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Vehicle Choices, Air Conditioning Leaks And Mower Carb Repair

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Handyguy Vehicles, Air Conditioning and Mower Repair

We cover a lot of topics in this show. Should Handyguy Paul Trade in his pickup, why does a listener’s air conditioner leak and doing carborator work on your mower.

Paul's TruckFirst up – Brian and Paul discuss if a handyguy needs a pickup truck. Brian says yes. Paul isn’t so sure. We all agree they are handy. They aren’t so practical when they get too old and repairs are costing you as much as a new car payment. Oh, and the fuel costs. So, Handyguy Paul is going to trade in his pickup for a sedan. Fortunately he can call Brian, who is keeping his truck, if he needs help hauling something.

Air conditioning leaks

The Handyguys then discuss a question posted as a response to our air conditioning troubleshooting show, episode 69.

My inside handler unit is constantly leaking water inside the closet. I’ve cleaned the lines that lead to the outside and also cleaned the pan and removed all the gunk that was accumulated. I even sprayed an a/c cleaner on the coils, which did not really look that dirty. After all that work, the a/c began to leak again thirty minutes later. The house is cool and the system seems to be working fine however the closet and filter are soaked. I’m frustrated and don’t want to call a company just to discover that it was something simple that I was not aware of. Please help.

Thanks, Nelson

Nelson, thanks for your comments and questions. The Handyguys discuss the situation in the podcast. Bottom line, Nelson, you will need to closely inspect to determine where the leak is coming from. Once you determine that you can fix the problem. Most likely you have a leak in the drain, a bad pump (if you have one) or a clogged line causing the pan to overflow. once you find the source let us know, we may be able to help you fix it.

Mower safety and carburetor repair

Lastly, The Handyguys address a question about mowers, carbs on mowers in particular.

Clean the grass and removing the mower bladeI am really enjoying these podcasts, some really great tips. Just recently found this site and will eventually get caught up to your recent podcasts. One thing I would like to add to this podcast however is when you are working under the mower near the blade to remove clumped grass or to sharpen the blade (I use an angle grinder), disconnect the spark plug wire from the spark plug. You can actually start the mower by moving the blade out of the way. I am not missing any digits, but I know a few who have had close calls.

One question that I have is with the carb. I am working on a mower and did the standard tune-ups, plug, oil and air filter. I have a situation where the mower is idling really rough almost to the point of cutting itself off. Since my first go round with the tune up did not fix the problem, I am planning on removing the carb to attempt to clean it. Do you guys have any suggestions on cleaning the carb before I go out and buy a new one? I’ve replaced carbs on mowers before just never cleaned one. Thanks and keep up the good work.

David, Thanks for the kudos and the safety tip. As for your carburetor. Yes, clean it first. The Handyguys have heard great things about a product called Sea Foam for carb cleaning. Cleaning the carb is a great thing to try before going deeper into a repair.  If cleaning the carb doesn’t work then you will want to see if a rebuild kit is available. This will be cheaper than a replacement.

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The Handyman September 18, 2009 at 5:18 pm

A sedan is a great for Handyguy Paul. They’re great for flowers, cakes and Tupperware parties. Besides, it’s not that expensive to rent a truck from the lumber store to take home anything over four feet.

Congrats on the new car!
The Handyman for the Common Man

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David September 18, 2009 at 11:26 pm

Answers to air conditioner leaking water. It normals, but leaking water insider the house is not normal. I had answers this question somewhere and It seems the same question pop up here.

The pan has a PVC condensation drain line. It has become blocked and the pan is filling and overflowing. It is relatively easy to fix. You need a shop vac, a hacksaw, a 1″ PVC connector and some PVC primer (get clear if possible) and glue.

First turn the system off to stop producing more condensation. Cut the PVC pipe in a straight section as close to the pan as possible with the hacksaw. Suck the end of the pipe going in to the pan with the shop vac ( this is usually where the clog forms). Seal the hose over the pipe with your hand for maximum suction. Make sure to suck all the water that will come out. Next repeat on other end of cut pipe. If the pipe empties in to a pump on the floor, don’t bother with sucking the other end.

Make sure both ends of cut pipe are dry. Apply primer to 1 1/2″ of each end of cut pipes as well as inside of both ends of connector. Next apply cement to end of one pipe and inside of one end of connector. Insert pipe into connector and hold for 30 seconds. Do this quickly as glue fuses PVC very quickly. Repeat on other end and you’re done.

You could pay a HVAC technician to fix it.

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The Handyguys September 21, 2009 at 1:12 pm

Thanks David! Great tips.

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Sue September 19, 2009 at 12:44 pm

Great post!

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Earl Matis October 3, 2009 at 10:39 am

Iwas mowing my yard and my mower stopped and wouldn’t restart. what are some common reasons why I couldn’t get it to restart?
Thanks, Earl

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The Handyguys October 3, 2009 at 12:26 pm

Check out episode 14 http://www.handyguyspodcast.com/85/episode-14-getting-that-mower-going
If you can, when you buy gas, make sure it doesnt have the additive Ethanol. According to my small engine guy it causes a lot of problems. Use fresh gas only, premium, no ethanol.
Try changing the plug, make sure the oil is not low or too full, air filter is clean, fuel filter is not clogged. You may try some sea foam in the carb to clean things out if the oil level is right and the filters are clean and the plug is good. beyond that it may need to go to the shop.

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gagasonata August 5, 2011 at 6:56 am

Nice! Great tips as usual!

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