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Why I fixed my wheelbarrow instead of chucking it to the scrap heap

This video explains why I chose to fix my wheelbarrow instead of throwing it away. (It has to do with conserving resources and reducing waste.)

Its inner chamber couldn’t be patched after too many punctures, and when I went to Home Depot and Lowe’s, I discovered I couldn’t buy a new inner chamber, because they’re no longer stocked. I’d have had to buy an entire new wheel and tire assembly, for almost the same price as a new wheelbarrow. What I did instead was to buy a new tubeless tire, which is made of solid rubber and never needs replacing, thus saving my wheelbarrow from the scrap heap and eliminating the need for new wheels in the future.


3 thoughts on “Why I fixed my wheelbarrow instead of chucking it to the scrap heap

  1. techiedavid says:

    I’m in a similar dilemma. I have a battery powers electric lawnmower and the battery will no longer recharge. The replacement battery costs $100 and last 5 years. I am considering of getting a new corded electric mower that does not require a battery costing about $250. I think the corded mower would be a better in sustainability in not having a battery to depose of.


    • Not sure. Batteries can be recycled after all. What you should weigh are the power outputs of the two mowers. Is the battery-powered mower as powerful as the corded mower? Or is it sufficient for you? Five years is a long time after all. Another aspect to consider is the cord would be a real annoyance as you mow the yard. You could easily run over it with the mower, severing it and causing a short.


      • techiedavid says:

        The corded is rated at 12 amps, the battery is rated at 10 amps.
        I’m not too concerned about the cord getting in the way, my yard to not large and I have handy external outlets.


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