What is it with people? I mean, really???
A couple days ago I was mowing my little patch of grass. I had made a couple passes when the mower choked. I originally thought it was bogged down with the amount of grass I was cutting. It had been almost a month since I was able to mow, and some of the grass was over six inches tall. I restarted it, but noticed the pull cord was stiff. Since it started, I didn't worry about it. I made another swipe, but it stopped again, and in an area that was not very tall, so I figured something else was wrong. I tried starting it once more time, but the cord was completely frozen. I began taking it apart, only to discover that the cord was inside a sealed unit, so I couldn't release it.
A friend was here, doing a little job, so I asked him to look at it. He showed me how to disassemble it enough to free the cord. I put it all back together, and pulled the cord once more. It started, but immediately shut off. Again. The cord was frozen. AGAIN!
My friend said he didn't know why it was doing that, and I said no problem, I know someone who is supposed to be really good at small engine repair, especially lawnmowers. So I called, and he wasn't home, but his wife said I could drop it off anytime. Fine, and I said he could call me so I could explain what was happening. My friend was headed back into town at this point and he said he would drop it to save me the trip. It was about 3:00 in the afternoon.
From here on it starts getting bizarre.
By 8:00 I had heard nothing, so I called. No answer. Five minutes later, the repair guy called me and said he could find nothing wrong. I was a little confused. Why didn't he call me to find out what was wrong? I hadn't told his wife about it, and my friend said all he did was drop it off and the wife opened the door and hollered, "Is that from Lyn? OK, just leave it there by the shop door."
I told him what was happening, and he said that he had simply pulled the cord and it started, and he didn't see anything further to check. He added a little oil and a little gas. I would have done that myself when I brought it home. I asked if the oil level as dangerously low (I knew it wasn't) and he said no, he just added it for good measure. I again said, but what about the cord that continued to freeze up? He said he would check it again in the morning and call me.
Yesterday, I didn't get a call. I called several times. No answer. I was in town, so I stopped by, and no one was on the property at all. I left a note, asking for a call.
This morning, I called at 8:00. I said, "I didn't hear back from you, and I'm wondering about what is up with the mower." He said it runs fine. OK, and the cord? It's fine, too. Alright, I'll come pick it up. Oh, he's not going to be home today, so I asked when he would be home for me to pick it up. His wife spoke in the background that I could pick it up as she would be home.
So I drove into town about an hour later, stopping at their place. Guess what? NO ONE WAS HOME!!! I picked up my mower which was sitting outside with several others, shoved a check in the screen door, and came home.
I just don't get it! Why are people so lazy, inconsiderate about returning calls? It drives me up the freakin' wall!
The mower works. I finished the lawn, purposely starting it several times, just to be sure. I'm glad it works, but I'm still pretty disgusted.
Sooooooo .... how's your weekend?