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#4460323 - 07/15/17 05:00 PM Storing String Trimmers Without Leaking..
Warstud Offline


Registered: 09/02/05
Posts: 5389
Loc: MIchigan
I store my String Trimmer(Weed Wacker) vertically with the engine at the top and it leaks gas. Is there a correct way to store it so it doesn't leak?

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#4460336 - 07/15/17 05:14 PM Re: Storing String Trimmers Without Leaking.. [Re: Warstud]
motor_oil_madman Offline


Registered: 11/29/09
Posts: 4838
Loc: Houston, Texas
Find the leak it shouldn't do that.
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#4460341 - 07/15/17 05:29 PM Re: Storing String Trimmers Without Leaking.. [Re: Warstud]
apwillard1986 Offline


Registered: 07/29/10
Posts: 675
Loc: Manvel, Texas
Check the cap or the fuel line grommet. I store mine vertically and they do not leak.
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#4460342 - 07/15/17 05:35 PM Re: Storing String Trimmers Without Leaking.. [Re: Warstud]
Johnny2Bad Offline


Registered: 05/20/13
Posts: 1810
Loc: Saskatchewan, Canada
I store mine (and all similar tools, like ice augers) horizontally with the carb up. A slight incline is good too, but most are designed with a bit of incline anyway if you lay them down, perhaps via a handle. Also this type of tool is usually designed so that the vent in the fuel cap will be air-dry if you store it that way.

Carb will always leak gas so it has to be the highest fuel-accessible point; they have necessary passages open to the atmosphere.
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#4460348 - 07/15/17 05:43 PM Re: Storing String Trimmers Without Leaking.. [Re: Warstud]
Warstud Offline


Registered: 09/02/05
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Loc: MIchigan
I don't "get it" it's designed to operate vertically but when storing it vertically....it leaks.

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#4460374 - 07/15/17 06:37 PM Re: Storing String Trimmers Without Leaking.. [Re: Warstud]
Balrog006 Offline


Registered: 08/09/16
Posts: 462
Loc: West Michigan
Originally Posted By: motor_oil_madman
Find the leak it shouldn't do that.
Originally Posted By: Warstud
I don't "get it" it's designed to operate vertically but when storing it vertically....it leaks.


When your using it the fuel doesn't get a chance to leak out, it's being burned...

There is a leak somewhere, need to find and fix it.
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#4460384 - 07/15/17 07:00 PM Re: Storing String Trimmers Without Leaking.. [Re: Balrog006]
Kira Offline


Registered: 08/19/10
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Loc: Champlain/Hudson Valley
A friend (who tinkers with small engines well) and I have concluded the E85 gas eats clear tubing parts and causes leaks.

We've found bits of clear rubber (crumbs) in fuel jets which stops the machines in their tracks.

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#4460391 - 07/15/17 07:06 PM Re: Storing String Trimmers Without Leaking.. [Re: Kira]
BHopkins Offline


Registered: 11/03/13
Posts: 1095
Loc: Utah
Mine hangs vertically also, with the engine end up. I've never had a leak when it's stored like that.


Originally Posted By: Kira
A friend (who tinkers with small engines well) and I have concluded the E85 gas eats clear tubing parts and causes leaks.

We've found bits of clear rubber (crumbs) in fuel jets which stops the machines in their tracks.



No offense intended, but who in their right mind would be putting E85 in a small engine, particularly a 2 cycle engine?

I'll admit that I learned the hard way, but even 10% ethanol is hard on 2 cycle engines.


Edited by BHopkins (07/15/17 07:06 PM)
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#4460457 - 07/15/17 08:36 PM Re: Storing String Trimmers Without Leaking.. [Re: Warstud]
SumpChump Offline


Registered: 02/11/14
Posts: 1975
Loc: Upper Midwest by the Lakes USA
And store your string in water folks.

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#4460477 - 07/15/17 09:01 PM Re: Storing String Trimmers Without Leaking.. [Re: BHopkins]
EdwardC Offline


Registered: 11/14/13
Posts: 1862
Loc: Chicago, IL
Originally Posted By: BHopkins
Mine hangs vertically also, with the engine end up. I've never had a leak when it's stored like that.


Originally Posted By: Kira
A friend (who tinkers with small engines well) and I have concluded the E85 gas eats clear tubing parts and causes leaks.

We've found bits of clear rubber (crumbs) in fuel jets which stops the machines in their tracks.



No offense intended, but who in their right mind would be putting E85 in a small engine, particularly a 2 cycle engine?

I'll admit that I learned the hard way, but even 10% ethanol is hard on 2 cycle engines.


Dang, yikes. E85. I try to avoid E10 if I can!!

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#4460622 - 07/16/17 06:25 AM Re: Storing String Trimmers Without Leaking.. [Re: EdwardC]
Kira Offline


Registered: 08/19/10
Posts: 5204
Loc: Champlain/Hudson Valley
To respond to as many of you as I can:

1) I'm not in my right mind. But then again, how would I know?
2) I just learned about finding straight gasoline for small engines. Is BP or Sunoco premiums 100% gas?
3) My weed whacker is a 4 cycle Honda.
4) Storing the spool of string in water? As in under water completely? Why, to keep it from drying out?

Thanks Kira

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#4460691 - 07/16/17 08:06 AM Re: Storing String Trimmers Without Leaking.. [Re: Warstud]
JHZR2 Offline



Registered: 12/14/02
Posts: 41759
Loc: New Jersey
Its probably a bushing on the fuel tank. Fix it.

Some ope gets oily/slimy regardless. My echo blower always has an oily residue on the bottom though I can't get any fuel to leak even turning upside down, shaking, etc.

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#4460730 - 07/16/17 09:04 AM Re: Storing String Trimmers Without Leaking.. [Re: Warstud]
motor_oil_madman Offline


Registered: 11/29/09
Posts: 4838
Loc: Houston, Texas
Of it's an echo they had some trouble with the has tank grommets going bad for a few years. Some had a recall on it.
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