My sister’s lawnmower had been sitting for a few years. She was hiring a yard man to mow her grass because she was experiencing physical difficulties. Now she is feeling better and the yard man has moved on.
Feeling benevolent I decided to mow her grass since mowing grass is pretty much what I have done since I was just old enough to push a mower. It had been sitting for a few years and wouldn’t start. Suspecting the float valve was stuck I removed the carburetor float bowl and confirmed my suspicion. Being at her house without access to quality tools, I tried to free the valve with needle nose pliers. The valve was stuck so well I ended up breaking off the tail end.
Bummer. I offered to bring the mower home and replace the valve and give it a good cleaning. I was able to find the replacement part on the internet and ordered it for about $7.00 with free shipping. A great deal since I would never find it shopping around town. The internet is good.
A few days later it arrived. I took the carburetor off the mower and cleaned it out. It was caked with a yellow coating which was fairly easy to remove. A bit of carb cleaning spray and scrubbing with a toothbrush cleaned it up nicely. I removed the jets to clean them. Good thing because the main jet was completely clogged.
Now clean, I reassembled the carburetor using the new needle valve and bolted it back onto the lawnmower. After a little priming, the mower coughed to life, ran a little rough then smoothed out and purred like a rather large bright yellow kitten with a handle.
Damn I’m good. What woman wouldn’t want a man like me? Apparently all of them.
You know. It reminds me of my dream life. To live in a small town and run a little fixit shop where people can bring mowers, appliances and computers to me and I can fix them. I can’t imagine a happier way to live.
One day, perhaps.