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Old 05-20-2013, 07:24 AM   #16
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Next week I'm renting an edger, which sounds much safer.
Just be sure to keep those toes covered up this time.

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Safety glasses wouldn't hurt either. If you hit a pepple , you never know where it could land
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Next week I'm renting an edger, which sounds much safer. These tools which, I don't use often, are nice to to rent. No maintenance for me.
I actually enjoyed changing the oil, air filter, etc on my tools this spring. Never thought I'd be that kind of guy. Tool pride is a powerful force.
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amaturealex, I need to read my instructions and see if I can change my mower oil and figure out where the air filter is. I love the mower, Toro, self propelled and easy start but this yr, (the 2nd yr) it wouldn't start due to a clogged air filter. It's a hassle to wait for someone to come and help me lift it then to borrow my daughter's SUV and take it to a repair shop. And, the closest shop is owned by a cranky guy so all in all keeping it running is not a pleasant experience.

I had glasses on while pressure washing otherwise would have worn goggles as a few times I got a face full of sand and dirt.

The planting shrubbery, flowers, mulching, pressure washing and weeding are paying off. I'm having an open house for my new home in a few weeks so this may be the nicest my yard will ever look.
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Sounds great. Mulch and flowers do wonders eh?

I have always been quite clueless about cars and engines etc. And my first mower I really abused.

But youtube and the internet is really amazing. I've learned how to do everything by just reading on the internet. It's actually very easy, just a little bit dirty. You just need a few basic tools like a socket set.

The main reason I attacked it is for the same reason you said. I hated feeling powerless and at the mercy of something I didn't understand, hard and expensive to take it in to be repaired. My frustration boiled over and one day i said to myself "that's it, I am learning how to do it myself!!!!!!". Being able to do it myself, without relying on anyone else is an amazing feeling. And much cheaper overall! If you're like me, and a house maniac, you'll want to powerwash your house every year, edge all the time, etc. I did spend time on the floor of my garage, halfway through a project, searching the internet for the solution to a small detail...but it's not hard and all the correct info is out there. And once you've done it once, it's a breeze from then on out.

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