The focus of this post is reinforcing the handle on the Quickie Manufacturing Jumbo Debris Pan. Click here to read my review of this tool.
The other day, I was cleaning a yard for two Rottweilers. I was just about finished when the yellow bucket containing the dog waste fell off my handle and spilled waste down a hillside. How frustrating!
This is the second time in three months that I have had a handle fail on the Quickie Manufacturing Jumbo Debris Pan. The first failure happened after carrying a load of waste in the rain.
For those who don’t know, dog poop is a lot like a sponge. When it rains, the waste absorbs the water and becomes heavier.
To understand why this happened, let’s examine the tool itself.
The handle is an aluminum pipe that fits around a small plastic pipe. The small plastic pipe is a thick material at the top of the piece that inserts into the bucket.
Close examination of the fitted parts reveals that the aluminum pipe is not secured to the plastic pipe. Instead, it appears to have small indentations around the surface of the aluminum pipe.
Over time, as weight increases in the bucket, the indentations press into the plastic. Friction of the two surfaces causes small grooves to appear in the plastic. Eventually, the grooves become deep enough to allow the handle to slip off of the base.
Reinforce the handle with a nut and bolt.
- 1 1/4 inch bolt
- Lock nut
- Socket wrench with 10-mm socket
- Phillips screwdriver
Step 1: Acquire the necessary hardware
When my handle failed for the second time, I went down to my local hardware store and told one of the store associates my problem and proposed solution. He agreed that my solution should provide a suitable remedy.
He led me over to the bolts and asked me to bring my debris pan in so we could select an appropriately sized bolt. We selected a 1.25 inch bolt. There were several widths available. Because the handle is subject to heavy loads, I chose a larger width.
He offered a standard nut. I asked if I needed a washer to go with it. Instead, he directed me to a lock nut.
Step 2: Drill a hole through both pipes
I used a 3/8-inch drill bit to create a hole through the aluminum and plastic pipes.
Step 3: Insert bolt through the hole
From the opening of the bucket, insert the bolt through the hole.
Step 4: Finger tighten the lock nut on the bolt
On the threaded end of the bolt, finger tighten the lock nut until it stops turning.
Step 5: Tighten the nut and bolt
With a socket wrench, place a 10-mm socket over the lock nut. Hold the wrench in place. On the head of the bolt, use a Phillips screwdriver to tighten the bolt.
This repair is simple and costs significantly less than purchasing a new debris pan. The result is a handle that doesn’t wobble under pressure. I highly recommend you make this improvement after purchasing your debris pan so you avoid an unfortunate problem like I experienced.