You know what that means….
I went out yesterday afternoon and tried my damndest to give myself a heart attack.
I’m telling ya, I gotta get a self propelled mower.
Before I tackled that, I put the belt on my brothers walk behind weed whacker and about pulled my guts loose yanking on the starter rope of a 6 horse Briggs and Stratton engine trying to get that fucker started.
I finally got the damned thing running but then I had a hell of a time getting the belt to engage. It finally kicked in all at once and killed the engine. I fucked with that whore for at least an hour. Got it started, eased in the belt, got the fucker to actually work and then took a lap around the back yard with it knocking down weeds. I can totally see why he likes that thing so much now.
I only got the belt to engage right that one time and didn’t shut it off until I was done with the back yard. I had the engagement mechanism back apart again and put Never Seize on the pivot points.
I couldn’t be in two places at once to see what was actually going on. I had to pull the engagement bail back on it, wrap some tape around it and the handle to keep it engaged and then look underneath the thing to see what moved and how much.. I could see it was only partially engaging and thought it was just sticking because everything was so rusty because I could reach in there with a small pry bar and see it move although a bit stickily.
I finally discovered the real reason.
The cable has eaten through the outer cover where it bends and heads across the deck underneath to the tensioner pulley.
I juuuuuuust barely saw something shiny where the outer cable shell terminates at the bracket and it turned out to be the actual cable had sawed through the outer shell.
Got on the internets, actually found a local lawnmower outfit that was open and then spent fifteen minutes with the guy on the phone trying to decipher the faded out model number on the sticker on the deck so he could look the cable up.
I don’t know why they do that shit. Print out a model and serial number on a damned plastic sticker and then expect the numbers not to fade out immediately.
A new cable will be here next week and was only $30 something.
I was literally expecting it to be twice that.
So there is a light at the end of the tunnel for that little project.
Got the lawn mowed after several rest periods. I ain’t killing myself for that shit.
Still have gutters to clean, tree debris, broken off branches and other shit to clean up and then of course more weed whacking with my Ryobi gas powered string trimmer.
The Kid is off work today but I don’t have much luck getting him to do much. I may put some pressure on the Wifely Unit for that. She can get him to do stuff. It is what it is.
I also have a bunch of things to do in the garage. Some picking and sorting of crap that needs to go to the dump would make my life a lot easier.
One step at a time.
Despite the governments best efforts to tyrannically shut the world down and make everybody sit inside their homes quivering in fear and waiting for their latest pearls of wisdom from the idiot box, my life goes on and they can take a big suck right out of my ass.
Which reminds me, I also went up to the parts house yesterday and picked up a new starter for the Caballero that needs to get put in.
I have no end of things to do and sitting around wetting my pants and expecting those complete fucking morons in government to take care of me ain’t one of ’em.