We are still working in the garden in hopes of providing all of our food needs for a year. I am trying to rebuild a seized up engine on a wood chipper that I have.
I am hauling loads of mulch and compost every day this week. There is a lot of compost there and it all needs to be moved. We can certainly use it here so I am bringing it home.
I have started work on a seized up old wood shipper/shredder that I brought back from NY. I figure the piston is seized due to being left outside too long.
I brought it over to the garage and removed the shroud first. The pull starter cord was hanging out and jammed up.
After some lube and work I got the pull starter working again smoothly.
Next I removed the cylinder head to find a surprise inside. The cylinder was full of water nearly to the top. There is a huge amount of water and rust particles in the cylinder. The valves are rusty too and the intake valve is seized in place.
I cleaned out the cylinder and sprayed some PB blaster into it. I let it soak for a few minutes. Then I took a block of wood and a hammer and pounded on the piston to free it up.
I got lucky that the piston was not all the way down in the cylinder. There was enough space left for me to get it moving downward.
Then I worked the flywheel gently, freeing up the piston a little bit at a time until I got it to move all the way up the cylinder.
After cleaning out the cylinder and then spraying it with oil again I worked the piston up and down until it moved freely.
Next I worked on the valves in the same manner.
Soon I had the engine moving smoothly.
I am also experimenting with solar power for the chalet. I hope to figure out how to set up a grid tie inverter to power our home entirely.
For now I am experimenting with placement of the solar panels in the sun for maximum daily exposure.
I removed the carburetor and will clean that later.
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