No matter how hard we try there is always the odd spider that will try to take up residence in the upper corner of a room. This is particularly true with our dining room that has very high sloping ceilings.
The ceiling itself looks quite nice with its exposed beams but it is a bit of a pain to clean. I think the spiders know that they are hard to reach in the highest spot. They must know that is virtually impossible to reach them using a standard broom! That is where an extendable broom comes in handy.
Some people would tell you to go out and buy a special broom with an extendable handle. But I learnt years ago that it is possible to make an extension handle for any broom with a very quick and easy DIY.
This DIY was something that my father and grandfather used for years. Even though it’s a very easy process I haven’t seen anyone else sharing this idea online. So I thought I’d show you the extension broom handle that I use.
It is so quick to put together this handy broom handle extension and it costs just a few dollars. It could be free if you already have an old broom handle and some irrigation pipe lying around!
DIY Broom Handle Extension
What you need:
- A broom
- Some 25 mm irrigation pipe *
- Another spare broom handle (minus the broom head)**
Cut a length of irrigation pipe about 35 cm (14 inches) long
Push it onto your spare broom handle so that it covers about 20 cm (8 inches).
That will leave about 15 cm (6 inches) of pipe sticking out.
Now slot your actual broom into the open end of the irrigation pipe.
You now have an extended broom handle!
* My local hardware store sells this irrigation pipe by the meter so that you don’t have to buy a whole roll of it.
** You will need a broom handle that is fat enough that it just fits snuggly into the irrigation pipe
You will find that there is a slight flex in the irrigation pipe where the two broom handles join. Don’t worry it is still strong enough to hold the broom. We have found that over time, as the plastic of the pipe hardens, this flex will lessen and you will end up with a very rigid extension handle.
We have had one of these made up and in the shed for years. It is very handy to be able to grab it and extend the length of a broom handle for any hard to reach jobs. I can easily clean a ceiling that slopes up to 13 feet high with the help of this broom handle extension. Plus I can do it safely because I don’t have to climb a ladder!