Perhaps this has been discussed before .... I have restrung recoil starters for various small engines, but I always feel I'm missing something. I understand the procedure, but one part always has me feeling like I should be doing it differently. How do you real mechanics hold the take-up spool while removing the old rope and threading in the new rope? I pull out all the rope, then take various means to hold the spool while under tension. That is the question -- the "various means." I usually find some cobbled up way to put a large clamp around the shroud, with one end of the clamp on one side of the spool. I feel that I'm going to break the spool by putting a force on one side. I keep looking for some hole or block to put a screwdriver through to keep the spool from spinning out of control, but never find one. I found my blower rope shredded, at least the outside cover, this afternoon. When the snow kept falling and leave kept getting wetter and wetter, we finally quit working. I got some rope and successfully got the new rope installed. But, again, I felt like there "must be a better way." I have a couple of other engines I want to restring during off-season PM, so am looking ahead a couple of weeks. Having the time, and having the cover off, I did the off-season PM right then and there (clean out exhaust, new plug, cleaned up, etc). This is one item I will not have to address in a couple of weeks when I go through all the tools. We only have about 15 cleanups and mowings yet to do.