Not in the clamor of the crowded street, not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat.--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

REDIRECT ALERT! (Scroll down past this mess if you're trying to read an archived post. Thanks. No, really, thanks.)

Due to my inability to control my temper and complacently accept continued silliness with not-quite-as-reliable-as-it-ought-to-be Blogger/Blogspot, your beloved Possumblog will now waddle across the Information Dirt Road and park its prehensile tail at http://possumblog.mu.nu.

This site will remain in place as a backup in case Munuvia gets hit by a bus or something, but I don't think they have as much trouble with this as some places do. ::cough::blogspot::cough:: So click here and adjust your links. I apologize for the inconvenience, but it's one of those things.

Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Tools and Cars, Oh My!

It's that time of year again, so let's put on the shop apron and take a look into the old referrer logs, where we find a not-so-handyman wondering about: WHICH WAY DO YOU TURN A LAWNMOWER BLADE NUT.

You don't have to shout. And don't call me a nut. And it really depends on whether you want to take it off or put it on.

Anyway, most of the blades you run into, so to speak, don't have a nut holding them on at all; rather, they have a bolt that screws into a threaded hole in the drive shaft of the engine. Most of the ones I have seen use the regular old thread direction, meaning you can use the time-honored mnemonic of "righty tighty, lefty loosey."

To remove a blade bolt: First, apply a drop of good quality penetrating oil such as Liquid Wrench. Leave, go to the store, eat lunch, watch a game on television, load mower in truck, take to repair shop, hire kid to cut your grass, after growing season is over go back to repair shop, listen to repair guy's excuses for keeping your mower for three months and not changing the blade, argue with him over his insistence on charging you a three-month storage charge, bring mower home, store until next growing season.

To install blade bolt: Reverse procedures above.

NEXT--a person wanting to know all about those snazzy unusual motorized child cars.

I admit I'm a bit behind the times--I never realized they had motorized children now, although I would be the first to agree it IS unusual. It makes me wonder, though, if the child already has a motor, why would he need a car, too? Sheesh--kids today are so danged spoiled.

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