How to string a weed eater with two holes

It’s an open secret that some users struggle to string weed eaters with two holes.

But it shouldn’t be intimidating as it sounds and it’s something you can do without taking too much time with a little help.

Which is where this instructional guide comes in…

Keep reading to learn how to string a weed eater with two holes like a pro when the current string becomes a source of pain or worn out.

How to string a weed eater with two holes – instructional steps

Follow these steps to restring your double-line weed eater the proper way and get back to your landscaping projects in no time.

The procedure could vary a bit depending on the manufacturer and we recommend that you check your owners’ manual before proceeding.

Step 1: Get ready for the job

You want to be ready with everything before you get down to the actual string replacement.

Of course, the most important preparation is having the line with you.

You should keep in mind a couple of things about the line:

First, confirm from your weed eater manual (or online) the correct length and width before ordering. Another option would be going for the same string size as what you have previously used.

This step is important because many models are very specific on the line dimensions and you could end up super frustrated if you’re working with the wrong size.

Secondly, look for a wrench or a suitable spanner.

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Step 2: Preparing the weed eater

Next, you need to prepare the weed eater itself, if necessary- there’s always a remote possibility of having a bad accident without the appropriate safety precautions.

With this in mind, take the following steps:

  • Shut down the weed eater’s engine.
  • Wait for the gearbox to cool down too.

In addition, consider disconnecting the unit’s spark plug boot (for a gas model).

There’s no way you’re going to burn or suffer a serious injury (imagine the clutch engaging and the head turning!).

Step 3: Get the retaining cup out

Many modern-day weed eaters feature a cap at the bottom to hold the string.

You must get it out to access the all-important starter holes (where you will be inserting the new string).

The most interesting thing about the construction of weed eaters is that manufacturers don’t build this part the same way.

For some models, all you have to do is unscrew the cap while for others, you’d have to press a tab (or several tabs) to loosen the cap (and lift it).  

Others have greatly varied mechanisms and the best approach is to refer to your manual for directions on removing the cap instead of risking damage by relying on guesswork.

Step 4: Insert the line

Be careful here because it’s the most critical stage of the stringing process for weed eaters with two holes.

Start by tracing the two starter holes (you should be seeing them by now). 

Then, grab the first length of the trimmer line and slip the tip into starter hole number 1.

Be sure to wind it in the direction indicated by the arrows.

You should also ensure that you wrap this line in tidy, straightened rows if you don’t want to encounter those annoying jams when it’s too late.

When you have 5-inches (or thereabouts) of line unwound, push it into its retainer (on the spool) to have it hold in place.

Proceed to grab the second line and again insert it into the other starter hole.

You will wind it as previously explained and finish by snapping it into the retainer as described (with about 5-inches of line to go as well).

Here is the thing: your line will now be terminating at opposing ends of the spool.

Tip: For some models, it’s recommended that one side be about 6 inches longer (than the opposite) and it’s a good idea to confirm if your brand belongs to this group. The manual is your savior again.

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Step 5: Get the lines out of the retainers

The last step involves removing the lines from their retainers.

The design of these accessories makes this quite simplistic and you should be finishing the procedure in a wink.

Your first action is to feed the lines through the eyelets (usually referred to as line exit holes), of course, on the outer side of your weed eater head.

Next, put the spool itself back into the weed whacker’s head and pull your lines straight through the slot.

This helps to create smooth feeding.

Lastly, install the retaining cap you had earlier removed- screw it back onto the weed eater head or slap it back into place, if applicable.

You may want to wiggle the retaining cap to establish a secure fit, depending on your model (it can fly off upon starting the weed).

That’s all!

Your weed eater should be perfectly set for a brilliant performance when you resume your lawn maintenance tasks with that.

How to string a weed eater with two holes :

Safety First

weed eaters can easily send debris towards your eyes as you remove the troublesome string.

Subsequently, it’s important that you wear protective eye gear during the procedure.

Follow any other manufacturer’s safety instructions for your specific model.

Take advantage of your line replacement time

There are other vital maintenance procedures that are crucial to your weed eater’s proper working and it’s good to complete them when replacing the line.

One of the easiest yet very vital actions is cleaning the cutting shield as well as all that area surrounding the trimmer head.

This keeps the equipment looking good and prevents rust or such harm to the parts.

This is also an opportune moment to check if the area has any damage or has some exceedingly worn out components.

Go ahead and replace any badly worn components, if you can, or look for professional help.

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Wrap up

Having learned how to string a weed eater with two holes, I must insist that the biggest blunder you can commit during the task is using a wrongly-sized line. If not watch this video below.

Not only will it be jeopardizing your weed eater itself but it will also give you tons of problems when cutting through grass, weeds, and other unwanted plants in the yard. 

As I have repeatedly mentioned, it’s best to consult your user’s manual for the perfect string size.

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