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Re: The DIY Repair Thread
« Reply #120 on: October 20, 2018, 06:02:16 PM »
Father-in-Law bought a new chainsaw because he couldn’t start his, and he gifted his old one to me.  I tore it apart this afternoon, cleaned the carb, and checked the fuel lines.  Ultimately determined that (at least part of) the problem was that the lines into and out of the primer bulb were swapped.  Got it back together.  Managed to start it and it ran for a couple of seconds before stalling.  Now I can’t get it started again.  I’m not sure at this point whether it’s a fuel supply problem or just a carb adjustment issue.  Also? I really suck at adjusting carburetors.
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Re: The DIY Repair Thread
« Reply #121 on: October 22, 2018, 01:46:43 PM »
Took the thing apart again and realized even more hoses than I realized were wrong.  The fuel is supposed to be routed pickup/filter-carb in-carb-out-primer in-primer out-return.  Instead it was routed pickup-primer in-primer out-carb out-carb in-return. I had fixed everything else, but hadn’t noticed the swapped pickup and return.  Swapped those and soon had it running.  Only remaining issue is that I can’t get the low end adjusted right: no matter where I set it, it stalls at idle.  I’ll keep at it, but, as I said, I suck at adjusting carbs. I was able to cut a couple of limbs before I got sick of restarting the thing.  I’ll try again later.
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Re: The DIY Repair Thread
« Reply #122 on: October 22, 2018, 03:27:32 PM »
Any clue how they got swapped in the firs tplace?

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Re: The DIY Repair Thread
« Reply #123 on: October 22, 2018, 03:32:21 PM »
Any clue how they got swapped in the firs tplace?

My father-in-law had pulled the carb and replaced a rotted hose and the fuel filter.  Apparently he forget which hose went where when he put it back together. And ultimately he became so frustrated with it that he went out and bought a new saw.
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Re: The DIY Repair Thread
« Reply #124 on: October 22, 2018, 04:46:30 PM »
His frustration is your gain, I suppose.

Chainsaws are primarily useful for clearing tree limbs and such right?  I am in an area with sparse tree growth, so not much use for that type of tool here.

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Re: The DIY Repair Thread
« Reply #126 on: October 22, 2018, 06:00:53 PM »
His frustration is your gain, I suppose.

Chainsaws are primarily useful for clearing tree limbs and such right?  I am in an area with sparse tree growth, so not much use for that type of tool here.

Tree limbs, downed trees, etc.  I’ve got to clear some small trees and invasive as well. It’s not something I’ll use every day, but there’s nothing else that can do the job when you need it.

Discovered another issue: two of the screws holding the recoil starter on won’t stay in, which results in problems starting.  Unfortunately, they’re screwed into plastic.  I may be able to fix it with some sort of epoxy.
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Re: The DIY Repair Thread
« Reply #127 on: October 24, 2018, 06:55:24 PM »
So I replaced the air filter and was able to adjust the carb successfully.  It now idles smoothly with the chain stopped and stays running. It’s now a fully-functioning chainsaw!

But I lost the two screws that I mentioned in my last post sometime.  Looking into it, they appear to be #10-14 x 1” PlasFix screws. I found some online for a couple of bucks each, but shipping is crazy.  I think I should step up a gauge, anyway, since they’re already stripped. I might try #12-14 x 1” sheet metal screws with the points ground off, since I can probably get those at the local hardware store. I’m a little worried that they’ll not hold with the vibrations, though.
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Re: The DIY Repair Thread
« Reply #128 on: October 24, 2018, 07:17:52 PM »
I’m a little worried that they’ll not hold with the vibrations, though.

What could possibly go wrong?  :D

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Some things I'll have a go at, many I prefer to leave to a specialist. Like my ride-on mower. I'm happy to change the blades over, clean, re-oil or replace the air filter but not a lot else. I figure it's worth too much for me to screw it up.

A couple of weeks back the chain came off the bar of my chainsaw while I was cutting down a small castor oil tree. That was OK, the user manual was sufficient to help me sort out the issue and get it back on with the right adjustment. I was pretty surprised it came off as the chain tension adjustment was good. Last year a local aborist showed me the type of file and method for keeping the teeth nice and sharp. Doesn't take much effort. I also learned were I can get bar oil locally, didn't realise it was a particular type of oil - I figure I may as well use what they specify I should.

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Re: The DIY Repair Thread
« Reply #129 on: October 24, 2018, 08:56:20 PM »
Well, these particular screws hold the bottom of the cover of the recoil starter in place.  If they should fail it would only cause the pull cord to slip, not flying bits of metal or anything.

Has anyone tried Loc-Tite on screws in plastic?

The Internet says no to Loc-Tite, but yes to super glue.
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Re: The DIY Repair Thread
« Reply #130 on: October 25, 2018, 10:25:05 AM »
Well, these particular screws hold the bottom of the cover of the recoil starter in place.  If they should fail it would only cause the pull cord to slip, not flying bits of metal or anything.

Has anyone tried Loc-Tite on screws in plastic?

The Internet says no to Loc-Tite, but yes to super glue.

I was just going to ask if superglue was an option. :)
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« Reply #131 on: October 25, 2018, 02:54:15 PM »
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Re: The DIY Repair Thread
« Reply #132 on: October 27, 2018, 10:50:48 PM »
I had the rivet on a set of tongs blow out. Got a 1/8" bolt and nut from the hardware store to replace it. It worked, but the nut was all slippy all the time. A drop of superglue locked that nut up tight. CLACK CLACK CLACK!
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Re: The DIY Repair Thread
« Reply #133 on: December 06, 2018, 05:47:05 PM »
I have a question
One of my bathrooms is fairly small so having only one pair of outlet is not an issue
I also have a larger bathroom as well and it only have a pair of outlets as well.
Is that normal for larger bathrooms?
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Re: The DIY Repair Thread
« Reply #134 on: December 06, 2018, 08:09:58 PM »
I have a question
One of my bathrooms is fairly small so having only one pair of outlet is not an issue
I also have a larger bathroom as well and it only have a pair of outlets as well.
Is that normal for larger bathrooms?

I think that in the past this was very normal; bathrooms were not really a hub for technology or small appliances.  But that’s been changing, and If I we’re building a new house I’d want to make sure there were several outlets in each bathroom.
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