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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Lawn Mower Tune-Up Time

By Angie Hicks




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) It's that time of year. Drive through your neighborhood on heavy trash pickup day and you'll likely see them: lawnmowers sitting forlornly at the end of driveways, worn but otherwise seemingly intact; cast aside because they no longer function as they should.

"Usually in the springtime, about now, people try to start their mower and it won't run, so they'll want to throw it out," said James Feehan of Treasure Valley Premier Services, which offers lawnmower service and repair in Boise, Idaho. "Instead (of paying for a tune-up) they spend $500 on a new mower. People don't call when a problem exists. They just throw the mower away."

Having your mower serviced before you need it can help avoid inopportune breakdowns and extend its lifecycle. A professional lawnmower tune-up should include having the blade sharpened, cleaning under the mower, replacing spark plugs and air filters, changing the oil, replacing old fuel if necessary and inspecting the carburetor, cables and belts.

A spring tune-up should cost between $50 and $150, depending on the mower and what needs to be done. Feehan picks up and drops off the mowers he services, charging about $90 on average for a full service. Jeff Breton, of Precision Outdoor Power Equipment in Raleigh, N.C., charges $47 for a tune-up, plus the cost of parts like spark plugs, oil and filters. Both professionals recommend an annual inspection and tune-up.

"First off, it makes the grass look prettier," Breton says. "A dull blade just tears the grass, whereas a sharp blade will cut the grass and give you an even cut. Plus, we can see anything that might potentially go wrong (before) they might have to end up having to replace it."

Warning signs that your mower needs maintenance can include difficulty in starting, a smoking engine, and reduced horsepower.

The most common issue both pros say they see is trouble with carburetors, especially in mowers where fuel has sat in the gas tank for an extended period of time.

"It typically will start up, run for few seconds and then die," Feehan says. "Once the fuel starts to gel, it will clog up right away. That's 90 percent of the repairs I get."

Feehan recommends using a fuel stabilizer throughout the season to minimize potential issues.

"It will extend the life of the gas and keeps it from gelling up when it sits," Feehan says, adding that the No. 1 thing homeowners can do to keep their mowers working well is to drain fuel from the mower before storing it during the months when it's not being used.

Feehan, who studied turf grass management at University of Maryland and combined his knowledge of lawn care with a lifetime of experience working on small engines to form his company, said neglecting your mower will ultimately lead to neglect of your lawn.

"When you don't maintain your lawnmower, it's going to break down," Feehan says. "When it breaks down, you can't mow your lawn regularly. Regularly cutting the lawn is very important for its health. If you miss a week, it grows taller. When you come back to cut it, you're ripping a lot of the moisture out of the lawn. You're causing a lot of problems by not doing it regularly. Even one time a year alters it for about six weeks."

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Since 1995, Angie Hicks has been dedicated to helping consumers get the real scoop on local service companies and health providers. Inspired by the frustrations her co-founder had trying to find reliable contractors in suburban Columbus, Ohio, she started Angie's List to help homeowners find who they should hire and who they should avoid.


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Carpet Cleaning
Hardscaping: Homeowners upgrading outdoor areas
Dryer vent cleaning
Home automation
Central Vacuums
Know signs of a qualified locksmith
Mold Testing and Remediation
Most water softeners are fully automatic
Property sealing your home's envelope
New thermostats can 'learn' home's routine

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