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DIY – the Original DTH ShovelFlag!


For a number of different reasons, there has been some entertaining Mumblechatter among the PAX in regard to YHC’s most superb ShovelFlag, created in preparation for our newest AO, The FORGE, starting 4/4/19. The original design seemed flimsy and labor intensive, so YHC developed a better design – stronger, lighter, and capable of lengthy extension.  For those of you interested in making your own version of the DTH Original, below are the necessary steps…

Historical Note: YHC’s Flag soared above the United States Capitol on the day of YHC’s Graduation from the Virginia Military Institute (May 14th, 2005). Rah Va Mil!!!

Step 1 – go to Lowes with ~$45 to purchase the following…

Badass Shovel: ~$18


Extender Rod: ~$10


Eye Bolt & Nut:  ~$1 (can be any gauge, but long enough to go through extender rod)


O-Ring: ~$1


Spray Paint: ~$5


American Flag: ~$10 (if you don’t already have one…)



  • Remove foam grip on Shovel & plastic grip on Extender (insert Extender into Shovel to confirm perfect fit)
  • Remove all labels (use GooGone)
  • Spray paint Shovel above blade
  • Spray paint Extender’s yellow thread-top
  • Let these items dry fully
  • Drill hole through top of Extender ~1” below plastic threaded top (drill bit should be slighter wider than gauge of EyeBolt)
  • Use manly brute strength and whatever tools on hand to slightly widen opening of Eyebolt, then hook Eye onto Flag’s top rivet hole
  • Similarly separate and widen opening of O-Ring to hook onto Flag’s lowest rivet hole, then tighten O-ring back up (if possible
  • Attach EyeBolt to top end of Extender (if desired, can use a bonding agent to lock nut securely on back end)
  • Slip O-Ring over bottom end of Extender, then extend rod & hand-tighten to keep Flag & O-Ring on Extender rod
  • Insert base of Extender into top of Shovel – only about 1” needed, otherwise difficult to remove
  • Decorate as you see fit, though traditionally an F3 sticker on the Shovel head is recommended at minimum
  • NOTE: Amazon sells excellent Vinyl stickers (white, 1-3” variety) if you would like to have words on the handle
  • Now you’re ready for all things F3! …or at the very least, joining the Breakfast Club extra credit on Saturday mornings! AYE! 

About Author

Joined F3 at NoToll 9/25/18. Started The FORGE 4/4/19. Fealty to SOJ. Follower of Jesus Christ. Pediatrician. Missionary. Husband to the M since 2005. Papa to a couple awesome 2.0's "Oreo" & "Banjo".