If you own a home in West Texas, chances are you've got lawn mowers and tractors, and all sort of tools with small engines in your garages and storage sheds. These are valuable machines in our lives, but what happens when they break down? I don't know of anyone that's going to get excited about coughing up the cash to replace an expensive piece of equipment, or have it serviced, but your Abilene Public Library may be able to offer you something.
We subscribe to a long list of great databases, and one that's excellent in this situation would be the Small Engine Repair Reference Center. Access to this database is free with a valid library card. Simply visit us online and click on the E-Resources link. Scroll down to the "Do-It-Yourself" section and choose the third option and you're ready to get started.
Once inside, you'll have access to a definitive collection of help when it comes to basic engine repair. With instructional materials coming from over 470 full-text reference books, over 90,000 repairs, and covering more than 25 years of engine models, this should be a great place to start. Best yet, it's all available for you to access 24/7 from any computer or mobile device with Internet access.
Using this database is not difficult either. Once inside, use the streamlined main menu to begin your search. Either enter your search terms using the internal search box provided at the upper left-hand corner, or use the handy menu selections to guide you through your search for that repair you need to make. They're even divided for you in some easy-to-view sections.
For instance, repair information is provided for ATVs (All-Terrain Vehicles) with the fundamentals on the leading brands out there including Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha, and more. Or perhaps you have some outdoor equipment that needs a little tune up. There's a section covering all types of equipment from chainsaw to lawn mowers, so if ever these items encounter a hiccup, you can hopefully learn to fix them with these guides. Additional instructional materials are provided on generators, diesel engines, motorcycles, tractors, boats, personal water crafts, and even snowmobiles (not that we'll have a need for that repair but you never know). And again, you'll have access to all of these repair instructions free of charge.
For every selection you make, you'll be provided with choices to help narrow your selection down to find exactly what you need. After doing that, you'll be able to access the PDF version of the instructional guide, complete with illustrations and video content (when available) and you can download them, print them out, email them to yourself, or bookmark it for future use.
Finding access to these resources in their print form might be a challenge, but your Abilene Public Library has made it easy by offering you access to this great online resource that's accessible to all library cardholders for free. If you happen to need further guides on repairs, but for a vehicle, we hope you're already aware that we also offer access to the Chilton Online Automotive Repair Manual. This is another wonderful online database for shade tree mechanics that has the same information as the printed Chilton's books at your Main Library (202 Cedar St), but available 24/7 for your convenience.
So give the Small Engine Repair Reference Center a test drive and see what it has to offer. And remember, if you have questions, or need help, feel free to call us at 325-676-6025 and library staff will be more than happy to assist you. With subscriptions to a long list of online tools, your Abilene Public Library truly is a one-stop resource for knowledge and information.