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Old 05-19-2013, 01:29 PM   #1
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We purchased a new mower and switched from an electric model to a gas powered model. Since we store the mower in the basement we have to lift it up the stairs to get it to the lawn. With the electric mower this was really easy because you knew it couldn't operate unplugged. Is there any way to ensure that the gas mower won't start while being carried or would you have to totally drain out the gas?
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You would have to grap the blade and turn it to get it to start, even then with the new mowers with the hande that when relieced shuts the mower off there just no way it's going to start.

Pulling that thing up and down those stairs is going to beat the wheels and shafts to pieces and storing anything with gas in it inside is a very bad idea.
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Why is it a bad idea to store it in the basement? It's not near sparks or pilot lights and obviously isn't running.

I don't drag it up and down the stairs, I pick up the whole mower from under the deck and carry it. That's why I want to make sure it doesn't start!
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Most people at some point totally disable that stupid handle release interlock so that the stupid engine doesn't turn off and have to be restarted every single time you let go of the handle.
I would not store a mower with gasoline in the tank in the basement of your home!
Gasoline fumes are so explosive it's unreal, and a small drip from a leaking hose can drain the tank out while you are sleeping and the water heater can ignite the fumes, just don't store gasoline in any form or container in the basement of your house.
Better to get a small, inexpensive shed for it in the back yard
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We purchased a new mower and switched from an electric model to a gas powered model. Since we store the mower in the basement we have to lift it up the stairs to get it to the lawn. With the electric mower this was really easy because you knew it couldn't operate unplugged. Is there any way to ensure that the gas mower won't start while being carried or would you have to totally drain out the gas?
Multiple possibilities with varying effort levels.

* Pull the spark plug. And put some kind of rubber piece on the wire so as to avoid accidental contact. Engine shouldn't turn over now.

* Use a lawn mower blade lock. Just do a search for this and you'll see multiple options. I do this when I pull the blade for sharpening. Yes, I could use a wooden block, (and I guess you could too), but for $9 - $15, this is just easier and more secure.

* Depending on how high the stairs are, use 2x4s or something as tracks so at least you don't have to lift it in weird ways, you just haul it up on the rails. Still a hassle, but less chance of grabbing a bad part. Just have to take care not to trip on it or drop; though I gues that's true either way.

Agree with other comments though; I'd never store anything with gasoline in my basement.
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Take a look at the dozens of posters in the past few weeks that have stuck floats in the carb. and have gas running out of the engine.
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How about just being CAREFUL!!!
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Is there any way to ensure that the gas mower won't start while being carried or would you have to totally drain out the gas?
Really???

Has anyone ever heard of or been witness to a gas lawn mower spontaneously starting??

Im gonna sit and stare at mine later and see if it will start. Probably a better chance of a spontaneous starting than my wife cutting the grass.
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