Tips for Starting Stuborn Engines on Power Equipment

Well, spring has sprung and many of you are pulling your power equipment out of storage. Whether it’s a lawnmower, rototiller, weed eater, or chainsaw, the one thing that all of these devices have in common is an internal combustion engine.

A couple of weeks ago, my husband was talking to a friend who was spending some time working towards getting a riding lawnmower running again. This inspired me to write an article that might help many of you who have a hard time getting those engine driven power tools started after sitting over the long cold winter months.
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Drift Boat Restoration Project Underway

One of the things that many people who live in the boonies have in common is that we enjoy doing things ourselves. Many of us also enjoy recreational activities such as fishing.

My husband has been a long time fly fishing enthusiasts and a few years ago we were fortunate enough to move really close to a world-class fly fishing river.
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We’re In LOVE with Our DR Field and Brush Mower!

We were recently able to barter for a really nice DR Field and Brush Mower. It’s about 12 years old but it was the biggest one they made at the time and it has the 30″ wide “commercial” deck.

If we were to purchase a new comparable model today, it would cost us about $3,500 which is WAY out of our price range. That’s what I love about bartering. If both parties are happy with the trade, it’s a good deal.

We had to do a little tune up and some basic maintenance to get it going but after putting a little elbow grease into it, we have an absolutely AMAZING machine.

While this machine might look like an oversized lawn mower, make no mistake, it’s definitely no lawn mower! It’s actually advertised to be able to cut through a 3″ sapling!
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Annual Reminder to Prepare Your Property for Fire Season

defensible spaceWell, unfortunately, it’s that time of year again, FIRE SEASON! I wish I didn’t have to remind people of the importance of fire safety but every year people either forget or they intentionally choose to make reckless decisions.

Just the other day, some transients who were traveling on the highway near our home started two small forest fires just because they didn’t take the time to make sure that their cooking fires were completely extinguished.

Last week we had a red flag weather warning for most of the week due to dry lightning storms. During that time over 25 small fires were started by lightning!
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