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The Editors of Cool Springs Press have produced the highest quality DIY home improvement books for more than 30 years. In conjunction with the experts at BLACK+DECKER(TM) they have combined resources to create more than 200 home improvement titles that provide consumers and weekend DIYers with the information they need to get the job done right. Their books have set the standard for do-it-yourself publishing, featuring clear, professional photography and concise step-by-step instructions that get straight to the point. View our full catalog at quartoknows.com or connect with us on Facebook (facebook.com/QuartoHomes), Twitter (@quartohomes), or Pinterest (pinterest.com/QuartoHomes).Peter Hunn was introduced to small engines on his way home from elementary school when an elderly neighbor with a bad arm asked him to try firing up his lawnmower. Three determined pulls later, the rope-start mill sputtered to life and soon prompted Hunn to notice other little air-cooled engines, as well as outboard motors, about which he's authored several books. The former owner of local radio stations in Pennsylvania and upstate New York, Hunn teaches broadcast and communication subjects at the State University of New York at Oswego and serves as principal at a Syracuse-area career and technical high school. In that role, he always enjoys chatting with students in the Automotive Technology class about their cars, boats, motorcycles, go-karts, and anything else with an engine.
*(Starred)"Is your yard equipment ready for action? If not, this manual might be the best place to start. Small engine repair and maintenance is well covered here, starting with an introduction to common engine types, with interior systems and components clearly illustrated. Tools needed and safety considerations are carefully detailed, followed by a lengthy troubleshooting chart. A section on annual maintenance is accompanied by large photos and step-by-step instructions; it's followed by basic repairs, which focus on common issues. The book finishes with more difficult repairs that involve interior systems, such as rebuilding or replacing parts. Many of the engine repairs shown are for lawn mowers, though the fixes will easily translate to other yard equipment powered by small gas engines. The progress of the book is wonderful, allowing do-it-yourselfers to go only as far as they are comfortable. The larger instructional photos are a highlight of this title, and the organization is insightful. VERDICT Small-engine repair books are few and far between, so libraries will want this one. A highly recommended read for any home owner." a?a? Library Journal