12 May 2014

How To Use a Lawnmower

The C-household has never owned a lawnmower. Up until now. After renting flats and lawnmower -equipped homes over the years, after two very disappointing, very unsettling and hugely unsuccessful attempts at trying to hire a gardener to do it for us, M and I have decided to embark upon the exciting prospect of looking after our own garden. All by our own selves.

The first thing to do to this end was shell out money and buy some garden equipment. Not the mechanical shears and trowels, we already have those. We are talking big guns here. Proper power tools. We are talking petrol-fuelled self-propelling lawnmowers, battery-powered trimmers and electric hedge trimmers.

After a lot of research on the internet, M settled on a particular brand of lawnmower. He wanted something gargantuan. I argued and squabbled and insisted that we could easily do with something smaller as our garden was not 'the size of a tennis court'. To prove my point, we stepped out with a measuring tape and voila! I was right. 1-0, the wife.

How to use a Lawnmower
The selected lawnmower arrived in a huge, heavy box a couple of days later. Unassembled. So M got down to deciphering the instruction manual to get it up and running. Only to find that the handle could not be straightened out as the pull cord was stuck. I was called into action. I went through the manual, all of it, systematically naming all the parts. Nothing. Then we read some other pieces of paper that came with the box. Nothing. M even tried reading the manual back to front in Dutch! Still nothing. As a last resort, I suggested checking the website for a helpline. After much persuasion, M went back online and voila! Youtube had a lovely video explaining how the brake handle should be pushed to release the cord. So we had our straight handle. What is it with men and not asking for directions? On the road or anywhere? 2-0, the wife.

Lawnmower assembled, we had to pour in the oil and petrol. M had bought all of that, but there was no  funnel to pour it all in. Because I forgot to tell him to buy one. Is that even an excuse? 3-0, the wife, surely!

A few spills later all the fluids were in and we trooped out in ceremony to start using our new lawnmower. The spark plug was in, but M had forgotten to switch on the fuel-line. No wonder the mower wouldn't start. So I ran through the checklist of things to do and the fuel-line got switched on. 4-0, the wife.

Now to start it up. One tug on the starter cord, nothing. A few more tugs, nothing. Lots of tugs later,  I suggested pulling the cord very rapidly a couple of times and in quick succession instead of waiting between tugs. Like we had seen being done to kick-start old motorcycles. It worked. The mower was soon growling like a tiger. 5-0, the wife.

The next bit would not have been out of place in a comic strip. M released the brakes and tried to push the lawnmower. It needed lots of force to make it go even a few paces. That is not what a self-propelling instrument is supposed to do. It is supposed to glide smoothly and effortlessly over your lawn. I suggested he press down on the self-propelling lever, which he did rather too quickly. Whoosh! The mower sped away and M with it. Just a few feet, for M had the presence of mind to apply the brakes. I still think 6-0, the wife.

So we were back where we began, trying to start our lawnmower, with not a square foot of lawn mowed.

The smell of freshly mown grass
A couple of hours later, after a bit of pushing and pulling, we had a mown lawn. A bit clumpy, a bit zigzagy, a bit rough around the edges (still have to buy the edge trimmer), but a freshly mown lawn smelling like only a freshly mown lawn can.

Disclaimer: No husbands or lawnmowers were harmed during the making of this post.

23 comments:

  1. If your husband wasn't harmed it must have been good lol. We just need to get our lawn first still digging out a tree first. Lovely job of your grass.

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  2. I love the smell of freshly cut grass!! We got a simple lawnmower....didn't want a petrol one and it's easy to use!

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  3. Great job hubby, am glad nobody was harmed xx

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  4. if only i could be greener on the fingrs lol, i leave mine to grow unll the weather makes it shorter lol x

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  5. I have an electric lawnmower but my Mum has a petrol one. I think the petrol ones do take a bit of fathoming. I'm glad to hear that the grass is now cut. Good luck for next time, by the sounds of it ;-)

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  6. We have a tiny lawn so an electric mower. My hubby has run over the cord three times. Job job we have a breaker on the circuit!

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  7. Isn't it funny how men get obsessed with things like lawnmowers lol? I guess it's a bit like a barbecue or electric drill! At least he did the job in the end

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  8. I think it's nice to spend some time on the garden although I have to admit mowing is my least favourite chore!

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  9. we just have a strimmer as ourgardne isn't huge, so easy!

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  10. We bought a lawnmower last week and I'm starting to get my garden sorted for the Summer - no small job believe me!

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  11. Oh mowing the lawn is hubby's job. I do love it when it is all done! x

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  12. I love being out in the garden. I used to do it all myself before I met my hubby amd now I don't get a look in! Hope you enjoy your garden x

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  13. I never, ever go near the mower. We have an electric one and I stay well away; I can't even begin to imagine how I'd handle a petrol one! I love the smell of the grass though.

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  14. Wow - glad you all are in one piece and the mower did it's job more or less. I have put my mowing days behind me as the council decided to pave my gardens because I can't manage the grass. Easier to handle but does make it a bit stark.
    Love Vicky
    http://www.aroundandupsidedown.co.uk/

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  15. lol what a saga! My husband LOVES mowing, luckily we have half an acre to keep him happy...

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  16. LOL. Sounds like the fun we have everytime we buy anything 'technical'- glad you'll get a nicer garden from it!

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  17. Good job you managed to sort your husband out , well done

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  18. If I could I would mow the lawn everyday just to get this smell

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  19. Mowing the lawn is a job i enjoy, although our lawn mower is on its last legs. I think its the smell of freshly cut grass

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  20. Oh my gosh!!! That had me laughing all the way through ;) x

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  21. I love the smell of freshly moved grass! x

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  22. Haha. Brill, men and power tools ay! Glad you got it working. X

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