Tuesday, 25 August 2015

How to replace a String Trimmer Line

A string trimmer can be useful as it can reach many areas a lawnmower can't get to and can make your lawn look more tidy and uniform this way. Unfortunately not many people know how to extend the life of a string trimmer so here are a few useful tips on how to do just that.

Preparation


You will need to work in a well ventilated area. Before beginning spread a drop cloth over the work area to make cleanup easier when you're finished. There are subtle differences between different string trimmer models but all the general procedures will be outlined but remember to read the documentation that came with your strimmer for maintenance. Before starting make sure all moving parts have come to a stop and if the strimmer is gasoline make sure the spark plug wire is removed from the spark plug and make sure the electric trimmers are removed from their power source.

Replacing the trimmer Line


Regardless of the type of trimmer at some point the strimmer line will need to be replaced and there are several different methods for doing this, depending on whether your trimmer is single or dual line and whether or not you use pre cut pieces of line. Use a pre wound spool or wind the line yourself. Follow the manufacturer's instruction for your model and use the specified trimmer line. While replacing the line it is a good idea to clean the cutting shield and area around the head. Also inspect the area for damage and wear. You may be able to fix some of the possible issues yourself, but some will require professional attention.


Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Repairing a Garden Hose

A broken garden hose can be extremely annoying but replacing them can be quite costly so im going to give you an overview on how to repair a hose.

Equipment


To repair your garden hose you will need a screwdriver, a utility knife and a hose repair kit. A hose repair kit can be bought at most garden centers or hardware stores and comes with a male or female threaded hose end as well as a connector for fixing a leak in the middle of a hose. Kits are available for various diameter hoses and come in both metal or plastic. If you're not sure what diameter you need cut off the broken end of the hose and bring it with you to the store.

Cut the Hose


Use your knife to cleanly cut off the broken end of the hose. The best way to do this is to place the hose on the ground, so you can apply pressure without your fingers getting in the way. The cut has to be smooth and square, not slanted or ragged. At this point you can just cut of the broken area or cut it to any length you want it to be.

Insert the Replacement


Push the threaded replacement end of the hose repair kit as far as it will go into the cut end of the garden hose. It is important to make sure the sleeve goes all the way into the hose even if it is a tight fit and takes some effort to get in.

Attach Clamp


Use a screwdriver to attach the clamp that came with the hose repair kit securely around the end of the garden hose. Make sure the two screws or one are very tight, to prevent the garden hose from leaking. The new hose should be ready to use.

Saturday, 15 August 2015

How to Properly Store a Lawnmower

One of the main problems that customers come to me with regarding their lawmowers could of been avoided if proper maintenance was performed particularly in the storage aspect of taking care of your lawnmowers.
 

Empty the Gas Tank

 
This is especially true in cold climates where the fuel is likely to freeze in the tank. No quicker way than destroying a lawnmower than having the fuel freeze in the tank. There are lots of easy guides on how to empty your gas tank efficiently online and there is even one on this blog.
    

Drain the Oil

 
Pretty much same reasons as above not to mention when you are reusing your lawnmower, fresh oil is always better. You can find an easy step by step guide on this blog furthur down. 
  

Clean the Undercarrage

 
Use a putty knife and wire brush to scrape off the grass and mud caked on the mower deck. his prevents rust, clears the passageway to the discharge chute and allows the aerodynamics of the deck to work as designed.
 

Store in a Dry Place

 
Storing in a dry place ensure water damage will not occur. Water damage can cause irreparable damage to the lawnmower or at least make it that a new lawnmower would be less expensive than the repair costs.

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Wednesday, 12 August 2015

How to Sharpen an Electric Chainsaw

Electric hedge trimmers are a quick, fairly easy way to maintain your hedges and keep them in great shape but this is a lot easier if you keep your trimmer blade sharp so here is a quick guide on how to sharpen them.

Instruction


Find a flat surface to work on and make sure you unplug the electric hedge trimmer and place them on the table top with the blades facing away from you. Using a pair of pliers or a vice grip, grasp the screw or bolt holding the blades in place. Turn the bolt or screw and remove it in order to remove the two blades. Place the blade in a vice and grip it so it cannot slip. Start with a metal filer and slide it down the length of the blade. Start from the inside or bottom section of the blade part and keep it going till you get to the tip. Sharpen at an about 40 degree angle several times but do not do it to the flat edge of the blades. Repeat all of this with the other blade.

Finishing


After this test the sharpness by holding a piece of paper above the blade and seeing how much force it takes to cut. If it doesn't cut easily you will need to repeat the sharpening process.  Now you need apply a thin coating of oil to keep them from rusting. A good oil for this is linseed and do this before bolting them back together. Now just replace the screw or bolt back into place using pliers or a vice grip and tighten so each blade is securely in place.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

How to fix a broken door lock

Door locks are complex mechanisms that can malfunction on occasion as they do have a lot of tiny moving parts so I'm going to take a look at how to solve the most common issues with door locks.

Door key won't work properly


First of all make sure you are using the correct key and if you manage to get it open check the key again. If it works perfectly this time the deadbolt is not engaging the strike plate properly and if it still doesn't work properly try to lubricate the lock or clean it. Then spray a little bit of graphite into the lock and try the key several times.

Key turns but won't unlock it


If the door doesn't unlock when the key turns disassemble the lock so you can be sure the cam or tang is properly engaged with the bolt. If you see any broken parts replace them then reassemble the lock.

Key won't go into the lock


If the key wont go into the lock make sure the lock isn't frozen by heating the key and trying it again repeatedly. If its a new key that won't go in there may be some rougher parts that need to be filed off. To check for this burn the key lightly so it is covered in soot and try the lock again. When you take the key out file down any rough areas that will be shiny and easy to spot now.


Monday, 20 July 2015

Petrol vs Electric Chainsaws

Petrol vs Electric Chainsaws

Petrol Chainsaws

A petrol chainsaw has quite a bit of kick to it and as such can normally only be used by stronger than average individuals which has never really been an issue for me being a very tall individual. They are also quite heavy and putting these together makes it pretty hard to control well enough to get a clean cut without being strong or putting in a huge amount of effort.

They require petrol

Bit obvious but this means you need to keep fuel for it around the house somewhere (I personally leave mine in the garage) and this fuel is of course flammable not a good choice for people with children or particularly jumpy pets as spills can quickly become a fire hazard.

Highly effective

Not much can cut quite like a petrol chainsaw so if you have some heavy duty work planned then it’s a good choice provided you know how to handle it and have the required strength.

Manoeuvrable

Being a petrol chainsaw there's no wire or anything like that so if you need to take it far from an outlet that is no problem for a petrol chainsaw, the lack of wires also make it quite manoeuvrable while using it for those trickier cuts.

Expensive

Most petrol chainsaws can be expensive especially a good one and there’s the continuous fuel cost to consider after.

Necessity

Only heavy duty jobs require a petrol chainsaw don't underestimate what a hatchet or electric chainsaw can achieve and think to yourself do I really need one?

Electric Chainsaws

Electric chainsaws are battery powered and this allows them to run a lot smoother than a petrol chainsaw which uses a 2 stroke or 4 stroke engine. This makes an electric chainsaw a lot easier to use (especially for a first timer) as your hands are steadier and the chainsaw is taking less of a physical tole on your body.

An electric chainsaw can be charged through an electrical socket in your home. But this doesn't mean that is it even costs any money. A renewable source of electricity in your home leads to your chainsaw being completely reusable as well. Some would say that the petrol chainsaw with its fossil fuels can’t exactly live up to this claim....


An electric chainsaw is very quiet (depending on what exactly you are cutting of course) and is a lot less likely to disturb the neighbours than the noisy petrol chainsaw which is just about guaranteed to wake up your entire neighbourhood (depending on the time of day rather).

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

How to replace a Digging Spades Handle

Older tools tend to be made of better steel so its a shame to throw out an old spade when the handle breaks so I'm going to tell you how to replace the handle.

Remove the Handle


Normally the handle will break where it meets the spade but the wood is normally riveted to the handle. To get to the wood this rivet will need to be removed. The easiest way to accomplish this is to drill into the head of the rivet and it is a good idea to use a hammer and center punch to make a small indentation to stop the drill sliding everywhere. Now just use a punch to knock the rivet out. Now you can use a flat bit to get all the wood out just make sure the wood has dried first.

Adding a Handle


Once the hole is cleared you want to insert the new handle. Spade handles are pretty standard and all you need to do is line it up and then insert it into the hole. Give the spade a few sharp taps on a solid surface so the handle fights tightly. Now you need to secure it with a rivet which is easily improvised. Drill a hole through the handle using the previous rivet hole as guide for size and push a nail through so about a quarter of an inch protrudes from the other side. Now place the whole thing on a hard surface so you can tap the head of the nail with a hammer to form a rivet.