|A little grass seed and hay and we have more lawn|
I had in mind to plant the clumps of Siberian Irises I saved last year. I went to the compost pile, found that the tire on the big wheelbarrow was flat (again) so chose the shallow wheelbarrow. Loaded it up with irises and a rake and did some planting. I chatted with a toad.
Tim was putting away the mower nearby so I mentioned: "You know that tire you pumped up yesterday? It's flat again." Flat? "Yes flat." Already? I finished up my planting and Tim said, bring the wheelbarrow over to the garage and he'd fill the tire again.
Before filling the tire, Tim decided to ascertain whether or not the valve stem was the problem. But first we had to get the wheel off of the barrow. Two rusty bolts, some oil and a ratchet later we had the greasy shaft out and the wheel on the ground. It went pretty smoothly. After a little poking an prying, Tim discovered the problem. The inner tube was torn. By the time we got it out, it was in two pieces. Well there's yer problem. The tire itself is showing a lot of disintegration on the side wall, but it is probably worth the investment of new inner tube. In the mean time...
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Tim wonders if the inner tube from the smaller (torn) tire will fit on the larger (now tubeless and cracking) tire. So we take the smaller tire back back off of the wheel, remove the tube and install it into the bigger tire... hold our breath as we add air... so far so good. Put the rusty bolts back on.
So. We now have one functional wheel barrow, a pile of frustration and a decision to make... do we spend $40 to replace the tire and tube and still have one tire on it's last legs? Postponing the decision of what to do with the remaining last legs tire. Or spend $90 on a new wheel barrow with a FLAT FREE tire? Better yet, do we spend another $35 for a 4 cu ft wheel barrow and trash both of the old ones? My vote was to put them both out on the curb with a FREE sign. I guarantee they will be gone by evening. Someone, for the mere price of a tire, would get the satisfaction of resurrecting a cast-off wheel barrow.
I slept on the wheelbarrow problem and in the morning: "I'm tired (no pun intended) of trying to piece shit together and salvage old junk. Go to Home Depot and buy a steel wheelbarrow with a No Flat tire! We still have a spare wheelbarrow and... a lawn ornament? A planter? I've seen some cute things done with old wheelbarrows and flowers... the more flowers the better....