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Homelite 26cc string trimmer only a year old , winter inside with Sta-bil in , to start season fresh fuel pre-mixed 50-1fuel , cleaned plug. Won't even try to start. Don't see any spark. .?

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Try adjusting the low idle screw on the side of the carburetor you should see two or three screws one with and "L" low one with an "H" high idle and one for the cable idle stop. Sometimes these get clogged and some are adjusted for high altitude right out of the box. Start with a half turn out see if it starts. If you truly do not get a spark you might have to replace the ignition module. If the screws have a strange looking head on them ( Two cycle carbs often have half moon or other odd shapes try using a bic pen on the screw. Saves you from having to buy a whole set of screwdrivers you will only use once in awhile. Good luck.

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