To follow-up on my posts last year about a lawn mower which would not
accept a spark plug.
At the very end of last summer, I did screw in a sparkplug and run it
for about 2 minutes. I still thought if I ran it for much longer,
the plug would be blown out. At the end of this summer, I ran it
again twice for about 15 minutes each, and it was still fine. Maybe I
wasted your time and so I apologize (though at least one person who
had never heard of a Helicoil, (thread insert) learned about it.
I guess the fact that I bought it at a junk yard made me assume there
was something wrong with it, and it was much harder to start the plug
in than other lawn mowers, as if there were no threads at or near the
top of the hole.
And also, despite it having a primer button that looked ok, it would
only start, all three times, with a shot of starter fluid. After
that it runs fine. Maybe the previous owner didn't know about starter
fluid and that is why he junked it.
BTW, the cold weather came finally but suddently and I didn't drain
the tank a year ago, but I put Sta-Bil in the tank. It started and
ran fine a year later, (except for still needing starter fluid to
To follow-up on the thread earlier this summer about the lawn mower
that looked like new that I found next to a dumpster at an apratment
building near me..
I am convinced now that it was made in 1978, but kept indoors. On
your advice I replaced all the parts in the carb that might need
, and it starts great now. I don't even have to push the
primer bulb sometimes. Thatnks a lot.
I gave two of my old lawn mowers to an old guy nearby who fixes them
at home and then sells them. One was one he sold me, but which never
worked well. I think he said when I bought it that it was the only
one he had left and he hadn't fixed it up fully. That would account
for why this year he said he replaced the magneto, and lots of other
The other mower I gave him was given to me by a friend, but with a
gas tank below the carb, stalled all the time unless I pushed down on
the handle. He didn't tell me what he did to fix that, but he
probably replaced the carburetor. I wasnt' ready to spend the money,
but he has parts from all the mowers he doesn't fix. The gas tank
started leaking also the middle of this or last summer. I don't have
a spare gas tank like he does either.
For years I needed a mower and didn't find any, but counting the
junkyard one, I've found 5 in the trash in the last 15 months, 4 of
them like new and one with a rare bag. I have two working now, and
one soon to follow. I don't know what I will do with all these. I'm
considering moving from the townhouse to a full house, so I have to
keep at least one really good one, plus the one I use. LOL.
Primer bulb of cours, float, valve,one gasket i thinnk, the valve
that runs up the middle of the bowl, and even the bowl which was cheap
and had a layer of dried gasoline gum, but I still don't see how it
could help to replace it. But I wanted to keep the lawn mower guy
Remove NOPSAM to email me. Please let
me know if you have posted also.