Generac Standby Generator Repair Hurricane Scott Depot Winfield WV

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I have worked on some of the most sophisticated fighter aircraft in the world and been to some tough technical training, but this was one of the most challenging courses I have attended yet!
 
I am gearing up to be able to service your Generac Standby Generators and repair them if something goes wrong so you won’t be left out in the dark. 
 
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Grasshopper Lawn Mower Repair Charleston WV

Contact Mark The Mechanic at: 304-395-3330. In a rush and don’t have time to call, feel free to send a text.

It is hard to find a repair shop today that will work on Grasshopper lawn mowers since Rollins Outdoor Power Equipment or ROPE as they are known flooded out in 2016 and their business was devastated.

Mark The Mechanic can repair and service your Grasshopper lawn mower in our Teays Valley location. We understand the frustration you face trying to find a shop that will fix your lawn mower and are happy to help with tune-ups, troubleshooting, repair and maintenance of all the systems that require it.

The Grasshopper is a unique lawn mower and repairing them is different than any other Zero Turn lawn mower. They do not adhere to most typical ZTR designs so you must work on them a little differently to resolve any mechanical issues.

Just bring your Grasshopper lawn mower to our shop and let us check it out for you or arrange for a pickup of the mower and we will begin the tune-up or troubleshooting or whatever else it needs.

Mark The Mechanic is your local Grasshopper Lawn Mower Repair Shop in Charleston WV.

 

 

 

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Portable Generator Repair Barboursville WV

When the power goes out, the generator must start and provide power to your home. If it doesn’t, you risk food spoilage when your refrigerator and freeze unthaw and hundreds of dollars of food go to waste like happened in the duratio storm of 2012. That storm knocked hundreds of thousands of people out of power and some of them for months.

Being prepared for such a storm is important and your generator is an important tool in that preparation. If you are having problems with yours not starting, runs rough or doesn’t provide electrical power, bring it to our shop and let us check it out for you.

Your generator will be inspected, diagnosed and troubleshot to find out what the problem is and how we can solve it. Generators normally have either carburetor or alternator problems and our troubleshooting methods will sort those out and get your generator working again. A portable generator is one of the most important machines you can have at home because you never know when an outage will occur.

Call Mark The Mechanic at 304-395-3330 and let us take expert care of your Barboursville WV portable generator.

 

 

Generators

How To Store My Lawn Mower in the Winter

If you ask this question to 10 different lawn mower repair technicians, more than likely you will get 10 different answers! This topic will be the debate for as long as we burn gasoline in our lawn mowers and especially if it is laced with ethanol.

Our biggest problem come springtime is that the lawn mower doesn’t want to start. Why? Because the fuel in it has either went bad or the battery has run down on a riding mower or a self-propelled with a key start. There are other reasons of course but those are the most common.

Regarding our earlier conversation about fuel. There are two schools of thought about what to do with it. You can either treat your fuel with stabilizer (my favorite is Ethanol Shield) or you can run the engine until it is out of gas. I like to do a little of both depending on what machine I am prepping for winter. I add the fuel stabilizer to all of my fuel when I buy it, so I have a constant supply of stabilizer already in the gas for both 2-cycle and 4-cycle equipment. What I do for lawn mowers is to leave the gas in them all winter long. If the mower has a shutoff valve, I will turn the gas off, start the mower and then let it die when it runs out of fuel. That’s it and I am done. If you don’t want to use fuel stabilizer, then you should be running that mower out of gas or it won’t be starting in the springtime.

The smart thing to do is to prep your lawn mower for the upcoming season when you put it away and I will tell you how to do just that as well.

Let’s break this down by different types of lawn mowers to make things easier shall we….

Push Mower Winter Storage

The ordinary push mower does not have a lot of parts so storing them for winter is pretty simple. To get it ready for next year and store it, perform the following;

  1. Add fuel stabilizer to the gas tank.
  2. Run the mower for 10 minutes to get the engine warm.
  3. Change the oil.
  4. Change the air filter and sparkplug.
  5. Remove the sparkplug wire from the sparkplug.
  6. Remove the blade and sharpen it and scrape the deck. Re-install the blade and the sparkplug wire.
  7. Blow off the engine and deck with compressed air.
  8. Lubricate cables, wheel bolts and linkages with silicone spray.
  9. Check for any damage or missing parts and order them or bring the mower to your lawn mower mechanic.
  10. Store the mower in a place where it won’t get damaged and rodents will not move into it.

Self-Propelled Lawn Mower Winter Storage

The self-propelled lawn mower has a lot more parts so storing them for winter is a little more time consuming. To get it ready for next year and store it, perform the following;

  1. Add fuel stabilizer to the gas tank.
  2. Run the mower for 10 minutes to get the engine warm.
  3. Change the oil.
  4. Change the air filter and sparkplug.
  5. Remove the sparkplug wire from the sparkplug.
  6. Remove the blade and sharpen it and scrape the deck. Re-install the blade and sparkplug wire.
  7. Blow off the engine and deck with compressed air.
  8. Lubricate cables, wheel bolts and linkages with silicone spray.
  9. Check for any damage or missing parts and order them or bring the mower to your lawn mower mechanic.
  10. Remove the cover for the drive belt, clean out the grass and check the belt for wear such as cracks, a shiny appearance or it is sitting deep in the pulley, which means it has worn out. Install a new belt if it is and replace the cover.
  11. Remove the drive wheels and check the drive gears to see if they are wearing out. Spray the gears if they are metal with silicone spray as well as the wheel bolt.
  12. If your mower has a battery, put it on the trickle charger that came with it. If you don’t have one you can remove the battery and recharge it and keep it in a warm place and re-install in the spring.
  13. Store the mower in a place where it won’t get damaged and rodents will not move into it.

Riding Lawn Mower Winter Storage

The riding lawn mower is an entirely more complicated machine so storing them for winter is a lot more time consuming. To get it ready for next year and store it, perform the following;

  1. Add fuel stabilizer to the gas tank.
  2. Run the mower for 10 minutes to get the engine warm.
  3. Change the oil and filter
  4. Change the air filter and sparkplugs.
  5. Change the fuel filter.
  6. Remove the blades and sharpen them and scrape the deck. Re-install the blades.
  7. Blow off the engine, the transmission and deck with compressed air.
  8. Lubricate cables and linkages with silicone spray. Grease the front wheels, steering and deck spindles and any other grease fittings that are on your machine.
  9. Check for any damage or missing parts and order them or bring the mower to your lawn mower mechanic.
  10. Check the drive and deck belts for wear and replace if necessary. If you see wear such as cracks, a shiny appearance or the belt sitting deep in the pulley, it means it has worn out.
  11. Inflate the tires to their proper pressures. Normally 15psi in the front and 10 in the rear.
  12. Clean the battery terminals. Put your battery on the trickle charger. If you don’t have one you can remove the battery and recharge it and keep it in a warm place and re-install in the spring.
  13. Check the transmission fluid if your mower has an external tank.
  14. Store the mower in a place where it won’t get damaged and rodents will not move into it.

That covers all the major things you need to do to store your lawn mower for the winter. Walk-behinds and Zero Turn lawn mowers are fairly close to riding lawn mowers but the tire pressures are normally what the operator likes in terms of how it rides.

Next spring you will be ready to go and your mower won’t be sitting in a lawn mower repair shop waiting until they get their backlog of machines done to finally get to yours.

 

Outdoor Power Equipment Tips

John Deere Repair Scott Depot WV

At Mark The Mechanic, we repair a LOT of John Deere riding lawn mowers and still see a few of their self-propelled versions that are out cutting lawns.

The John Deere models such as the L100, L110, L120 are very common riders that are purchased at the big box stores such as Home Depot and Lowes. When you get to the 200 or 300 series John Deere riding lawn mowers, those are purchased from your local John Deere dealer.

People bring their John Deere to us or request a pickup because we get their lawn mower in and out quickly. Waiting for your lawn mower while the grass continues to grow is frustrating and we want it back in your hands as quickly as possible.

Your John Deere riding lawn mower works hard for you 28 weeks out of the year in Scott Depot WV. It is expected to start every day you need it and run without any problems. In the real world it doesn’t work that way. Things break, you run into something, maintenance needs to be done etc,.

When things do break and you need professional John Deere repair in Scott Depot WV, Mark The Mechanic is here to help. Just call us at 304-395-3330 and let us check out your mower and get it working like it should once again.

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Clean Your Gutters With a Leaf Blower

When fall comes in West Virginia, the leaves comes right down with it. If you live in an area like I do, you are surrounded by leaves and you clean them up time and time again.

Then of course you have to clean them out of the gutters. You could either use a ladder and move it back and forth or you can break out your trusty leaf blower and do what I do! I get on the roof and blow them out and it takes about 15-20 minutes if they are really heavy.

Here is a great article to give you some ideas on how to deal with this pesky task.

Clean your gutters with a leaf blower.

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What Brand of Lawn Mower Do You Recommend?

At Mark The Mechanic, we get asked this question quite frequently. Most of the time it is because the current owner of a lawn mower is having problems with their push, self-propelled or riding lawn mower and want a recommendation for something that is better quality or has the features they need.

My answer is always the same and that is to “Get a Honda lawn mower”. Why Honda? Because they have extremely reliable engines and are well designed overall. Honda pays great attention to details and the quality of the parts that go into their lawn mowers.

Sometimes I hear them say that they can’t find a Honda lawn mower and if they cannot, I recommend to them that they buy a lawn mower with a Honda engine on it. It may be made by Husqvarna, Troy-Bilt or Toro etc., but as long as the engine is a Honda, that will make it a much more reliable machine. Honda Self-Propelled lawn mowers are the best.

Even the larger mowers such as the Zero Turns or larger lawn and garden tractors should have a Honda engine in them. For Zero Turn lawn mowers, Mark The Mechanic recommends the Hustler brand with a Honda engine in it. Hustler Zero Turns are built tough and combined with a good Honda engine, they really make a great combination that will keep on running for years.

It is important which brand of lawn mower you choose because a poor grade lawn mower will only result in poor performance and a lawn mower that will not last very long. You will pay a little more for the Honda, but it is worth every penny in the long run.

 

 

 

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