Generic lawnmower throttle cables are available just about everywhere
you can get lawnmower parts, big box home improvement places, hardware
stores, outdoor power equipment joints, etc. If you insist on making
your own, Ace hardware carries a line of short music wire pieces, 18"
and 36". I've run into the galloping idle on lawnmowers, it's usually
a fan governor with a stretched-out spring or one hooked up wrong(AND
stretched-out because of that). Lots of ways of governing a small
engine, of course.
Hmm ... can you use some of the trimmer string itself? Depends
on whether the cable is under tension all the time or has to push, I
Is there a piano repairman in town? If so, ask him for strings
which he has replaced.
To straighten thin wire.
Fix one end in the vice. Put the other end in a drill chuck and pull
as hard as you can. Briefly start the drill.
Don't try this on wire so thick that you can't resist the torque.
This also hardens the wire and makes it stiffer.
Right. But the vernacular can mean either. A lot of people believe
that one equals the other -- that a wire that better resists bending
also better resists springing.
It's a misconception that one person or another on this NG has to
correct for someone every couple of months or so; not to be wise guys,
but to help metalworking hobbyists understand a physical property of
metal that often is misunderstood.
That's interesting IMO.
FWIW... I usually adjust the torque setting, so it's usually not a
problem. Like when doing stuff that requires little torque, I put
the drill on the lowest torque setting, as a safety measure.
On Mon, 22 Apr 2013 17:08:38 +0000 (UTC), John Doe
Why not just go to an automotive store and buy a universal choke cable.
They are made to add a manual choke to any of the old carburetor cars,
when the automatic choke becomes troublesome. I've used them myself.
They are just a complete cable with a knob on one end and a mounting
bracket to mount under your dash. If the auto parts stores dont have
them anymore, try a tractor parts store. Many tractors used manual
chokes and may still do.
On Monday, April 22, 2013 1:08:38 PM UTC-4, John Doe wrote:
local store. Maybe it can be a plastic wire. It is for lengthening the thr
ottle cable on a grass trimmer that I'm using for a project. I tried straig
htening a wire, but it needs to be perfectly straight so that it doesn't ac
t like a spring. Under stress, the engine sputters rhythmically. I'm sure i
t's the wire acting like a spring. Then I will need to find a sheath, but I
will go for the wire first. Thanks.
Hobby shop will also have sheathed control cable for model planes. In meta
l and plastic. It has very little play as that would be problem on a plane
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