How NOT to check your fuel level!

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So my Mother's 3 or 4 yr old Briggs 3.5 on her mower was running rough lately (surging)...so I took the carb apart to clean and replace the gasket/ diaphragm (per Donyboy73's excellent video)...i noticed there was a lot of dirt and junk in the carb as well as in the gas tank.. I mentioned this to my Mom and she said "oh, maybe I shouldn't be checking the fuel level by sticking my (dirty, gardening gloved) finger in the tank?"..... Uh, yeah...no more sticking a mud covered, gloved finger in the tank!
 
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On Car Talk yesterday a lady pushed in a 3" nail to open the flap so she could see how much gas was in the car's gas tank. She dropped the nail into the gas tank.
 
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