Great Goofs®

The Family Handyman - - DEPARTMENTS - MIKE SAMS, JR.

A lawn with a close shave, a bath re­model gone wrong, and the case of the miss­ing rough-ins.

While I was out of town, my wife took a turn mow­ing the lawn. When we talked on the phone that night, she said the mower en­gine had died about a dozen times. That surprised me be­cause I’d never had any trou­ble with it. When I got home and saw the lawn, I knew what the prob­lem was. A look at the mower con­firmed it. I al­ways kept the wheels at the high­est set­ting. My wife had run the mower into a land­scap­ing rock, knock­ing a rear wheel down to its low­est set­ting. This caused the blade to drag on the ground on one side, re­peat­edly killing the en­gine. Ev­ery pass of the mower gave the lawn a nice “cul­ti­vated” look.

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