Saturday 12 January 2013

Day 10?: Chain Saw Problems and Brilliant Weather

Today was meant to be Day 10 of the construction project, but it wasn't to be. The weather was brilliant, with blue sky and the low midday Sun making the tree tops glow in warm red-orange light. The photo above was taken long the road out of Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory. Also last night was clear, and northern lights were seen north of Sodankylä.

The plan for Day 10 today was to clean up after the ground works. Due to the location of Our House and the water and drainage pipes, quite a number of trees had to be felled. These are now scattered all over the place, and I planned to use the chain saw to cut off their branches and then pile them up somewhere neatly. However, the chain saw – which I bought second-hand in October and never used since – decided that waking from winter sleep isn't desirable. I wasn't able to start it up. It ended up on the "operation table" in our kitchen, got a new spark plug, cleaned air filter, fresh two-stroke fuel, and a carburettor adjustment, but all that didn't help. Thus it'll go back to the shop on Monday, and I will ask them to sort it out. One possible problem might be that the grid in the carburettor is dirty and plugged up, but I couldn't figure out how to take it out of the machine in order to open it. Anyone having any advice, message me. So Day 10 was not to be – for now.

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