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#1 caseguy OFFLINE  

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Posted September 11, 2010 - 07:54 PM

The 1060 wouldn't start last night. I smelled fuel and assumed that I'd flooded her out. The oldest son and I pushed her in for the night. When I went out this morning, I expected to jump on and fire it up...but that didn't happen. I still smelled the gas though. So I started to disassemble the carburetor and discovered that the float is FULL of fuel! I looked at it very closely and couldn't see any bad spots in the solder or any visible holes??? So I looked even closer. What I found were very fine, almost microscopic cracks in the brass itself!! :confuse: I've never seen this before. Anyone else ever run into this? I tried to take some pics, but they were too fine and wouldn't show up. I know thats where it got in, 'cause that's where i was coming out.

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Posted September 11, 2010 - 08:10 PM

Seen that many times I'm afraid.

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Posted September 11, 2010 - 08:56 PM

Me too, what Dan said. What kind engine dose it have? If its a Kohler I have a float I can send you.

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Posted September 11, 2010 - 09:17 PM

Seen that many times I'm afraid.


:ditto:

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Posted September 11, 2010 - 09:37 PM

It's a Briggs I believe. Seems like an oxymoron... his float sunk. Is this due to sub-quality brass? Or is there something in the gas that's causing this?

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Posted September 11, 2010 - 09:54 PM

I've seen it a few times... one reason I use and advocate fuel shut off valves

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Posted September 12, 2010 - 08:39 AM

Thinking this over, I kinda put 2 & 2 together... I work for an appliance store, back around when this was made (mid-late 70's) they made a brass gas flex line for Ranges & Gas Dryers. A few years later they tried to recall them as they would develop tiny cracks. They only got back a few. We still find a few even today and they usually are leaking (just catch a wiff once in a while). The semi-official theory is that because of brasses properties, the vibrations from living in a house (walking past the stove, cooking on it, etc) will cause fatigue eventually and the gas (under pressure) would leak out of those cracks. If you have a brass colored flex line to your gas appliance, it should be replaced. All the new ones are either stainless or coated with a plastic like paint. For you guys on LP, I am not talking about malleable copper, just the brass accordion style.

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Posted September 12, 2010 - 07:31 PM

Me too, what Dan said. What kind engine dose it have? If its a Kohler I have a float I can send you.

Thanks Grumpy, but it is a Briggs as MH81 said.
I think I got some pictures to come out. I was able to zoom in on them and see the cracks. They're high resolution so the files are big, but I'm gonna put them up.

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