Replacing a head gasket on a Craftsman LT-1000 with a Briggs and Stratton Engine

Last Updated on 1 week by Christopher G Mendla

My Craftsman tractor was blowing smoke from a blown head gasket. I opted to replace it myself.

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Add a battery backup to your garage door opener

In many cases, a power failure will preclude opening a garage door with an automatic opener. 

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Dropping a tree by pulling it down.

I had a dead Sassafras that was about 20″ at the base and about 50′ high. I was worried about widow makers from the dead branches. Also, I had to make sure that it dropped between a shed and my storage tent. I’ve had similar Sassafras trees that were hollow from rot which means not having a good hinge. I decided to try to pull the tree down before trying to fell it with a chainsaw. 

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Beware of widowmakers in your trees

A widowmaker is a large branch that can fall at any time. They can prove deadly. 

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Mower belt install fail – Craftsman LT 1000

The mower belt failed on my Craftsman LT 1000. I tried to take a shortcut by not completely removing the deck. I put the belt over the belt guide for the idler pulley  which almost wrecked the belt instantly. 

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Cleaning rusty screwdriver bits

Last Updated on 2 months by Christopher G Mendla

Does it make sense to clean rusty screwdriver bits?

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An easier way to load mulch – Quick tip

Last Updated on 2 months by Christopher G Mendla

I am in the process of spreading 4 scoops of mulch in various gardens. Shoveling it into the dump trailer was doable, but tedious. I found a better way.

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Speeding up a main water shutoff gate valve.

Last Updated on 2 months by Christopher G Mendla

A simple hack to make opening and closing a gate valve faster

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Repurposing old cinder blocks for a garden wall.

Last Updated on 2 months by Christopher G Mendla

I am in the process of some serious cleanup of two Rhododendron beds at the end of my driveway. I needed a small wall between one of the beds and my neighbor’s property. The solution was to re-purpose some cinder blocks, 4×4’s and pavers that I had.

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Sealing a worn asphalt driveway – Part 1 – Feasability

Last Updated on 2 months by Christopher G Mendla

I was faced with a well worn asphalt driveway. It had not been sealed in a number of years. Was it worth trying to crack fill and seal? 

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