Decided to walk away from the mower for a bit...borrowed a friend's this weekend.
Here's another kicker...after I finished mowing, I got the leaf blower out and commenced to remove debris from my yard. About ten minutes later, the leaf blower quit. Thought I had run out of gas, and looked at the blower, only to find that the housing had come apart.
Took it to the garage, and further investigation revealed that somehow BOTH bolts that hold the carburetor onto the block had sheared!!! Couldn't drill out the remainder, so now I also need to buy a gasket, two bolts, and the carb adaptor plate!
Im SOOO glad the summer is over!!!