The Big Think

April 15, 2008

Things Break

Filed under: Disclosure — jasony @ 8:24 pm

Dang it, today is the Day Of Broken Things. I took my very favoritest wrist watch to the jewelers to have the battery replaced. It’s quite a nice watch that Erin gave me as a present many years ago, and has a bit of sentimental value to it (as well as some modest real value). I figured that a jeweler would be slightly pricier but would be worth it. I went to the Samuel’s Diamonds place that is now located where the old Krispy Kreme donut shop used to be (should have been a warning).

He actually put a battery in two of my watches- the other one was a gorgeous Bulova pocket watch that Erin gave me as a wedding present 11 years ago. The pocket watch works fine, but two hours after he installed the battery the Swiss watch quit. I don’t know what’s wrong. It was working fine until the battery ran out (usual set of symptoms… bad time keeping for days followed by complete shutdown). I’m rather miffed at the whole situation, partly because the lawnmower went belly-up today as well. I have to go in and talk to them about it tomorrow. Chances are that they’ll say they didn’t do anything wrong (says you), then I’ll counter by saying it was working fine when I brought it in (except for the battery). Odds that they’ll make it right?

One hint: donut shop.

R/C Mario Theme

Filed under: Games — jasony @ 5:54 pm


Lawnmower Man

Filed under: Disclosure — jasony @ 5:26 pm

Well, I started today with good intentions. Went to Sears to buy a bunch of stuff that I needed to do some much-needed maintenance on our lawn mower. New blade, spark plug, oil. Came back and installed everything and fired it up. It worked like a charm, but just as I was finishing the back lawn the mower started acting strange- coughing and running rough. After a minute or so of this it quit altogether and wouldn’t restart. Hmm…

The gas was a bit old, but I had put Sta-Bil in it to extend the life (hey, gas is expensive!). Near as I can tell, I think either the Sta-Bil didn’t work or the gas just went bad. From online discussions I believe I have hosed the carburetor. Drat.

So now I can either take it in to a repair place and get the carb cleaned, or I can be brave and try to repair it myself. I’m thinking I’m going to call and see how much it would cost to clean/rebuild the carb at the shop. If it’s very much (50% of the price of the mower, or about $125), then I’ll do it myself. Assuming that’s the problem and I repair it correctly, I’ll only be out the cost of the repair kit (about $25). If that’s not it then I don’t know what to do short of throwing more money at the problem and visiting the shop.

It’s been a good mower, and it’s only 6 years old, so I hate to buy a new one. Since I just mowed the yard I’ve got a few weeks to solve the problem before the grass starts to get too long again. Anybody know how to rebuild a lawn mower carb? Comments welcome.

What a pain.

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