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Small Engine Intensive Care Workshop

Small Engine Intensive Care Workshop

 

Idea:

Simple problems with engine could be helped easily - don't need a lot of tools to teach the class - bring community together. People would leave with a sense of "This isn't so bad, this is easy to do, maybe bring neighbors and kids with me next time."

Who would come?

  • Homeowners
  • Parents & older children
  • Retirees
  • Teenagers who express an interest in small engines

Classroom session (Could last up to 1 hour, or be shortened as needed)  Could also have a beginner and advanced sessions if the content grows too large.

  1. Introduction - who am I?
  2. What will be covered, what's in it for you, what you've gotten yourself into.
  3. Brief history of the gasoline engine?
  4. The three things every engine needs
  5. The two engine types
  6. Compression, sparks & fuel checks
  7. Ignition basics
  8. Carburetor basics
  9. Notes on reformulated gasoline
  10. Safety & cautions

Optional hands-on session - opportunity to repair your own engine (possibly hosted on a following day to allow for more time)

  • Clean and Identify the engine parts
  • Do the three basic checks
  • Ignition diagnosis (if needed)
  • Carburetor cleaning (if needed)
  • Re-assembly
  • Testing and adjustments

What tools and equipment are needed?

  • Workbench(s) depending on size of class for hands-on portion
  • Screwdrivers
  • Wrenches
  • Socket set
  • Pliers
  • Compressed air
  • Ventilated area to run the engines
  • Parts washer
  • Wash-up sink w/industrial hand cleaner

Consumable supplies:

  • Rags
  • Motor oil / 2-cycle oil
  • Gasoline
  • Fuel line (various sizes)
  • Safe storage for flammable fuel or alternative to storing fuel on-site
  • Disposal for old fuel / oil / solvents
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I like this idea. 

I like this idea.

 

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I'd join in for it.  I think

I'd join in for it.  I think this could get a few sessions worth of attention.  Not to pull too far off topic, but this could be a good gateway into some other basic engine/auto maintenance for those who could use a boost in efficacy. Good topic!