Went over to Dad's yesterday, wasn't planning to stay long, he was cleaning his mower, and I was going back home to mow my grass. Then he told me HE decided the tractor wouldn't start because it wasn't getting any fuel. (I told him that last week) I guess he saw the look I gave him and said, "You did say that." So, he needed help getting the settlement bowl off of the tractor, after we did that, we took it apart. It was so gummed up with that owl pee (ethanol) there was no way it was getting gas. I also have been telling him all summer to put an additive in these tractors and his Buicks. Now maybe he'll buy some. Anyhow, we got a length of hose, a funnel, a clean bucket and then took the settlement bowl off. The gas started POURING out of the tank, smelled like varnish, the funnel started filling up and there was very little going into the bucket. "Dad, maybe we should've made sure the hose was clear." Pretty soon we had gas EVERYWHERE! Yes, we had fire extinguishers. I then kicked the bucket over, but, HE DIDN'T YELL AT ME! Gosh, he is mellowing out. He then said, we need to put the settlement bowl back together while we still remember how we took it apart. He insisted, the way I had it wasn't right. But the little plunger thingy worked. That's how you fill up the settlement bowl. So I took it apart and put it together the way he said, the plunger thingy now doesn't work. He said to let it go until tomorrow, when we'll take it apart and try again. I was going out to supper with the gang and when he found that out, he was upset. I wasn't, by the time I got home, fed the critters and changed clothes it would be too late anyhow.
Lester came down today, from the stove shop where I got my woodstoves, and he looked the place over, took some measurements and said he would send me a proposal for the propane heaters. They also install the tanks. These heaters are Empire and made in the good old USA. The other guys were from China, I'm thinking 'buy USA' and besides, how hard would it be to get parts down the road as volitile as this world is getting. The heaters are a bit more expensive and I'm betting the whole thing will be more than the other guys. However, I kinda like the fact that they will do everything. He also told me that I should probably buy the tank, that way I could shop for the best price. Everyone has told me that, except the propane tank fellow. Don't piss down my back and tell me it's raining.
I have a lot of gasoline powered stuff that doesn't get run enough. Always worry about them gumming up, like my motor-home and its generator, as an example. And because of the drought, my lawn mower. I quit using my Farm-All 200 a few years ago.
Dizzy....you better put some additive in those critters or I'll have to come to Texas to help take them apart.
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