It is easy to wrap a new line for your weed eater so you can keep your yard looking nice and manicured. If you have decorative rock, planters, or trees, a lawnmower is not effective in cutting the grass that grows against these areas. A weed eater, whether it is electric, or gas powered, uses a nylon line that spins and cuts grass and weeds in hard to reach areas.
As you use your weed eater, the nylon line will eventually be eaten away. Some people prefer to replace it with a pre-loaded spool. This is a quick and easy solution, but it is more expensive.
You can replace the line in your weed eater at a lower cost if you wrap the spool yourself. It is simple to do and just requires a little more time and patience.
What You'll Need
You will need to buy a spool of replacement line. Replacement line comes in various sizes, ranging from 0.065 inches to 0.095 inches. The sizes are usually different colors, so if you know what color your previous line was, you should be able to find the right replacement line easily. You will also have a choice of either a round line, a square line or a criss-crossed line. The round line holds up better when it hits objects, but the square line and the criss-crossed line will cut down the tough weeds more easily. Be sure to check your owner’s manual so you purchase the correct size for your weed eater. If you buy a replacement line that is too large, it will put extra strain on your weed eater’s engine, and may cause it to burn out.
Step 1: Prepare the Weed Eater
If you have an electric weed eater, make sure it is unplugged. If you have a gas weed eater, pull the contact wire away from the spark plug. Safety is always the number one consideration before working on any of your garden tools.
Step 2: Remove the Spool
Remove the screw that is holding the spool in place, and pull the spool out.
Step 3: Feed the Line
Find the “eye” of the spool, or the hole where the line goes. Feed the line through this hole.
Step 4: Wrap the Line
Continue to wrap the line going in the direction of the arrows on the spool. Keep wrapping the line until the spool is full.
Step 5: Attach the Line
Thread the ends of the line through the holes on the right and left side of the spool.
Step 6: Replace the Spool
Reinstall the spool onto the weed whacker and screw it securely in place.
Step 7: Avance the Line
Tamp your weed eater on the ground to advance the line.
If you have a gas weed eater, re-connect the contact wire on the spark plug.
Be sure the guard is secure before using your weed eater. The guard protects you from flying debris, or a mishap if the spool comes loose. One loose part can cause serious injury if the spool shoots off, so be sure everything is firmly in place before use.