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I have a 42' walk behind craftsman. I am trying to replace the pull string but cant seem to wind it correctly to where it retains tension. any input?

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Is the spring broke if not wind the spoll up a couple of times then install handle

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Mfirefighter173@aol.comhave a craftsman 17 hp lawn tractor and dont know were to put the spring that engages the mower blades, had to take apart to put in new mandril and cant seem to find were to put this...


There are four pulleys on the deck. Two for the blades, one idler, and one tensioning. The two smaller ones are the idler and tensioning. The tensioning is the one on the right. The post coming out the top of the pulley is where the spring goes, it slides over the top and a clip goes throught the hole at the top of it to retain the spring.

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I pulled the starter rope out of the unit. How do I take the unit apart to re-wind the starter rope?


Take the cover off and look under it, you should see a plastic round disc that the rope winds on, You will need to locate the string and get it out of the cover where it passes through,once this is done, you will have to turn the disc the correct way to tighten spring ( you should be able to feel the pressure building as you turn, if not go other way, or the spring is broke, in wich case you need parts. If all is well, when you feel tension on it and have enough....not to much...just think about how much pull you had before it broke,because when the rope comes out it gets tighter towards full pull of rope, HOLD tension and put string through the hole on cover, once you have it through tie your handle back on, you should be able to release and jossle to get the rope back in the groove, Place on machine and see if you have enough tension that it will retract in cover when pulled and let go, if it does not you will have to repeat procedure, and tighten spring.....Do not get carried away with the loading of the spring......TIP you can shorten string if you just lack a little bit of it retracting in cover because it gets tighter when pulled out....Good Luck!

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My pull string came off my lawn mor.i replaced but dont know how to rewined it back up help is there a trick to it.


You have to wind the spring and the housing that holds the spring. Then insert string in and tie the end in a knot. Probably like you have it now. But you have to wind the spring first.

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Had to replace E string on Baby Z. Having difficulty getting the string on guitar to wind Any assistance would be great!


Normally you leave string slack enough at the start so you can get 3 or 4 winds before it is at tension.

While winding, pull string sideways to keep gentle tension on the string.

They have cranks to speed up the winding process you caanbuy that are inexpensive.

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http://www.ehow.com/video_4396928_replace-strings-acoustic-guitar.html

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you must wind the spring up by hand first clamp the sping mecanism down with visegrips or clamp and then feed string trough and tie off. release clamp and string will feed back in

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