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help with a gas leak

I have a deluxe 24, model 921024, purchased two years ago in Feb. Has worked fine including the last storm we had about a week ago (I'm in NJ), but a couple of days ago I started to get a smell of gas in the garage. It has been in my garage since early Dec with no issues, it worked fine during the storm and had no smell for the next few days after. The smell started the morning after I was in the garage looking for something although you would think I would remember bumping into it hard enough to dislodge something. I did close the fuel valve after the storm, and I did check the gas tank cap and it was on tight.

Any suggestions on how I can find the source of the smell/leak?
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You could try something like putting paper towels under the gas tank, under the carburetor, the fuel lines, etc. Whatever has gas, and could have something placed under it.

If gas dripped onto it, the paper towels would stay wet for a while, but even if the gas dried up, the paper towels might be discolored, or kind of wrinkled, giving a hint of where the drip was.

I assume there's nothing else in the garage that would be the cause of the smell?

As one way to narrow down the causes a little bit, you could keep the fuel shutoff closed, and run the engine until it dies. Then you'd only have gas up to the fuel shutoff. If the smell goes away, you could assume that it's at least beyond the fuel shutoff, and inspect the carb and fuel lines more closely.

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If there is no other obvious conditions, drop the carb bowl and see if the needle fell out of place on the carb.
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I did shut off the gas valve and ran it until it died and didn't have the smell for a few days. I know it's the blower because when I let it sit outside, the smell, in the garage, goes away.
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A paper towel or 2ply tissue will find a leak real quick. If it has a gas shut off, and you shut off the gas line valve, and ran it out of gas, it can only be from the shut off to the tank. You certainly do not want gas vapor in your garage.
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