23 SepTroybilt Chainsaw Update

Original Post on bradsblog earlier this year:

Last month I purchased the 20″ Troy bilt chainsaw, which I found as I was browsing through my Tool Crib catalog. I ordered it from Amazon.com and received a $25 promotional discount, plus no shipping charges or tax. The sale prce itself was under MSRP so I felt good about the price.(about 205 bucks) After I received it, I was impressed with how easy it started and powerful 49cc engine. I would strongly recommend this chainsaw for anyone in the market.

Update:
Well, I thought I would update on my Troybilt Chainsaw. After an entire season of use, I have decided that this was the best purchase I made this year. I have put this chainsaw through some rugged use, and after I winterized it, I am still impressed with it. There are a couple of things I did have problems with and thought I would share. It’s one of the best chainsaws I’ve had since my old husqvarna chainsaw.

There is a small piece of auminum on the underside of the chainsaw, near the sprocket assemply. The purpose of this is unclear to me, and has been all bent up and mangled due to the chain coming off (for reasons caused by me).

Another problem I encountered was there is a metal tube-like piece that is mounted inside the intake manifold. This piece somehow broke loose and caused an interesting rattling sound during operation. I ended up taking it apart and removing the piece altogether. This piece seemed to serve no purpose.

I have been so impressed with the Troybilt chainsaw, I am considering purchasing a 4 cycle Troybilt weed eater next year. If I do, I will be sure to post about it.

5/26/07
OK, time for another update. Several months ago, I was ripping through some skids with my chainsaw, and hit a nail. The chain came off, and soon thereafter I noticed a fuel leak. I’ve been quite busy until recently I was able to pinpoint the leak.

The fuel tank is comprised of two sections that are bonded together. WHere this bonding agent is, is where the gas is leaking. I have taken pictures to illustrate. I was pondering what I could do to fill in and stop the leak, so I decided to contact Troybilt via their website. I sent a few pictures, and expect a reply in a few days.

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Since I contacted support, I figured I might as well continue to post on the gas tank leak issue. Here is a summary of the exchange between me and Troy Bilt technical support.

Customer (Brad) 05/25/2007 08:25 PM
It seems I am leaking fuel from the bonding agent that keeps the tank together. What can I use to reinforce this caulk like material?
Response (Jeff M.) 05/30/2007 09:28 AM
Fuel delivery systems require that a local authorized service center evaluate the failure and determine the best course of repair. Fuel tanks should not be repaired but replaced. For further assistance with this issue, please contact one of our authorized service centers in your area.
Customer (Brad) 05/30/2007 09:45 AM
If the tank is replaced, the entire housing needs to be replaced. I intend to fix this myself and would like to know a suitable compound to use and not just referred to a service center. Thanks.
Response (Jeff M.) 05/30/2007 10:32 AM
Liabilities exist with repairing a fuel tank. There is no technical information available for repair methods/compounds of fuel tanks.

So, since i have no desire to take the chainsaw in for repair, I plan to look into different compounds that might work. I’ll post what I find out here.

UPDATE 1/17/08
Last month I decided to break down and take it in for repair. I tried a couple different compounds in an effort to patch the leak around the tank. Arts repair called me back yesterday, they said it will cost $115 to repair it with a new part. That’s cheaper than buying a new chainsaw, and I have been otherwise pleased with the chainsaw so I told them to go ahead and repair it. I also plan to buy a new chain for it when I get it back.

9/24/08
After I dropped the chainsaw off at Arts, they took several months to finally get it back. Their lack of mechanics resulted in extremely long repair times, and lost a customer because of it.

Anyway, I decided to hold off on getting a new chain, I just sharpened it up really good. Last wee, when Hurricane Ike came through there were trees down everywhere. My freshly repaired chainsaw worked many hours this week, and the only problems I had with it were the connector for the stop switch came disconnected, so I had to shut off the chainsaw by choking the engine.

Now that all my wood cutting is done, I will be dismantling it and giving it a thorough cleaning.

6/20/09
Well for some reason I can’t keep the chain tight and it is now coming off so frequently I am ready to throw the thing away. I probably need a new chain and bar but really don’t want to spend the money on anything like that. Right now I am very disgusted and really could use a chainsaw that will last.

11 MayCannonball Baker- NASCARs First Commissioner

You may remember the old movie, starring Burt Reynolds, called Cannonball Run. In the movie, Reynolds, as J.J. McClure, tries to win a cross country race. The movie was based on the Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining –Sea Memorial trophy dash, but do you know who Cannonball Baker was? He was the first commissioner of NASCAR. Read more…

06 AprGood Cars Come for Those Who Wait

It seems hard to believe that the car season for 2013 is just around the corner, especially because 2012 isn’t even halfway over yet. For those who are dying for a new, hit car, there are some great cars that are coming out on the market in 2013.

2013 Ford Focus

The new Focus is finally hitting the U.S. market, as well as another 2013 Ford Focus. Rumored to have a six speed manual as well as a turbocharged 2.0-liter, this car is said to go fast. Ford also says that this car will have excellent suspension, great tires, and better breaks, which will only boost the power of the horsepower. Those who want to wait for the car should estimate at least $25,000 in their car budget. This car hit most U.S. markets in January, 2012.

Wait For The New Dodge Dart

Those who can wait to purchase a new car might hold on for the new Dodge Dart, rumored to be released in 2013. The Dart is rumored to be an “American” car with the soul of an Italian, making it perhaps one of the most diverse cars on the market. The high-strength steel body is perfect for anyone worried about car security. Additionally, this small car is sleek and sporty, with standard four-wheel discs as well as great standard equipment and bonus other features.

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30 MarWill Cars Become Luxury Again?

For decades now, it seems every family has at least one vehicle, if not multiple. Gas has been affordable. The competitive auto industry has kept the general population desperate for the latest high tech features. The banks were overly generous with lending to ensure everyone was behind the wheel of their very own car. Times had been good, until recently.

Many people must now make difficult choices. Does a person put gas in the car to get to work to make money, or buy new shoes for junior so he does not get made fun of at school? Sorry junior, times are tough. It is becoming more of a reality that cars are becoming a luxury item again. Believe it or not, a time existed when owning a vehicle was a true sign of prosperity. Perhaps this is how the obsession with cars began. Look at older homes compared to more recently built models. Many older homes were lucky to have a car port, let alone a garage where you can throw some performance parts in there. Today’s homes now often have a three car garage. Times are changing again. Read more…

28 MarA Trip to the Cat Island

When I booked my flight to the islands of Hawaii, I had no idea what was in store for me in the small hidden world of Kauai. I of course, purchased travel insurance from Gateway Plans because I was planning a trip without any accidents along the way. When I arrived to the mainland, it was easy to see the crystal clear light blue waters surrounding the island. I got on another plane to the island of Kauai and this is the place where strange meet reality. The island used to be mainly plantations, so the only animal that was wild was the cat. The cats have no natural predators, except cars in Kauai, and they live wild and free all throughout the forests and by the shore.

One of my first walks around the hotel area, I noticed a bunch of cats under a bush waiting for the birds to come closer so they could lunch. The cats, not only have lived here for a long time, they have developed successful hunting strategies with the sea life and birds. On a trip in my rental vehicle, I went to one of the water falls close to the hotel and along the way cats jumped out or hid around the forest road. I know pet overpopulation is an epidemic on the mainland, but how do you combat wild cats successfully living and breeding on a small island? I don’t remember seeing that Kauai’s largest predator was the cat on the island travel brochure.

09 MarChoosing Order of Service for Wedding

It is plain to see that the past ten years have played host to an explosion of creativity and ideas involving weddings. Couples are often opting for weddings that are more reflective of their personal interests and style, as opposed to standard, traditional one-size-fits-all events. Elements such as wedding stationery, wedding order of service guides and even the bride and groom dance have recently been renovated and spiced up to reflect the interest and styles of modern generations. Everybody knows that weddings are special events that should be cherished and remembered forever, and this can be done by providing yourself and your guests with physical, long-lasting mementos.

If you’re in the market for order of service for wedding designs, look no further than brideandgroomdirect.co.uk. The site has what is quite possibly the internet’s best selection of wedding order of service options, ranging from the incredibly exquisite and formal to more relaxed and casual texts. In short, the site gives brides and grooms the chance to put a personal touch on an item that guests will be keeping for a very longtime.

Featuring an easy-to-use interface and a straightforward and informative menu on the left hand side, the site is a perfect fit for anyone with selective tastes and specific requests. Brideandgroomdirect.co.uk has obviously been in the wedding business long enough to get a thorough grasp on what the public wants, and well over three dozen different types of wedding stationary designs and styles are readily available to view and choose from.

Clearly laying out the order of services for your guests will also give them a mental picture of how things are going to unfold. Audiences are typically more captivated and attentive if they are made aware of the basics of what to expect, including prayers, songs, dances, etc. Having a clear order to follow can also put the wedding party at ease, a value that is not to be underestimated.

07 MarFinding the Right Home Decorator

Considering how much time we spend in our homes (unless we’re one of those super busy outdoors types), it’s important to have our house nicely decorated. Getting our home decorated the way we want it is usually not so easy, however. Home decorating jobs can be a big project – especially if it’s a new home and you’re not sure where to start.

Suppose you just had your new home built, by a company such as Ryan Homes. Now you need to decorate it.

Solution to home decorating…

Find someone to decorate your house for you. As with most things, it’s usually better to find someone who specializes in decorating homes. For instance, suppose you live in Birmingham, it might be easier to search for decorators in Birmingham rather than doing it all yourself, spending lots of time, and then possibly not liking the way your home looks and feels. Read more…

27 FebShopping for New Door Handles?

Buying a new door handle for your home.Fixing up your home is an endless process of purchasing new items that make your home look fancier and cleaner. One age-old product that has been around and lasting is the door handle. This is one of the forgotten upgrades that is usually eclipsed by things like new cabinets or new shutters, but replacing your door handles is not only much cheaper, but can also have a great effect on the look of your home.

Finding the Right Door Knob

When fixing up your home, or creating a new one, it’s important to consider the overall look and feel you want – especially when picking out door handles for your home. If you’re looking for a modern look, you want a shiny, new door knob. If you’re looking for an old fashioned look, then you may want a simpler, rustic looking doro handle for your home. I recommend trying different types of door handles by holding them up to the door in your house and seeing how you like the look. Then purchase the one that looks the best.

27 FebWindow Cleaning Supplies – Reach 2 Clean System

Finding window cleaning supplies can be a difficult venture, especially if you have some tough cleaning to do. I’m not talking about a regular, inside window that you can throw some window on – I’m talking about outdoor windows that are tough to get clean.

Any building or house owner knows the frustration of trying to clean the windows. So it’s good to know there is now a convenient Reach 2 Clean System – which is one of the best window cleaning supplies around.

The Reach 2 Clean site has tons of products for helping you clean windows thoroughly, safely, and quickly. Which in my opinion are the most important factors to consider when cleaning your windows and picking your window cleaning supplies.

16 Feb3 Hot Personal Style Ideas for Your Wedding

Planning your wedding is all about expressing your personal style in the look you love. Fashion review and wedding blogs are a great place to start.

If going “green” is your personal style, rustic theme weddings are a hot trend. Fashion for a rustic, country wedding is all about soft, feminine and natural. Many of the fashion review blogs suggest flower wreaths for your hair. The look is romantic and great with any length hairstyle Burlap table runners and bright fresh or silk flowers are perfect for decorations.

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Do you love simplicity? If so, a truly great personal style is a black and white wedding. It’s all about balance here. Add a great black sash to a flowing white gown and you have fashion magic! Whether you choose a classic wedding veil or an offbeat black and white feather fascinator, black and white says so much about you. It can be very elegant with a twist of whimsy.

What is your favorite color? Dramatic color is in this year. Short dresses in brilliant hues look amazing for your bridesmaids. Colorful weddings are all about fun! The color trends for this year’s wedding fashion and themes include lavender with lime green, bright orange with navy blue and pastel pink with aqua blue. Bright feathered hair combs are perfect with this look. Check out the fashion review blogs that are dedicated to weddings and prepare to be inspired. Make sure to browse some fashion shoe blogs to get ideas for your bridal shoes as well as stylish footwear for the bridesmaids.

Start a great notebook with your thoughts and pictures of the look that is truly you. Follow a hot trend or set your own. Look for hot saving deals online to get the best discounts out there. Remember, this is the day in your life when it is yours and yours alone to shine.