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Pissed at your lawn equipment??



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Old 03-19-2013, 08:51 AM   #1
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Pissed at your lawn equipment??

So this past Saturday, I did what many of us do comin into the mowing season and prepped my equipment.
I have an 11 year old Murphy push mower from Walmart that I have never changed the oil in. I threw some fresh gas in it and first pull fired right up.....check.

I have a homelite home depot special weed eater that is 11 years old as well. It had a hole in the primer bulb and broken fuel lines. Since I also have a $50 Walmart special blower, I figured I would grab enough fuel line to redo both.....check.

I get my fuel lines in both of em, and picked up a fuel line repair kit from Lowes that was 12 bucks but all I needed was the primer bulb.

So like everything else Lowes sells you have to buy a variety pack of 15 different sizes of something when all you need is one!!

Get the primer on the weed eater, gas em both up. Both run like a champ...check.

Monday comes and it's time to mow. I grab the weed eater and over night the damn plastic fuel tank split and sprays gas all over while its running. I pull a McGyver and snatch the fuel tank off the blower and zip tie it to the weed eater so I can finish my work....check.

I get all done and the girls ate without me and all that left is to blow off the excess. I swap fuel tanks and crank up the blower and make it halfway down the driveway and the damn primer bulb cracks and kills the blower!!

So I'm back in McGyver mode. I grab the $12 variety pack and find a bulb thats almost the right size but encased in plastic so I try to break it open with a chisel in hopes to rig it to work.

The chisel bit the hell out of my finger instead of splitting plastic.
Time for plan B......
So I grab the old cracked primer bulb

Then a nitrile glove from my tool box

Cut the end of a finger off and stuck it up inside the bulb like a sleeve.

Put it back together and it ran like a champ. So, I just wanted to share it with you guys in case you are ever stranded in the mountains with a cracked primer bulb and a rubber glove. It just might get you home. Lol
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Lol. I'm just a get it done kind of guy. I rarely document the "who's yo daddy" moments I have.
In this case I actually did it a second time just to help someone who was pissed at their lawn equipment! Lol
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You made my day! Was wondering where Murphy was when he wasn't messin with me! Now I just need to figure out how to put a primer bulb on my 4.0L!
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