thing that distinguishes where I live from the place where I
grew up is the weather typical of late November through late
Connecticut, even in the central part, it might have already
snowed a couple of times by Thanksgiving, although most likely
the snow would have melted completely, except in the woods.
daytime high there is typically about 43 degrees and the low,
Jersey, snow before Thanksgiving is rare, the daytime high
averages 51 or 52 degrees, and the low is about 35 degrees.
years in your part of the country, I consider that balmy,
while the natives think that I must be balmy.
weather here gives me a little extra time to catch up on
outdoor chores before I have to wear gloves and a coat.
Outdoor Power Institute suggests that we use this prelude to
winter to check over the equipment we use during the cold
weather — snow throwers and generators, for example —
before we actually need them.
the owner’s manual. Refamiliarize yourself with how to
handle your equipment safely and any maintenance needs. If you
have lost your manual, you can usually find it online.
and change engine oil and dispose of old/used oil safely.
Service the air filter and perform other maintenance
activities directed by the manual.
equipment has a battery, remove and fully charge it before
storing, or to have it ready for an unexpected weather event.
fuel properly. Unused gas left in gas tanks over the winter
can go stale and can even damage equipment. For any equipment
stored over the winter, add fuel stabilizer to the gas tank
and then run the equipment to distribute it. Turn the engine
off, allow the machine to cool, then restart it and run it
until the gas tank is empty.
to use the appropriate fuel. Most outdoor power equipment was
designed, built, and warranted to run on 10 percent or less
yard cleanup. Clear paths regularly.
sure there is space in the garage or basement to store larger