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peacelovetea
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Default  Posted: 9:13 PM, July 3rd (Wednesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I borrowed my neighbor's power washer so I can get my deck ready for painting. I primed it, turned the motor switch on, pulled out the choke, and am finding I am not tall/strong enough to pull the cord out to get the motor started. I am trying very hard to be WOMAN HEAR ME ROAR -- how the heck do I pull this thing to get it to start?! The motor rumbles but doesn't start -- the line sometimes pulls all the way out and sometimes seems to get caught partway (to the point of pulling the machine up if I don't hold it down). My neighbor started it without any difficulty with one good pull yesterday so I know its in working order.

Is it an angle issue, a speed issue, or what? I usually opt for electric appliances so I have no experience with this. Should I just resign myself to finding a big strong man in the neighborhood to do it for me?


BW, SAHM
D-Day: 6/5/09, drunken ONS on business trip, confessed immediately, transparent, remorseful but emotionally clueless
M 11 years, 3 kids
4/12 Tried to R for 3 years, have decided to D
12/31/12 D final

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Kajem
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Default  Posted: 9:37 PM, July 3rd (Wednesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Call the neighbor and ask if there is a trick to starting it.

I have an odd weed whacker.. it won't start for anyone else but me. I tell my kids it loves me.

K


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aesir
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Default  Posted: 11:05 PM, July 3rd (Wednesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

It might be one of those things where you have to pull the choke out then push it in just a little bit until it clicks.


Your mileage may vary... in accordance with the prophecy.

Do not back up. Severe tire damage.


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h0peless
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Default  Posted: 1:46 AM, July 4th (Thursday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Or maybe the choke is out just a bit too far and it isn't getting any air in the mixture...

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Default  Posted: 10:11 PM, July 4th (Thursday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

It takes practice...lol. Pulled many a pull starter when I was a live aboard. My husband can't ever get the weed whacker to start...first try for me every time. Same with the pressure washer he brought home from work.


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TrulyReconciled
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Default  Posted: 1:59 PM, July 5th (Friday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

It's because you're a gurl

Remember, with power washers you NEVER want the engine running without the trigger pulled on the wand. Pulling the trigger should make it a little easier to start.

Never run a power washer on 'idle' without the water coming out full force for more than a second or two - you'll blow the seals.


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peacelovetea
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Default  Posted: 2:37 PM, July 5th (Friday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I had a guy friend come over and start it. Watching him, I just plain am too short and not strong enough to pull that hard and with that length of cord! (Dammit. I guess I need to get to work with arm weights.) I did do all the power washing on my large deck though, and it looks great!

Thanks for the help.


BW, SAHM
D-Day: 6/5/09, drunken ONS on business trip, confessed immediately, transparent, remorseful but emotionally clueless
M 11 years, 3 kids
4/12 Tried to R for 3 years, have decided to D
12/31/12 D final

Posts: 542 | Registered: Nov 2009 | From: PacNW
aesir
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Default  Posted: 2:48 PM, July 5th (Friday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I had a guy friend come over and start it. Watching him, I just plain am too short and not strong enough to pull that hard and with that length of cord! (Dammit. I guess I need to get to work with arm weights.)

Chin ups will be better, the constant tension of holding up your body weight will also help to stretch your arms a very small amount.


Your mileage may vary... in accordance with the prophecy.

Do not back up. Severe tire damage.


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