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Trying to remove a Kobalt 80v trimmer head that does NOT have a flathead screw

Can anyone help? I have an 80v brushless Kobalt trimmer and the bump head finally wore out. The videos online show a flathead screw holding it on,mine does not.
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How to restore rusty gardening tools that are used in humid climate

I found some old gardening tools (trowel, fork, cultivator, secateurs). The paint is flaking off, and the metal has rusted. For context, this is in a hot and humid tropical climate. What can I do to ...
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hedge trimmers Ryobi powr LT2

every year I struggle like a donkey to start my hedge trimmer for the first time. I wonder what could be causing this because once started I no longer have any problems. the candle the gasoline oil ...
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Chainsaw maintenance: infrequent usage

I bought a battery chainsaw to help with winter clean up. I don't expect to use it much during the other seasons so I'm wondering how to store it. Leave the bar oil in or try to drain it? How much ...
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Sprocket upgrade needed to upgrade Stihl MS260 chainsaw from 0.325 to a 3/8 bar and chain?

I got a Stihl MS260 as a present that came with a 12"(0.325) bar guide and chain setup. I would like to upgrade it to 18"(3/8). Will this upgrade require a sprocket change? Chainsaw-modding ...
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Tool for picking figs which doesn't tear them

Bit of a long shot, but anyway I'm looking for a tool (which I can build) which can pick figs without tearing them. I have a plastic bottle fruit picker of the sort which is often demonstrated on ...
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Green Husqvarna fuel can spout sticking

Husqvarna fuel cans come (came?) with a green spout to make filling up fuel easier. Unfortunately, it sometimes starts sticking and fuel is spilled everywhere: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
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Which tools should be regularly peened?

Peening is the process of striking a metal tool with a hammer to improve its durability and sharpness. My father recounted how, back in the day, he worked at a place where the foreman took all the ...
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English word for a "soil filter machine"?

Does anyone know what this machine is called in English? It is used to put soil in, and when it turns only the fine soil comes out below and the big rocks out at the end.
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Tool name: Hoe with spikes

What is the technical name for this style of hoe? Source: Reddit The reason I ask is: I'm trying to find this style of hoe for sale in Ontario, Canada. But when I google "hoe", the ...
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Can anyone identify producer of this rotary sieve?

I am trying to find the producer of this rotary sieve (image found on now defunct hotbin blog). It is mentioned that it is a Belgian, but not more than that. I'd be also happy with pointers to ...
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What's the gardening term for the dish you put under under a planters holes?

What's the technical name for the dish you place under a planters holes that catches water from it? Googling 'dishes' when I look for a gardening water catching dish returns kitchen dishes, when I am ...
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Removing corrosion from tools

I had some Cabot Wood (deck) cleaner spill on my garden tools (in particular a couple of shears). It probably sat there for a few weeks before I noticed it. Now the steel parts are quite corroded. ...
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Threshold ramps

It being springtime I am topping up my raised beds with compost. Instead of getting individual 50 litre bags I'd like to get a larger delivery. The trouble is I'm in a mid-terrace, so access to the ...
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Husqvarna leaf blower problem

I put new carburetor, fuel line, filter, and plug, and it is still not running right. The model is 125v. Listen to the video. It sounds like it is missing.
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Why don't professional lawn scarifiers have moss removal tools?

Why is it that professional lawn scarifiers don't have these moss removal tools?: The cheap ones have, but the expensive petrol powered Stihl and AL-KO doesn't. Husqvarna doesn't have a petrol driven ...
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Storing garden tools in sand?

I once read that storing garden hand tools (weeder, hand shovel, pruning sheers, etc.) in sand mixed with a little bit of mineral oil is a good practice because it lubricates them and keeps them sharp....
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Fixing a stainless steel garden hose connector?

The picture below will describe this better than I can, but our 100 ft hose just blew apart at the faucet connection and it seems some piece that would go on the inside (maybe a rubber or plastic ...
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What is this tool for carrying pots called?

Landscapers were using them to carry 2 5-gallon landscape pots in each hand.
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Is the pruner bad or my technique? Cuts are not clean and nice

I got this pruner and the build quality is certainly good, but my cut experience is not going good. The cuts are not clean. Check the pics attached: This is how I do it: I place the pruner in ...
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What to look out for when shopping for cordless chainsaw and/or hedge trimmer?

I am in need of a chainsaw to help cut down some dead branches of one of my trees (which is about 3 meter tall). While browsing the gardening power tools I notice this kind of 2 in 1 (chainsaw + ...
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Anvil or by-pass pruner?

I have a few potted plants, and plan on expanding with more different variety of plants. Not sure what kinds. I am looking for good quality pruners that will be most suitable for my different kinds ...
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How to make a moss pole with stuff other than moss?

I have bamboo sticks which I want to use for my climbing aroids. The moss - absorbs more water than peat and is a good medium for aerial roots. It is, however, hard to find in my area, so I must find ...
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Can I use antique kitchen shears for gardening?

I recently purchased a pair of antique shears intending to use them for pruning bushes and stems. When searching for information on the shears I found out they are antique poultry shears. Is there any ...
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What are the longest pole hedge trimmers available?

I have several tall hedges... Some over 20 feet. I'd like to keep them pruned but it's expensive to keep hiring a landscaper. What products are out there for really long reach hedge trimming, and what'...
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What equipment to use for a large garden/lawn?

I've got a battle raging with about 1.5ha (4 acres) of grass. So far, the grass is winning. Scattered through the grounds there are a few old buildings, multiple fruit trees and many berry bushes. In ...
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Measuring leaf blower force

It seems that many manufacturers are moving from CFM/MPH claims to using newtons of force for comparisons. Does anyone know how they're measuring it - what tool/meter, from the motor or tube, etc.?...
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Spool flies off

Hi I have a Bosch art 26 combitrim. Every time I use it the spool and line shoot off is there supposed to be a spring inside the centre spindle. If so can I get a replacement ?
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When moving large quantities of mulch, are more tines worth it on a pitchfork?

I'm going to be moving large quantities of arborist wood chips this summer, and am wondering if it would be worth the investment to get a 10 tine pitchfork as the 4 tine is too wide to hold wood chips,...
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Co2 enrichment with exhale bags

I’m intending to try co2 enrichment with Exhale bags. And from reading on the co2 enrichment I understood that photosynthesis does not play a role during night time and the plant actually emits co2. ...
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How to avoid asymmetry in back muscles splitting logs? [closed]

I'm generally in great health but have a persistent niggle in my lateral muscle on one side. Nothing serious it's just easy to pull it. I've started doing a lot of log splitting with an axe but this ...
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Identifying/operating an automatic watering system

I recently bought a house built circa 1970 in France, and it came with an automatic watering system (date of setup unknown, so any time between then and now), controlled by this: I've been unable to ...
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Digging a hole in ground for fitting stakes for fencing and play structure

I need to dig around 20 holes in my garden. Each hole needs to be 2.5 inch wide and 3-5 feet deep. Ground I am going to work on it not very soft and have some stones. I dont mind renting or buying ...
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What’s the best way to remove 2-4 inches of large gravel from backyard?

New home owner. After moving in I noticed the previous owner had laid down some gravel in a portion of my backyard so he could store a boat. Approx 15ft x 30ft. It’s been completely taken over by ...
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An idea for a sowing tool

I've got an idea for a tool for placing seeds directly in the soil. Imagine that square ABCD is a sturdy sheet of wooden or other material of size 600mm x 600mm x 5 mml, and all other points are ...
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What are the right tools and techniques to dig a hole in stony or heavily rooted ground?

I have great soil which is very easy to dig, sadly many trees have taken advantage of this - in some places I want to plant bushes or trees in gaps but everywhere It ry to dig appears to be solid root/...
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Pruning clippers covered in copper - curse, blessing, or neglibable for plant propagation?

How I got clippers covered in copper "Dusting off" some pruning clippers I noticed much more rust than I expected. I usually maintain tools well but lost track of this pair for a bit, and I guess ...
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Is there a type of garden shredder that can handle leaves, branches and wet materials?

Is there any type of all-purpose and durable shredder that can shred leaves and a few small branches, and some wetter materials like vegetable waste? I'm not looking for a brand name, just to find out ...
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Can I fix my metabo hedge trimmer myself?

I use an electric metabo hedge trimmer. Both hands need to be on separate switches for it to run. When I let go of both switches simultaneously, the blades stop immediately. However, when I only let ...
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How to limit static electricity on my new seed sieve?

I just made the mistake of purchasing a plastic seed sieve. I've only used it a couple of times, and already regret not purchasing a larger metal one - but they were so much more expensive. I've ...
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What is the garden wire used for?

I noticed that the wire named Twist tie is also named Garden wire. But I can't find such wires used in gardening when searching "Garden wire" on Google images. What is the typical use for this kind ...
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Can I put a one minute delay on my hose so I don't get wet when the sprinkler turns on?

All I want is a water timer with about a 1-minute delay for those times that I have to run away after starting it and still get wet. Like when I'm ready to go to work and don't want those clothes to ...
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Bulldog Edging Knife Useless

I was all excited yesterday when I got home from work. I had received an email from Amazon saying my new Bulldog Edging Knife had been delivered. I opened up the box, unwrapped the tool, and was so ...
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At what size garden does a backpack leaf blower make sense?

Our new house has about half an acre of land, including a large lawn surrounded by many mature trees. We're clearly going to need a leaf blower... Even in spring everything is covered in leaves, bud ...
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What's the thickest stuff a garden line strimmer can cut?

I'm looking at getting a decent petrol-powered strimmer for my large garden. I saw one that comes with interchangeable heads: line, rough-cut, and one more like a saw blade. The idea being they can ...
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What tool(s) for cutting ivy stems on trees and walls?

I have some trees and walls which have decades' worth of ivy growth. Some trees in particular have ivy stems as thick as my forearm, and the tree is almost invisible. I plan to start by chopping the ...
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Optimizing use of aerator sandals

I lust over one of these: This is the kind of aerator that is towed behind a lawn tractor, with some cinder blocks or other weights on the ledge to help the tines dig in. So far, I have not been ...
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ID this plant training strap?

Can anyone identify this item, tell me where I could find more. I don't even know what to call it if I were to call around to local garden shops. I got some from a friend, and he doesn't know where it ...
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What tools will I need for cultivating an acre of lawn?

I recently bought a place with an acre of lawn in front of my home. It has a natural gravity flow watering system. I want to cultivate nearly all of this for a lawn. Currently growing is what looks to ...
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Uses of the scythe in a modern garden

Recently on a Basque TV channel from Northern Spain I saw a competition between two women scything a meadow against the clock. They were going almost as fast as a modern ride on mower, but were ...
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