September 27, 2011

The great thing about the Internet is the instant access to information. I use it on a regular basis for owner’s manuals and user suggestions. You can find almost anything in the way of how-to videos on www.youtube.com or dozens of other “how to” sites. I got more than 5,000 responses when I Googled “how to fix a chainsaw.” Some sites rely on amateurs, while others offer high-quality professional work, placed there by a company to promote their product and services.

I recently heard about and visited a site that isn’t free, but may be well worth their $10 per month fee. Advanced Technical Training Network offers high-quality, very well-done videos using professional mechanics to walk you through preventative maintenance and troubleshooting. The site is easy to access, and it’s easy to find the information desired.

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Chainsaw maintenance is broken into 13 segments that cover everything from bar to motor maintenance. While I was familiar with and practice many aspects that are covered, seeing the mechanic work through them and resolve problems was very helpful. I realized that I was guilty of not checking and cleaning the oil hole and oil channels in the bar as I should. To be perfectly honest, I am guilty of not doing a lot of other preventative maintenance items also covered in the videos. It’s nice to know I can still improve.

The one drawback to any web-based video is accessing it when you need it. The ATTN website requires online access. If you have WiFi in your home, that’s not a problem. Of course, you could always convert part of the family room to a shop!

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