WOW! When I was putting in the blog post description, I hadn’t realized that there had already been 10 weeks of school, it is flying by for sure. It really is amazing how many different types of engines we have been exposed to and of course all of the little tricks and tips for working on them. I honestly never thought I would be rolling up my sleeves and jumping into the guts of some engine; this has been a liberating experience. Our class has somewhat shifted gears as of last night in that we are no longer working on introduction to new engines as a group but rather what I had described earlier as “free lab”. Last night, Steve informed us that we had finished the core components and that we are free to bring in any small engine project that we currently have at home and that he would be there to provide us counsel on our projects.
Since none of us knew to bring a project to class, we worked on some motors that had been brought in to Steve for repair. Ed and I were given a Poulan 20″ chainsaw that wouldn’t start and the others had a Snaper 10.5 hp riding lawn mower that required some carberator adjustments. Ed and I got started with the chainsaw and figured out pretty quickly that the fuel line was the problem, given that it had literally crumbled into little pieces. We replaced the fuel line in a matter of minutes and our chainsaw fired right up; a $0.10 cost. I mention the cost because if this was my chainsaw 10 weeks ago, I would have thrown it in the trash and gone to Lowe’s and purchased a new $180 chainsaw and not thought anything of it.
After finishing up with the chainsaw and the other guys had tweeked the carborator on the riding mower, we were done with all of the projects that needed attention and it was only 8:30 PM, hmmmmm. One would naturally think that class is over for the night but, this is when it got super cool especially for the BikerMonkey! Steve pulled out the oxygen / acetylene tank cart and some metal drawer dividers and we got to try our hand at some brazing. I have always wanted to try welding, something about a welding rod and a torch that puts out a 6,000 degree flame; I don’t know… call me crazy, lol. Actually, I really have always wanted to learn to weld, so this was really exciting and now I want to learn more.
Next week, I am going to class loaded for bear! I have one friend that has a chainsaw not running and another buddy with a tiller not running, so I have class projects! Hopefully I can put my knowledge to work and get them working.