This page is about how I got interested in working on engines, and small engine engine repair. I have been working on cars and motorcycles since I was a teenager before joining the US Navy in 1965. I was an Engine man and Gunners mate on a PBR in 1966. After getting injured and Honorably Discharged for medical reasons I spent the first 20 years of my working career as a Machinist/tool & die maker in the Oil Tool business. Later, I decided to go back to school so I could advance my career; a few years later I was offered a job at Exxon’s Research Center as a Senior Technical Associate. My primary job was doing Mechanical Design/trouble shooting in the Drilling and Completions Division 25 years.
I received the Exxon Mobil Upstream Research Presidential Award in 2010 for Work Achievements & Accomplishments (See Picture of Award in Photo Gallery). I designed, built and tested down-hole tools for Exxon which four patents were issued on. The fourth patent issued in 2014 three years after retiring.
I have always enjoyed working on engines life especially HD motorcycles. My hobby led to a small engine repair business after retiring, working on generators, lawn mowers, pressure washers and etc.
From the lessons that I learned from my 50+ years of working for several companies, I personally built this website to convey my thoughts on how I operate my business with those lessons in mind. I firmly believe that if you operate your business based on Honesty and Integrity it will succeed. It has taken me seven years to make my business successful and I take personal pride in my work which comes from the principals learned from my generation and 50 years of hard work.
I enjoy challenging work that requires knowledge and ability because I am not just a dumb gear-head that likes to twist wrenches. Most problems are simple fixes and not challenging because it is usually due to the lack of maintenance or operator error. I get quite a few repair jobs that someone else has worked on without telling me and it always costs more because they created other issues and that makes it difficult & frustrating not challenging.
Anyone can get their hands dirty but not everyone has what it takes to get the challenging work done. It is like the old saying “when the going gets tough then the tough get going.”
I opened Larry’s Small Engine Repair Service, LLC in 2011 as a one-man operation with the goal to provide the public with something they were not accustomed to seeing. The goal was to do small engine repair and lawn mower repair in Houston TX 77065 for a reasonable price; which is less than what the competition is charging for the same work.
That was my goal and with the right mindset I have achieved my goal with this winning formula and hopefully it will help me achieve another goal and that is being a premier repair shop in my area although I am the smallest, I prefer to keep it that way. This job takes a special talent and I have always preferred to work alone because I cannot get my work done, if I watch over my shoulder to see what someone else is doing.
I am honest, customer oriented and firmly believe in customer satisfaction and I treat people the way the way they treat me. Caveat emptor. I am honest, customer oriented and firmly believe in customer satisfaction and I treat people the way I want to be treated.
I am getting older and the knowledge that I have obtained from hard work and not being afraid to get my hands dirty got me through life. Knowledge from books gives you the basic information and tools to start with but nothing will ever take the place of hands on experience.