October Home Maintenance To-Do List

Using garden hose to clean mowing deck under lawn mower.

To-Do #7: Winterize Gas-Powered Lawn Equipment

Once you’ve finished with all of your fall lawn maintenance, it’s time to winterize gas-powered lawn equipment, such as lawn mowers and trimmers, so they’ll run properly when spring arrives.

Always remove the spark plug wire from the spark plug before working on gas powered lawn equipment to prevent it from starting up unexpectedly.

To prepare lawn equipment for winter:

  1. Run Out the Gas: Start by running your mower or trimmer until it’s completely out of gas, or add fuel stabilizer to the gas in the tank to keep it fresh.
  2. Clean Equipment: Brush or wipe dirt and debris off the outside of the engine and housing. Gently turn lawn mowers on their side (with the air filter facing up), and spray the underside clean with a garden hose.
  3. Clean or Replace Air Filter: To clean or replace the air filter, find the air filter on your machine, remove the cover and filter, and clean or replace it following the installation instructions. Then, replace the cover and make sure it’s screwed or clamped tightly in place.
  4. Change Engine Oil: Remove the oil drain plug, and drain the old oil into a container for recycling. Put the drain plug back in and refill with the type of oil recommended in owner’s manual to the proper level.
  5. Replace or Sharpen Blade: To make sure your lawn mower is ready for spring it’s important to sharpen the blade. Mark the blade so that you can remember which side faces up. Then, remove the blade and sharpen the beveled side. Use a file, sharpening stone, grinder, or belt sander to gently follow the angle of the bevel and sharpen the edge. Make sure to take the same amount off each of the cutting edges, so the blade will be balanced and not vibrate. Then, reinstall the blade on the mower.
  6. Clean or Replace Spark Plug: Next, remove the spark plug and clean and reset the gap, or replace a worn spark plug with the same type. Install the clean or new plug in the mower, being careful not to over tighten it.

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  • Ann S. Says:
    October 3rd, 2017 at 7:57 am

    We have gutters that leak every where. Tried the spray on stuff to stop the leaks. Still leaks..any suggestions???

  • Marie Says:
    October 1st, 2017 at 10:24 am

    I want to add insulation in my attic. My house was built in 1994, and has blown in insulation, which has compacted. I want to put in Roxul, but do I need to remove the blown in first, or can I lay it on top?

  • gordon L Says:
    October 1st, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    any suggestion(s) in removing a single knob/ handle shower cartridge that leaks. I have sprayed threaded area and have even headed the cover which encases the cartridge with a torch and still cannot break it free to remove the cartridge. I did not want to put too much torque on the housing which could break the water supply line(s). I have use the rust catalyst spray PB which supposedly helps free rusted metal parts w/ no success.

  • Timothy J Sabo Says:
    October 1st, 2016 at 3:45 pm


    We love your show. Nice commercial (Nutri-system) Allen! Anyway, one thing we are sure to do at this time of year is to replace the batteries in our thermostats (digital versions). As it is starting to get cold at night, furnaces will not come on if the batteries in the thermostat are dead. Brrr! We have rentals, and at least one of the tenants call to report they don’t have heat: a dead battery is the easiest fix and the first thing to check.

  • helena Says:
    November 2nd, 2014 at 6:49 am

    i have a dining room table that is three generations old, when we sit at it for dinner it creaks like it is going to fall apart. the nuts are tight. do you have any suggestions for taking the creak out? humbly Helena

  • Mike broerman Says:
    October 1st, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    I have tried everything from fabic, wet and seal and other products that claim the it will stop my gutter leaking.If you have another solution other than replace these gutters.We loved your show and watched them every week.You can even come here because 3 of our neibors have the same problem

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October Home Maintenance To-Do List