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How to replace my gas hedge trimmer rope starter

The rope starter for my Craftsman Gas Hedge Trimmer disconnected from the engine while pulling to start. Please explain how to reattach this rope starter. I am a DIY individual. Thanks for your help. ...
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What is the risk of using 4% 2T mixture in a chainsaw that needs 2% 2T?

I accidentally ran a Stihl MS 261 chainsaw on a 4% mixture for 3 tanks instead of the 2% oil to gas mixture it should have had. Would this have done any damage to the machine should I do anything ...
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Identify a doughnut-shaped free-spinning mower part

I serviced my mower this morning and gave it a clean with a hose with a moderate level of water pressure. It appears that I have blown a part off the lawn mower though I am not sure how. I can't ...
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What could be wrong with this leaf blower?

A little over a year ago, after complaining about the amount of cord I had to use with our electric leaf blower I was gifted an inexpensive gas blower. A Ryobi 150 mph 400 CFM Gas Blower Vac from home ...
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Non mechanical plant watering systems?

I travel too much, and, honestly I don't really have a green thumb plants. Still, I like them and would be happy to keep some resilient plants if could get geeky about it :) I was trying to figure ...
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How long should a garden tractor battery last?

It seems like every year I'm needing to buy a new battery for my lawn tractor. A battery that worked perfectly well never seems to make it through the off-season in-tact. Is this normal? Is there ...
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What is the typical “mileage” for a gasoline chainsaw?

I want to roughly compare a gasoline-powered chainsaw to a battery-powered one. I can't find any quotes on how many cuts (and of what specific material) a gasoline chainsaw can do on some specific ...
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What sort of hose nozzle should I look for such that it won't spring a leak after just one frosty night?

I bought a hose nozzle that looked robust (though made mainly of plastic) last year and let it sit out over the winter (temperatures get down to -30 ÂșC). This spring, naturally, the nozzle was ...
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What is the best way to sharpen a lawn mower blade?

One of those "I really must get around to..." questions, but what is the best way to sharpen a lawn mower? My own lawn mower is a fan blade (i.e. flat blade on a vertical axis), but for maximum ...
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How do I use linseed oil to maintain my tools?

So, it's nearly cleanup time in Wisconsin and I finally got around to refinishing my tools. I bought a can of boiled linseed oil and coated the tools with it (helps prevent rust). Now, everything ...
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What maintenance does a lawnmower need?

What basic maintenance should be performed on a lawnmower regularly to ensure it stays in good repair?
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Should I paint old garden tools?

I've got some old tools (shovels and pitchforks) that were my grandparents. The metal parts look like they were painted (a lot has worn off), I want to sharpen them and fix them up following the ...
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What is the proper way to winterize a lawnmower?

I've heard a lot of anecdotes and shortcuts, but I am still unclear at to how to properly winterize a power push lawnmower. What steps or maintenance tasks should I take in order to keep it in good ...