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After a long, hot summer of yard work, you might be eager to simply shove lawn mowers, weed trimmers or tillers into the shed or garage for the winter in Bayside.

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Winterizing Your Warm-Weather Power Equipment

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After a long, hot summer of yard work, you might be eager to simply shove lawn mowers, weed trimmers or tillers into the shed or garage for the winter. But as satisfying as that might be, improper storage of outdoor power equipment can set you up for major headaches in the spring.

Without proper preparations, power equipment left sitting all winter faces attacks from the elements and from internal chemical reactions that can cause permanent damage. Debris clinging to metal traps moisture and accelerates rust formation; unlubricated cables and pivot points corrode; and inside the engine, gas and oil become pernicious substances that coat the inside of the carburetor with sludge and gum up the fuel system. If you've ever struggled to start your lawn mower in the spring, you've experienced the mildest effects of improper storage. But more serious damage can occur that requires expensive repairs or replacement parts - calling for a trip to the repair shop at one of the busiest times of the year. And the cumulative effects of improper storage can shorten the life span of your expensive power equipment. The solution is to winterize that equipment before putting it away for the season. The winterizing process is a series of simple steps, such as cleaning, engine maintenance and other preparations, that protect against common mechanical problems.

The result is a machine that is ready to fire up and run smoothly every spring for years to come. "With proper maintenance you will get a lot more years out of your equipment," says Gary Honea, a small-engine-maintenance educator with the University of Tennessee Agricultural Extension Service. "These engines can last 15 to 20 years or even longer." Fuel preparation is the most important step in the winterizing process.

Gasoline is an unstable mixture of compounds that starts to break down after about 30 days inside a tank or gas can. The process, called oxidization, begins when the most volatile compounds in gasoline evaporate, leaving behind heavier materials that form a gum or sludge.

These gummy solids can clog fuel lines and other fine parts of the fuel system, and discolor the inside of the carburetor with a coating called varnish. Old gasoline also harbors another threat: The combination of oxygen, gasoline and metals, such as zinc, copper and aluminum, fires up a chemical reaction that can dissolve metal. The finely machined parts of a carburetor or fuel pump actually begin to disintegrate. "The damage is non-reversible," says Dann Roark, manager of service training for Briggs Fri, 01 Nov 2002 00:00:00 Sean Donahue Nominal (rough-sawn) Versus Finished Dimensions (inches) http://www.smart-homeowner.com/node/8974 Click here to read article from Smart-Homeowner.com