Capital Region preps for winter storm

Posted at: 02/07/2013 5:52 PM
Updated at: 02/07/2013 6:07 PM
By: Beth Wurtmann

GUILDERLAND - Matt Rutnik faced down a challenge at Robinson's ACE Hardware store Thursday: fixing a 16 year old Toro snowblower before a winter storm hits the Capital Region.

"I'll have to tear the carburetors apart and figure out what's going on with them," he said.

Whenever a storm is predicted, broken machines come rolling in to the store. Most of them, he said, with old fuel that hasn't been stabilized.

"This gasket is shot. it's got all kinds of corrosion around it it's even dented a little bit you're not going to get a good seal," Rutnik said.

Customers also stocked up on bags of rock salt to get driveways and sidewalks in storm-proof shape.

"Some at homes, family homes and some at the business, candy store up the road," said Brad Pikcilingis of Candy Kraft. "Keep it plowed out, shoveled out, put some salt on."

Snow rakes, ice melt and shovels, were also hot commodities.

Sarah Lynam picked up supplies to dig out, after stocking up on a few days worth of groceries.

"Not too scared, probably just hunker down inside and huddle under blankets and stocked up on groceries so not worried," she said.

Rutnik cleaned up a carburetor on the snowblower, and with a few new parts, got an old clunker back in business.

"Now she's good to go she's good as new and ready for the storm," he said.