You can keep your yard tidy by removing the fallen leaves from the trees and plants. A Black & Decker leaf blower is the best for this job. But first, you need to attach the collection bag to the blower. We researched to provide you with a guide on how to do this safely, quickly, and easily.
After blowing the leaves into piles using your leaf blower, you need to use it as a vacuum to collect them. To do this, attach the collection bag by following the three steps below:
- Switch off the leaf blower and disconnect it from the electrical outlet
- If the blower tube is attached, remove it
- Push the collection bag into the blower housing. This will lock the lever into the lock hole.
Keep reading as we show you how to attach the collection bag, including the blower tube, to your leaf blower. Included is a discussion on the correct technique for blowing leaves. Also, find out other uses for this gadget and how to troubleshoot when it malfunctions.
How To Fix The Collection Bag To Your Leaf Blower
You can use your leaf blower as a blower or as a vacuum. Before vacuuming, blow the leaves into a pile. To blow the leaves, fix the blower tube to the leaf blower by following the steps below:
- Switch off and disconnect your leaf blower from the power supply.
- Attach the two pieces of the blower tube.
- Line up the two-piece blower tube to the blower housing.
- Push this tube into the blower housing. The lock lever will lock into the lock hole in the tube.
To vacuum the leaves, attach the collection bag to the leaf blower. The steps below show you how to fix the bag to a Black & Decker BV3100:
- Start by switching off and disconnecting your leaf blower from the electrical outlet. This protects you against potential electric shocks, which can harm you.
- If the blower tube is already attached, depress the lock button to remove it.
- Slide it off the tube from the housing neck.
- Push the collection bag into the blower housing. You will hear a clicking sound as the lock lever locks into the lock hole.
- After attaching the collection bag, you are now ready to vacuum the piles of leaves in your yard.
Using your leaf blower as a vacuum is especially helpful in places that are difficult to remove leaves. Such places include between rocks or at the bottom of fences where leaves get trapped. It's also helpful in vacuuming leaves stuck in tiny cracks and crevices around your house.
How To Correctly Use A Leaf Blower
Fix the blow tube to the power head of your leaf blower, and then set your preferred speed. Be careful when deciding the speed of your blower. If it is too high, you might end up making a mess. Ideally, you should aim to push the leaves to one area to form a pile that's easy to collect.
Black & Decker blowers usually have a switch for adjusting the speed of air flowing out of the appliance. Turn the knob to position 1 to run your leaf blower at low speed or to 2 to run it at high speed.
To blow the leaves, point the blower chute to the ground. This way, you will direct the airflow under and not on top of the leaves. As you walk, move the blower from left to right in an arc-like motion to help you form a pile of leaves.
When you have created several piles, remove the blow tube and fix the collection bag. Remove the leaves by vacuuming the yard.
Check out the video below that shows the technique to use when blowing leaves in your yard:
Can You Blow Wet Leaves With A Leaf Blower?
Blowing leaves that are a little wet is no big deal for a Black & Decker leaf blower. However, if they are too wet, you might have to wait until the leaves dry. But, if you can't wait, you can use an extra powerful leaf blower.
Wet leaves are heavier and require more force to move or vacuum them. For example, a Black & Decker LSW221, like the one shown above, has a speed of 130 mph and can blow wet leaves. A leaf blower should have a speed of 192 mph to vacuum wet leaves.
Since wet leaves are heavy, the collection bag will subsequently be too heavy to carry around. Therefore, you may have to accessorize your collection bag by adding wheels.
Other Ways Of Using A Leaf Blower
Leaf blowers are great for removing leaves from your compound. But did you know there are other ways your leaf blower can be helpful around your home? Let's explore a few.
A leaf blower is not as powerful as a snow blower, but you can use it to blow away snow. It can be handy when removing light and fluffy snow from a path, porch, or steps of your home.
It can also be helpful in places your shovel or snow blower cannot reach. Furthermore, you can use it to blow off snow from your car or the tires.
However, there are a few precautions you need to observe. Use it only on snow that is 4 inches deep or less. Also, use it when the temperatures are less than 32 degrees. Blowing snow in higher temperatures might be difficult because the snow will be too heavy and wet.
In addition, if you are using an electric leaf blower, connect it to a GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) plug. And don't use damaged cords.
One way to dry your car without the dirt spots forming is by using a leaf blower. It replicates the powerful blowers that dry your car when you go through a car wash.
Blow Out Dirt From Your Car
Effectively remove dirt and debris from your car. Use a leaf blower to get the dirt out from under the seats and the hard-to-reach areas.
Clear Dirt Around Your Home
As you mow the grass on your lawn, it can fly around into the driveway, patio, or paths. To clear this off, you can use a leaf blower. Also, the soil may spill over into the nearby areas after digging up your garden. To get rid of this dirt, simply use a leaf blower.
How To Troubleshoot Your Leaf Blower
Your leaf blower can malfunction due to several reasons. We shall look at the most common problem and how to troubleshoot it.
Leaf Blower Does Not Start
A leaf blower may not start or start and then stop working due to the following reasons:
Cord Not Plugged In
If you are using an electric leaf blower, check if the cable is plugged into an electrical outlet. If you are using one powered by gas, check if you have enough gas. For a battery-powered blower, check if the battery is fully charged.
Faulty Spark Plug
If the porcelain insulator of the spark plug is cracked or the electrode is damaged, your leaf blower will not start. Accumulation of carbon on the electrode can also prevent the appliance from starting. Inspect for these and other damages, and replace the spark plug if necessary.
Gas will evaporate if you leave it inside the carburetor for too long. This leaves stickier particles that can clog the carburetor, preventing the engine from starting. You can clean the carburetor using a carburetor cleaner or replace it altogether.
Clogged Fuel Filter
A clogged fuel filter is due to leaving fuel in the leaf blower for too long. The gas evaporates and leaves behind a sticky substance that can clog the fuel filter. For it to work again, drain the old fuel and change the fuel filter.
Clogged Air Filter
A clogged air filter will receive too much fuel and very little air. Due to this, the engine may not start. Therefore, replace it if it is clogged.
You can use your leaf blower as a blower or vacuum. To use it as a vacuum, attach the collection bag by following the instructions for your Black & Decker model. Do the same when you want to use it as a blower.
Some models can blow or vacuum wet leaves. You can find out more about this from your dealer.
Your leaf blower has many other uses, such as blowing snow or drying your car. However, where applicable, observe precautions, or the blower may not work or get damaged.
The most common problem you can experience with a leaf blower is refusing to start. We have mentioned a few common causes and how to troubleshoot.
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