A wheelbarrow is an essential tool for lawn and garden maintenance. Without one, simple tasks such as carrying potted plants to the garden or hauling firewood from a wood pile to the garage can be difficult and time consuming. Since assembled wheelbarrows are too bulky to fit in most cars, their components are boxed up and must be put together at home. It should not take more than a morning to get a wheelbarrow assembled, and it will not require any special tools.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Wheelbarrow set
- Socket set
- Screwdriver set
- Tire pump
Unpack the contents of the wheelbarrow set. There should be two long wooden handles, two wooden cross braces, a metal cross brace, a nose guard, two wooden wedges, a plastic bag of various bolts, nuts and washers, a wheel on an axle and the wheelbarrow bin.
Assemble the frame of the wheelbarrow. Place the pre-drilled cross braces between the handles and insert a threaded bolt with a washer through each side of the handle, and secure them from the inside with locking nuts. The shorter cross brace goes towards the nose of the wheelbarrow, away from the handles, and the longer brace goes closer to the handle end.
Bolt the nose guard to the front of the handles by threading a bolt through the guard and the side of the handle pieces. Lock them in place with locking nuts.
Bolt the wheel assembly to the bottom of the frame between the front cross brace and the nose. There should be pre-drilled holes in the wood for the assembly.
Bolt the legs to the underside of the frame, threading bolts through the top of the frame and securing them with locking nuts. Align the metal cross brace with the holes in the legs and bolt them in place.
Attach the bin to the frame by placing a wedge between the bin and the frame on both sides, with the slope of the wedges facing the handle end of the frame. Align the pre-drilled holes in the wedges with the holes in the bin and the pre-drilled holes through the top of the frame, then insert round-headed bolts down through the bin, wedges and the frame. Thread locking nuts over the ends of the bolts.
Tighten all the locking nuts with the correct socket, and inflate the tire to the pressure recommended on the sidewall. The socket should slide snugly onto the locking nut without any play between the socket head and the nut.
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