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Friday, May 5th, 2006

When I started renting this house from Harley they (Matt) basically told me I have to take care of everything except mowing the lawn. This includes everything from cleaning and maintaining the pool to changing blown light bulbs. Obviously if anything in the house breaks or needs repair Harley will take care of it, but I'm responsible for day to day maintenance. I end up mowing the lawn anyway because if I wait until the school mows, it would be 12 inches long and all the neighbors would think I'm a scumbag.

Two falls ago I spotted a push mower in a pile of trash at the end of someone's driveway up the street. Jason and I ran down there and stole it after dark. It was in pretty bad condition and wasn't running at all. I figured I could take it apart, learn something and maybe even fix the motor. The problem with the engine ended up being a bad exhaust valve. I tried getting a replacement at Chase Pitkin's small engine shop, but they couldn't find one. Instead of replacing it I tried reseating it with some valve-grinding compound but I just couldn't get enough compression to get it running. So the it sat in my garage for a year and a half.

A year after I took the dead mower from the curb, my dad gave me a mower he inherited. It was almost an identical mower to my dead one but a cheaper version (lighter duty, plastic wheels, etc). It worked great but was a little too flimsy. It was slightly duck-footed and just had a little too much slop in everything.

Today I decided to combine these mowers. Basically I switched the engines and bodies. So I get the working engine on the sturdier chassis (which has all wheels aimed in the same direction). So far so good, the transplant went well and it even started on the first pull. I haven't had a chance to actually mow with it yet but I'm sure it'll be great.

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