## Mowing

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## Should I mow?

Yes, be compliant with all local ordinances and thwart the drive-by inspectors
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No, flaunt the law, take your chances, live life to the fullest
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Planet X is one big ball of unmowed grass
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ceptimus
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A great uncle gave me an old cylinder (reel) lawnmower to tinker with when I was about 14 years old. It had a two-stroke petrol (two-cycle gas) engine that drove just the cutting cylinder - you had to push it along manually.

It had a primitive rope start (winding a rope with a knot at the end around a notched pulley on one end of the crankshaft). The drive to the cutting cylinder was by V-belt from a pulley on the other end of the crank. There was no clutch and the drive was engaged by a lever which tilted the whole engine over: in one position the drive belt was tight enough to drive the cutting cylinder, and in the other position the belt was so loose that the engine just spun without driving it.

There was no fan cooling - just lots of fins on the motor's cylinder and head for passive air cooling. There were no safety guards around the motor or drive belt - and you could see that it was never designed to have any.

It was missing its carburettor, but the engine turned over and the magneto was working providing a spark.

I made a primitive carburettor for it using a short length of rubber hose fastened to the engine's intake stub with a hose clamp: the hose had a hole drilled through it crosswise, and I fitted the spray bar and needle valve from a model aircraft engine through that hole.

It then ran quite well: surprisingly, the engine speed could be reduced to a reliable fast idle when desired by just opening the needle valve to richen up the mixture.

I can't remember what happened to it - whether I gave it away to someone, or it went to the scrap. I've not been able to find any images of similar mowers on line. I bet if I'd kept it, and found an original carburettor for it, then it would be a valuable collector's item or museum piece by now.
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My grandfather had one like that.
The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a UFO. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus.
shemp
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I prefer to apply Field Theory: let it grow until it's a field.
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Then a forest
still working on Sophrosyne, but I will no doubt end up with Hubris
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solely
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My lawn mower was made in Mexico.
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Some neighborhood kid just knocked on the door and asked if I wanted him to cut the grass for $20. The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a UFO. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus. Abdul Alhazred Posts: 86901 Joined: Mon Jun 07, 2004 1:33 pm Title: Yes, that one. Location: Not quite Chicago ### Re: Mowing Pyrrho wrote: Sun Sep 27, 2020 9:22 pm Some neighborhood kid just knocked on the door and asked if I wanted him to cut the grass for$20.
It's a trick!
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People who believe God or History are on their side provide the chaos.
Paulie Cicero
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Kid's gotta be on somebody's crew, casing the joint! Get yerself a couplea cafones over there pronto.
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Where's the handlebar bell?
The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a UFO. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus.
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robinson
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If you added a noise maker, kids would ride that shit all over the lawn
still working on Sophrosyne, but I will no doubt end up with Hubris
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The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a UFO. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus.
Fid
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Yeah, that's gonna help yer average penis peeler.
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