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    Lawnmower, wtf

    Not lawnmowers, lawnmower. Mine.

    My wtf question for the day is my 2-year-old Craftsman with a Honda engine. Great machine, it starts first pull and will start after 3 pulls after being out in the barn all winter with old gas in it.

    Props aside, it cuts a swath approximately 20" wide, except for a patch that is just about 1-2" to the left of center. I've had the blade sharpened, and have even put the blade on upside down, but still the 1" swath remains. I go slow, I go fast, it still won't cut that area. It boggles my tiny little mind, because I'm thinking the blade is spinning, there's no way it could miss cutting anything, much less a strip 1" wide.

    It's been doing this for a while, didn't do it when it was new. Any lawnmower geniuses out there?

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    1-make sure the undercarriage is clean
    2-get a new blade
    3-live with it
    4-get a goat
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    Quote Originally Posted by WHALENARD View Post
    1-make sure the undercarriage is clean
    2-get a new blade
    3-live with it
    4-get a goat
    1) Roger willcaca

    2) Hmmm

    3) Uh, no.

    4) Man, I would looooove to get a goat. Not too sure he(?) would get along with my dog.
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    Blades on backwards. Pull off, flip over, reinstall, mow. Stop, lay down in hammock and drink a margarita.
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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    Google it, Picard. This is not your personal FAQ.

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    Overlap your passes?

    I'm having a hard time understanding what's happening. Is it missing a 1" strip just to the left of center, like this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
    Overlap your passes?

    I'm having a hard time understanding what's happening. Is it missing a 1" strip just to the left of center, like this?

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    I'll tell you what's needed, The blades on backwards. Pull off, flip over, reinstall, mow. Stop, lay down in hammock and drink a margarita.

    Oh and definitely overlap your passes by 6". Aim your front wheel to be just inside of the last pass and this won't happen. Good call Korn, me thinks Finch never learned as an adolescent how to push a lawnmower correctly.

    I think I was 8-10 years old when I learned that. I will go out on a limb here and admit to burning down a lawnmower. Yes destroyed that bich at age 10. lol overfilled the gas. Gas all over the motor, 90 some degree day in upstate NY. Pulled the rip cord and *poof* the spark plug wire made a spark and lit that bad boy up. I couldn't get to the hose quick enough. It burned down to a black charrred mess. I never lived that down, my old man just to piss me off [I think] decided to give the that mower to one of my best friends. He cleaned it up and got it going again and made mad money mowing lawns that summer.
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    Don't wait so long in-between mowings.

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    DJ, he did say that he flipped the blade over in the original post. (the OP)
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    You need to go back and see what you changed when this started happening.

    Was it fine and then when you had the blade sharpened and reinstalled it the issue came about? Or was it an issue the first time you brought it out this season (and it wasn't an issue last season) so then you had the blade sharpened and the issue continued?

    Maybe you can use it to your advantage, make some cool patterns in the yard, pictures, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by net wurker View Post
    DJ, he did say that he flipped the blade over in the original post. (the OP)
    Maybe he flipped it and then flipped it back without trying it.
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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    I'm going to go out on a limb and say your blade is bent. It's cutting, just uneven so does not line up with your next pass and can also leave an uncut strip. Also, I know the identity of the grassy knoll gunman.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WHALENARD View Post
    I'm going to go out on a limb and say your blade is bent. It's cutting, just uneven so does not line up with your next pass and can also leave an uncut strip. Also, I know the identity of the grassy knoll gunman.

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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    ^^ ???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
    ^^ ???

    *scratches head*
    It's a spoof of the Kennedy assassination. Look at Whalenards last comment.
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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    Finch, is it a recycler mower that mulches the clippings?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
    Overlap your passes?

    I'm having a hard time understanding what's happening. Is it missing a 1" strip just to the left of center, like this?

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    Yup.

    And Gob, shaddup.
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    Goats don't work very well.

    A fiend of mine lived next door to a pair of old 'jakies' (alcoholics), Willy and his son Eddy. Hardly left the house, just drunk all day. Needless to say they never touched the garden so it was entirely overgrown grass except for the path. Constant complaints from the neighbour, who's garden was immaculate, so the council tell them to sort it out.

    I can still see their beaming smiles as they stood at the back step looking at the goat a farmer friend had just dropped off. Ideal. Goat would take care of the grass, more drinking time for them.

    Worked great, for about an hour. Turns out goats aren't completely stupid and this one thought 'why eat crappy old grass when the manicured vegetables just over the fence will taste much better?'.

    Lot of shouting, very funny :0) Don't remember that grass ever getting cut.

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    I know a guy that bought a couple goats to keep things under control around his house. His yard is now basically scrubbed clean dirt with mature trees sticking up, and he has to bring in bales of hay to keep the goats fed. You can rent goats in my area. They'll bring out 10 or 20 of them and turn them loose. They make quick work of most anything that grows.

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    Finch:

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    Once a gif of a flying lawnmower featuring a semi-transparent gorilla face has been posted, there's nothing left to do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
    Overlap your passes?

    I'm having a hard time understanding what's happening. Is it missing a 1" strip just to the left of center, like this?

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    So Finch, you say it looks like this. Can you post up a photo of it? You may just be on the verge of starting a new punk grass cut trend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by net wurker View Post
    Once a gif of a flying lawnmower featuring a semi-transparent gorilla face has been posted, there's nothing left to do.
    Thread resolution for the win.
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    Quote Originally Posted by net wurker View Post
    Once a gif of a flying lawnmower featuring a semi-transparent gorilla face has been posted, there's nothing left to do.
    Does that lawnmower haz super boothst hubs?
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    Finch, look at it this way: If you tried to make a lawnmower leave a 1" strip of un-cut grass from a 20" swath, I'll bet you couldn't do it.

    You really have something unique there!
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    I'd look for something that might've changed the air circulation under the deck. Either dried-on debris or a piece of plastic or sheetmetal that's changed position. Like somehow the grass in that patch is getting blown down flat while the blade is present, then standing back up. Are you mulching or bagging?
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    Finch, it might not be the blade, maybe your stem is on backwards.

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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    buy a new mower.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EddyKilowatt View Post
    I'd look for something that might've changed the air circulation under the deck. Either dried-on debris or a piece of plastic or sheetmetal that's changed position. Like somehow the grass in that patch is getting blown down flat while the blade is present, then standing back up. Are you mulching or bagging?
    Interesting. I'm mulching. I cleaned underneath, but maybe I missed something.
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    It's funny how the 1" strip of uncut grass is to the left of center.
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    I'm going to risk the wrath of Girl on bike and throw out a thought. Mulching mowers work on the principle of clippings circulating across the cutting surface of the blades several times (flowing up at the outside of the blade and down at the middle of the blade). My guess is that something is affecting the airflow under the deck, either air is escaping where the grass isn't getting cut (pushing it down before it can be cut), or something in the deck is causing air pressure shift that is causing the grass to bend over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forster View Post
    I'm going to risk the wrath of Girl on bike and throw out a thought. Mulching mowers work on the principle of clippings circulating across the cutting surface of the blades several times (flowing up at the outside of the blade and down at the middle of the blade). My guess is that something is affecting the airflow under the deck, either air is escaping where the grass isn't getting cut (pushing it down before it can be cut), or something in the deck is causing air pressure shift that is causing the grass to bend over.
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    Set that mower aside and use it strictly for your new "landing strip" personal grooming business. You'll make enough to buy a riding mower for the grass before you know it.
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    Forster, meet Eddy.
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    overcomplicating things. just let things go au naturel.

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    In all seriousness, I'd think that you have something on the front of the mower deck that is knocking down a strip of grass before it can get cut. Then, as the rear of the mower passes over it, the vortex of the blade lifts it back up, uncut.
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    Quote Originally Posted by girlonbike View Post
    overcomplicating things. just let things go au naturel.
    True words. I don't water the yard, so it eventually dies, but until it does, I want it to look presentable. Lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckha62 View Post
    Set that mower aside and use it strictly for your new "landing strip" personal grooming business. You'll make enough to buy a riding mower for the grass before you know it.
    I don't see a problem letting that big spinning blade near human beans' nether regions and I see that you don't, either.

    Me and my yard last year, during summer.

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    Finch, do you have a Sickle? When I was a kid we didn't have a fancy shmancie lawnmower thingamajig. We used a Sickle. Grow some and give it a try.

    The things we used as kids adults would get locked up these days for letting a kid use.

    "Get your ass out there and Sickle those weeds, damnit"

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    Damn, used a sickle, freaking older than dirt apparently lol. They have had the mechanical push mowers forever

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    So, this must be a bisickle then?

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    Finch, it might not be the blade, maybe your stem is on backwards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Finch, do you have a Sickle? When I was a kid we didn't have a fancy shmancie lawnmower thingamajig. We used a Sickle. Grow some and give it a try.

    The things we used as kids adults would get locked up these days for letting a kid use.

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    That's a swing blade. A sickle is like what the grim reaper carries, though often they have much shorter handles.

    We had to use eyebrow scissors and cut each blade of grass individually.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chazpat View Post
    That's a swing blade. A sickle is like what the grim reaper carries, though often they have much shorter handles.

    We had to use eyebrow scissors and cut each blade of grass individually.
    I beg to differ. You are correct that a Sickle is the curved blade that the grim reaper uses. But this swing blade as you call it is the correct term but in slang it's a Sickle. At least that's what my dad used to call it. "Go get the Sickle young man and get after those weeds" LOL

    So the Swing Blade in my world will always be a Sickle.
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    The Grim Reaper uses a Scythe.


    ...and Meth
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
    So, this must be a bisickle then?
    Given the rear wheel only configuration, it would probably be a unisickle. Unless of course you count the mower's wheels and then of course, it's a trisickle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    I beg to differ. You are correct that a Sickle is the curved blade that the grim reaper uses. But this swing blade as you call it is the correct term but in slang it's a Sickle. At least that's what my dad used to call it. "Go get the Sickle young man and get after those weeds" LOL

    So the Swing Blade in my world will always be a Sickle.
    …and it's rusted, you shouldn't have left it outside in the yard.

    When I was in college, I had a summer job as a draftsman, back in the days when we used t-squares and triangles and pencils and such. I was always carrying around an architects scale, one of those three-sided rulers and one of the shop guys always called it my slide rule - "hey, come over here and take a look at this, and bring your slide rule".
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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckha62 View Post
    The Grim Reaper uses a Scythe.


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    well, looky there:

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    A scythe is an agricultural hand tool for mowing grass or reaping crops.

    So jump the Grim Reaper and take his scythe and mow your grass, Finch. Problem solved.
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    Lawnmower, wtf

    Oh weed cutters! I can help. I got given one of these. It's a lot of fun. Like golfing (even though I've never golfed before). You can borrow it. Come by this weekend.


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    So I take the Kaiser Blade, some folks call it a Sling Blade, I call it a Kaiser Blade, and I hit my mother upside the head with it. Killed her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
    So, this must be a bisickle then?
    Given the rear wheel only configuration, it would probably be a unisickle. Unless of course you count the mower's wheels and then of course, it's a trisickle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckha62 View Post
    Given the rear wheel only configuration, it would probably be a unisickle. Unless of course you count the mower's wheels and then of course, it's a trisickle.
    I'd go with trisickle, it probably has three blades on it.

    And it's definitely not a motorsickle.
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    J:, I fixed your avatar!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forster View Post
    So I take the Kaiser Blade, some folks call it a Sling Blade, I call it a Kaiser Blade, and I hit my mother upside the head with it. Killed her.
    Mmm hmm...
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    overcomplicating things. just let things go au naturel.
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    Can we see video of this phenomena? Maybe a Mow-Pro on the handle.
    I grew up in the family gardening business and could probably figure it out within seconds.
    It's also why I like a trimmed bush.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ericmopar View Post
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    Says the people who spend a lot of their lives talking about poo and farts

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    Quote Originally Posted by girlonbike View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Forster View Post
    So I take the Kaiser Blade, some folks call it a Sling Blade, I call it a Kaiser Blade, and I hit my mother upside the head with it. Killed her.
    So who's gonna mow your lawn?
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    SRS don't be afraid to turn the mower on it's side, carb side up, and look. Pull the spark plug out. If the blade's bent, you'll see when you spin the blade. Look for any bends, or obstructions. I like to just pressure wash mine when I put it away for the winter. I'm guessing the aforementioned bent blade is causing it. Do you recall hitting anything last year?
    Oh and you'll be able to tell if the blade is upside down this way. Make sure you're spinning the blade in normal direction. It will hit you in the face and show you how it goes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chazpat View Post
    …and it's rusted, you shouldn't have left it outside in the yard.

    When I was in college, I had a summer job as a draftsman, back in the days when we used t-squares and triangles and pencils and such. I was always carrying around an architects scale, one of those three-sided rulers and one of the shop guys always called it my slide rule - "hey, come over here and take a look at this, and bring your slide rule".
    That's not my photo, I pulled it off the net. But, just for the record the one I used to use was twice as rusty.

    LOL "an architects square called a slide rule". Reminds me of how some people call an adjustable wrench a Crescent Wrench.
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    Raise your hand if you have actually used a slide rule. 🙋

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    That's not my photo, I pulled it off the net. But, just for the record the one I used to use was twice as rusty.

    LOL "an architects square called a slide rule". Reminds me of how some people call an adjustable wrench a Crescent Wrench.
    Channel Lock, Crescent Wrench and Vise Grip have really become synonymous with the tools they are best known for producing. The funny one is the "Monkey Wrench". Ask anyone in Sears (do they still sell tools?) under 50 for one and see what they do.

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    Shit, the bottom is falling off!

    Well, don't just stand there, go get some glue!
    Gorilla Glue?

    Finished replacing the steering pinion on my riding mower today and noticed that one of the height adjustment cables had broken loose. No wonder it was mowing unevenly this spring.

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    lol! That's good!

    Forster, how's the elbow?
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    Sorry bro, but your shaft is bent.

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    lol! That's good!

    Forster, how's the elbow?
    It's coming along. I still have pain at the fracture when I extend the arm with force and the cut is almost healed up (apparently when you rip skin open and pack the wound with a bunch of mother nature it takes a long time to heal). My lingering concern is how long the elbow and shoulder joint will ache in the morning. That hasn't improved much but it's only been a little over two weeks. There is a lot of muscle tearing (apparently) when you try to keep yourself off the ground without locking your arm at the elbow Should be cleared to ride (with elbow pads on good surfaces) in another few weeks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mbmb65 View Post
    sorry bro, but your shaft is bent.
    tmi
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    Quote Originally Posted by Forster View Post
    It's coming along. I still have pain at the fracture when I extend the arm with force and the cut is almost healed up (apparently when you rip skin open and pack the wound with a bunch of mother nature it takes a long time to heal). My lingering concern is how long the elbow and shoulder joint will ache in the morning. That hasn't improved much but it's only been a little over two weeks. There is a lot of muscle tearing (apparently) when you try to keep yourself off the ground without locking your arm at the elbow Should be cleared to ride (with elbow pads on good surfaces) in another few weeks.
    I hope there's no lingering issues after you heal up. I need to get some elbow pads myself.

    Do you think you'd have prevented that injury if had been wearing pads?
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    I hope there's no lingering issues after you heal up. I need to get some elbow pads myself.

    Do you think you'd have prevented that injury if had been wearing pads?
    Hard shell pads would have kept the elbow intact for sure. There's just so little tissue between the elbow bone and the world's hard surfaces. Honestly, I'd rather go OTB. You have more time and I've done the tuck and roll out of that fall more than once.

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    I had a roommate when we were fresh out of college, who was walking to his car leaving work and attempted to jump over one of those low chains they sometimes use around parking lots. He caught his feet and came down on both elbows, shattering them. We went to see him in the hospital, he was feeling really good from the morphine they had given him after surgery and he told us with a huge smile about this physical therapist who'd come to see him. They ended up getting married.
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    Forster,

    While concentrating on the elbow, don't forget to work your shoulder. My wife broke her olecranon a few years ago and ended up with "frozen shoulder". Her physical therapist was so focused on the elbow, that they didn't do enough to keep her shoulder mobile and it froze up and needed additional PT.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckha62 View Post
    Forster,

    While concentrating on the elbow, don't forget to work your shoulder. My wife broke her olecranon a few years ago and ended up with "frozen shoulder". Her physical therapist was so focused on the elbow, that they didn't do enough to keep her shoulder mobile and it froze up and needed additional PT.
    Same thing with my pinkie. I sliced a tendon in it, and the therapist concentrated so hard on getting it to bend towards my palm, that it won't straighten out now.
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    Well, did you ever get that mower fixed?

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    Forster,

    While concentrating on the elbow, don't forget to work your shoulder. My wife broke her olecranon a few years ago and ended up with "frozen shoulder". Her physical therapist was so focused on the elbow, that they didn't do enough to keep her shoulder mobile and it froze up and needed additional PT.
    Thanks for the reminder, I fight with that on the right side already and I'm working it, but a little nudge is always good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazpat View Post
    I had a roommate when we were fresh out of college, who was walking to his car leaving work and attempted to jump over one of those low chains they sometimes use around parking lots. He caught his feet and came down on both elbows, shattering them. We went to see him in the hospital, he was feeling really good from the morphine they had given him after surgery and he told us with a huge smile about this physical therapist who'd come to see him. They ended up getting married.
    I've endo'd on that same hop, but I think I'd learned to endo more safely than I've managed to fall sideways. No post-op morphine for me, I could barely stand taking a Tylenol 3 that night to get to sleep. The PA working for the doctor asked about my pain management and I indicated that "if it gets real bad I've got scotch and tequila to fall back on."

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