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Old 03-08-2017, 11:34 AM   #1
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I fixed my little red wagon

I got tired of walking down the dock carrying everything, so I created a little wagon from our ancient kids Roadmaster wagon made 25 years ago.

It is longer and the add on wood handle is longer which works much easier. Came from an old rake, ground down ends to fit into metal tube.

I had to heat the handle to change the angle so it would sit flat in the wagon.
Then bending it split the metal open slightly on long end of bend (too much metal stretch), so had to braze it closed on the resultant crack.

This is light weight, I can move in and out from car.
Plan to paint it next.



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Wheels are ok, but I have lawnmower wheels I could fit if needed.
The OEM handle was so short as to be painful to pull, now it is so easy, no bending over.
All made from scrap pieces, cost was zero.

It will be nice enough the grandkids can play with this, and tough enough they won't break it, I think.
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Old 03-08-2017, 12:03 PM   #2
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Well done.

You missed your chance; you could have used Teak and varnished it.
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I like it. Very retro.
Bonus points for costing nothing.
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[QUOTE=sdowney717;531179]I created a little wagon from our ancient kids Roadmaster wagon made 25 years ago.

Plan to paint it next.

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Greetings,
Mr. AG. Yes, I am on holidays but I fail to see the reference. Fine wagon Mr. 717. It's not a Radio Flyer but quite serviceable.
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I fixed my little red wagon

They are good to have around. I got one of these a couple of years ago and it works well for provisioning the boat.
http://costcocouple.com/foldable-wagon-2/
My marina does not have any hand carts so I use the folding cart.
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Nice repair and perfect size . Probably last another 25 years .
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Worked great yesterday. I put in a cooler, 2 power drills, heat gun, tool box, jig saw, caulk gun. Using a cart is not just convenient, it is safer for your stuff and you.
Rolls easily with hard rubber wheels. Actually worry a little with a wind gust, it could roll off the dock and float away, maybe should tie it.

I am the kind of person who tends to hold onto stuff, so nice to repurpose the stuff into useful things.
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Mr. 717. "I am the kind of person who tends to hold onto stuff...". I'm the same way. The Admiral calls it junk collecting BUT you and I know differently...
"Just buy another one (of whatever)" she says. Sure, IF you can find one (hasn't been made for 20 years).
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Mr. 717. "I am the kind of person who tends to hold onto stuff...". I'm the same way. The Admiral calls it junk collecting BUT you and I know differently...
"Just buy another one (of whatever)" she says. Sure, IF you can find one (hasn't been made for 20 years).
, My wife is same way as yours.
But she does have her school junk, (supplies room ) upstairs packed full of 'stuff.'
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Mr. 717. I hear ya brother. Don't even MENTION shoes...
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Meh.

My Father in Law died about six months ago (I miss him) and now my mother in law is playing on my wife's sentimentality and compulsion to hold on to worthless junk to move all his old stuff to our house. Our house is 2,000 square feet, no garage and no attic. Four of us live here plus we run our business out of our home, there is literally NO room for anything else. My MIL lives alone in a 2,800 square foot home with an attic and a 2 car garage. Why should we take that stuff?

It's driving me nuts. I've made two trips to Goodwill this week.

One or two key things that meant something to you and him is great. Anything else is just junk.
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Mr. D. I can see that scenario happening. I suspect if and when I die, the mass of saved items which I currently consider "raw materials" will be considered junk but until such time you never know when those 3, brass, 2" gate valves will come in handy (NOT for marine use of course).
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Worked great yesterday. I put in a cooler, 2 power drills, heat gun, tool box, jig saw, caulk gun. Using a cart is not just convenient, it is safer for your stuff and you.
Rolls easily with hard rubber wheels. Actually worry a little with a wind gust, it could roll off the dock and float away, maybe should tie it.

I am the kind of person who tends to hold onto stuff, so nice to repurpose the stuff into useful things.
We turned ours up on its end and put on a couple bungies. I had to cut 3/4" off each end of the axle just to get it through the gate .Measure once and cut twice I guess has been my thing lately.
When we rebuilt our old house I tore out a pulldown stairway to the attic and put in a small access hole in my closet to the attic . We have nothing in the attic, now the basement shop is a different story.
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Mr. PM. My MO is usually cut twice and it's STILL too short...

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Mr. 717. I hear ya brother. Don't even MENTION shoes...
Wifey B: But you did? I love it when people say, Not to even mention xyz, which they just did. Shoes are important RTF. You should take her right now to buy some more. I will be glad to give her some nearby shoe stores to check out. Shoes are like jello, always room for more, and a heck of a lot safer than being around Bill Cosby.
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Old 03-19-2017, 03:55 PM   #17
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I got it painted in an acrylic latex seafoam green, which I picked up at $7 gallon from HD, after they had mixed, someone did not like the color.

Paint was so old, I had to mix it with my wife's electric mixer, chunky chewy.
I she only knew....what I do...
It has a rougher surface, the paint did harden, and I like it.

Before I painted the entire cart underside, etc..., I sealed all sides, top, bottom with a skim coat of Loctite PL premium poly CA, which made it waterproof.
And I fixed all the surface defects in that plywood using a mix of PL and sawdust.

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I got it painted in an acrylic latex seafoam green, which I picked up at $7 gallon from HD, after they had mixed, someone did not like the color.

Paint was so old, I had to mix it with my wife's electric mixer, chunky chewy.
I she only knew....what I do...
It has a rougher surface, the paint did harden, and I like it.

Before I painted the entire cart underside, etc..., I sealed all sides, top, bottom with a skim coat of Loctite PL premium poly CA, which made it waterproof.
And I fixed all the surface defects in that plywood using a mix of PL and sawdust.

Might be able to sell it to Bruce to match his new boat.
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Nice job. I especially like the extended handle.
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Old 03-27-2017, 09:28 PM   #20
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Nice job. I especially like the extended handle.
Yes, the long handle makes it easy to pull. I never understood the short handle except maybe they think it is a toy for kids to pull kids around. Pulling the kids in it was harder also since I am a tall person.

Having hard skinny tires also less effort to pull, just like a bike, narrow tires easier to pedal than wide tires.

The little wagon can do a 180 on the dock no sweat great turning radius.
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