tecumseh carb rebuilding

Just wrote this for another list, and it's too good to not share. ================= As to cleaning carb. I've done more with Tecumseh float carbs. They are fairly simple to clean. A couple tips:
* Oven cleaner spray does excellent to clean the green off. Work in a spaghetti strainer in the sink, and rinse well. Then, dry. * The bolt that holds the bowl on, is also a metering device. There is a tiny hole in the side of the bolt, near the head of the bolt. * To replace the needle, seat, and float, and axle, it's easier to work with the carb upside down. * Shake the float. if it has fuel in it, replace it. * Put the gasket on the carb, and then fit the float bowl onto the gasket. If you try to put the gasket into the bowl and press on, it won't go on. * If there is a washer on the float bowl nut, be sure to save and replace it. Else the fuel will drip out the bottom. * The gasket betwen the carb and the engine is important. It should also have a tiny bit of Permatex IIb non hardening sealer. If the gasket is leaky or missing, the engine won't start. Well, it will start on ether or gas poured into the carb air intake. * Water in the gasoline will collect in the float bowl. The engine will start for an instant, die, and drive you insane. * Inline fuel filter is a good idea. . Christopher A. Young Learn more about Jesus www.lds.org . .
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I have a 5 HP Tecumseh Snow King engine on my snow blower.
The fuel line that comes down from the gas tank goes to a Tee fitting, and the line that goes to the carburator has both a fuel filter and a shut off valve on it. The other line is about 3 feet long and is attached to the handle with velcro strips. At the end of that 3 foot long line there's a hose to 1/8" NPT male thread fitting and a 1/8 inch brass threaded cap.
Whenever I'm finished blowing snow, I move the snow blower to the front steps of my building, close the fuel shut off valve to the carburator, and just let the engine run until is runs out of gas.
Then, when I get the snow blower into my boiler room, I use the long fuel line to drain the remaining gas in the fuel tank into a plastic Wedco gas can.
I'm thinking that running the engine out of gas every time I store it for a week to a few months until I next need it keeps the carburator clean. And, I'm thinking that draining the remaining gas in the gas tank after each use of the snow blower allows me to put fresh gas in it each time I blow snow.
Is there anything I'm doing that may be harmful to the engine, carburator or the starting ability of my snowblower? Is there anything you'd recommend I change to ensure the carburator continues to work well and that the engine continues to be easy to start?
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