How to Identify and Fix Common Gardening Problems ?

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Spring Flower: Pansy

These charming annuals come in every shade of the rainbow from bright yellow to deep crimson. They don`t mind a little cold (or even a little snow), so they provide gorgeous pops of color early in the season. Pansies don`t like heat, so they tend to fade once summer arrives.

Tulips. Said to signal the arrival of spring, it`s no wonder that tulips are at the top of our list. The tulip (scientific name: Tulipa) is said to mean `perfect love`. Pink tulips symbolise happiness, good wishes and an attachment to someone.
What Does a Plant Need to Grow? Why Do Plants Need Water to Grow? Why Do Plants Need Light to Grow? What Is the Pollination and Fertilisation Process of Plants?
Primary Birth Flower: Daffodil

These iconic flowers are popular for their trumpet-shaped, bright blooms that announce the arrival of spring. Narcissus has been cultivated for its stunning beauty for thousands of years and was also utilized by ancient Greeks and Romans in traditional medicine, perfumes, and cosmetics.

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Flowers come in all shapes and sizes, but what makes them truly stand apart from each other is their vibrant colors. These colors are made up of pigments and, generally speaking, the fewer the pigments, the lighter the color. The most common pigments in flowers come in the form of anthocyanins.
They all have their unique appearance, shape, color, size, and even different meanings. This makes flowers more special than any other kind of plant. Plus, flowers range in a variety of prices so it is affordable for everyone.

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How do i rewind the recoil spring on my craftsman lawn mower?
ANSWER : Normally these small engines use a clock spring to retract the rope.
Remove the cover on the top and you should find the spring either broken or the tab where the spring end has broken off or jumped out of the mount.
You will need to pre-load the spring with enough tension to retract the rope.
Remove the pull handle from the rope, load the spring and then wrap the rope around the pully holding the pully and spring in the loaded position. place the end of the rope through the hole and tie up the handle. The rope should pull and retract without being installed on the engine.
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Couple of guys tried to help me on this, perhaps you guys could come back. I forgot to mention there is a pressure tank bladder type on the discharge side. Could the air in this tank be messing with the prime. I checked the intake. It has water in it after bleeding air from the discharge system where before it was dry before purging air. I think there is air in the system and wonder if it is coming from the pressure tank?. i open up one of the discharge valves and a lot of air comes out. Should I put a valve on the pressure tank to take it off line until I get water from the well?

Mar 12, 2010 – Could it be the check valve? I took it off and the flap appears to be working correctly. This well has been here a long time. Never given me any problems. I do have galvenized couplers on the discharge and intake sides. Old. Could these be leaking even though they show no sign of water? The discharge is able to hold 30 pounds easily overnight. I do not hear any vacuum in the intake when I take it off. Could the pipe to the well have a leak? I know I would have to insert a sleeve but I do not want to go through the hassle if I do not have to. I had put on a brand new pump from the hardware store that did the same thing so I think that would elliminate the pump as being the problem.
I disconnected it for the winter and rehooked it up. The galvanized couplers on the discharge and pump side are old but do not appear to be leakeing as I taped them well. The check valve seems to be functioning well as I took it off and the flap works correctly. The well is not pulling water. there does not appear to be a vacuum on the check vale when I losen it. could the check valve be bad? I am aware I might have to resleeve the well, but do not want to hassle with this if I do not have to. I want to eliminate everything else first. i put another brand new pump on it to see if it was that. That partiuclar pump which was the same thng did not work either.
I took the pump nose off and looked at it. The one way valve appears to be working fine. The impeller is working fine also evidenced by when I turn it on witht the discharge cap off, water shoots out. When I open one of the discharge valves and turn it on, the pressure drops to 10lbs. At this point the prime water has moved through the pipe and and the pump does not soound like it has any water in it. I pull the cap off and have to “reprime it again.” It again goes back to the pressure gauage rapidly fluctuating while pump on. I disconnect pump on intake side I hear no vacuum. The guage is on the discharge side. The seals on the pump nose do not look frayed or damaged. The pump is not leaking water in any of the joints. The pipes on discharge and well side do not appear to be leaking.

ANSWER : My friend, please boil your question down. Your title has to do with riding mowers but the leaking, bladder, impeller, air bubbles, pressure tank, check valve comments seem to be migrating toward a pump of some kind – well? spa? pool? irrigation?

Briefly, any system that involves a water source, a water moving device, water storage device and ultimate useage is subject to leaks … into the system and out of the system. If this is a well and you have air in your system, your pump may be sucking air at the well or any loose connection between the tip of the pipe and the inlet to the pump. Your bladder could have failed but from what I can get from your comments, this is not the case. On the pressure side, neither air nor water will leak in … only out.

Please recheck all connections. Make sure your check valve is installed correctly and not leaking. The check valve assists the foot valve, which may have failed.

I am more inclined to think your well may be at the end of its useful life. To prove or disprove, you could have a plumber put a vacuum gage on your pump. He or she can answer this question is about 90 seconds based on this test. Expect to pay for one hour of time, which will be less than the time you have already invested in your project.

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Cannot get the recoil spring on model 18r back in housing!
ANSWER : If it goes into a metal housing that is like a can lid with short sides and has one area that is open onthe side and the whole thing has a small hole in the center of the flat side….Take the metal housing, lay it flat on a table or other flat surface. Figure which way the spring would go. Lay the small end of the spring in the housing with the spring wire going out the open slot. Now all you do is wind the spring in by turning the housing. You must keep the spring in the housing with your other hand, maybe a flat piece of wood or something to hold the spring from jumping out. Once you have it all in the housing, reinstall it. If the spring is backward, CAREFULLY pull the spring out until it is no longer under tension, flop the spring over and go again…Good luck…Lee

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Rewind pully spring – Poulan Pro Chain Saw 46cc 20"
ANSWER : Recoil Spring Rewind
I invert and secure the housing and rewind the spring large coil to small (need eye protection, both hands and no women around work area!). I’m right handed so I tension the spring enough to insert it inside the previous coil while holding what has already been installed with my left about 180° from my right hand. The tension will hold the spring in the housing once completely inserted. Then bend slightly the inner most part to engage the starter spool. It will require about 2 turns of pretension for it to retract properly.If you’re lucky you can pull the cord out enough for a pretension then slightly raise and add the withdrawn cord to the spool. HTHLou

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Spring is broken
ANSWER : Craftsman rider mower brakes failed all of a sudden a spring broke but I can not find where the spring attachs on the blueprint

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I just received a 4 cycle weed trimmer from Sears. They told me it would not have a manual. I have to add oil but, it does not tell me what type of oil to use. How hard would it have been to put that information in the box. I have been on line looking for the answer for close to 30 minutes. This does not make me feel like I would like to make a purchase like this again. I would like to meet the person who is in charge of this arm of Sears Sales and Marketing. What type of oil do I put in my unit?
ANSWER : You should be able to go to look for the heading Owners Manuals and either type in your Model number or just look through untill you find it then down load it
Or just go to your local lawn equipment sales/fixit shop and theyall tell you

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What’s the trick to installing a flat coil spring into a chain saw recoiler without having it spring out
ANSWER : If you are having to recoil the spring after its come out. Roll it tightly with your hands then use vise grips on one side pinching it together then you can place it in the retainer/pulley. release

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I am working on a Craftsman 32cc Brushwacker Trimmer 358.795822. I have gotten all the way to the kit-pulley. When I took it out there was NO tension on the spring. My question, since this is only one year old and has not been used over 20 hours, how I could be having a problem with the rewind????? Anyway, half the time I would have to manually rewind and then pull to start. Sometimes it would rewind after starting but every now and then it would go all the way out and not rewind. Thats why I got tired of it and took it apart. So, I get it all taken apart and there is no tension on the spring. I notice the spring starter (part #545054901) has a slot cut in the side of it. I wonder if this is suppose to line up to a little L slot made in the plastic housing to hold the Spring starter in place?? and if so there is a little piece MISSING. So is this why I’m having a problem on a 1 year old basically new brushwacker???? Am I missing a part? Let me know. Thank you.
ANSWER : Hi Ron. I do not blame you for being frustrated. If this trimmer is less than one year old you should be able to return it. I recommend that you go to the site. Enter the model number and you will get a complete parts schematic which shows each and every part and exactly how it goes. By checking that diagram against what you have you can determine if indeed there is a part missing. You can also order a part from this site and you can contact sears, the parent company of craftsman. J.

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