Couldn't find a forum for repair, so I'm guessing this one is ok. First, let me say that I'm not a "landscaper" -- I do have one or two folks whose grass I cut, but I do primarily power washing and painting. That said, I have a Craftsman mower with a 6.5hp Briggs engine...it's 2 years old and won't start. It ran fine Tuesday, and Wednesday we tossed it in our truck, got to a customer's house and no good. Luckily we had my buddy's Cub Cadet with us... But anyway... I brought it home and tried a little starting fluid. It ran on the starting fluid, but died after. It would even run with I would just prime it...then it would stall unless I kept priming it. So I figure the carb is clogged. I take the carb off and clean it out with carb cleaner, get it nice and good, put it back on, no good. So I figure bad gas...swap out the gas. No good, same thing...so I figure it was probably the carb and now from all the messing around I fouled the plug, so I get a plug...no good. The guy at the parts store said that I should get it started with starter fluid, stand beside it and when it starts to stall, put my hand over the intake for a brief moment...so I tried this, and it works. I just had it running for about 5 minutes like that, but as soon as I stopped with my hand, she just stops running. Any clue what that would be? I did find a nice John Deere zero turn 21" at a place nearby used for $150...I'm thinking about jumping on that...but it has a 6.75 Briggs engine...and I think I should stick with Honda or Kaw...thoughs on that as well. Thanks.