It is done!
A few days ago I decided to try fixing the lawnmower. All I had to do was replace a belt, and I even had the correct belt to hand.
All I had to do, my arse!
I got all my spanners, hammers and various other tools of destruction together and upended the mower to access the underneath. The first thing I discovered was a very nice design feature – any screw nut or bolt that slipped would promptly fall straight down into the engine area and would fail to drop the whole way. So I spent a fair time poking around for bits of fallen metal, where I wasn’t even sure what had fallen.
I eventually got everything unscrewed and unbolted and there in all its glory was the remains of the old belt. I removed it and stuck in the new one. That was actually quite an easy job. The hard bit was working out where all the various nuts, bolts, washers and brackets went when it came to reassembly. To my astonishment I actually ended up with no spare bits which must be a first.
I set the mower level again and tried to start it. No joy. The oil had leaked into the engine or something and it just wouldn’t catch fire. I killed the battery trying, so I left it charging yet again.
Yesterday there was a strange bright light in the garden and I realised it was an almost forgotten phenomenon – sunshine. So I wheeled out the mower to see if the belt worked. It did! Not a problem. I drove around to the field and started from where I left off previously.
It took about twice as long as usual as the grass was so long that it hadn’t dried out, so the mower kept getting jammed up with mulch. However the belt stayed where it was supposed to so I was happy.
I’m sitting here now with the doors to the garden open. The smell of cut grass is almost overwhelming. The lawn would look lovely too if only it wasn’t ankle deep in cut grass.
Any farmers out there who would like a couple of tons of silage?
All you have to do is rake and remove it.