My Lawn Mowers
Nearly one year after moving into my new home, I am reminded each day how little I know about a lot of things. Most of my personal deficiencies are the result of user error since I am not very familiar with mechanical devices. Although, I do pride myself with the fact that I have read more user handbooks than ever before.
I have never been good with lawn mowers, which is weird since one of my first businesses at the age of 13 was cutting grass for about a dozen elderly neighbors. But since I have become old enough to be expected to take care of equipment, I find that I usually need to rely on someone who actually knows what they are doing.
When I lived in Eau Claire, I went through two lawn mowers in 12 years. I ended up donating them to neigbhors when they would not start on a regular basis. Rather than take the mowers to get serviced, I gave them away because I knew if my lawn needed tending, I could always borrow back one of the old mowers. I have since been told that both pieces of equipment are still fully functional after some minor adjustments.
The battery died last week on my new John Deere mower
. I suppose it had something to do with leaving the key in the ignition and not turning the key completely to the "off " position. Anyway, a friend educated me about trickle batteries and the issue was resolved.
I also have a problem with weed eaters
. For some reason, I either buy an inferior product or do not make sure that the equipment is serviced properly. (I think it is the latter). I have two weed whackers, both of which were out of commission until a few weeks ago. My friend's 13-year-old son fixed the problems and they became operational once again.
Personally, I hope that we get a lot of leaves this fall so my neighbors can't see the spots that I missed with the weed eater. This is another compelling reason to not purchase a leaf blower anytime soon.
Meanwhile, I still have not completely figured out how to use the depth finder for my rowboat and I am getting nervous about using my new snowblower this winter. In addition, I have not even told you about my inability to utilize my kitchen appliances to their fullest potential.
I guess it is time to start reading more user manuals. Or, I should keep hanging out with people that know at least a little bit about mechanical things.