Need to replace the tubeless tires on my hand truck with solid or
foam-filled tires but I can't figure out how to remove the wheels
without busting something or damaging the axle. Any ideas anyone?
Thanks in advance for any replies.
I took my 40-dollar cart to the 'real' tire store for new tubes, since the
junk chinese ones didn't hold air. Cost twenty bucks, but it was worth it
just to watch their 200-pound plus tire monkey fight with the thing. He
changed them on the cart- popped the bead and worked the talc'd tube in with
a stick. Goodyear to the rescue- that was 7 or 8 years ago, and I haven't
had to blow the tires up since. Any tire store that has 'industrial'
mentioned in their yellow pages ad can probably set you up.
YMMV, of course- I doubt I would do that for a cart that was beat up and
bent. My cart is only used for household work, so it'll probably outlive me.
These wheels are usually held on with either a cotter pin or a
snap ring (E or C clip). I assume that you can't see any of
these, so I suspect you have PAL or push on nuts just like a kids
tricycle or wagon. YOU will destroy them by removing them and
will require new ones to reinstall or drill the axe to install
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
DanG (remove the sevens)
Drilling the axle doesn't sound like too much fun so I would like to
get new "push-on" nuts before I remove the old ones. Couldn't find
them at Home Depot or Lowe's, and I wasn't sure what to search for on
the web. What does PAL stand for? TIA
Ace Hardware has a little section back where the nuts and bolts are
where they have those specialty push on nuts.
Also Lowes has a section of drawers in the hardware dept. where
they sell oddball type stuff like that.
Personally I think you need to take off the old one's and bring them
there, so you can give the clerk a "visual" of what it is you're asking
for....they aren't too bright sometimes. In Florida I think you have
to be at least 75 years old to work at Ace.
Drilling the axle isn't that hard. Just buy yourself a brand new drill
bit to use, and a washer and cotter pin to fix your problem.
If you are using your cart over dirt or grass, don't get solid tires.
Even on a hard surface, just a small object like a nut or bolt can
stop you cold.
Foam filled are OK I guess, but quality tube type tires can last a
long time. I bought a nice Magliner aluminum handcart 15 years
ago and still have the same tires and I use the heck out of it as
Be sure to get the correct diameter wheels. The axle is positioned
in a certain relationship to the flat base-plate at the bottom so only
one size wheel will work.
A simple Magliner handcart would only be twice the cost of a couple
of quality wheels/tires, and they'll ship it right to you.
Hey. Don't buy that ageism-prejudice!
Albert Einstein was no slouch and was actively speaking, writing and
lecturing until shortly before his death on this day, April 18th 1955, at
See also the San Francisco earthquake April 18th 1906. Apparently the
inhabitants (of all ages and perhaps not too bright?) have rebuilt in
exactly the same place.
Getting ready, I guess, for the next one?
Read something about "At least one third of the existing buildings would be
severely damaged by another similar earthquake"?
Also in another 75-100 years much of Florida will quite possibly be under
water, due to global warming?
Gotta go! Have some sheets of plasterboard/gyproc to install. Terry. Age
72+, some 300 feet above sea level in a non-earthquake zone.
I've been able to re-use push on nuts** It may have required going
round and round the circle a bit at a time, or maybe a big bit at a
time. And it was just from a fold up shopping cart that people in the
city walk to the grocery store with. 1/4 inch axle.
**(well they were round, not hex=shaped.)
But I'm not sure if Lou means the same thing we're talking about.
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