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Outdoor power equipment is a source of aggravations for many. The simplicity of these machines is surprisingly simple. First most if not all manufacturers small engines (including riding mowers) are similar in that they are simple combustion engines. First, let’s look at the most prevalent problem-starting:

  1. Always use a middle-grade gas (89octane) these 2 points above the standard regular gas makes a huge difference. The extra octane provides a hotter and cleaner burn in these small carburetors.
  2. Check the oil level (4 cycle engines)
  3.  Treat the gas for this equipment with a quality gas treatment each time you fill the gas can.
  4. Be sure you use the correct ratio of oil to gas if you have 2 cycle tools.
  5. FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS, if it is stated that you need to push the bulb 3 times or 10 times, that is what you do!
  6.  At the beginning or end of the season, purchase replacement spark plugs and air filters for each tool. Note: if you wait until the end of the season the prices of many of these items will be reduced.
  7.   Off-season no matter what the tool is: start them up several times during the offseason.  Insure that the blades (if there are blades) are sharp if you are unable to do it yourself, it is worth the money to have it done ( do it offseason).                              The average life of an outdoor power tool is 3 to 10 years, some smaller tools tend to burnout and require replacing the carburetor, this is a simple repair but best left to the professionals as adjustments need to made. The price of a small engine carburetor ranges from $20.00 to  $50.00 and more, add the cost of labor, your repair cost could start at $85.00 and go up. This is the basic maintenance for most gas-powered power tools.

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One of the most popular daytime shows is Jerry Springer, this is a show where people are paid to come and air their dirty laundry in front of a live audience. This airing invariably results in two or more folks punching one another, pulling hair and ripping clothing. The audience is so caught up in this that they are encouraged to shout “jerry, jerry” until silenced by the showrunners. I have dubbed some Trumpers as Jerry People in that they are in the game for the entertainment, not the truth. No matter what you think you know, you don’t know the half of what is going on in this administration, aided and abetted by the Congress. All of the actions by TOTUS and his cohorts are geared to his (TOTUS) aggrandizement. The upside ( for his supporters) is “he doing what he said he would do”, the downside is the long-lasting harm done now and later due to these uninformed and self-serving actions. The tariffs were espoused as damaging for China and we (the USA) would be the winners, upon close examination that latter is a false claim. United States farmers and producers (especially metal importers) have borne the brunt of these tariffs and the retaliatory tariffs along with the drop in exports due to tariffs. Now that more facts are known about the “Ukraine” deal, it plain to see that TOTUS has no other objective beyond his own needs and wants. Each person can decide for themselves who they support but bear in mind what your support may bring if you do not vet the people you support to represent you. Too long in office may bring poor results no matter the party.

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