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Jim1969
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   Posted 5/7/2011 2:21 AM (GMT -6)   
It is so nice when life throws you one of those must do things that normally you would avoid because you know you are going to pay for it big time.

Well life tossed me one of those last fall and I have put off dealing with it until now.

During the last mow of the season last year I was trying to cut my grass a little shorter than normal and also trying to get it done as fast as I could because it was starting to rain just a little bit. Well I hit a dirt mound in my yard and because I had the deck on my rider lower than normal it rammed into it and popped off. Due to the rain I just left the mower sit in the back yard and then it turned cold and it seems like it was either cold or wet or cold and wet the rest of the fall and then winter came so I tossed a tarp over the mower and left it.

Well now it is spring and with all the rain we have gotten (over 10 inches in April) the grass really needs cut. Our front yard is really small and I was able to mow it with the push mower but the back yard is just too big for me to handle that way so I managed to find a manual for my rider on line (not easy since the mower is an early 90's model) and figured out how to re-attach the deck. Even with the manual it still took me 2 hours of pushing, pulling and hammering things back into place to get the job done.

I took an extra pain pill and a muscle relaxer before I started but even so by the time I was done I was hurting bad...or so I thought. This was from 4-6 this evening. Now here it is 2am and I am really paying the price. A small part of it is muscular, but a large part of it is right in the middle of my low back right where the herniated discs are.

Now you all are probably wondering why I didn't hire someone to do this right? Well I tried. At the start of April I posted ads on Craig List and some other local ad web site looking for someone to come over and put the deck back on for me. I even reposted those ads every 4 days and no takers and with the deck half off there was no way I could get it to a repair shop, plus I don't have any way to get it there if I need to right now.

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 5/7/2011 4:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Good morning Jim!

I know just how you feel, as I kinda pulled the same trick a few months ago, and changed a flat on my wife's Van. Yep!....I too popped an extra BT med, but as soon
as I was done changing the tire, I knew I had messed up. It took me a week to get over that one.

I happen to work with a great bunch of guys at work, and they always keep an eye on me, and help when I need it. I'm wondering if maybe one of the mower shops pick up mowers for repair in your area?
They do here in this area, and we had to have this done as well last year. We have one of those larger commercial type mowers. (Zipper) and there is no trailer for us to haul it in. I made sure that we had it serviced at the end of the season last year, so that all we had to do was check it for fuel, and start the new season again. Neither me or my wife are able to mow because of health problems now, but we are lucky to have a 16yr old daughter, and she enjoys the extra cash.

It is hard getting around some of those limitations when we don't have some extra help isn't it! So, I do sympathize with you my friend! I'm wondering if you might be able to hire a local youth to mow for you, since you too, suffer back problems? We mow 6 out of the 12 acres we own, and it is way too rough for the both of us.

Take care, and do be careful when taking on such unavoidable activities.

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Jim1969
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   Posted 5/7/2011 6:42 AM (GMT -6)   
We only have 2 mower shops within a 10 mile radius and neither picks up. I even asked them if they would come to my house and see if they could put the deck back on and offered to pay them an extra $20 above the repair cost and they wouldn't do that either.

There are so many people out of work around here and quite a few fix up mowers on the side trying to make money I was really surprised that no one was interested in coming by and making some money.

While it took me 2 hours to do it, someone who was more able bodied and knew more about it than I did probably could have had it done in less than an hour.

Oh well. The deck is back on, now I just have to get it running. Hopefully all it is going to need is some fresh gas and a new battery.
2 confirmed herniated lumbar discs. Spinal Arthritis. Spinal Stenosis, diabetic peripheral nueropathy.

NiNi53
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   Posted 5/7/2011 7:25 AM (GMT -6)   
First let me congradulate you Jim1969 for at least trying to ask for help instead of jumping in right away and really hurting yourself.  As a cp patient for 11+ years I have had to learn to ask for help with so many things that prior to my disability I never would have asked anyone to do.  One of my biggest pet peeves is having to ask my 25 year old daughter to drive me to different places.  For the most part I take public transportation, but there are some places I either want to go to or have to go to and thats when I have to ask for a ride.
 
Let me just say for the most part my daughter is very good about helping me out, I live with her and she takes very good care of me most of the time.  Sometimes though I have to remind her that when she was younger say between ages 4 until 17-18, I spent a very large part of my evenings taking her from one ball field to another, or a soccer field to another, or swim meets, or softball which I was the coach for 3 years when she was 8, 9 and 10 so I also lugged around large bags of softball equipment and various other young ladies.  I was absolutley happy to do all of this, the last year I coached softball I knew it was going to be the last year as my body was quickly breaking down.
 
 I am considering getting my drivers license back but I will have to take the written and driving test again and I am scared of failing.  I am going to work on not being scared of failure, study the book that has the rules and regs for the state I live in, and have a friend who will loan me her compact car to take the test in, my daughter has a SUV.  I always told my girls, "you cannot be truely independent without a drivers license".  My daughter and my soon to be son-in-law (who happens to be a policeman) have told me they would get me a hoopty to get around in and pay the insurance.  So thats that I have to get my license back, I just cant drive after dark.
 
Hoping you are feeling better, and always having low pain days.
degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, neuropathy, lumbar laminectomy july 1998 no help, rechargeable neurostimulator unit low right back w/lead wires to left side and right leg unit not working just sitting there.i am 57 years young in may will turn 58. i have 2 grown daughters, 25 and 29. i have 2 grandchildren, 9 year old grandaughter and 5 yr. old grandson

Betsey Ross
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   Posted 5/7/2011 7:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh Jim

I emphathixe with you tremendously. trying to get a neighborhood youth to mow grass or snow blow snow for us is like having the red sea parted. Oh my gosh! lol.

My husband has his own health issues and our grass needed cut. Well our mower use to be propelled by itself push a lever and the wheels would turn well that hasnt happened in 3 years. Then our poor mower started to use a lot of oil,so you have to check the oil before every cut and add oil and gas. Husband said that we need a belt and a new cutting blade for this mower. I am og the opion get a new mower one that you can sit on and ride around our 2 axres. I will have to check craigs list for a used riding mower and he can try to read on the deck plate the model of the mower thru the years of greasey oil accumulation and grass clippings that never got cleaned off of the mower..It would be impossible to read a belt size on the belt because the belt is just to old just like the mower.

The blade will have to be removed by impact wrench thank goodness he has a generator and air tools. I know that it will take hours to work on this poor tired mower and after fixing it maybe he should soak in our spa on the porch. The next day he can cut the grass.

we live in a neighborhood of elderly couples. Everyone is very nice but we are the youngest of the group. so Jim I know where you are coming from.

You know that you will pay for it for a long time no doubt about it. Unemployment is high but no help for us. I cant get anyone to routinely clean my house. i cant do it anymore. I appreciated my friend stopping by this week and sort of getting thru the first layer of dog fur and dust. I need her to come back again..

Keep us p[osted as to the status of your mower whether it needed just a battery and fresh gas. i hope so for your sake.

I know that my husband had to work on the snowblower in our kitchen in January to install a new belt and skid plate. So many bolts and washers. Had to put them in a plastic cup so the shelties wouldnt play with them.

jim, keep us apprised of your situation. i am thinking of you and your dilema because it happens to us.

Hang in there

Betsey
crushed lower knee and vertical fx of yibia/external fixator placed/plates and screws and tried to place big pieces of cartiledge under knee cap/tremendous pain in affected legcontinously without improving/allergic to metal in left leg/leg isnt straight/need metal removed in July/wait 6 months for healing/then toatal knee replacement/straighten out leg/more phsyxical therapy/take opana er

White Beard
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   Posted 5/7/2011 10:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Well Jim I can really empathize with you, I just mowed my grass last weekend or shall I say partially mowed it. I have a little single bladed rider mower, that they don't even make any more! It is great for the open spaces, but not good for the close up trim type of mowing. I can mow using the rider, I have to be careful and it takes about three hours to do it sometimes longer depending of how many breaks or rest periods I take. Anyway as most of you know I sold my house and I am scrabbling to find a place to live,  and I think  I have, I go this afternoon to sign the papers. Well anyway, last night when I got home from pulmonary rehab, I got out the mower and started mowing, I swear in less than a week the grass has grown a foot! Well maybe not quite a foot! smile but allot anyway! After two hours I got the front and sides done and was on my way to the back yard and all of a sudden the mower quit moving, the engine was running and the blade was still cutting but the mower would not move! I got off of it and walked around it and on the ground right behind it was the shredded drive belt! I got the neighbor to help me push the mower in to the garage. Now I have to order a new belt from the local hard ware store, two years ago the two belts one for the drive and one for the mower blade, were 45 dollars a piece, and it took 4 days to get them. So today I will have to order the belts and then the hard part, installing them.  I am pretty handy with doing that type of stuff, the killer is being physically able to do it!  And that I am really not! Last time  I  gerry-rigged a platform thing so I could get at the belt pullies, without having to try and lay on the ground and be a contortionists but now I can't remember exactly how I did it. I guess I have a few days to figure it out!
 
 Anyway Jim I can empathize with your situation, and yes we have had allot of rain I still have some standing water in the culvert by the street in front of my house, and I can not mow that area because of the water and it is there that I do have grass that is a foot tall or taller. I guess for now I will have to hire some one to mow my grass,  a month or so ago I hired someone to mow an vacuum up the leaves and such and they charged me seventy dollars. I think he normally charges 50 for mowing, and he is the cheapest around! I just can not afford to do that to often!
 
Hang in there Jim it is the season for us men to sharpen our mower blades and tune up our engines, and go out into the wilds of the back yard and conquer that vast formidable green jungle that threatens to take over our domicile! For some of us, like you and me and the rest of us here on the CP forum we have to do a little extra preparation, such as taking meds for break through pain, getting out the hot and cold packs, and back & neck braces, and the like! But we will  prouldy donn our gear and prepare for  battle, and with brute determination, we will win and be victorious! And as we limp back into our houses, and crawl across the floor to  our favorite  recliner, we can then sit down and  lick our wounds, and  bask in our victory, and hope to heal and recover in time, to go out next week and do it all over again!
 
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Post Edited (White Beard) : 5/7/2011 9:59:40 AM (GMT-6)


Alcie
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   Posted 5/7/2011 2:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Jim -
Right there with you, only my mower deck is a 6' that I pull behind my old Ford diesel tractor. I didn't hire anyone to do the work - yet - this year because the guy who mowed for me last year caused me to have $1000 in repair bills on just the deck! He also overheats the tractor all the time. It just can't be expected to mow foot tall grass at a good speed.

I'm rethinking just doing the edges myself, where all the rocks and stumps are, and letting him do the big boring fields though, because my shoulder impingement is just awful after an extra tramadol, and I can't mix pain drugs or I get serotonin syndrome.

Im resting on my heating pad now waiting for the tractor to cool down so I can add coolant. I'm kind of glad to be forced to rest for a couple of hours.

Now, what to cook for Mothers' Day?? DIL and her mom and I get to make hubbies and the little kids a nice special dinner to celebrate our day off.
Alcie
 
 

momtofourangels
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   Posted 5/7/2011 4:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Jim. I'm sorry that you had so much trouble with your mower. We don't have to mow our lawn because we live in an apartment, but I do sympathize with you. It must really be hard to do such a thing and then suffer afterwards. ((((((((hugs))))))) for you. I bet you were really not looking forward to having to get to that mower and work on it. You rest now and take care of yourself. I hope your pain is better now.

love and hugs
Loretta
Dx: osteoarthritis, bursitis in left hip, Osteoarthrits in right hip, compression fracture in thoracic spine due to falling on frozen ground March 2001 , ddd, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, osteoarthritis in spine, osteoarthritis in both knees
Meds: Fentanyl patch, oxycodone, otc: BenGay, Tylenol Arthritis on occasion

Jim1969
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   Posted 5/7/2011 4:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I think the only thing that is going to hurt worse at the moment is taking the gas can to get it filled up.
2 confirmed herniated lumbar discs. Spinal Arthritis. Spinal Stenosis, diabetic peripheral nueropathy.

Jim1969
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   Posted 5/7/2011 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Went out this afternoon and got a new battery, spark plug, and fresh gas. When I left the house not a cloud in the sky. By the time I returned home the air was turning cool and dark clouds were rolling in fast.

Oh well. At least I have what I think I will need to get the little beast running here at the house and tomorrow is suppose to be mostly sunny.
2 confirmed herniated lumbar discs. Spinal Arthritis. Spinal Stenosis, diabetic peripheral nueropathy.

Jim1969
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   Posted 5/8/2011 9:11 PM (GMT -6)   
It's alive!!! It's alive!!! yeah yeah

Siphoned out most of the old gas, put a new battery in and got it running. It took a little bit of cranking for the old gas in the lines to run through before it fired up, but it did and I got the back yard mowed.

Half way through though it died on me and wouldn't start, as if it had a dead battery. It didn't take long to find the problem. The negative battery cable was bad at the mower side ring terminal. I got it patched back in and all was grand.

Going to have to replace that cable soon however.

Jim1969
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   Posted 5/9/2011 10:12 PM (GMT -6)   
While it would have been nice for someone to have come over and fixed the mower for me so I could have avoided causing everything to flair up I am trying to look on the bright side of things.

1. I learned quite a bit about how this mower is put together.
2. I saved some money doing it myself.
3. The most important thing is the feeling of accomplishment having done it myself.
2 confirmed herniated lumbar discs. Spinal Arthritis. Spinal Stenosis, diabetic peripheral nueropathy.

Jim1969
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   Posted 5/9/2011 11:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, my kid was out there "helping" me the whole time. He enjoyed playing "mechanic" and handing me the tools I needed and keeping track of bolts and stuff.
2 confirmed herniated lumbar discs. Spinal Arthritis. Spinal Stenosis, diabetic peripheral nueropathy.

Jim1969
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   Posted 5/9/2011 11:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh and things would have been easier if our black lab wasn't always coming over and dropping his favorite tennis ball on my head wanting to play.
2 confirmed herniated lumbar discs. Spinal Arthritis. Spinal Stenosis, diabetic peripheral nueropathy.

Chartreux
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   Posted 5/10/2011 8:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Try putting an ice pack on you back, that should help the new injury...
Sure hope your feeling better soon and I'm glad your mower is working
that is indeed a good thing, sorry no one helped, seems like people are getting to lazy
and non caring anymore which is ashame, I can't get anyone to help me rack either,
it's so hard for me to rake and I have to use my cane, so cane in one hand rake
in another, lots of cars going by and no one offered up help, I would've paid as
well....you'd think if someone needed money they'd help...nope....
well wishes, prayers and healing hugz to you Jim...
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