Now that fall has come it’s time to bring out every homeowners must have tool, a leaf blower.  While using a leaf blower isn’t rocket science, here are some tips on how to use and maintain one that are worth keeping handy.

Using a leaf blower

-Use the lowest power setting: Our first thought is to put a leaf blower on turbo power in order to get work done faster. The problem with that is it will cause a lot of wear and tear to it. Start with the lowest power setting and work your way up. Sometimes less power will do just enough work.

-The right fuel: Most leaf blowers run on a mixture of unleaded gas and 2-cycle oil. But make sure to read the manual to find out exactly what kind of fuel it takes.

-Avoid any obstructions: Most of the leaf blowers have plastic parts that can easily crack. For that reason make sure you avoid banging your blower against anything.

– Keep yourself safe: Safety is such an important thing, so make sure to wear goggles, earplugs, nonslip shoes, nonslip gloves, close –fitting clothes and long pants.

– Be considerate: Try and avoid early mornings and late afternoons because we don’t want to upset neighbors. Check with your community to see if they have any ordinance when leaf blowing can be used. Also make sure to avoid blowing leaves in the direction of people, animals, houses and cars.

Tips on how to maintain a leaf blower

Check filter regularly: Filter should be free of debris and in decent condition. To clean it, use warm soapy water. If the filter is old and worn just toss it out and replace it with a new filter.

Wipe it down: After each time you are done using it, take the time to clean your leaf blower with a damp cloth. Clean around the air filter, fan blades and the area around the carburetor.

Inspect the hose: Check the hose to see if there are any cracks or if the hose or loose.

Store in a dry and safe place: Leaf blowers should be stored in a well-ventilated area that’s away from dangerous chemicals and anything that could ignite the gasoline.