It was a nice morning, too hot for outside work, my favourite time for outside work.
I got the lawn mower out and figured I'd have a go at fixing it.
Now, I'm not much of a handyman, my dad was a mathematician, and my parents got divorced in my early teens, so even if he did have hands on skills to teach me, I unfortunately missed out on those. I enjoyed taking things apart since I was very young, I remember taking apart my parents' alarm clock when I was about 5, either wanting to know what made it tick, or to be a little pest, it's hard to remember my motivations nowadays. I also like making things, though never interested enough to get really good at something, but often motivated enough to get a particular project finished, be it wood, leather, metal, cotton, digital.
Compared to the new generation, I could probably pass for an almost hands-on kinda guy, compared to my great/grandfather, I'm a blabbering imbecile with a limp and two left arms growing out of the wrong place.
I know nothing about lawn mowers, I don't even know a difference between a two stroke and a four stroke, besides that one needs oil mixed in with petrol, so I start with the basics:
Cleaned the air filter, mower still coughing
Cleaned the spark plug, mower seems to be running a bit better
Replaced air filter and spark plug, mower steel coughing.
Took the thing apart, looking for things I can poke and prod...
Started the mower, right on top of my screwdriver, which luckily got flung into the garage door and not my foot.
Prodded, pulled and pushed some levers to find what does what and traced the problem to what I now know as a governor spring.
I looked up a replacement, and it doesn't seem like it's easy to come by in my area
I adjusted the spring by using the "she'll be right" method - Australian slang meaning that something might explode soon, but is functional for now.
Mower is functional for now.
The spring is overstretched a bit, hence lacking the finesse of a properly installed one, but it let me cut the grass.
I sharpened the blades somewhat recently, so after replacing the filter and the spark plug, the mower is pretty much serviced in my opinion.
Stasik: 1, Mower: probably +3, everyone wins.
I have no plans for the rest of the day, I've read all the Prosenoder's Cup entries, enjoyed all of them, +ed most of them.
I considered entering, but I'm not much of a writer (don't ask me why I'm on E2) and nothing tickled my unoriginal fancy, so I didn't.
I thought adjusting my "ask me about winter" draft and try to make something of it, but I don't have a story behind it, just a feeling, so I didn't.
There is an unfinished forge in my garage that needs some attention, but I'm a bit stuck, I can't afford to spend any money on it at the moment (so far it's a collection of freebies that almost make up a forge), on the account of my upcoming wedding.
By a forge, I really mean two truck brake drums, one as a base, one as a bowl for coal/firewood. Those brake drums are almost too heavy to lift by themselves, so if I connect them permanently, the thing will be immovable, so I was hoping to use threaded rods, so I could take it apart if need be, but those things are expensive, and I haven't got the tools to thread some scrap rebar (which I'm sure I could find for free).
Not to mention that I live in suburbia, and the last time I did some forging I really felt bad for the neighbors.
Time for beer and youtube now.
Idle hands are the playthings of the Devil
Having said that,
Far from idleness being the root of all evil, it is rather the only true good.
^Last quote stolen from legbagede's home page