How to put line on a trimmer spool

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How to put line on a trimmer spool
Touch jobs break the string. (Y-Image/iStock/Getty Images)

A string trimmer is an essential tool for lawn maintenance. It can aid in the removal of overgrown weeds and grasses and act as a lawn edger. A nylon string at the bottom of the tool is responsible for the trimming action. It spins at a high rate of speed and cuts down any unwanted growth. Over time the nylon string will split or break, making it necessary to put new line in your trimmer.

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Things you need

  • Screw driver
  • trimmer string
  • WD-40

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  1. 1

    Establish the correct string size for your trimmer. Check the instruction booklet if you are not sure. The most typical size is 0.8 mm (1/32 inch).

  2. 2

    Unscrew the cap on the bottom of the trimmer spool.

  3. 3

    Remove the spool and discard any pieces of string that are still remaining.

  4. 4

    Unroll the string from the replacement coil. Cut off a piece about 1.8 to 2.4 m (6 to 8 feet) long.

  5. 5

    Feed the string through the starter hole on the spool.

  6. 6

    Wind the string onto the spool. The string should be loaded in the direction indicated on the side of the spool.

  7. 7

    Leave 15 to 20 cm (6 to 8 inches) of string remaining at the end of the spool. Thread this through the bottom of the opening on the spool.

  8. 8

    Insert the spool back into the trimmer and feed the string through the hole to the side of the trimmer head.

  9. 9

    Reattach the cap to the bottom of the trimmer.

Tips and warnings

  • If necessary, clean trimmer head with WD-40 or another silicone spray. This will remove any built-up trimmings and other debris.
  • Do not touch the trimmer spool while it is still rotating.

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