...may have fixed the meck-a-neck puzzle of the year, the problems with my 1982 Honda HR-214SM, which started stalling out after starting properly and mowing fine for 10 minutes. The carb had major internal corrosion from the infernal gasohol, CBUE - curses be unto Ethanol. I replaced it, no fix. Cleaned the fuel system up to the carb, no fix. Just yesterday, I ordered a new ignition coil, thinking the heat might have gotten to it after 30 years of hard work. $80 simoleans for that part. Today, I fired up a new bench grinder my son gave me and sharpened the blade on the Honda and the temp replacement Snapper, too. Whilst poking around the front of the engine, I noticed that an insulated heat shield was dog-eared over onto the plug wire, and there looked to be a carbon trail where the sheet metal was touching that plug wire. I set it right, and fired up the machine. It started right up and I engaged the blade clutch and ran it for a half-hour, no problems. Since I just cut the lawn yesterday, I have to wait to test my machine to see if this is the final fix.
I was on a roll then, and you don't stop a Garageineer when he's got his shit in one sock, so I built the X-TCBBB-94. That would be the Experimental Tidy Cat Bucket Boom Box, Model 1994. What would YOU build if you had, just laying around, an el-cheapo 1994 Roadmaster in-dash car stereo (AM-FM cassette), a pair of decent 6-volt, 12 Amp-hour AGM batteries, some speakers and a nice clean kitty-litter bucket with good lid to build it all into?
Next to the X-TCBBB-94 is the Ryobi drilldriver I got this spring. I've used it often, and have charged it twice in all that time. It has 2 LiON batteries, a rapid charger, and cost $80, $72 with my Veteran's discount at Home Depot. It just won't stall under load.
The concept of a TCBBB is now proven, it doesn't sound too bad. Only problem is that the Roadmaster stereo is crap, it has old-school vernier tuning, which seems to be frozen, so it receives one country station on FM and that is all. It's up to speed today, dono what was sticking it. Cassettes work fine, though. I think I'll cruise some junkyards and see if I can pull a better unit than the Roadmaster. If I get one which plays CD-Rom, it has to work vertically, since that is the mounting position I chose, it sits in the lid to the bucket. All this unit needs now is an antenna. Get a ton of carriers, not much modulation in FM without an antenna.
What did YOU garageineer today?