Act extremely motivated (false motivation is better than no motivation)
Be very pleasant to your spouse (temp.)
Plan your work (gonna need some beer)
Work your plan (follow the remaining slides verbatim)
Solution: Create a situation where you cannot lose
You tell the wife (or husband if hes the bitch) hey, honey, I was going to mow the lawn and the mower isnt cutting the way its supposed to. It looks all ragged. I think it may need a new blade but I could probably save some money by just sharpening it but I dont have that tool. Im gonna run and pick up a tool to save us some money, can I get you anything while Im out pumpkin?
Okay, first things first
Get your best cooler out and put it in the back of the truck
Drive to the local brew shop, get the beer and ice loaded
Head to your local Lowes (home depot or Sears if you prefer)
Get the kit on the next slide (only one with the particular tool you need in it)
First and foremost upon return: do not start drinking until after youve briefed the spouse
Explain how buying the kit actually saved you hundreds of dollars because you got all the other tools almost free
Kiss her on the forehead and tell her she looks beautiful and you love her
Get out move stealthily to the garage
Lets get to work
What you know:
Beer is good when cold
Beer is good when plentiful
Beer.. Wait a minute, what were we here for?
Oh yeah, sharpen the blade
Gas tank on the top side
Probably a 9/16 th (14 mm) for my metric friends
The shaft is close to the end of its life
This shaft may soon need replacement, go to the manufacturers website and order it now.
Place it on something narrow, if it balances good, if not grind on the side that is lower, rebalance, regrind, etc.
Put the blade back on and tighten it securely (if weak get neighbor)