6 votes
Accepted

Should I clean pruning shears with hot water, alcohol, or similar?

Yes, this is a good practice. Candidates for cleaning include secateurs, hedge shears, grafting knives and anything that contacts plant tissue. A quick dip in alcohol followed by a wipe down should ...
user avatar
  • 56.4k
6 votes

Why won't my Craftsman 6-0 Briggs & Stratton lawn mower stay running?

We've been trying to hammer the solution to this issue to our customers since B&S & many other manufacturers, switched to their aerodynamically shaped fuel tanks for esthetic-reasons, mainly ...
user avatar
5 votes

Should I clean pruning shears with hot water, alcohol, or similar?

I keep a bottle of alcohol in my pruning gear along with silicon spray and files. Clean your pruners between each and every plant. If you've ever killed plants by passing on diseases you'll ...
user avatar
  • 39.9k
5 votes
Accepted

Can I fix my metabo hedge trimmer myself?

Simply don't. Trimmer are kind of tricky tools. Moreover if it is an electric model. If you have no idea on what to do or where to start to find the issue, you should go ask for specialized advice. ...
user avatar
  • 3,709
5 votes

How should a reel mower be cleaned after mowing?

Yes, you should clean it after mowing. You really need a lawnmower cleaning brush, a narrow one that gets between the blades to take off anything lurking there, and for a general scrub down of dirty ...
user avatar
  • 129k
4 votes
Accepted

Is it practical to sharpen hedger blades yourself?

I would say that it is worth the time, based on my sharpening experiences. Here is a nice e-how article on the process that breaks it down better than I ever could. I've only sharpened trimmers a few ...
user avatar
  • 896
4 votes

How to replace my gas hedge trimmer rope starter

a couple tips: don't lose those nuts; remember the direction the rope is wound; and finally your last step should be making a good stopper knot that won't pull through or come undone at the handle. ...
user avatar
  • 41
4 votes

Can I fix my metabo hedge trimmer myself?

Sounds as if a sensor is gooed up. If you are able to keep the dirt out of engines those engines will last forever! You need an introduction to your repair crew who if you butter them up will teach ...
user avatar
  • 39.9k
4 votes
Accepted

Bulldog Edging Knife Useless

It should not need to be even as sharp as a spade, because penetration is less (say 2 - 3 inches rather than nearer 12"). And used like a spade (forced down with a foot on top of the blade) even quite ...
user avatar
  • 76
4 votes
Accepted

Fixing a stainless steel garden hose connector?

The metal part you are holding is the outer non-kinking protective pipe. There should be a flexible rubbery tube inside. I hope it hasn't retreated far down the pipe because it has to go over the barb ...
user avatar
3 votes
Accepted

Storing garden tools in sand?

I have never heard of this practice and couldn't find any authoritative sources for it (although I did find a number of anecdotal sources and sources that pretended to be authoritative). Personally (...
user avatar
  • 14.1k
3 votes

What is the best way to sharpen a lawn mower blade?

I think your technique is adequate. I bought a bench grinder years ago for such a use. I no longer use it. I have found the angle of the grinder rarely matches the angle of the blades. I currently ...
user avatar
  • 31
3 votes

Should I paint old garden tools?

Use wax paper to clean the metal parts. Then you can put furniture paste wax on them to prevent rust. The handles, if they're not too far gone, can be renewed with boiled linseed oil.
user avatar
  • 31
3 votes

Why are hoes manufactured with both inside and outside edge bevels?

Double edges make for sharper edges that can be maintained. Have you ever used a 'hula hoe'...? Hoes were made to pull and push then they found by getting rid of the body of the hoe's head would ...
user avatar
  • 39.9k
3 votes

Are there specific lawnmower spark plugs?

Yes there are different plugs for different engines. Usually you need the engine model on your mower, and take in the old spark plug to the hardware store. Ask for someone to help you find the right ...
user avatar
  • 1,706
3 votes

No spark on a Craftsman line trimmer

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 ...
user avatar
3 votes

How to change oil in a lawnmower without turning the mower on its side, tipping, or tilting?

So long as you're not reusing the oil, the following time tested method will work... Require: Length of (3 feet or 1 metre) clear plastic tubing; Jug of water; Container of adequate size to ...
user avatar
3 votes

How to sharpen garden scissors without dedicated tool?

You can pick up a rock and use that. If you find that some rocks work better, you're on your way to re-living the history of the natural sharpening stone industry in microcosm. It started with rubbing ...
user avatar
  • 18.7k
3 votes
Accepted

How to sharpen garden scissors without dedicated tool?

Sandpaper works for straight edged tools. A 120 grit or finer will take the little nicks out of the edge. Of course, regular sharpening and not trying to cut things that are too hard or too large ...
user avatar
  • 56.4k
2 votes
Accepted

How do I replace string or open string head in RYOBI 40V-X Expand-it String Trimmer?

They are a bit tricky at first, but once you get the hang of it, and get a feel for them, they can save you tons of time. It's not super easy to understand from a step by step guide, but I'll try. ...
user avatar
  • 51.5k
2 votes

Should I paint old garden tools?

More for brush cleaning than tool preservation I wiped some garden tools with Hammerite and was surprised at the improvement in appearance and how long this lasted even with the tools in use. Note ...
user avatar
  • 76
2 votes

How to change oil in a lawnmower without turning the mower on its side, tipping, or tilting?

Every rotary lawnmower engine has a drain plug in it? You'd have to elevate the mower onto a pair of sawhorses or something similar, then, look underneath with a good light, for a square holed plug. ...
user avatar
1 vote

Storing garden tools in sand?

I have seen this done in Australia, but only for shovels (spades). Seems to reduce the rusting at the cutting edge of the shovel where it matters the most.
user avatar
1 vote

Fixing a stainless steel garden hose connector?

I followed the steps outlined here and repaired the hose. Used a coat hanger and bent a hook at the end to fish out the the tube which was about a foot from the end. I pushed the tube to the top of ...
user avatar
  • 11
1 vote

Why won't my Craftsman 6-0 Briggs & Stratton lawn mower stay running?

It needs be noted: The OP is asking about a 6hp Briggs. (i.e. it is a four stroke engine) The OP's engine (unless someone went through painstaking retrofitting of a different carburetor) does ...
user avatar
1 vote

What is the risk of using 4% 2T mixture in a chainsaw that needs 2% 2T?

With 4% 2T mix, it may smoke while running or foul up your spark plug, but nothing to worry. It would not damage your engine.
user avatar
1 vote

How do I use linseed oil to maintain my tools?

I like to keep the rag (technically, it's an old swiffer mat from the original swiffer). I then use the rag when putting a good clean on items like the shopvac, or anything non-metallic. The fact that ...
user avatar

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible