In this video, This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook keeps outdoor power equipment running smoothly.
Steps for Maintaining Gas-Powered Tools
- Remove and replace the spark plug each season.
- Always disconnect the spark plug wire when working on the equipment.
- Inspect the air filter frequently to ensure it's clean. Replace it when it's dark and dirty.
- Check the level of the engine oil before each use. Also, check the condition of the oil to make sure it's clean and not ultra-dark.
- Change the oil by either turning the mower on its side or by using the drain plug. Be sure to recycle the old oil.
- To keep gasoline fresh, store only enough gas that you can use in four to six weeks.
- Use high-octane fuel in outdoor power equipment.
- Treat gasoline with a pink-colored stabilizer; it'll prevent the gas from going stale.
- Use a blue stabilizer to keep gas fresh and to prevent water problems caused by the ethanol in gasoline.
- Gas can (1 gallon)