Saturday, March 19, 2011

Spring Startups

Troy and Isaac did some work yesterday on the wood that was dropped off a week or two ago. (Slab wood--I don't know if I've told the story here, but I'm not going to right now. If you're curious, ask Troy about it.)

Of course, to pull the trailer of split wood around, they needed the lawn tractor to be running. First up was to replace the dead battery. Then it started up but didn't sound right to Troy. He stopped the engine and looked under the hood. And found this:
A very impressive mouse nest in the cooling fan housing.
The mouse bolting out of the tractor when he started it was another clue that this might be a problem.

They managed to clean this out and get the tractor running smoothly.

After this experience, they checked the splitter before starting it. Sure enough, an even bigger nest in its engine housing. It was much less accessible and harder to clean out than the lawn tractor, but they got it done.

Between yesterday and today, Isaac got half of one of racks stacked with wood. Great! Now it'll be my turn to finish what he started...

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