LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's time to start thinking about mowing your lawn, if you haven't already. The Home Depot's Scott Krueger and Joe Autry go through the steps you need to take to get your mower and your weed eater in tip top shape. First you have to determine whether you used or drained all the gas from your lawn mower last fall?
If not, that is the first step in your spring mower maintenance routine, a project every grass-mowing homeowner should undertake in order to save gas, reduce emissions and maintain a well-groomed lawn. Old gas (more than 90 days in the tank) is one of the leading causes of mower malfunction so be sure your tank is empty when you tune your mower.
Lawn mowers are hardworking, but relatively simple, machines. A little bit of maintenance will keep your mower working well for many years.
Spring maintenance basically involves cleaning, oiling and replacing components on your mower. Tuning your mower is a job a do-it-yourselfer can complete in an hour or two.
Before starting, make sure the gas tank is empty and the spark plug is disconnected. You'll also want to purchase the replacement parts you will need, including oil, filters and a new spark plug. You can buy these separately or in a mower tune-up kit. Also, spread newspapers or an old sheet in the area where you will be working to keep your garage or driveway floor neat.
Clean the deck
Start by giving the mower a good cleaning, especially under the deck where the blade is. Grass and grit can spread lawn diseases and prevent the mower from cutting neatly. Flip the mower over and clean out the underside with a brush, then wash it with soap and water. Let it dry.
Change the oil
For a well-lubricated mower, you will need to replace the oil annually. Check your mower manual for instructions on how to drain and replace oil. Generally, you will want to clean the area around the oil reservoir, drain the oil into a container, replace the oil filter (if needed) and then add new oil. Be sure to take your old oil to a recycling center.
Replace plugs and filters
For consistent starting, you should change the spark plug annually. In most cases, this is simply a matter of loosening the plug with pliers, then twisting it out. Clean out the area where the plug connects to the mower, and install a new plug. You'll also want to replace the air filter.
Your final step is to clean and lubricate all the connections on your mower, including the choke and throttle area, cables and the wheel areas.
Ready to go?
Before you mow, you will want to do two other things. First, make sure the blades are sharp. Most mowers need their blades sharpened or replaced annually. Finally, adjust the wheel height to the summer level. Remember, grass that's 2 1/2 to 3 inches tall resists diseases and weeds better.
Doing a spring tune-up on a gas weed eater:
Before you head to the store, you'll need to check your equipment. Make sure to take the old air filter with you to match one up with your weedeater. You'll need to purchase an air filter, sparkplug, 2-cycle lawnmower oil (small-container), new string, and clean Unleaded Gas in a clean gallon container. a spark plug, as long as it matches on size.
Next, empty all the fuel out of the fuel tank.
Now, take the old filter out of the weedeater, and replace it with the new one. Sometimes, a screwdriver is required but, it all depends on the brand of the weedeater, and be sure to air blow with a hose the filter hole for excess dust.
Using a spark plug socket set and take the old spark plug out, and replace with new clean spark plug. And, tighten, not to tight, just enough and now put the wire on top of the spark plug.
The final step is to take the string and cut the right amount for the weedeater. You can see when it's enough when you are rolling it around the turn wheel on the head of the weedeater.
To gas up the weed easter, take one gallon of Unleaded Gas and pour one small container of 2-cycle oil in there, and shake it a little bit. Use that gas to fill the tank of the weed eater. Before pouring make sure to pump the choke to get all excess gas out first out of the lines.
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