Sorry to hear your local power problems. We used to lose power several times each winter. Then the city paid a tree company to trim all the trees back around the powerlines. It worked. I had bought a generator the year before and it has now sat for 4 years. I did use the shut off and run out the gas in the carb. I added Fuel Restore to the tank, but will need to drain tank before next start. I have been told that I should use gas from a local Marina or airport that does not have that environmental ethanol crap in it. Best of luck on your tree trimming, electricity, sanding and polishing.