A few days ago, my wooden rake handle broke during use, so I grumbled about it, went to the hardware store a few days later, bought a new handle, and set about installing it.
Unfortunately, I can't seem to get to even get started because the remnants of the old handle are still wedged firmly in place. I tried to check a few Youtube videos on this, but they're either focused on repairing the broken handle or skip right over how to get out the remnants.
The second video I linked mentioned that I might need to use a chisel or a drill to get out the remnants, but didn't provide any details on how to do so and more or less suggest it was going to be a big pain in the neck.
For reference, these are relevant details about the rake:
- Plastic frame;
- Cause of the brake was probably too much exposure, so the portion that was outside was easy to break, but what's inside the frame is really wedged in there;
- I've been digging at it with a couple screwdrivers and pulling pieces using my pliers, but haven't had a means to really pull out massive pieces.
I have been considering drilling, but I don't want to mess up my bits nor the frame. Specific concerns about drilling I have are heat related as well as not being able to tell when I'm hitting wood versus plastic. Can anyone provide some clarifying guidance on if this is a good idea or issues that might come up?
Below are some pictures for reference, note that I've already removed the screw that typically holds it in place: