Fixing a hole in a Brigg & Stratton Engine Crankcase

Posted by Benjamin Close on September 21, 2011 under Country Living, Repairs | 9 Comments to Read

This article details a method I used to fix a large hole in the crankcase of a 8hp Briggs & Stratton Vertical Engine. First a little background: When we first bought our property we quickly realised we would need either a tractor or a ride on lawn mower. Whilst I would have loved a tractor, [..more..]

Replacing an Oil Pump in a Husqvarna/Poulan/Craftsman/Johnsered Chainsaw

Posted by Benjamin Close on October 29, 2010 under Country Living, Repairs | 16 Comments to Read

It was the middle of winter, the nights were cold and we needed some firewood for our little combustion heater.  Out I went with my 2 times hand-me-down Husqvarna 136 chainsaw to cut some wood up. After only a minute of cutting the blade began to smoke. Despite the cold I thought “That ain’t right” [..more..]


Posted by Benjamin Close on November 7, 2008 under Computers, Repairs | 12 Comments to Read

Inspiron 8000

It all began in February 2001. I bought a Dell inspiron 8000 laptop, with a 1400×1050 capable screen and I was happy. Over time however, things slowly broke. I was lucky enough to get a free upgrade to a 3 year next day onsite warranty, and over time got the HDD replaced twice and keyboard [..more..]