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4 common things that can go wrong with your ride-on mower

Ride-on mowers are easy to use, but they’re also sophisticated pieces of machinery.  Words: Nadene Hall Here are four common issues something has (or is about to) go wrong. 1. MOWER WON’T START Common causes: ■ no fuel; ■ safety feature engaged; ■ flat, faulty, or dead battery; ■ blown fuse; ■ bad spark plug; ■ blocked carburetor, fuel line, or fuel filter; ■ failing/failed alternator ; ■ failed starter solenoid or starter motor. Modern ride-on mowers have a range of safety switches that mean the engine won’t start if they’re engaged. Examples include if the deck blades are set to spin, the machine is in ‘drive’, or there’s no-one sitting on the operator’s seat (this prevents it from being...

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For LeBron James, developing ‘unguardable shot’ was key in his evolution as a scorer

Bump. Bump. Spin. Swish. LeBron James’ post-up game has an unmistakable, entirely predictable rhythm. So it seems incredible that after more than a decade, almost no one in the NBA has been able to stop it. But the moves pace out like clockwork: James uses his 6-foot-9, 250-pound bulk to give his defender two bumps with his left hip. They expect it, James told Southern California News Group in an exclusive interview, which makes it all the more devastating when he spins back to his right to launch a fadeaway shot in their faces. “There’s nothing you can do,” James told SCNG. “Most guys, especially when I’m in the post, they know they’re gonna get a little contact, they’re gonna...

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The 12 Best Valentine’s Day Horror Movies

Valentine's Day means different things to different people. For some, it's a joyous celebration of the people in their lives. For others, it's a painful reminder of loves lost and broken hearts. Then, for the rest of us, it's a springboard for silly slashers about lovesick killers. Second only to Christmas, Valentine's Day might well be the most popular holiday in slasher flicks. The innate tension between treacly intimacy and gonzo gore is too good an opportunity to pass up, and for time immemorial, creatives have merged both love and fear in increasingly twisted ways.Some recent editions to the horror canon, like "Bones and All" and "Spring," while not strictly speaking Valentine's Day-themed, are deeply romantic, reminding audiences of how...

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The search for extraterrestrial life as we don’t know it

[ comments ] Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Print Life on other planets might not look like any beings we're used to on Earth. It may even be unrecognizable at first to scientists searching for it. Credit: William HandAdvertisement Sarah Stewart Johnson was a college sophomore when she first stood atop Hawaii’s Mauna Kea volcano. Its dried lava surface was so different from the eroded, tree-draped mountains of her home state of Kentucky. Johnson wandered away from the other young researchers she was with and toward a distant ridge of the 13,800-foot summit. Looking down, she turned over a rock with the toe of her boot. To her surprise, a tiny...

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Going Out With Jake Cornell: The Acropolis (w/ EJ Marcus)

This week, Jake goes out with comedian EJ Marcus. The two discuss comedy “bits,” the politics of meeting for coffee, and childhood strip club burgers. Tune in for more. Listen Online Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Spotify Or Check Out the Conversation Here Jake Cornell: No. Rocka Rolla is fun, but yes, a Hot Toddy there is funny. EJ Marcus: OK, noted. Never again. J: No, but I get it. When I was bartending and people would order Hot Toddies, I was like, “I get it, but you also — you need to get it.” Do you know what I mean? EJ: Yes. J: Because it’s like a hot — if you’re cold, but now I have to deal...

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