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Spring Has Sprung

Finally a few sunny, warm days without snow, wind or other inclimant weather. I got out and worked in my yard Tuesday, raking dead Vinca vines, moving everything away from the house so I could mow. I got a small amount of the yard around the house mowed. I'm so out of shape it took me til Friday to fire up the mower again.

The mower started but was running rough, so I uses some carburator cleaner spray on it. It smoothed out and ran fine for about 30 minutes or so, then it died. Not the sputter cough and run a few more seconds of an empty gas tank, but more like a chug chug cough, die. I think I may be looking at either a fuel filter, coil wire, or air intake problem. I'm not mechanic enough to explore or fix any of these problems. I bought the mower in July last year, so this is very aggrevating. I'd really like to keep it running through this season because there's such a long wait to have the repairs done.

Last year my son, who lives next door, spent most of the season combining parts off three Brigs and Straton engines trying to get one mower that would run, then bought a used riding mower. The mower started and ran fine at the seller's house so my son loaded it up, brought it home, unloaded it and managed to get it to run long enough to park it. It hasn't started since. This year he was able to buy a new one and he will mow my yard for me, but he works eight to ten hours a day five days a week and has his own house, yard and family to tend to, so I hate for him to have to mow mine.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed hoping I can keep up my own yard this year. It's good exercise and I enjoy doing it.

Image Credit » Jennie Hennesay DBA The Bead Doodler

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Hollyhocks100 wrote on March 28, 2015, 9:34 AM

After a winter of not having to tend the garden, every muscle lets you know about it when you start in the spring.

j2jworkz wrote on March 28, 2015, 1:13 PM

Still too cold here, even though technically it is spring.

wolfgirl569 wrote on March 28, 2015, 1:25 PM

Still dont need a mower here but will probably get it out and start going over it in the next week or two

BeadDoodler wrote on March 28, 2015, 3:59 PM

This is a new mower. I couldn't find one with a Brigs and Straton engine last year and was pretty apprehensive about buying it, and it seems my apprehension was warrented.

BeadDoodler wrote on March 28, 2015, 4:00 PM

I hope you have spring soon. I hate that inbetween time when I'm itchin' to get outside but it's so cold there's not much need.

Kasman wrote on March 29, 2015, 2:13 PM

My wife is the green-fingered one in our house. About the only work I do is mow the lawn and since we don't have much grass an electric push mower does the job just fine.

Carmelanirel wrote on April 5, 2015, 7:48 AM

Oh I know the nightmare of trying to keep mowers running. Right now we have a walker and two riding mowers. The walker barely work and the two tractors? Well in my opinion, both are garbage, but my husband won't get rid of them because he can use one to fix the "other" that only starts by hooking it up to jumper cables. That is stupid... Anyways, here the weather isn't allowing the grass to grow enough to cut yet, yesterday was sunny, but cool. Here it was in the lover 50s, but where I was, it was iin the upper 40s (I know, what's the different, right? lol) and the wind was cold. I can't wait until warmer weather, espeically when I have to be out in it every Saturday for my class.

rosepetal wrote on April 9, 2015, 11:26 AM

My husband was getting the mowers, the push mower and the rider ready last night. The grass is turning green and I reckon when the rains leave the area and the sun comes out, grass will need to be mowed.

Shellyann36 wrote on April 25, 2015, 5:00 PM

Hubby bought a used riding mower a few years ago for $50. It too was running at the owners house and then when he got it home it would not start. He took it to a place to get it fixed and was charged $350 to fix it. Brought it back home and it cut two rows of grass and that was it. I hope that you are able to mow your grass and that your son can get a new mower this year. We are buying a new one as soon as we can.

JohnRoberts wrote on December 10, 2015, 2:20 PM

I have stayed the night in Lubbock and went to the Buddy Holly Museum and gravesite.

LeaPea2417 wrote on December 20, 2015, 12:49 PM

And now Winter has arrived again and Christmas & New Years is upon us again. Do come back to write here, please.