Taking my own advice from the other day, I decided to do some checking on the status of some of my shit, starting with the other generator I have that has been tucked away.
Good fucking thing I haven’t needed it apparently.
I bought a new battery for it a while back and never quite got around to installing it and I know the fuel needed to be drained and refilled with treated gas too so I went up and got some fresh gas this afternoon. First I mowed the fucking lawn again.
I will be happy when that stops for the year.
Anyway, after I got done with that I drug the little generator out and disconnected the fuel line, hooked up a small rubber hose, stuck it in a one gallon gas can and opened up the pet cock.
I do have to give myself credit for shutting it off while it was running last time and letting it run its self out so the carb doesn’t get fucked up.
While that was going on I grabbed the new battery and fucked around getting it installed. Amazingly enough I bought the right one just by eyeballing it and the bracket fit perfectly.
I hooked up a trickle charger to it to top it off while I finished fucking with the fuel issue.
Even with Stabil in the fuel I’m glad I drained it out. I dumped it into my rigs to dilute it and they should be fine as both have basically full tanks.
I double checked a few things, flipped the gas on and the choke, grabbed the key to start it up and…… nothing.
Of course, human nature dictates that one must repeat this at least twice before it sinks in that something ain’t right here.
I grabbed a test light and started in on the fucker. No tripped circuit breakers or fuses, good battery voltage at the back of the switch, power at the solenoid from the battery.
What the fuck?
More testing revealed power going into the switch but none coming out on any terminals.
I jumped across the starter solenoid and it cranked right over.
After a bunch of dicking around I finally got pissed off and yanked the switch out. Bigger than shit, no juice coming out. I took the cheap Chinese fucker into the garage, grabbed a dinky hammer and a pocket screwdriver and opened the fucker up.
I could see no reason for it not to work.
Plugged it back in, still nothing.
Fuck you then.
I dug around in my shit, found a momentary toggle switch, wired the fucker in and it cranked right over. The other wires were a mystery but I could see which ones connected together inside the switch when it was turned so I just wire nutted them together as if they were in the switch. Hit the choke again, cranked it over and it fired right up.
Not so fast chump.
I couldn’t get it to shut off.
It didn’t matter what wires I unhooked, it just kept running!
The only wires that I had messed with and were hooked to anything was one hot wire and the starter solenoid, hooked to the momentary switch.
I must have fucked around with that for a half an hour and finally said fuck it because my belly was growling.
I hooked everything back up, started it, shut the fuel off again and just waited until it ran out of gas.
I put all my shit away, hooked up a little Float Charger to keep the battery up and put the cover back on it then shoved it back into the corner for now.
I will have to find a push button momentary switch and hook it up to the coil as a Kill Switch later.
The generator works and puts out power so it’s there if I need it.
It’s probably fifteen years old and I’m not even going to try and find a new Chinese POS switch for it.
The moral of the story is to check your shit to make sure it works.
That fucking thing worked perfect the last time I checked it.
Mr. Murphy made an appearance sometime between then and now just to be a dick.
Now that I have discovered that, I am seeing a need to go through and check a whole bunch of shit out there for functionality.
Entropy is not your friend.
While I was in the shower a bit ago washing the days events off, it occurred to me that out of all that messing around with the generator earlier, the one and only thing I had to leave the house for was the fresh gas.
I catch a lot of shit for being such a Pack Rat but I had every motherfucking thing else I needed to get that going again right out in the garage. The switches, electrical connectors, heat shrink tubing, extra wire, rubber tubing to drain the gas, electrical tape, testers, tools, drill bits, drill, funnels and extra gas cans.
I even had the Stabil fuel treatment.
So tell me again where I am going wrong here, I seem to be missing that part.