Can you fix a Lawnmower? – I did.

IMG_0036A few weeks ago we were having some lawnmower difficulties.  Difficulties meaning the darn thing would not start.  Now  if you are an avid follower of my blogging stories you know that my hubby is a Road Warrior (aka Travel Man).  This means that his “honey-do’s” have to be very well defined and we have to try and keep the list as small as possible as his time as home is usually limited.  However, my oldest son, Bryan, still lives with us and he is a tremendous help around the house and with the gardening/yard work.  With the combined efforts of Bryan, myself, and Travel Man’s “honey-do’s” we get the fixes done around the house that need fixing.  Teamwork!

Back to my lawnmower story now.  The lawnmower decided not to start on this particular yard work day, and the boys ultimately determined that it just needed to get taken to the shop for repairs.  Travel Man was on his way the next morning and the yard could not wait for him to get back from his trip to get the grass looking beautiful.  I was the one taking the mower to the shop the next day, and I was not looking forward to doing this by myself.  I get that way sometimes.  I can do a lot of things on my own or by myself, but for some reason this task was just not appealing to me.

Then a light bulb went on for me.  I remember both of my sons telling me about doing “research” on YouTube to find out or figure out how to fix things.  So I thought, why not me!  I searched for our brand of lawnmower, and the problem we were having.  Lo and behold 5 or 6 short videos came up, and I was on my way.  I watched two or three videos, which were all fairly simple to understand.

I collected my supplies, went out to the shed and got the lawnmower out. Then I had to recall my video instructions, as I did not take any of my electronics out to the shed with me.  I worked on cleaning out this little tiny carburetor jet on the lawnmower, tried  to start it, and nothing.  I was a little disappointed, as I thought I would have immediate success.  So, I did the same thing again, cleaning out this tiny little pinhole in the carburetor jet, and voila!  The lawnmower started!!  I was giddee with excitement so I mowed a few rows of the back yard.  Then I sent a text message to my youngest son to share my good news.  Bryan was at work, and Travel Man was on a plane so I could not talk to them directly.

Yay- I fixed our lawnmower just by watching a YouTube video!  Now I can add this one to my list of things that I CAN fix. For the record I’m two for two with my fixes.  First the thermostat, and now the lawnmower.  It’s always good for me to know I can be resourceful if needed.  Believe me I would always rather add another “honey-do” to the list whenever possible.

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