Ok, so the Sun won't be asking me to write their front pages any time soon. The following will render that last sentence understandable.
Some many months ago I was approached by my good boaty neighbour and friend Mandy as she had an issue with her generator. Turns out the choke lever had snapped off making a relatively new generator unusable.
Problem was it had snapped off close to the top of the carb making repairs difficult ( any glue could easily glue the choke solid) and there was little to attach anything to mechanically. In the end sadly she had to buy a replacement. She said she was going to drop it by the bins at Norbury in case anyone wanted it for spares. As my grandad was a bin man and my great grandad something similar I naturally asked if I could have it to see if I could fix it as a 2kw genny at the cottage would be useful - we do get power cuts.
Anyhow it languished in the workshop up until yesterday when I was servicing the Honda genny we use on the boat ( I had removed it as petrol genny's and boat safety inspections should be kept well apart,) and it needed its annual oil change and filter clean. When that was done I turned my attention to the new but broken 2kw Screwfix generator.
I was able to remove the carb quite easily that enabled me to have a good look at the 'fix' challenge. Basically it appears the manufacturer fixes the choke in the carb on the shaft after inserting the shaft - meaning I cannot just replace the shaft. So I pondered the challenge and came up with something Mr Heath and Mr Robinson would have been quite proud of.... be aware there are a few mentions of the word 'shaft', yep I do indeed have that level of schoolboy humour.
Basically I took the multitool sander to the top of the broken shaft and leveled it ready for the drill.
Then I carefully drilled a 3mm hold down the centre of the choke operating shaft.
I then carefully selected a perfectly sized small bolt with a couple of nuts that would fit into the hole in the shaft.
Then I pondered for a lot longer - I needed some form of lever to connect to the bolt in the shaft.... 10 minutes later I raided the picture hanging box ( yes I do actually have such a thing) and fabricated a lever out of a brass picture hanging hook.
I then judiciously applied some Gorilla glue to the wet bolt ( you have to wet one surface to make the glue start foaming) and inserted and waited for the reaction and kept the glue from sealing the choke on or off.
I left it a few hours, put the carb and all the bits back together and on the third pull she fired into life - how pleased was I not only gaining a decent cottage generator but more importantly stopping something from going to landfill.
I have agreed a liquid price for the old generator for Mandy we are both happy with (she wanted nothing for it )
But a picture is worth a thousand words or the 540 I have typed above.
Little and large