Well yesterday was my first attempted mowing of 2016, and I managed to turn a small problem into a rather larger (I think) problem.
I got off the mower to move some sticks and noticed liquid pouring from the front, so I opened the hood to see gas pouring as fast as it can out of the carb overflow tube. Mind you, the mower was running splendidly, but also dumping gas at an alarming rate.
I figure no big deal, either stuck needle or sunk float, so I pull bowl off carb, and trying to get pivot pin out for the float, manage to break off one of the mounting ears where the pin goes through. That is some sort of terribly flimsy pot-metal, as I wasn't really putting any force on it, no idea how it happened, but anyway, the float itself seems fine (nothing inside it that I can tell), so I'm guessing my problem was a stuck needle due to sitting over the winter...
So now I think I went from a fine carb that maybe needed a cleaning to needing a new carb. No big deal, I thought, I'll go on Ebay/Craigslist and find a used one for $20 make sure it's decent and call it a day.. But apparently the marketplace has different ideas as the cheapest one I can find is $140!
I think first I'm going to just try to superglue the little ear back on, as it doesn't seem it will do any worse than to just not work and leave me back where I am now... It's not something in danger of getting into the engine itself if it comes back off I don't think.
Any other ideas?