How to Maintain Your Weed Trimmer

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Weed trimmers are a key tool in keeping up your home’s curb appeal

Maintain Your Weed Trimmer

Weed trimmers, also known as string trimmers, are extremely useful when caring for your outdoor space. A well-maintained trimmer can easily whack weeds and grass wherever necessary, as well as edge walks for a nice, neat appearance.

WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS PROJECT

1
Safety first
Safety first - Maintain Weed Trimmer

Before you perform any trimmer maintenance, be sure the power button is in the off position, the gas tank is empty and the spark plug wire is disconnected.

2
Clean
Clean - Maintain Weed Trimmer

Once a season, give the exterior of your trimmer a good cleaning by using a mix of water and dish detergent to clean off any grease, dirt and debris with a brush.

3
Replace string
Replace string - Maintain Weed Trimmer

• The string may need to be replaced often, depending on use.
• Remove the disk.
• Dispose of any string left behind.
• Re-string.
• Replace the air filter approximately every 90 days, based on wear and tear.

4
Remove spark plug
Remove spark plug - Maintain Weed Trimmer

• Every three to four months, depending on use and level of dirt, empty the fuel tank and remove the spark plug.
• If the spark plug is brown, pour ¼ ounce of engine oil into the cylinder.
• Pull the starting cord several times to distribute the oil.
• If the spark plug is black, it needs to be replaced.

5
Empty fuel tank
Empty fuel tank - Maintain Weed Trimmer

• After you’ve used the trimmer for the last time in the season, empty its fuel tank.
• For suggestions on proper fuel and waste practices, consult your local hazardous waste center.
• Check all screws and nuts, tightening as needed, before storing your trimmer away.