I came up with this idea while digging a 100 foot long, 2 foot deep drainage trench and it works SO well that I wanted to put it on my webpage. On the web I find a SNOW shovel for sale that has an added handle, but could not find any reference to using a second handle with a regular dirt-digging type shovel.
Without exageration, this trick makes it at least twice as easy to dig, the new "handle" making it far easier to haul the dirt out of the hole and dump it. Also, it pretty much does away with the need to bend way over while shoveling. The added "handle" can be pulled a bit sidewards, while pushing the main handle in this same direction, to scoop up the dirt quite easily. I threaded a 4" long handle of 1" dowling (drilled a hole lengthwise through it first) onto a loop of steel-core clothesline (the same stuff I use for the "E" string of my 4-string upright wash-tub bass) then wound the end of the loop around the shovel's handle. I kept it from sliding with a wood-screw. A tiny cable-clamp type U-bolt to attached the ends of the loop together. I found it amazing to see how much easier this extra handle makes shoveling! Dennis Havlena - W8MI Mackinac Straits, northern Michigan 4/17/07
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