Lawn Wars

July 26, 2005

Lawn-Wars

As if it were not bad enough that the grass took over our vegetable garden while we were away… now the grass is openly mocking me by growing on top of my riding lawnmower.

The Comments

Don Jones

Dennis that is a truely bad omen of some sort. Not sure exactly what it means. It seems for the Brothers Jones the grass is always greener on the top side of the blade housing.

Dennis Jones

It certainly is a humiliating turn of events for me…

Doug Jones

now you need a tiny little mower to mow the grass on top of your big mower…

Don Jones

Ironically, I just had the SEARS man come out and work on my CRAPSMAN mower this morning. He immediately told me I need to keep the grass off the top of the housing ‘cause that’s what caused my blade engagement cable to bust. I’m not even going say how much this little appointment cost me… let’s just say I could’ve bought enough chickens and corn for the family for an ENTIRE YEAR. So Dennis… go the extra mile and clean that deck off… otherwise, you’ll eventually be takin’ it in the monkey shorts.

Doug Jones

One other reason to be neat and tidy… someone around here burnt down their garage. The dead grass on the mower caught fire sitting in the garage after mowing. The lesson here is… always have a bag of marshmallows handy

Don Jones

Neaty & Tidy Douger I bet you check your oil too. You should know by now that Dennis and I live on the non-maintenance side of life.

Dennis Jones

I like to mow tree stumps with my riding mower… if the mower cant take it… too bad for it…

Don Jones

I prefer mulching rock. Still hurting from replacing that window in the studio. $$$$

Dennis Jones

…if it’s on the ground, I’m mulching it…

Dennis Jones

BROTHER JONES ALERT!

BROTHER JONES ALERT!

Karen sent me to the grocery store at noon to get a roast for her to cook tonight and I noticed they have clementines now… this is possibly the best little fruit ever devised… if you havent had any this year, sprint to the store and get a little crate of them!

Doug Jones

one other item to keep your eye out for… PLUOTs. It is a cross between a plum and an apricot. They are my favorite. They have a splotchy looking smooth skin. In Publix they call them Dinosaur Eggs. I just ate one… mmmmmm….

Dennis Jones

oh yeh… well… I’m going downstairs right now and having another clementine…

Don Jones

Oh my darlin’ OH MY DARLIN’

Dennis Jones

…my box is actually called darlin’ clementines…

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A Brother Jones Tool Tip

December 7, 2006

mower1

…my mower as it currently sits in my garage…

mower2

…a lean, mean, grass eatin’ machine…

It is currently snowing very hard here in Indiana and as I was coming back through my garage with wood for the fireplace, I noticed my trusty riding lawnmower patiently waiting for summer. This inspired me to share a little Brother Jones Tool Tip with you that I believe we should all try to live by…

Take care of your tools and they will take care of you…

…yes, words to live by… I know I do.

…hope I don’t have problems with the mower again this spring.

The Comments

Doug Jones

that front tire looks spotless… better sling some mud on it, quick…

Dennis Jones

…I dont think I can today… we are having a bit of a blizzard right now (there is currently a 30 car pileup out on the highway) and my muddy yard is frozen… so I’m going to hop in my car and head up to the FedX box…Whoo HOO…

Keegan Jones

Haha, wow! How fast can that thing go?

Don Jones

Brother Don here reporting in from the SouthLake Town Square Apple Store. This image of your mower Dennis is front and center on this 30-inch monitor and is causing quite a stir. People are appearing sick and quickly leaving the premises. I see a lawn mower wash gift card in your future.

Dennis Jones

…I’m pretty sure the toxic mix of mud, water, and grass you see here has already tuned my blade housing into one big concrete slab… now that I think about it, I believe this is the same combination of elements they used to make bricks with in ancient Egypt…

BernardFromTheYard

Hey C’mon Dennis, Tis the season and all…how about changing that mower pic to your Christmas decorated lawn before cousin Eddie shows up? Or, at least add a snow shovel on the front.

Mower Problems

April 26, 2007

MowerProblm

…what else can go wrong…

Mowing season began for me last Saturday. I got the big riding mower out, gassed it up, and took off. I had my headphones on and was really enjoying riding around in the yard… until the blades quit working on the mower. I jumped off the tractor, looked at the deck and quickly diagnosed exactly what the problem was… something was broken.

I had one of two options. I could call someone to come to my house and fix the mower. This option would cost $88.00 up front just for them to drive to my house and look at the mower plus whatever the cost of fixing the mower would be. The other option was to fix it myself. The second option wasn’t really an option, so I decided to bite the bullet and have someone come to my house and fix my stupid mower.

The guy came to my house, looked at my mower, and said, “I cant fix that.” I had broken a brace that was attached to the deck. He gave me one of two options. Option One, replace the entire deck for $1220.51 or, Option Two, replace just the deck shell and scavenge parts from the broken deck for $709.41. Then he said, “this is what I would do if I were you. Take the deck off, take it to a welding shop, have them beat that brace back into position, weld it and add more metal to it for better support. That will be a lot cheaper than this will be.”

I took the deck to a local welder. Two hours later I picked it up, brought it home, put it back on and mowed the rest of my yard. It worked perfectly. The cost of getting my mower fixed at the welding shop? Twenty dollars.

The Comments

Doug Jones

you win. My mower quit while mowing the front yard. Tried every trick I knew but it would not start again. Had to borrow a truck and take it to the shop. A new carburetor at $272 fixed it. ouch.

Don Jones

Reminds me of one of my earlier riders… A cheap Wal-Mart Murray mower to be exact. The blade housing was made of high quality aluminum foil. After bending the housing into the blades for the millionth time, I too took that bad boy in and had some STEEL welded to the front end. It not only mowed but it GRADED the yard as well. Goodbye mole holes! Hello fresh turned dirt.

Dennis Jones

…the best lawn mowing gear I ever got was a set of Bose noise reduction headphones…

JEFF

Best lawnmowing gear I ever got was a motivated wife..

Don Jones

Jeff… you’re a lucky man.

JEFF

No, just afraid,, she owns a chainsaw as well.

Doug Jones

so… with them headphones, can you listen to music while you mow and they block out the mower noise?

Dennis Jones

…yep… music, radio, no mower noise… put on your sunglasses and a hat and the riding mower turns into a little island paradise on a sea of green… I personally like to steer with one hand and sip a tropical drink with one of those little umbrellas in it with the other…