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They break em as fast as I can fix
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screaminghollow    Posted 09-03-2003 at 12:54:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sheesh, just got a call that the lawn tractor won't start. Of course, wife sent son out to mow. She even tried to start it. I just put new wires, switches etc and it was running fine all weekend. For my birthday, the Mrs. gave me a three wheeled hauler. Son was running around with that yesterday before I got home from work and now it barely runs. Last year he was popping wheelies with the old lawn tractor and put a gear through the trans. When I tried to use the old David Bradley last night, the aircleaner was missing. (Son just started a small engine repair class at school) There are about seven old engines around here and he's just got to screw with the ones that already work. I informed him by phone that his 16th birthday is coming up and what he gets to drive may depend largely on what else gets broken or has parts pilfered. Right now he's lucky if we let him spend his own funds on the $200 fixer upper truck down the road. I told the Mrs. He ain't driving a darn thing that we depend on, .... like my car, her car or the farm truck. He promised the David Bradley parts would be found before I get home. Last night his go kart was in pieces all over the barn floor and I couldn't find a half inch wrench to save my life. And I know I must have four or five of em. There is usually one in the truck box, one in the barn tool box and a few hanging on the tool shed wall. NOT ONE could be found. I even bought him his own wrenches last year and his own tool box. I ended up using a bone wrench from my daughter's bicycle kit.


Face The Facts    Posted 09-04-2003 at 17:52:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
The kid's turning out as bad as his old man!!!!!!!!


LH    Posted 09-03-2003 at 18:02:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Youre a lawyer do your job and sue the kid for damages, and also your wife for not supervising the lad properly. Perhaps if you win your suit you can make enough to buy a new mower minus legal expenses of course lol


Ron,Ar    Posted 09-03-2003 at 20:37:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Nah, sue the manufacturer (they gots more money)for them breaking so easy. That will drive production cost up,the workers will demand more money to build a better product. The newer improved mega mower will cost more, the average Joe will have to demand a raise to afford one. The government will print more money, caled mower-money,not to be confused with more-money. The new funds will be used to offset the high cost of fighting the mower-wars.The economy will improve with a new mower in every yard,unemployment will drop,manufacturing will increase (and we will all be drinking that free bubble-up and eating that sunshine stew) and all because your kid broke your mower. ain't economics fun?


screaminghollow    Posted 09-04-2003 at 13:26:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
I thought it was "rainbow stew" Don't tell Reverend Jackson, he'll think the song is racist.


Clod    Posted 09-03-2003 at 16:14:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Riding mowers are a communist conspiracy!


screaminghollow    Posted 09-03-2003 at 18:56:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Your so very right. I'm gonna run fence around the rest of this place and just turn sheep loose everywhere. Then I don't have to mow squat, just look out so I don't step in it.


Sven    Posted 09-03-2003 at 14:23:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
If I didn't know better, I'd think you were describing my son, He is now 26 and I still can't find my wrenches when I need them.


ret    Posted 09-03-2003 at 14:58:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
AMEN. got a son in law that scatters everything all over the place. Got him his own nice set of screwdrivers for Xmass, I see them everywhere. He has went through 3 gas containers, loses the caps, spouts you name it. Took two home from their barn so he has to buy his own. When I used tools in my trade, I had to know where they were at.Guess money is too easy for some of the younger ones to make, buy another is the motto


Will    Posted 09-03-2003 at 13:37:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I know the feeling. My nephew and his buddy have managed to turn my 1984 Simplicity lawn tractor into a wreck in one day, doing more damage to it in 6 hours than I could manage in 19 years. They somehow screwed with the belt adjustments on the drive and mower deck, and then chipped/frayed and ruined the belts and bent one of the mower spindle/shafts also. After they used the tractor the main oil sump seal on the engine shaft started leaking also, but I don't know if I can blame that on them. I'm taking Friday off work to try to fix it, can't bear the thought of buying a new one.


toolman    Posted 09-03-2003 at 12:58:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
ah they gotta learn and best way to do it is pick stuff apart and put it back together again,just remember what you were like when you were younger haha .


Okie-Dokie    Posted 09-03-2003 at 14:26:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, For my part, I can remember what things were like when I was a kid, and I believe this one deserves just what I would have gotten if I had done some of those things. After I got done with him, he would be looking around for some kind of mower you stand up on instead of sit down on.


Maggie/Tx    Posted 09-03-2003 at 20:31:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
My take on this is a combination of what Okie-Dokie said and what Toolman said. Yeah, they have to learn somehow and the best way is to take stuff apart. Our son did just that...BUT by the time he was 10 years old, anyway, and for SURE before he was 16 he knew that if he wanted life to continue as he knew it, he doggone better put tools back at least pretty darn close to where he got them and that he better not tear apart something important.

Our son always liked electronic equipment and any kind of engine. I remember giving him an old electric radio that didn't work just to let him take it apart and try to fix it. He couldn't fix it but stripped it for parts and built the most interesting projects with it. When he was around 14 or 15, he bought a CD player at a garage sale for $2. This was back when CD players were as large as VCR's. The thing was broken, but he had it fixed and working beautifully before nightfall.

Now, at age 22, he's my mechanic. If I need something fixed, ANYTHING around here, he does it and does a pretty good job of it. But he did get his butt tanned pretty good a few times while growning into this really neat young man.


toolman    Posted 09-03-2003 at 21:55:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
haha got a chuckle out of your story about you son,i was forever picking stuff apart but we were poor and if i wanted something i had to work and buy a fixer upper weather it be a bike as a kid or a car when i got a bit older, always made do, still do today , now its tractors and i couldn,t and wouldn,t pay the price for a new one so im still fixing and making stuff work,and now i have the responsibility of taking care of my tools and now i know why my dad would give me shutt everytime he couldn,t find something of his haha.


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