Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Third Winter

It is hard to believe that this will be the third winter for my snowblower already.


Considering it is a mechanical thing and they are always apparently subject to aggravating problems, this one has really held up well.

Before it hits, I think few people really want to think about the snow that is coming. 

I know that I certainly don't want to. I would be perfectively happy with a few more days in the 70s. I guess it is not to be though this year.

Last year I did have a little trouble getting the snowblower going. 

It was cold, snowy and blowing and I do have an electric start but it would not catch for a while. I guess if you do not drain the old fuel out the previous spring and then start the current use with fresh gas it is possible to get ice in the fuel line and plug it. The water separates over the summer and freezes when it gets cold.

It did eventually start and I never had a problem after that but this year I thought I would try a pre-emptive strike. A couple of days ago I got out there to try it. It started almost instantly and I let it run a little so it could warm up thoroughly.

I guess it was ice last year. 

This year it started right away even though I had not drained the tank previously.

What would I have done with the old gas if I had managed to figure out how to drain it out without making too much of a mess last spring? Put it in the garbage? There are no real gas stations around within range to dispose of waste. All we have any more around here are food stores with a couple of gas pumps.

I am all set for Winter now if it does show up sometime.

The lawnmower is up on blocks. There is a fresh can of gas waiting to be poured into the snowblower. The snowblower is front-and-center in the garage and the extension cord is all set to plug in for starting.

I dislike the first shock of the cold when I go out on a snowy day. 

Once I get myself going though, I really enjoy myself. It is sort of like going into the water at the beach. You are really hesitant until you take that first dive but then you do not want to get out.
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