Weeds are considered as pests by most homeowners. These weeds usually destroy the beauty of the lawns or yards of the proprietors. The nutrients found in the soil are being grabbed by the weeds instead of being grabbed by the flowers and plants that are intentionally planted on such ground. For this matter, homeowners see to it that the weeds in their properties are trimmed, if not completely removed.
One of the machines that are useful in trimming or removing the weeds is a weed eater. This machine can be powered by electricity, by battery, or by gas. No matter which type the machine is, a weed eater uses a string in order to whack the weeds, and eventually trimming them down or killing them. In this case, you, as a homeowner should know how to put a new line on your weed eater in case you need to replace the string due to some reasons.
Steps on How to Put a New Line
Step 1: First, you have to purchase a trimmer line. This product is usually bought in rolls. You can purchase this product from a hardware store or an online retail store. It actually is available in different diameters, thickness, as well as colors, so you have to identify the right trimmer line that you should be buying. To help you in determining the right line, you should always refer to the manual of your current weed eater. It is important that you choose the right dimensions for the line since a wrong one may damage the entire machine. It will cause more tension on your weed eater, eventually leading to a burnout. The most popular dimensions are 0.065 inches and 0.095 inches.
Step 2: Once you have purchased the trimmer line, then, you are ready to do your work. You should be pulling off a certain amount of string from the entire roll. The length of the string that should be pulled off must be of the same length as your arm. A trimmer line measuring about 12 to 15 feet can be held by most weed eaters. After you get the right length, you should be cutting the string off and prepare it for the next step.
Step 3: The string is now ready to be loaded to the trimmer. You have to take the spool off of the trimmer head since this is where the string will be loaded into. When wounding up the line to the spool, you will need to identify the direction that you should be going with. A spool, depending on the model and rotation of the engine on the weed eater, may have to be wound up clockwise or counter clockwise. Such direction is typically indicated on the face of the spool which usually touches the ground. In that case, the indicator will not be staying there for long. What you can do is mark the direction on the opposite side of the spool using a visible marker. You must make sure that you will leave a short amount of string on opposite ends as they will be the ones responsible for trimming the weeds.
Step 4: There are certain parts on the spool that will hold the ends of the string coming off it to keep it in place while you use your weed eater. Once you have successfully kept the string in place, you will need to attach the spool back to the trimmer head.
Step 5: The trimmer head has two holes on two sides that are facing opposite each other. When connecting the spool, you should be inserting one end of the string through one hole and the other end goes through the other hole. You should then slide the spool into the trimmer head and turn it to the direction where you will be able to wound it up tightly.
Step 6: You should try to push the spool down to check if the string will be pulled out. If it does, then, that means that you are ready to go. This is important especially when the ends of the string have already worn out as the amount of string that will be pulled out will replace the worn out ends.
Step 7: If you have excess strings coming out, you can use a pair of scissors to cut the excess. However, most weed eaters typically have built-in blades that automatically cut the excess strings. For the blade to function properly, though, you should make sure that debris or weeds have been removed from it. You can use any tool at your disposal, like a screw driver or any sharp metal that will scrape off the debris or weeds from it.