Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Pepped and prepped
Then, around 11:00, the clouds broke, the sun shone and the breeze dried things out.
After lunch I decided it was warm and dry enough to do some spring maintenance.
Loading up the wheelbarrow with gas, a full tank of compressed air, the battery from the basement, wrenches, etc. I headed back to the shed to see if I could revive the Snapper.
Back there I inflated the tires, filled the tank, checked the oil and installed the battery.
Fingers crossed, I jumped on and turned the key.
Nada. Again. Nada. Third time? Nada. Just a whirring sound.
The battery was dead. Now you'd think that would irritate me. But no. After all, the thing went through 2011, 2012 and 2013. For a mower battery that is akin to Methuselah. (I float-charge every year over winter.)
Besides, I had backup. The Snapper has a manual starter too. So, hoping my arm would hold out, I tried a couple of pulls. Nada. Still, it seemed to be trying to catch.
Probably the gas hadn't gotten to the carburetor. I rested the arm for a couple of minutes, then tried again.
VROOOOOM. Happy happy joy joy.
So I drove the Snapper up to the garage and pulled out the snow blower. Okay, I'm probably taking a chance, but I went and drained the gasoline and folded up the handles. It's now tucked away for the summer. Hopefully I won't have to get it out again this season.
Last I did was inflated all the other tires: wagon, wheelbarrow and yard cart. That done, I went and got a new mower battery (they were on sale that day! woohoo!). Installed it, tried the key and VROOOOM. What a lovely sound.
I was so happy that I took 30 minutes to run the mower around and under the 2 sweet gum trees to corral those spiky gum balls off the grass. They are trecherous to walk on, like ball bearing, to my weak ankles.
There. Not a bad use of a gift of a nice day. Maybe we WILL get some Spring after all?