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Apr. 21st, 2019 12:12 am
rbarclay: (donald)
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Sp, spring is finally here. Time to mow the lawn once so that the automatic mower can then take over until fall. After that, it's time to manually mow the lawn once before winter sets in.

According to father-in-law, the best course of action for accomplishing this task is:
- get the car with the trailer connector
- hook up trailer
(- usually now comes "drive to the recycling centre, empty the trailer of whatever garbage has accumulated")
- coordinate with other-daughter, drive over
- haul lawn mower onto trailer (taking extra care so that it always remains perfectly upright, otherwise it's drain-the-spark-plugs time)
- drive over
- get mower down
- mow
- hook up trailer
- coordinate with other-daughter
- haul lawn mower onto trailer (taking extra care so that it always remains perfectly upright, otherwise it's drain-the-spark-plugs time)
- drive over
- get mower down
- give mower back
Twice per year.

My take on all of that:
- buy a fucking mower.

I opted for a mechanical one ("rotary mower" I guess). No motor. Very few moving parts. And I was done with fucking mowing the lawn when FIL was backing the trailer back into the driveway. Including me driving to the garden centre and buying the thing.

Having done that with a purely mechanical mower now, I'm also quite unsure why there's electric/petrol-powered mowers around at all. I mean, I was done with ~800m² in under 2 hours - pretty much exactly the same time it takes me with the petrol-powered one (lots of trees and other obstacles). I mean, back when I was a kid I hated grandpas rotary mower with a passion - but that was just because I had to rake up the cut grass. Current models come with a sack that collects the cut grass, just as their powered siblings do. And the rotary mower ain't any harder to push around.
(Lawn tractors for actually huge areas are another topic. Hereabouts it's just twice-a-year, other than that automation rules.)

More-or-less mended

Apr. 17th, 2019 11:44 pm
rbarclay: (rad)
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On Monday I felt fit enough to transport an air purifier to 'ork (since I stopped smoking tobacco I don't need it any more, pollen-allergic folk at the office think it's a godsend...), and then took the bicycle home.
The latter with much swearing, as every couple hundred meters I noticed something else being bent out of shape.
The most annoying thing (handlebars) was fixed in the shop in under 20 seconds, other stuff was easily (although sometimes repeatedly) fixable by Yours Truly (mudguards scraping on tire walls; it's a sound akin to fingernail-on-chalkboard...).
Bottle cage will probably have to be replaced.

Could've been worse.

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