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Yardwork - FAIL

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by mws4ua, May 1, 2009.

  1. May 1, 2009 at 7:12 PM
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    mws4ua

    mws4ua [OP] I'll try being nicer if you try being smarter.

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    So the wifey is gone for the afternoon w/ a friend at the Crawfish Boil and I decided I'd so some yardwork.

    I start by trimming some hedges w/ an electric trimmer. (I actually plugged it into the truck... kind of a big yard and it's more mobile that way.)

    I've almost finished the little trimming I planned to do when BLAM!... I cut the extension cord. Nice, clean cut. It's one of those good, thick, long extension cords... and accordingly, it's the only one I own. I stand and just stare at it for about 3 minutes, pitch a little fit (throwing the newly created 2-foot cord as far as I can), then move on to mowing. No sense in wasting any more daylight, right?

    I make quick work of the front yard before moving to the back. Part of my back yard is a little bumpy, and has some baseball-sized rocks here and there. I'm always careful not to hit any of them... only ocasionally grazing one now and then. Well not today... I roll right over a big one and it damn-near kills the mower. I look under the mower (after turning off, of course) and the blades (which I JUST SHARPENED TWO WEEKS AGO) are completely destroyed.

    So a couple hours of a nice afternoon that should have been both productive and low-cost turned into a trip to Home Depot and $36 of unnecessarily spent money... AND I still have to spend tomorrow morning mowing the back yard.

    The good news is that I only needed a new female-end to the extension cord. I went to Home Depot expecting to buy a whole new one.
     
  2. May 1, 2009 at 7:15 PM
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    oldtacomaguy

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  3. May 1, 2009 at 7:15 PM
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    I was gunna ask you to get mine...but I'm worried the house would end up burned down or something..

    Let us know how tmrw goes!! ::snicker::
     
  4. May 1, 2009 at 7:17 PM
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    Would you happen to be related to Chris?
     
  5. May 1, 2009 at 7:17 PM
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    Toy4Life

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    I did the same thing with my hedge trimmers last weekend.
     
  6. May 1, 2009 at 7:18 PM
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    Untamed_SS

    Untamed_SS Stayed Up Too Late

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    I did some yardwork today too! But I don't think I failed... Just put out some mulch and weeded the flowers and shrubs place. :D

    Yes, better luck tomorrow morning. :)
     
  7. May 1, 2009 at 7:18 PM
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    u don't need a female end just use some wire nuts and electrical tape.
    Hope u have beter luck in the morning.
     
  8. May 1, 2009 at 7:24 PM
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    So why do you leave the baseball sized rocks in your lawn?


    The first summer I lived in this house I had a spot in the grass that turned brown as soon as the weather got warm, we have lots of rocks here so i figured it was a rock.
    Grabbed my pry bar and a shovel and after digging for 4 hours I had a rock the size of a wheelbarrow exposed, threw a cable around it and towed it down the hill over on the neighbors undeveloped lot :rolleyes:
     
  9. May 1, 2009 at 8:47 PM
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    It's hard to explain. It's not exactly a lawn in the back... mostly tamed greenery/weeds. I clear the rocks as I find them, for the most part, but there's a part that I don't mow often. I was being a little too ambitious today.
     
  10. May 1, 2009 at 8:55 PM
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    Buy a goat, safer and gives you more time for playing with your truck instead of pushing a mower
     
  11. May 1, 2009 at 8:56 PM
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    Best way to avoid those kind of problems is have the old lady do the work while you sit in the shade drinking beer.
     
  12. May 1, 2009 at 8:56 PM
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    that bent crankshaft will give you extra vibration
    until it comes apart
     
  13. May 1, 2009 at 8:57 PM
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    guys...seriously...if he was related to chris...or if this was chris' story...not only would the above happened...but the trimmer, mower, and probably yard wouldve caught fire and then the HOA and police wouldve shown up at the door
     
  14. May 1, 2009 at 9:09 PM
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    I thought you were going to say you killed the truck somehow as you had the cord plugged into the outlet in the bed.:eek:
     
  15. May 2, 2009 at 5:07 AM
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    mws4ua [OP] I'll try being nicer if you try being smarter.

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    I don't believe the crankshaft was damaged, but I'll certainly give it a feel today when I get back to work.
     
  16. May 2, 2009 at 5:16 AM
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    Your gonna feel your crankshaft....at work....
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  17. May 2, 2009 at 5:47 AM
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    Yea, but I had to ask. You are right though. There would have been two successive threads probably title "How far do you think my lawn mowwer can pitch?" and "Electrical Basics 101-110V vs. Hedgetrimmer".

    Then a third thread would appear about an hour later- "Guess what my HOA did now?!!?"
     
  18. May 2, 2009 at 7:28 AM
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    mws4ua [OP] I'll try being nicer if you try being smarter.

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    I actually didn't see that one coming. Damn.
     
  19. May 2, 2009 at 8:14 AM
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    I have already tried the "Pitching Mower" test". FWIW, Tennis balls, and raquet balls were torn up, and didnt go far. GOLF balls, however, were simply frightening. :eek:
     
  20. May 2, 2009 at 8:37 AM
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