I have been thinking about upgrading my chainsaw for a while.
By sheer chance, a brand new one [metaphorically] landed on my lap the other day.
A bloke didn't want it as the chain kept coming off. It's brand new and he has only used it a couple of times but has decided that either he doesn't like it or it doesn't like him.
Never one to look a gift horse in the arse, I took it and brought it down to Spanner. "Teeth need filing" says he and that was it. No offers to do it for me or anything, just a laconic grunt. Bastard.
I took it asunder yesterday and had it in bits all over the kitchen table. I don't know if any of you have tried filing chainsaw teeth, but it is a very messy job. The chain is stiff in one direction and bendy in another so the damn thing kept getting itself tied in knots. The individual links are small and they are damned difficult to hold still while filing. Add to that the fact that it is like barbed wire and is oozing oil and you can see a problem emerging?
Anyhows I spent a not so happy hour or two filing the little ratchet parts of the teeth. Some of the links needed doing and others didn't so I kept getting lost, as they all look exactly the same. I ended up tying on a piece of string to mark my starting point but then kept getting confused as to which direction I was working in.
Eventually I reassembled the whole thing and left it in a corner of the kitchen with the intention of trying it out today.
I passed it this morning as it sat there leering at me and it was then I noticed I had put the fucking chain on backwards.
So now I have to head off and find all my tools again, disassemble it and reassemble it.
It can wait 'til tomorrow.