Strahm Sells!: A “Must Have” in Snowy Regions – Dry Gas!

A “Must Have” in Snowy Regions – Dry Gas!

Dry GasIf you live in a snowy region, a "must have" in your garage is a bottle of Dry Gas.  Why?  Because it will come in handy when you are cursing your snow blower because it won't start!

If you don't drain your snow blower of gas (or just let it run dry) at the end of the season, that half-full tank of gas will attract water as it sits over the spring, summer and fall.  Internal combustion engines hate water, and will just refuse to start if there's water in the fuel.

There are few things more frustrating than looking at 350 feet of sidewalk covered in eight inches of snow with a snow blower that refuses to start.  Ask me - I found out the hard way.  That was the last storm - the one I shoveled by hand.

But for this storm, I was prepared with a bottle of Dry Gas from the local hardware store!

Dry Gas is an alcohol based additive for gasoline powered internal combustion engines designed to restore combustive power to gas that has been spoiled by water.  Dry Gas is an actual brand name.  Similar products are named Heet or many generic gas line anti-freeze solutions.

Half a bottle in my tank - and the engine started right up.  Yay!

This additive also works wonders on your lawn mower that won't start because you left the gas in all winter!

Bottom line - you should take care of your equipment and empty gas tanks when storing things off-season.  But if you forget, Dry Gas can be your savior!

 Richard Strahm is an award winning Realtor specializing in the North Penn areas of Montgomery County -- Lansdale, Upper Gwynedd, North Wales, Towamencin, Hatfield -- and beyond!  Visit him at or call today at 215-853-2624 for a free and private consultation about all of your real estate needs.
Richard Strahm
Broker / Owner
American Foursquare Realty - Lansdale, PA

415 North Broad Street
Lansdale, PA 19446

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Comment balloon 8 commentsRichard Strahm • January 12 2011 09:42AM


I remember living in Minnesota. We had that around all of the time. Went by the name Heet 25 years ago. Maybe that's still around.

Posted by Glenn Roberts (Retired) over 8 years ago

Hi Richard,

Maybe you should make that a pop-by gift.... We just got a snow blower this summer from a client moving to Cape May.  I have to admit - I love it!  Scott gets done speedy quick and I don't even feel guilty about not helping.


Posted by The Scott Loper Team Bux-Mont Premier Properties (Keller Williams Real Estate - Montgomeryville) over 8 years ago

Lisa - Great idea for a pop by!  If they don't have a snow blower, they most probably have a lawn mower!  Thanks for the idea!

Posted by Richard Strahm, Lansdale and North Penn Real Estate (American Foursquare Realty) over 8 years ago

Wow, I never knew.  This goes on more than one list: What to keep in the garage, and things my boys should know before they leave home.  In Arkansas there isn't much need for the snow blower, but I'm forever getting angry with lawnmowers!

Thanks for the post!


Posted by Jason Smith (Crye-Leike Realtors) over 8 years ago

Richard...I just read that part about your experience with the last storm to my husband. He said, " took me 3 days to get the snowblower started." Fortunately, he started working on it in November, changed the spark plugs, cleaned out parts of the engine. Then again, our snowblower is around 35 years old. My husband keeps trying to get "just one more year" out of it! Glad your snowblower is working for this storm!

Posted by Nina Rogoff, Sells Real Estate! (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 8 years ago

Nina - 35 years is a LONG life for a snow blower!  It's time for a new one (as long as your husband doesn't buy it as your next birthday present!!).

Posted by Richard Strahm, Lansdale and North Penn Real Estate (American Foursquare Realty) over 8 years ago

Very interesting info-hey whatever it takes!  LOL

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) over 8 years ago

Dry kas

Posted by Mahmad over 1 year ago