Do as I say, not as I do

Occurred to me a few days ago while the weather was still crap that it really didn’t look like I was going to get back to woodcutting any time very soon…


…which meant it was way past time to put that nice Honda generator to bed for the winter, to ensure it would run come the building season. I’m really bad about preaching “mothball it, never store it with gas in it” and then ignoring my own advice. But this is such a nice little machine, it would be very stupid to hurt it by blowing off fifteen minutes’ work.

So I ran it to make sure it was … you know, still working. And then I poured out the fuel, ran it dry till it died, then opened the valve on the bottom of the carb bowl to drain out every bit of fuel. Checked the oil and air cleaner…


…put it back in the powershed and covered it with that nice dust cover BB sent me. Now I’m sure it’ll be good come Spring – or mid-winter, if I get a craving for freshly cut firewood. Which I probably won’t.

Speaking of the powershed…


I make it a point to never buy things frivolously or impulsively. But we’ve already established that I’m not always the best at taking my own advice, and I do like funny metal signs. So I ended up with this – and then it ended up cluttering the cabin till I decided what to do with it. Finally screwed it to the powershed door.

BTW: The sign is level. Unfortunately that only points out that the door is not.

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6 Responses to Do as I say, not as I do

  1. Ben says:

    Good job! A bit of oil in the spark plug hole would also be a good idea to consider it officially pickled though.

  2. Georgia says:

    Love the sign

  3. Norman says:

    A tip: with the fuel tank, fuel line and float bowl all completely empty, close the choke and pull it through vigorously a few times. This will use engine vacuum to suck the fuel passages empty as well.

  4. Mike says:

    Good job on the Honda, and the sign is awesome too.

  5. Tennessee Budd says:

    I saw that sign a couple of years ago, printed it off, & made decals. Now there’s one on top of the tank of each of my bikes. Might as well be up front about it.

  6. Mike says:

    After the last hurricane I serviced my Yamaha inverter generator, it ran for 68 hrs over 4 days. Changed oil and drained tank and carb. Checked air filter etc. I hate to say it but if not for that machine my wife would have forced me to load up and leave. It has output enough to run a window unit and our freezer/refrigerator. That little window unit allows us to sleep. The humidity and bugs will kill you after a storm when you’re old.

To the stake with the heretic!