Square Nose Shovel Pro Lifehack News & Opinion

Square Nose Shovel Pro Lifehack

Have you ever found yourself careening through a YouTube wormhole, mesmerized by folks who’ve created alternative and novel uses for everyday objects? These uses have become known as hacks or lifehacks.  They take their name from the computer science term for work-around solutions to programming challenges. We saw just such a lifehack online the other day. A guy cut the handle off of an ordinary scrub brush, put a long bolt through its center, secured it with a nut, and then put the bolt in a drill. I tried it out, and can happily report that I scoured every sink and shower door in my house in about 30 seconds. Sparkling sinks and a happy wife – that’s what lifehacks are all about! So, in honor of things that make out lives easier, we’re here to kick off a new series of lifehacks you’ll see Pros using. Today, we’ll be looking at a useful square nose shovel Pro lifehack


Square Nose Shovel Pro Lifehack

How We Normally Use It

Well, for digging, of course! Whether we’re moving soil or gravel, edging around concrete, cutting sod or small roots, scraping the weeds poking through the driveway, or creating a trench, the square nose shovel is our tool. The blunt end of this type of shovel complements the work of the spade shovel. If you’re in a snowy climate, you likely have a snow shovel, which is, essentially, just a wider version of the square nose shovel anyway. You can likely get away with using this for the upcoming work hack.

Hacker Time

While we almost certainly think of the square nose shovel for work on the ground, it’s helpful for removing roofing or sidewall shingles. Just wedge the shovel edge under the shingles, apply some scraping action with a little leverage, and voilà. You effectively have yourself a shingle-removing, demolition tool. Our friends in cold climates can use the square nose shovel to remove dangerous patches of ice, too.

Square Nose Shovel

Bear in mind that overleveraging the handle can cause it to break, so be careful with wooden handles. Perhaps, you should opt for a shovel with a fiberglass shaft, as the fiberglass will typically handle the stress a whole lot better than older wood will.


They actually do make tools for scraping shingles, but so many Pros carry a square nose shovel that it’s not that uncommon to see one of the crew using it to remove shingles. You might also see them go at it with a variety of fork-style tools, including the occasional pitchfork.

To Be Continued…

Look for more Pro lifehacks to continue very soon. In the meantime, if you have a tip like the square nose shovel Pro lifehack, add it in the comments below!


Notify of
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

I understand it’s tough to always find new topics to write about but seriously, this article and the hammer guide are pretty stupid. I think your readers are mostly pros or people with an interest in the field. I think we know the difference between a finish hammer and a sledgehammer. And I think we know how to use a bloody shovel. Sorry for ranting but this is really low quality stuff.