Is it plugged in?

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  1. MikeInMa

    MikeInMa

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    A few weeks ago, there was a mini-gtg at WeldrDave's property in NH.

    https://firewoodhoardersclub.com/fo...g-to-winchester-the-16th-till-the-22nd.14604/

    Winchester 7/18/20

    When there, I was having an issue with starting my Husky 445. M2theB, AKA " The Saw Whisperer", used his Jedi mind tricks on the 445 and it started right up, without doing anything more. As it ran for a bit, he commented that it looked like the idle could be brought up a bit. Duly noted.

    Later that day, I took out my old Husky 40, and used it cutting up wood. As one point, I noticed that it would stall out, when it should be idling. Duly Noted.

    A few days ago, I refreshed my memory on the idle screw, location, directions to turns...etc.

    I took out the 40 and brought the idle up. No big deal. Happy Mike!

    I then took out the 445. Turned the idle screw, as I read about online. Couldn't get it to start. I put the idle screw back to where I think it was before messing with it. No dice. I had some other things to deal with, so I didn't deal with the saw. Frustrated Mike

    I took it out again yesterday. It coughed, but wouldn't run. I took out a picture of M2theB and threatened the saw. No dice. I removed the spark plug. Why? Because that's what you're supposed to do, right? Sprayed a bit of starting fluid in, replaced plug. Pumped the primer. It coughed, but no start. I took the plug out again and left it out overnight. Grumpy Mike.

    I re-researched the idle adjustment, specific to the 445 model, to see if it differed from the generic Husky article I read. And it was bit different. It mentioned "put gas in it". ~blush~

    Out I go and the first thing I do is open the gas cover. Empty. ~double blush~

    Gas in - started right up. Adjusted the idle.. Stopped it.. Started it. Happy Mike!

    Now.. understand that my working career of 45+ years was in Corporate IT, providing support in various computer-related activities. I can't tell you how many times on a support call, did I ask "It is plugged in?".

    As soon as I say the empty gas tank, I said to myself "Is it plugged in, you arse".

    So, always make sure stuff is actually ready to go - plugged in and gassed up! Humbled Mike.
     
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  2. Eric VW

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    Great piece MikeInMa :thumbs:
    :rofl: :lol:

    I think we’re all probably guilty of either moments mentioned above.
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    :D
     
  3. farmer steve

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    If this hasn't happened to anyone else besides me and you Mike they never ran a chainsaw.:jaw:
     
  4. brenndatomu

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    Going back to my bike wrenching days...the saying was "turn the gas on dummy" (most older bikes had a manual fuel valve, for anyone not familiar) :rofl: :lol:
    upload_2020-8-2_11-11-22.jpeg We has a glass case full of various stickers..."turn the gas on dummy" was always a classic best seller
     
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    I’m most accustomed to doing this with the shplittah. :picard:
    :rofl: :lol:
     
  6. Horkn

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    Yep. BTDT.
     
  7. WeldrDave

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    :whistle: Na....... :emb: How about driving 12 miles and realize you left your gas can home...
     
  8. farmer steve

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    Halfway to the gas station to get gas and remember the can is Stihl in the shop. Dang CRS.:headbang:
     
  9. Backwoods Savage

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    Seems most of pull some boners. A couple days ago I set a trap to catch a woodchuck. Forgot to unhook the safety latches... Critter went right through the trap...
     
  10. brenndatomu

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    I hate when you are setting the trap and one of the latches falls back it place, and you don't notice it! :hair:
     
  11. Ron T

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    Starting fluid = no good. Your best using mix.
     
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    Yeah I'm not a starting fluid fan either...it is a tool, and it has its place, but a lot of people have done a lot of damage with it too.
    Back in school shop teach had a piston out of a Briggs that he worked on at his shop before he took the teaching gig...the ring lands were blown hard against the rings (rings pinched) and it was cracked...said it was from someone giving a nice big snort of starting fluid :hair:
     
  13. Mwalsh9152

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    :rofl: :lol: glad you got it figured out, you arse!

    One good reason that I always top off my fuel and oil before the saw comes out of the shed to go cut. If its just a few quick cuts in the yard, I will skip that, but thats the only time.
     
  14. Chaz

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    As stated, you're not alone MikeInMa

    One of my "finer" moments.. Fill gas on chainsaw.. Fill bar oil on chainsaw.. set on the front of quad.. see bar oil running down the front.. look down.. jeans are an oil slick
    :doh:

    I've found it helps if you replace the cap.. who knew
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    :rofl: :lol:
     
  15. Canadian border VT

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    I pulled starter rope on splitter 5 time before I put in on position :picard:

    I do check oil every time though
     
  16. M2theB

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    im with farmer steve , if you haven’t had this happen, you haven’t run a saw much. Having said that, when repairing saws is a hobby and you discover this condition, it’s worth a million bucks...especial if no one is watching! A million might be a little dramatic. It is pretty cool though.
     
  17. MikeInMa

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    An epiphany, for sure. :headbang:
     
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    that resulting backfire is always fun, isnt it?
     
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    Yup. Scares heck out of shepherd
     
  20. dahmer

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    You ain’t the Lone Ranger in this category. I’ve done the bar oil down the pant leg. Any time I shut off a saw I “always” turn the switch back to the on position. Worked on a Jred 2172 one day and turned the switch off to be safe, couple days later I finished it up and went out to start it. Thing always fired right up but after 15 minutes the sweat was dripping and a few choice words flew. Came back 30 minutes later and same results. Couldn’t figure out what I screwed up. Went to walk away again and noticed the kill switch position. DUH!