you asked how I fixedit? Well it wasnt really "broke". The rope near the handle had just melted andthe handle was gone , the string sucked into the coil. I just fiddled with it till I found the end of the rope and then managed to get it back through the hole then put a new handle on it. It still has too much loose rope. Just a little less then before. But I think It may be too short to reach the hot parts now. I never had to unwind it so it is the same pull and stuff as before. But from all the research I did I know how to fix it if it did need reroped. Cause I rock. Kenny started it up last night so we know it works. Though I think it needs a new spark plug and air filter. It has moments of smokiness.