A simple repair turns sour. If I told you any more I'd spoil it for you.
Check it out: https://youtu.be/kM8GVnrp7fI
In the spirit of the Christmas season I've decided to give you yet another free chainsaw repair video. I know, I know its too much but I'm feeling generous. Repair video wasn't on your list? Feel free to regift it if you want.
Check it out: https://youtu.be/_i_cdjWnpbE
A follow up of a previous video where I whined about my snow plow not acting the way I wanted it to. I beat it silly and now I think I'll get the type of performance I was expecting from the beginning.
Check it out: https://youtu.be/IbgBYhdPBxY
Ya I know I've lost my focus on what this blog is supposed to be about. I don't want to give it up so just play along while I post another repair video. At least I'm not trying to trick you with the title. You'll always know if its just another repair video by the title. This time its a Husqvarna string trimmer ignition module replacement.
Check it out: https://youtu.be/wnLdKEQe65g
"This piece of junk chainsaw you sold me leaked oil all over my new Igloo cooler. I haven't even cut any wood with it and its already making a mess. In my 40 years of cutting I've never seen such a piece of junk".
Its possible for a new saw to leak oil and a little oil leakage could be considered normal. Whats not normal is for a person thats been cutting for 40 years not to know a saw might leak on a new cooler. We gave him his money back and it turns oil the only oil that dripped was from oil slinging off the chain and sticking to the clutch cover only later to lose to gravity and end up on his new cooler.
This video addresses how I repair the most common leak on the Husqvarna 435, 445 and 450 saws.
Check it out: https://youtu.be/CR8upOEW5aA
A while back I posted a video where I made a mistake and you had the opportunity to figure out how I screwed up. Here is another chance for you to play detective. Again, no engine repair knowledge required.
Check it out: https://youtu.be/TGK2GjJBSn0
It was a Friday afternoon at work and I was finishing up a chainsaw repair. Nothing special about this repair and I wasn't in some kind of hurry to get it done. In fact it didn't matter to me if I finished it up that day or not. Later when I was at home eating dinner it hit me like a ton of bricks...BLAMO! I forgot to tighten a screw on that last repair! This wasn't good news because I'm not the type of person to just say "I'll get it on Monday". Doing that would mean two nights of no sleep wondering if I had really forgotten or if I was just losing my mind.
I used this as an excuse for a bike ride and headed over to the shop. I walked in, grabbed a wrench and driver, grabbed the saw and took the side cover off. No kidding, I really did forget to tighten that one screw. Its funny how the mind works, or at least how mine works.
Check it out: https://youtu.be/EDd3WVS1WeA
This weeks Over The Bench video is a look at the Husqvarna consumer grade pole saw. Turns out one of our customers tried using it as a pry bar or car ramp and I'll show you how easy they are to fix.
Check it out: https://youtu.be/u52mzxGa1ps
Out of the over 600 video clips I've taken for my "Over The Bench" series there are a few with some repair mistakes in them. Ya I know, but nobody is perfect. This video will let you try to figure out how I screwed up. The nice thing is that you just need to be observant and not have your head up your ass during the repair like I did. No prior mechanical knowledge required but a few sessions of Wheres Waldo may be beneficial.
Check it out: https://youtu.be/o8zLxEpM6_s
I've been posting a lot of video lately. Here is another one. This time I show you how quickly repair costs can add up when something terrible happens, like dropping a tree on a one week old saw.
Check it out: https://youtu.be/2gd17LRja6E
While on vacation last week, one of the touristy things I did was tour the decommissioned USS LST325. This is a flat bottom ship designed for hauling heavy equipment and troops then docking and unloading right on shore. The nose of the vessel opens up allowing the cargo from the lower deck to be directly unloaded to land.
In the above pic I'm standing on the deck looking to the rear. Ya I know, aft.
Standing in the same spot I'm now looking forward.
In the above pic I'm standing in about the same spot but in the lower cargo hold. You can see the "elevator" for trucks and tanks in the ceiling.
Pretty simple control room or whatever you call this area they steer from.
Although I'm not into ships or ocean travel I did find the tour interesting and I'd do it again just to ask some new questions I've come up with. If you'd like some history of this ship you can find it here.
In this weeks edition of "Over The Bench" we look at the inside of a Husqvarna automower and swap out the main circuit board.
Bonus footage of Mowby Dick and also another machine that was crushed by a delivery truck.
Check it out: https://youtu.be/6BSiguex2fE
If you know me or follow my blog then you know that late summer I've been taking a bike trip to the Smokey Mountains. Last year was cancelled because of the coof and a few days before departure this year we had to cancel due to severe weather that devastated the area with floods and mud slides. Basically the group just decided to each do our own thing and hope that we would be able to gather next year for our twentieth adventure together in the Smokey Mountains and on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
I've never been to the Sturgis rally so together with some new friends and old, we decided to set our GPS to Sturgis and head out on an adventure.
We hadn't been on the bikes long so when the voice on the gps said we'd arrived I was skeptical. Still we rode around town looking for adventure. I'm not sure what the draw is to Sturgis because I wasn't seeing it. We decided to raise a little hell anyway but being the only four bikes in town made it easy for the local PD to catch up with us.
We sat the first two nights of our vacations in jail waiting to appear in front of the judge. When he found out we thought we were in Sturgis SD and not Sturgis KY he couldn't believe we were so stupid and gave us a break. Just like I can't believer you're buying any of what I wrote after the first paragraph :-)
The truth is we had a great time on the bikes that first day. Besides Sturgis one of our stops was Metropolis, home of Superman. See if you can pick him out in the photo.
And a good time was had by all.
To know Mike is to know a man that prioritized church and family above all else. Mike worked hard to support the family and the farm but still found time for fun. Theres a time for each and he knew that. Strong work ethics came naturally and he set nothing but good examples.
If you needed something and he was able then he would help you. Thats the kind of man he was.
I looked up to Mike. I always thought that if I ever heard Mike was up to no good then my world would turn upside down. I'm not saying he was a saint but I am saying I respected him and if he did something then that was probably the right thing to do.
The last time I saw Mike we were playing cornhole at a celebration of life for another family member that had passed. My last words to him were probably something like "good game" because he kicked my ass. Mike did play a good game, sadly it was cut short when a truck pulled out in front of his motorcycle.
Times like this are tough on everyone. Not everybody handles these situations the same way. We all grieve in different ways. Be strong but take time to mourn.
RIP Mike. I'll miss you.
Ya its hot. I remember when I was a kid the summers always seemed really hot but as a kid it didn't really matter. I was doing kid stuff and if I got hot I found a way to cool off. As an adult working in a shop with the doors open and exposed to the full humidity of Wisconsins summer heat, it bothers me a bit. Theres a Shrek joke going around the shop. It has something to do with which swamp hes in or which swamp is in his pants. To make things worse, the showroom is air conditioned and there is a twentyish degree difference in temperature. The windows on the double doors separating the rooms is covered in fog that reminds us how well the other half lives.
Paperwork is a problem. Work orders that were once a crisp dry sheet are now more like a used napkin. That makes them difficult to write on.
The floor in my work area has become a bit like a skating rink. There is water covering the entire floor and mixed with normal shop grease it is quite slippery. I suppose I should take a few minutes to oil down some of my tools because this is the time of year when they can rust.
Still, I'll take this heat over the cold every time.
This week in Over The Bench we'll look at why I removed grease gun privileges from one of my customers. Sometimes you think you're doing all the right things but in fact you're creating problems.
Check it out: https://youtu.be/yfJlllCnlfM
For those of you that aren't from around these parts you may not know that we had a storm last week. They say it wasn't a tornado but when you have trees down, buildings lost and crops flattened I guess it doesn't matter what you call it. The fact is that many people suffered a lot of loss.
The power was out at work all day. It came back on at 5pm as we were closing shop. We kept the store open on generator power and helped a lot of people with chainsaws and generators. We sold a lot of chains and also canned fuel because the gas stations were closed due to power outage.
Saw repairs were the big demand. Most people would get a five minute assessment of their saw problem and if we could get it going in a reasonable amount of time then we did. Some people didn't get their saws fixed. If we asked when was the last time it ran and the response was something like "the tornado of '86", then we explained it wasn't happening today. Sure I could rush through a 1/2 hour tune up/carb rebuild but in that same half hour I could potentially help ten other people get back to work.
The saws keep coming in and we've added an additional staging area for incoming repairs. Yes I'm way behind but I'll catch up fast. I enjoy a challenge.
A coworker asked about a puddle forming under my toolbox. I saw it earlier but it didn't register that there might be a problem, I mean the roof leaked in a few spots so seeing the floor wet wasn't unusual. Closer examination revealed that my mini fridge was defrosting due to the power outage. This is a situation I had never considered and I'll have to get a drip pan in case this happens again.
It seems petty to even mention the fridge and my loss of two pudding cups and some applesauce but I don't say it as though I suffered a loss. I mention it because its toolbox related and something I didn't plan for. It just goes to show you that no matter how much you over analyze a situation there still can be things that escape you.
Blogs and Vlogs and Videos, Oh my!
Lately I've been thinking about the content I offer on this blog. I've talked about this in the recent past and have been struggling to find a groove. Written blog or video? I've decided it just doesn't matter and you'll get what you get. It is what it is. Today you get another video. If theres gonna be any pattern at all it might be that the "over the bench" videos appear on Saturdays and other types of videos fill in on Wednesdays. For now I have content to offer in video format and that will be my first choice when available.
Check it out: https://youtu.be/LAivLwk7fXs
Its all right there in the title. I show you the procedure I use for testing the "air tightness" of chainsaw crankcases. This is one of those tests that would answer a lot of the mystery questions people have about why their saw runs weird. Fast idle? Big bog? Maybe it won't start at all. If you don't perform this test then you're just guessing.
check it out: https://youtu.be/wcGSrAsAhtM