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Use a Spark tester (which can be found at any automotive supply store), to test the spark. To use it: Remove the boot from the spark plug on the trimmer. Plug the end of the tester with the metal probe into the boot. Connect the other end of the tester to the spark plug. Give the trimmer a couple pulls, while watching the testers spark chamber. No Spark ...


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On top of Tester's excellent answer, here are some quick and easy ways to get it working without going through the trouble of replacing the ignition system or buying special diagnostic tools. Clean the Spark Plug Take a bit of fine sandpaper and try to rub the grime and dirt off of the spark plug. Give it a little bit of a shine and try again. You can ...


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Looks like it should be the carburetor bowl (where fuel is metered in by a float valve to be available to get sucked into the carburetor jets - either of which can get clogged if you did't drain the fuel before storage or run a fuel stabilizer before storage - and sometimes even if you did.)


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I would just leave it. This happens in the wild and plants are fine. It looks like a fairly new/small plant so pruning that much leaf structure might do more harm than good. If it's lacking support or if the leaf is pulling apart because of it's own weight then you could prop it up or tie a string around the plant to keep the leaves from falling.


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Succulents do not 'heal' in the traditional sense from cracks or tears. Leave it be, unless it is starting to rot, and hopefully the plant will continue to grow and a new leaf will come up. You could trim the damaged leaf at the stem, but this is not necessary and will just turn brown.


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The best way to deal with this plant is to grow it under higher light conditions so it does not get so etiolated or leggy. This species is robust so you can cut the stems back where they come out from the main stem and root them in water. You could probably cut the long stretched out stems into six inch chunks and root them in water even if they do not ...


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There is no need to seal the holes at all. The natural healing process that woody plants use is to grow around the wound and eventually cover it over. Standards for good pruning practices around the world are to not use wound paint of any sort. It can act to hold moisture in and promote fungus and decay agents. Take a break and let nature do the job for ...


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Here's what I've done on my two-stroke chainsaw when it has refused to start: Remove and replace spark plug; check the gap. Remove and clean [with an air compressor] or replace air filter. (I just blow it out, I haven't yet replaced the filter.) If you see gunk when you're removing these parts, clean it up. (Because of all of the sawdust and bar oil, the ...


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Perhaps pre-paving prevention is (or should be) the best plan in the first place. Speaking from experience, about my own weedy paving problem (which has occurred after a lot of hard work paving a large area a few years ago), a base-mix of dry sand and cement would have done a lot to prevent all the weed-seeds in the soil growing into problem weeds. A half ...


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This is a 'suck it and see' type thing. If the top of the tree is growing away nicely, and looking healthy, chances are the wound has completely healed. I'd remove the tape, carefully, but have more at the ready. Have a good look at it - if it looks healed, then chance leaving it, but if you're worried at all, reapply more tape. Removing what's there and ...


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I bought air tubing at the hardware store that was was big enough to fit fairly snug inside the soaker hose. I cut off a 4 inch piece of the air tubing, covered the outside liberally with silicone adhesive and pushed it halfway into one end of the severed soaker hose. Then I pushed the other severed end onto the other half of the air tubing until the ...


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Replace it with drip emitter tubing. Soaker hoses suck. They put out more water in the start of the hose than they do at the end, leading to inconsistent watering that can hurt your plants. With drip emitter tubing, drip emitters are molded into the tubing. The emitters should be pressure compensating which ensures that you get even distribution throughout ...


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You can test your magneto (can also be called a coil) directly to see if it works. If you have the coil off of the engine, you can do a resistance test on it to see if it's fried. I don't know what the exact make of the engine is, since Craftsman power tools utilize many different brands and re-brands them. It could be a Briggs and Stratton, but more than ...


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If your water is hard, you may find that calcium deposits have blocked the holes. Perhaps you can soak them into a vinegar solution of distilled/rain water over night to see if you can dissolve the concretions. Or, even try coca cola ... though I don't know what all those acids will do to your drippers. And you perhaps should put some kind of filter on ...


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Buy two ordinary hose repair fittings and a section of hose (soaker or not.) Cut out a section, replace with the new section and two repair couplings.


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It looks like you have some lawn fungus. I would take a soil sample to a local garden center or school (if they do that in your area) and have it tested so you know where and how to start repairing. You'll want to dethatch that lawn and start mowing it on a regular basis. Probably an aeration and over seed as well. Unless you tear it up and replant/sod, ...


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I've tried the polymeric sand but it doesn't work. Ants dig through and weeds pop up. Don't spend your money. Spray with vinegar, but only when the sun is shining, not when it's cloudy.


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I would say, if it was a cold time like winter, cutting the plant back so only a few nodes are above soil, and topdressing with some mulch could help same as winwaed suggested, as it gets colder and nutrition levels fall, some chili plants will purge their leaves and fruits. Another thing, if you left the fruit on the chili for a long time and it started to ...


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Your plant has some kind of flavor? With small spike flowers? It's his scent similar to lemon? If so, it reminds me of lemon verbena (Aloysia citrodora). Check to see if it can help you. pianta http://www.ilgiardinodegliangeli.net/files/Lippia-citriodora.jpg


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Two possibilities. One, it could be normal die back from the cut point, or Two, it could be a fungal disease that has entered the cut point. A Copper based powder can help to kill any fungal disease. Also, if you're trimming your basil, don't water from above. Water at base of plant so you don't get moisture in the cut sections of the plant. Moisture will ...


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The cut part cannot regrow a top to look like it was before, but the remaining portion of the arm can make more arms and continue growing that way. Depending on your climate, it may take a few days or a few weeks for the wound to dry out and form a callus. If you think it'll take a while to dry out, you can dust it with some anti-fungal powder (commonly ...


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I cannot identify the plant but it seems to be the same plant based on the angle that the new growth is coming up. Maybe all the plant needed was for the old bush to be removed so that it could get sunlight and create new and healthier growth.


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There are drip irrigation parts that the soaker hose fits into. The one you want is usually called a compression 'coupling'. They should only be $1 each - some are pricey online (sort of boutique drip irrigation prices). Go to an irrigation supply store, or even some large box stores have them. They are much cheaper than any of the other suggestions, as ...


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You can test the spark using a short test lead with alligator clips. Remove the spark plug, reconnect the plug wire and using the test lead, connect the plug ground electrode to a good engine ground point. Turn on the ignition switch and pull the starting cord quickly. You should see a spark in the plug gap. Since the spark may be faint, it may help to do ...


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I had to order a new air vane assembly, which included a spring. It was not easy to install -- had to remove the engine from the base, then detach the two bolts inside of the air filter. The tricky part was that the air vane instructions had some weird reference to part colors. It took me forever to figure it out: the spring had a red streak across it, ...


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Piston Seizure, possibly rusted piston rings from winter moisture. The oil loss is worrisome, pointing to the first which means the piston skirt welded itself to the cylinder wall. If the lawnmower was running fine before being put away, if it was left outside, moisture can get into the engine. Rusted piston rings sometimes taken care of by a liberal ...


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The Aloe vera is a succulent that has naturalized across the world from China to North and South America. It "requires well-drained, sandy potting soil and bright, sunny conditions". We have a few questions here about watering and soil mix that are relevant. This plant has root rot brought on by too much water in a soil that has too much organic matter ...


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It's not a problem. The tree will protect itself from the wounds, which by your description seem fairly minor (unless it is a small, immature tree). Room temperature vulcanizing silicone releases a small amount of acetic acid while curing. While it is toxic and slightly corrosive, the small amount released by a siliconized latex caulk compared to a non-...


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Not sure where you are, but if a soaker hose were left buried for one season here, in the Pacific Northwet, it would be crumbling bits not worth saving. If it has been eight years and you can still identify the hose, you must be somewhere very dry. Brand new, medium duty soaker hoses are about $12 for 50 feet. It would be instructive to figure out what ...


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a flat dual stream soaker hose doesn't respond to most of the couplings available for the single stream variety. A possible solution- insert a suitable sized gas line hose ( a poly type that has been wiped with a silicone-to aid with the insertion into each of the severed pores ( all 4) join- tape with ready-fix type plumbing tape- then secure with an ...


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