Spark Plugs and Yard Gear

I have a lot to learn when it comes to lawn care.

I purchased the house in mid-December, my priority was learning how to work the snow blower. Now that it’s spring, I’m learning about lawn care.

The previous homeowner left a lawn mower behind. During the closing while we were awkwardly sitting around the same table, he filled me in on a few of the quirks of the home. I asked him if the lawn mower in the shed worked and he said that it did. Bonus! Maybe. I didn’t know if I should believe him, and I also didn’t know if it had been prepped to sit outside in the shed over the winter.

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I’m 99% clueless when it comes to small engines, oil, special gas and spark plugs. I turned to YouTube once again. I watched a few videos on which oil to use in my mower and also learned how to prep my snow blower for summer.

Fleet Farm.

You guys. I can’t think of a single thing that I would need that they don’t sell at Fleet Farm. I know this because I was unfamiliar with the store and ended up going down nearly each aisle before I found what I was looking for:

  • Sta-bil Fuel Stabilizer
  • Siphon
  • Oil
  • Gas can
  • Fogging Oil
  • Lawn Blower / Vacuum (electric, because that’s easier for me to start and maintain)

I haven’t tackled the snow blower yet. Honestly, in MN we may still need it.

My 13-year-old and I headed to the shed to tackle getting the lawn mower started. I checked the oil and added some. I checked the oil again and it was at the correct level. I added gas (it had been winterized!). I yanked on the rope thing to start the lawn mower a million times. Nothing. I had my 13-year-old (who might be stronger than I am) also try starting the lawn mower. Nothing.

All of a sudden, from somewhere buried deep in my brain, I remembered about spark plugs. I looked all over the lawn mower to see if mine had one. I honestly have no idea if they’re standard. 😀 Mine had one! I took the cap off of it and put it back on, twisting the cap back and forth and pushing as hard as I could. I pumped the primer 10 more times and had Mr. Muscles try starting it again. Like MAGIC the lawn mower roared to life!

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We hooted and hollered like we’d just won the lottery. I’ve never been so excited to hear a lawn mower engine start up! I guess the jiggling of the spark plug cap is the trick because we had to do it again the second time we used the lawn mower. I’m guess that’s a sign for needing a new one…which means I have another YouTube video to find.

Other Lawn Care things I Need to Learn:

  • how to use a weed sprayer
  • how to use the sprinkler system
  • how to use the natural gas line that is setup to run an outdoor fire pit and grill

 

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