Ken's Naperville Real Estate Blog : MY PLANS WERE DERAILED...BY A LAWNMOWER???


Yes that's right.  A lawnmower.  A faulty lawnmower, actually.

I had three family goals for the day.

1.  Take care of my daughter, Erin.
2.  Go to YMCA with Erin to workout.
3.  Mow the lawn.

Nicole would be having a long day today.  She had a client (Nutrition for your Kids) she would be meeting with at her office in the Naperville public library.  That appointment was at 9:00 AM.  She would then have a full day at her new job at Central DuPage Hospital.

Long days for Nickie can be long days for me as well.  But not today...

I was on top of my game.

Erin was in a good mood.  We had a great morning.  No major problems.

At 10:30, we went to the library to surprise Nickie after her appointment.  I know it made Nicole feel good not going all day without seeing her little girl. 

By 11:00, I have Erin in daycare at the Y.  We call it "class".  Erin likes it and I need it!  For those of you who have taken care of a chatty two year old, you know how important it is to get out of the house every day!!

Great workout.  4 miles on the treadmill.  My first run in about two weeks.  I have been doing yoga twice a week, but let the running slide.  Felt real good to sweat.  Time was 30:27.  I was beat.

I get Erin home for lunch, play, reading a book and NIGHT NIGHT.

Like I said, I am on top of my game.

Now all I have to do is the lawn and I will be complete.

It's a hot, muggy afternoon here in Naperville.  More sweating.

Three laps around the back yard and I decide to go check to see if Erin is asleep.  All is quiet.

I go back out to finish the lawn and I can't restart the mower

I have tried hammers, pliers, screwdrivers and nothing has worked (I am not very handy but I am learning). 

My friend I rely on for such things is out of town until Sunday.

What to do? 


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Comment balloon 19 commentsKen Tracy • July 30 2008 03:28PM


I laughed when I saw your headline...I though it was a deal gone bad...and I was going to say that I could top that one! I had a deal that didn't go through because of a vacuum cleaner. That's right, a vacuum cleaner. Turns out my buyer bought a very expensive new vacuum cleaner and missed two consecutive payments that showed up on the credit pull during underwriting. Guess who's still renting?

Posted by Vickie Nagy, Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen (Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

Ken, Either have the friend teach you or buy a new mower.  I work on my own so sorry not close enough to help.

Posted by Larry Story, Total Care Realty, LLC, Greensboro, NC Real Estate (Total Care Realty) almost 11 years ago

My thought was, he mows late like we do, and I do know the frustration of the nonworking mower.

Posted by Carol Judd, Vernal Utah Real Estate (New Star Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

This is the enterprising neighborhood kids are for.  You pay them and they mow your yard.  Oh wait do kids do that anymore?

Posted by Pat Fenn (Marketing Specialist for CJ Realty Group/Cindy Jones Broker ) almost 11 years ago

Didja kick it???? That ALWAYS works!

Posted by Sharon Young (Ivy League Mortgage Philadelphia, Pa) almost 11 years ago

Hi Sharon, Pat, Carol, Larry, and Vickie.  Thanks for stopping by. 

No I haven't Kicked it!!!

Seems like I should be able to fix it.  I have showered and prettied up now.  I thing I will finish the lawn another day.  I have had enough frustration.


Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) almost 11 years ago

Hi Ken,

Busy days are fun and yu have had a fun day. I hpe you went back out to try the mower after it had time t cool down. I am no mechanic either, but I do remember the mower, a tempermental machine, wouldn't restart until after it cooled down. Did I ever take it in for service, NO!! I just learned to respect its mood.

Hope the balance of your day went well

Posted by Harold "Hal" Place (A1 Connection Realty, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

Here's a tip from a FORD mechanic.  You need a BIGGER hammer.  :)

Posted by Not Yet Licensed almost 11 years ago

Hi Ken- Sorry- I can't help all I know is duct tape and WD40- If it wouldn't stick and should- Duct Tape If it does stick but shouldn't WD40- Beyond that- It goes on the Honey Do List. ;)

Posted by Barbara Carter, Serving Your Real Estate Needs in the Hudson Valle (C21 Alliance Realty Group) almost 11 years ago

Hi Nyl, Hal, and Barbara.  Thanks for stopping by.

I resolved to try again tomorrow!


Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) almost 11 years ago

Ken,  Great Post!  I've been there and done that.  Sounds like the rest of your day made up for it though.  Mike

Posted by Mike Miller (EXIT REALTY SERVICES) almost 11 years ago

Ether (starting fluid) in the air intake. 

Posted by boring rich almost 11 years ago could be the gas you're using. "Gasahol" can wreak havoc on small engines--does something to the gaskets from what I hear. As of July 1, here in Oklahoma, pumps have to be clearly labeled if they are not 100% gas. 100%  gas is supposed to increase your gas mileage and if "gasahol" is bad for your mower, it can't be good for your car either. For more info go to and check the Oklahoma City message boards.

Posted by Steve Mangus (not active) almost 11 years ago

Hi Boring, Steve, and Mike.  Thanks for stopping by.

I think I know what the problem is.  Just worried if I try to fix it anymore, I will make it worse!!!


Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) almost 11 years ago

OK, well your title scared me a bit.

Best of luck in growing your real estate business.  If we can ever help you in metro Atlanta or in the Tampa Bay area of Florida, please give us a call.



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Posted by Jeff almost 11 years ago

Hi Carol and Jeff.  Thanks for stopping by.

I am not about to sue anyone over the mower!!


Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) almost 11 years ago

Exactly when do you get to work? LOL  As for the lawnmower, at least you made 2 laps around the yard, so you at least tried!!!

Posted by Jackie Kyles, ABR, CNE, SFR (Keller Williams Realty) almost 11 years ago

Hi Jackie.  Thanks for stopping by.

Nights and weekends.  And when Erin is napping!!


Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) almost 11 years ago

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