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How to build a lawn squeegee yourself and level your garden area at low cost – instructions & tips.

If your lawns are uneven, you can build a lawn rake yourself to do this gardening job sparingly. This is a garden tool that you can use to level out bumpy areas of the garden. It is useful for smoothing your lawn, moving gravel and leveling it. In addition, this helper works better than a rake when it comes to spreading soil evenly. Its shape allows for a back and forth motion to quickly level the soil across the ground. Below are step-by-step instructions and useful information that can help you complete this task.

Deciding on the right tool before you build a lawn squeegee yourself

spread mixture of sand and topsoil for level lawn with a special gardening tool

All you really need from such a manual tool is a flat base and a bit of weight. However, there are definitely some factors you should consider when choosing which tool to use. The size and contour of your garden and the amount of effort and money you want to put into it are probably the most important considerations. So, there are some important things to consider before you jump into such a DIY project for the garden. The first thing you should do is estimate the size of your garden. A 90 cm wide squeegee is big enough for small or medium sized yards, while it may squeeze in tight places. So for a large yard, you might consider making your tool a little wider or using a tractor and tractor if they are available to you.

select the appropriate gardening tool such as a rake or rake for leveling lawns in the garden area

Also, look first at what you have on hand. The parts you can use when building a lawn squeegee yourself could be quite inexpensive, depending on what you have lying around. For example, you could cleverly substitute wood with your own stuff. You will need something that is light enough to push and pull for a few hours. However, this should also be sturdy enough to move some soil.

hobby gardener with rubber boots levels lawn with a rake

So before you decide on this, figure out if you need to mostly level the ground or just spread a new soil/sand mix in the low spots. If you pretty much just need to spread and fill, a rake should be much more efficient.

Good reasons to do a DIY project

build your own rake with angle profiles and metal or wooden handle

Making a DIY lawn rake or rake is a great way to tackle a DIY project without having to spend unnecessary money on a garden tool you won’t use very often. Most rakes for lawns cost upwards of $150. So if you’re a garden owner just trying to fix your lawn, making a DIY rake on the cheap can be fun and should be fine for the project at hand. There are several methods you can use to build a DIY lawn rake, and here’s one of them.

Materials and tools needed

build your own lawn rake with your own materials and tools

  • Angle grinder with standard cutting disc
  • Drill for metal and wood
  • Screwdriver (or Allen key, depending on the machine screws)
  • Wrench (that fits the nuts)
  • gloves and eye protection
  • slotted and hot-dip galvanized angle sections and flat bar
  • flat angle pieces
  • machine screws
  • washers for end caps
  • lock washers
  • nut screws
  • metal or wooden handle
  • Bolts and nuts (clamp-to-base fastening)
  • Bolts and nuts (handle-to-clamp attachment)
  • Clamp (to attach handle to base)

Build your own lawn squeegee – step by step instructions

how to build your own squeegee step by step and save high costs

  1. If you have all the parts, you should not have too many problems making the squeegee. Below you can read in detail the steps you can take with all the necessary hardware. The easiest way to build it is to buy the angle profiles in the length you want, instead of having to cut them yourself. Otherwise, you can cut them into pieces of 25 cm in length of 90-120 cm with an angle grinder. However, when doing this, be sure to wear protective equipment, as sparks fly and the metal is sharp.
  2. First you need to cut the flat bar into 90 cm pieces, which you will eventually trim and position diagonally to support the base of the squeegee. If possible, of course, you can try to buy the flat angle pieces in lengths of 90 cm to save some time in the process.
  3. Then screw the base together. First, take 2 X 90 cm angle pieces and 2 X 25 cm pieces of flat bar and lay them out as a rectangle with one flat side facing down and in. The other flat side should face up accordingly.
  4. Once laid out, the rectangle should look like the back of an empty picture frame. Next, insert a machine screw with a final washer through the bottom of each corner of the frame and secure with a lock washer and a nut screw. It’s important to keep the screw head and lock washer down to keep the whole thing as smooth as possible.
  5. Locate and then bolt down the center brackets. Measure to center on each of the 3-foot lengths on the rectangle and mark it. Measure 2.5 inches in each direction from the center and screw the other 2 pieces of flat bar facing away from each other. As you do this, make sure you secure the screws the same way you screwed the corners together. You should now have the frame with two cross members in the middle. This is what you will eventually attach the clamp to. At this point the frame will be a little wobbly, but step 4 will strengthen it.

Secure the frame and attach the handle

fix the frame and holder of a rake for leveling the lawn with screws

  1. First, reinforce the frame with flat angle pieces. Now place each of these diagonally into the smaller rectangles of the center brackets on the left and right. You will need to align a hole for each of the corner studs on the angle pieces. Once the holes are aligned, go ahead and mark the corners you need to cut. This will allow the flat angle pieces to fit into the base frame.
  2. Then loosen the nuts in the corners where the flat angle pieces will be attached. Then place the flat angle pieces on the studs and reinstall the nuts to secure the flat angle bars. These diagonal supports should form the shape of a “W” (or “M”, depending on your angle of view).
  3. Next, attach the handle to the bracket clamp. Once the base is built, you will now need to attach the handle to the clamp that you will later mount to the base. Depending on the type of hardware and handle you have, the steps may differ slightly, but should require the same few processes.
  4. First, drill through the clamp where it will mount to the base so that a 10cm screw will fit through it. Then insert the handle into the clamp above the hole you just drilled and drill another hole through the clamp and handle.
  5. Now attach the clamp to the base in the middle of the middle brackets with the bottom hole and screw. Then screw the handle to the clamp with the top hole you drilled and a 5 cm screw. Now you could build a lawn squeegee yourself and will use it as needed in your garden area.