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Strangest Repairs Jobs to fix Customer Jury-Rigs?

I bet some of you mechanics here have come across the strangest repairs to fix a customers jury-rig attempt to fix their own blowers.

In just the last month I have seen some of my neighbors' attempts for DIY repairs.

Have seen the strangest things used for shear pins, redneck wiring jobs, duck tape and baling wire repairs that barely hold things together, booby pins, paper clips, rubber bands , rope and it goes on and on.

I bet some of you could share a story about the strangest repair you had to make to make it right. What the heck do you charge other than the proper hardware or wiring to cut out tape or wires and strange bolts and wiring? Is there something in your billing hours for fixing "redneck repairs?"

I'm surprised that people will even drop off the machine like this.after they have tried to keep it going for 10 plus years. It's probably like a tooth ache that is so bad that you have to go to the dentist.

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I just removed a household on -off switch from a Troybilt used as a kill switch...
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One guy a few years ago asked me to look at the "wrong belts" he got from Amazon. He said they were way too short and wanted to know how to measure for correct ones. He was trying to route them AROUND the keepers and idlers
I also have a neighbor that almost every year out has a "dead" lawn tractor that is fixed by pushing the PTO switch to off.
Forgot one, mom's neighbor had the governor linkage duct taped to "stop it from moving back and forth all the **** time."

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Somebody had a Gilson 2 speed Gear Drive and needed to get the transmission out. Apparently they didn't want to remove the 2 speed jack shaft and instead cut a panel out of the back of the chassis, did the repair and patched the chassis back together. That was an instant part down candidate!
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I've got a Lawn Chief riding mower project (that I have yet to work on) that I know one of the PO's jury-ridded a push-button start. The only problem with that is...if a battery is hooked up, anyone can start it (even my kids ) without a key in the ignition. That is one of the first things I will fix...when I get to that project. It will probably require me completely rewiring the mower...but it isn't exactly the most complicated wiring diagram I have seen.

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jury rigged machines got a $100.00 per working by the clock hour bill. no flat rate normal repair like a simple service special would get.

how many over 50 years? i gave up counting. some were simple, some were complex.
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Welded auger rakes, gas tanks duct taped to the engine, hacked up axels and hubs just to name a few. No matter how ridiculous you can imagine the thing that can be done to a blower or engine, someone will top it.
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Got this one in for repairs this winter and the only problem he described to me on the phone before dropping it off was a starting issue. So ya, that's a golf club being used to turn the chute, the chute is reenforced with a peice of aluminum on the inside and then what looks like a full roll of duct tape holding all that together...WOW.
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seen a lot of bad ones but that takes the cake for sure,
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I did a job once on a newer Ariens. The drive handle was adjusted so it was always slightly engaged. Because of that, the shifter was hard to move and they broke the shift rod so you had to try to kick the lever to move it. And the auger belt was WAY over stretched so they hammered a piece of wood in behind the tensioner to keep the auger going constantly. DEATH MACHINE.

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