Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Then it was Tuesday

I had to go get some gas and Copenhagen on Tuesday morning. Since I was out anyway, I went to Leo's Coney Island for a half order of biscuits and sausage gravy.

Sidebar: Leo's is nowhere as good as Bates, but its a hell of a lot closer.

I was out cutting the front lawn when my neighbor, Rick, went by. I stopped him and asked if he could have his lawn mower mechanic friend stop by with a new belt for the riding lawn mower and have him put it on.

So, he called him after I gave him the model number and he told me the guy  would be over around 5:30 p.m. (after he got off work). Rick said it would be $40.00 for the belt and $60.00 for the labor (that's fair). I said fine (my back grass is at least eight inches long).

He said to leave my gate open, along with the shed and the key in the mower. That way, the guy could just drive it over to Rick's garage out back where Rick has all his tools and space to work on it and I wouldn't have to drive it over and then walk back. I said, "Sure, sounds good."

He didn't have it over there more than 20 minutes when Rick called and said I better get over there.

Sidebar: Uh, oh...

So, I walked over (Rick suggested driving my truck) and the mechanic pointed out several other problems. One of the blades had come off (and is presumably laying out back somewhere). The other blade must have hit it as it was bent almost 90 degrees. Plus, one of the pulleys was worn out as well as the shaft bearing! And, the bent blade had cut into the deck itself (he said he could weld that and then grind it smooth.

The mechanic suggested I let him take the deck rather than paying his boss for picking the mower up. I agreed. So he and Rick disconnected it (it wasn't easy) and then loaded it in his SUV while I sat in a lawn chair (my legs hurt from cutting the front lawn). I drove the mower back home and locked it in the shed.

I can't wait to see what this is going to cost me...

I had a can of Campbell's chicken noodle soup and a ham sandwich for dinner.

I watched the NCIS shows and then went to bed.


  1. You have the same luck as me...when I still had my rider, I ran over a small piece of hose, rapped around the shaft and bent the deck. I finally bought a used one off of ebay.

  2. Well, depending on the repair costs, I may have to do the same.