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Just replaced the blade. now when i pull the cord, gasoline spurts out of muffler

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Take out the spark plug, then pull the rope a half dozen times or so. Tap lightly on the bowl of the carburetor. Blow on the bottom of the spark plug to dry.
Put the plug back in. Give it a try.
When you had the mower up to remove the blade the float in the carburetor bowl may have stuck open flooding the engine with gas.
If this works you may want to change the oil as some gas probably got in your oil.
Good Luck,

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