. Shovels are designed for universal handle use, and the replacement of a fiberglass handle is a generally straightforward task that can be completed using only basic tools.


Step 1

Remove the screw from the shovelhead using the screwdriver; this screw fastens the head to the handle and should be the only screw on the shovel assembly.

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Step 2

Pull the broken or existing fiberglass shovel handle from the shovelhead; with the screw removed, the two components should be free and easy to remove.

Step 3

Insert the new shovel handle into the opening on the shovelhead, lining up the screw holes in the handle and head.

Step 4

Insert the screw through the shovelhead and into the new handle and fasten using the screwdriver.


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