Quick valve lash question

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Old 10-24-16, 12:02 PM
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Quick valve lash question

I'm about to replace a blown head gasket on my Craftman DLT3000 lawn tractor with a Briggs & Stratton 18.5hp OHV Intek engine. I looked up the proper valve lash on the B&S website and it shows .003 - .005 for intake and .005 - .007 for the exhaust. My feeler guage has blades for .003, .004, .005, etc. So my question is, when given a range like that, (eg. .003 - .005), what do I use? Do I just go for the middle ground and use .004?
This is my first time attempting this so I want to do it right.
Thanks!!

Also, if anyone happens to know where I could find the cylinder head bolts torque sequence, I'd be grateful to get that. Searched but can't find it anywhere for this specific engine.
 

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Old 10-24-16, 01:55 PM
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.005 on both intake and exhaust is usually what the regular shop guys say.
 
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Old 10-24-16, 03:22 PM
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Thanks, marbobj. So no need for a slightly larger gap on the exhaust?
 
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.005" is fine for both on most every OHV small engine.
 
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Thanks, cheese. .005 it is then.
 
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