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Snowblower Redux

2008 January 1
by Nayan Hajratwala

Driving home to get ready for our New Year’s eve party yesterday afternoon, we heard on the radio that there was a winter storm warning for our area, with an expected 6-10″ of snow.

Fortunately, a week or so ago, it occurred to me that the thingy was simply a bolt keeping the fuel from draining out of the float chamber of the carburetor. I found a reasonable substitute for it and quickly installed it when we got home. I gassed up, primed, crossed my fingers, and pulled the starter cord. Bam! The snowblower started right up.  After letting it run for a couple minutes, I shut it off and closed up the garage for the night.

This morning, the snow was deep and wet.  I was not hopeful that I’d be getting very good snow-throughput. However, once I started the blower and started rolling, it ran just like new. I was dually shocked and delighted. Looks like this baby is going to be sticking around for a while.