I came across this article by Matt Gonitzke on how to surface a head using a square of glass and sandpaper. Maybe it's old news to a lot of you but I thought it worth sharing and seeing if maybe it should be a "sticky".
It seems like a no brainier as I always surfaced automotive heads when doing a head gasket job but never thought about doing it on a small engine.
I'm sure sending it out to have it surfaced at a shop is a more perfect way to get it flat but this seemed like a great way to get very close and sure beats just tossing in a new gasket and hoping for the best.
I like that's it easy and fairly cheap too
It is common to do that on carburetor mating surfaces. At work we have a block of glass of about 8x8 inches, double glass and a double sided adhesive film in between that we use with sandpaper for that purpose.
That's a fantastic write-up, Frog. Thanks for passing it along.
It's quite coincidental timing of you posting it, too, because I'm actually doing that same repair on my pop's lawn tractor...replacing the head gasket.
Such a simple method for effective results
For those who have done something like this before, about how much time did it take to wet sand the head in the article - 20 minutes, 30 minutes, an hour? Even more?
Also, as far as the directions stating to turn this thing periodically during the process, what is the best method - turning from say 6:00 to 9:00 then to 12:00 etc. in some type of specific, circular sequence?