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The evil Ariens fairy must have come in the night...

About 2 weeks ago I started up my blower after being in storage for the Spring/Summer. Fuel was from last season (mid-March) with Marine Sta-Bil. I changed the oil with Mobil One 5w-30 and it fired up on the first pull like a champ.

Now, 2 weeks later, I decide to replace the spark plug. I pull the old, check the gap on the new on to about 0.29, and re-install. NOTHING.
-I pull the plug, close the fuel line, and pull the cord a few times. I can see fuel spraying out. Recheck the plug gap, let the machine sit for about 15min, and I try again. NOTHING.
-Swap the old plug back. NOTHING.
-Clean both plugs, pull the cord a few times to clear things out. Reinstall the plugs and try again. NOTHING.
-Repeated all steps above with the fuel line off and with/without choke on. NOTHING.

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Any chance the key isn't on or something got knocked loose?

Regardless of how confident you are in stabilizer, I'd shatt can the fuel and start new, then.
Did you check for spark while having any of the plugs attached after FTF?
Be careful to cover the empty spark plug hole with a towel while you check for spark. Then
Check your oil to make sure it's not way over full and smells like gas. Could have sent a glunk of fuel line sludge along the system and flooding out. Now you're chasing more fuel into the block with no spark, or flooded????
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Try the old plug again ??

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Need spark and a wet plug. Which one is missing?

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Key is in place. I can't imagine anything being knocked loose as I haven't moved the blower since I started it 2 weeks ago.

Oil doesn't have any gas smell to it.

How exactly do I go about verifying that there is a spark?

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Key is in place. I can't imagine anything being knocked loose as I haven't moved the blower since I started it 2 weeks ago.

Oil doesn't have any gas smell to it.

How exactly do I go about verifying that there is a spark?
take the spare plug that you have and put the plug wire on it, ground it against a non painted headbolt etc, turn the engine over as if you were trying to start it, watch for spark.....it should be nice and blue, and you may even hear it snap.

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Pull the plug adapter and then remove plug, stick the plug back in the adapter and set it against the block or head (use the towel i mentioned before, over the empty sparkplug hole) pull over the engine in an area dark enough to see if you are getting spark. Do it several times if you don't think it is showing. It should show nice a blue cross over. If not, try a different plug (any plug from a running machine in the garage will work for this test).
Got spark? No?, it's not abnormal to see a fail at that **** safety key. It breaks the ground from the ignition to .....well ground. If it fails, or isn't "clicked" all the way in (try holding it while you pull the rope or run the electric) or gets bumped, you will not see spark. LCT engine or Briggs?
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If you have spark and it still won't fire, the float may be stuck shut. Little shot of PB Blaster or raw fuel directly in the plug hole may get you're vacuum going. Also make sure the new plug is clicked up into the holder firm. Try the electric start and wiggly the spark plug holder while you do. Just spit balling what i used to get neighbors going or finding out the new plug was bad.

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Not seeing any spark with either of the plugs. The key is in the ignition, I removed, replaced, removed, and replaced again. It feels as though it is engaging. I also checked the wires behind the ignition and they look to be firmly in place as well.

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