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Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life. It's not as easy as it looks. Running a business is full of drama. Customers, employees, money, family, time. You name it, it's a problem. Share with us your drama and how you handled it.

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Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life.

It's not as easy as it looks. Running a business is full of drama. Customers, employees, money, family, time. You name it, it's a problem. Share with us your drama and how you handled it.
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Old 03-06-2012, 06:15 PM
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I get home, and start torquing the bolts back, as I get to the very last bolt to do the final torque...BAM. Snaps. After a toss of the wrench to the neighbor's house, I start drilling the bolt for an easy out. Just as the name was, it was easy to get out.
A lot of guys do that, even though the manuals all say never reuse the head bolts as they "stretch" and will not torq correctly. I just hope you got the correct plug from the auto parts store around here they send out the wrong parts all of the time. Often I see a damaged mower come in due to the auto parts stores selling the wrong parts and giving bad advice.
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I had that same spark plug issue before and i just took a shop vac and sucked out the shavings then i reversed the hose and blew out the top of the piston and repeated the process several times.so far no surprises.However i think i was able to do this because i didnt run the engine at all after i dropped the metal shavings into the cylinder.
you are lucky I would never even try that, just one shaving left could trash a $3000 engine.
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If your going to vac and or blow it out, I would use an air compressor blow out tool and put a magnet pickup tool in the spark plug hole
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A lot of guys do that, even though the manuals all say never reuse the head bolts as they "stretch" and will not torq correctly.
A very good point! It makes me wish I would read the manuals more often and not try to skim them.
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Update to everything. Took it to the local Toro Master Dealer, got it fixed. $98.44 was the total. Super cheap compared to what it probably really was. They always give me a discount cause I always buy all my stuff up there. They cleaned the whole engine, carb, and such, then put it all back together. So, mowing can start today! oh, wait.... rain. :/
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That's great news!
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Yeah, now to figure out how to get the trailer out of the yard, after that massive amount of rain yesterday, I need matracks to get into the back yard. But oh well, I guess I can get the trailer a little dirty. Then a good sanding and paint is well deserved, old man winter somehow got the paint to peel. Anyone want to come paint a trailer?
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haha HURRY UP!

Talked my dad into looking for a nice 7x16 enclosed trailer, so paint can wait. However another UPDATE:

Got my mower back, runs like a champ. Still backfires when I turn it off, Dumb. But I got completed a landscaping job today, pulled about 800lbs of dirt/pebble with it, didn't even act like it was there. Before it had a power surge (for lack of better terms) Later this week ROLLING! 750 gallons of water, me on a mower, what's better?
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Well One Time I Was Mowing a Foreclosed House. The Grass Wasn't That Tall prob. 4-5in.(first time cutting this prop.) which isnt bad for a foreclosed house, i was in the back yard cutting up against the deck when i ran over a cable dog chain. . and it got wrapped around the blades(the cable was all bunched up when i hit it). . i turned the PTO off so fast i didnt even wreck anything. . the bad part was the other end of the cable was hooked to something under the deck, and i could not get to it. . i had about 2 ft of play on the cable. . so i yelled for my brother in the front yard. . i had to lift the front end of the rider in the air while he slid a lawn chair that was on the deck under it. He made sure it didnt fall. while it took me 15min to un-wrap the cable. . . I WAS NOT HAPPY
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