Hardware Stores

Francisco Fuentes carries a five gallon drum of rock salt after shopping at Home Depot.  (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

Heavy Snow, Shifting Temps Leave Rock Salt In Short Supply

Not only is the salt bag that many homeowners bought three years ago gone, in many cases, so is the bag that replaced it as the cycle of snow-freeze-thaw continues.


A Hyde Park neighborhood resident shovels snow. (Credit: CBS)

Hardware Stores Happy To Finally See Snow

After 335 days without an inch of snow, the past 11 days have more closely resembled a typical winter in Chicago, with alternating snow and cold. It’s good news for hardware stores.

WBBM Newsradio–02/05/2013

(Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)

New Law Requires Photo ID To Buy Some Drain Cleaners

A new state law requires those who buy industrial drain cleaners and other caustic substances to provide photo identification and sign a log.

WBBM Newsradio–01/05/2012