Snow Removal Tips and Tricks That Saves Time and Energy

Is your back been aching after long hours of shovelling and blowing snow? Maybe you are doing it wrong. Here are some snow removal tips and tricks that will make your job easier and have an injury-free winter.

 

The Use of Snow Blower

  • Did you know that speed matters when it comes to using snow blower? When you go too slow you will not get much distance of blowing snow. When you try to speed up, the snow might spill outside of the machine. You should try to experiment and check which optimal speed is right for you. The technique should be based on how your home or property is laid out. Basically, you don’t throw the snow on top of the pavement that you’ve already cleared. Thus, the snow will only pack down and stick to the pavement and will eventually become difficult to remove.
  • For a driveway that has a clearance on each side, it is best if you start in the middle and then throw the snow towards one edge of the driveway. Then make a U-turn and afterward, come back to do the same on the other side. Always remember to keep alternating so that you won’t need to adjust your chute and any falling snow will be cleared on subsequent passes.
  • If in case your home abuts the driveway, it would be best to start on the sides closest to your house. By doing this, you won’t be throwing the snow on the pavement which you’ve already cleared.

 

 

Proper Snow Shovelling

  • There are two options when shovelling: You can either shovel after some few inches of fallen snow or you can wait until the end of the storm before finally removing the snow in layers.
  • Clear your driveway in two stages. The first stage is to push all the snow to the edges using a pusher shovel. Afterward, use another shovel to throw, lift and push what’s left out of the way. For pavements with uneven floors, use an all-plastic shovel without a steel edge to catch the snow.
  • If you don’t have a shovel and your blower isn’t working, you may try to place a plastic tarp over the exposed sidewalks or walkways. You can also use this on your car during snow. When all the flurries stop, easily pull the plastic tarp to uncover a clear path.
  • If after shovelling, you still find some ice underneath, use salt as an alternative to putting down snow on your driveway, front steps or sidewalk. To do this, first, you need to combine one teaspoon of dish soap and 1 tablespoon of rubbing alcohol. Add ½ gallon of water and pour the mixture on the area where you need it.
  • If the wet snow is just too difficult to shovel, you may try spraying some cooking oil on your shovel to help you move through the snow more quickly. This will also prevent the snow from sticking onto your shovel. Just wipe the tool down before storing it back in your garage to avoid a mess.

 

Snow removal is no joke. But with the above tips and tricks, you won’t have to worry about your next quest for snow removal and you will have an injury-free winter.

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Make A Deck For Your House By Yourself

 

If you own a house and have some space left in your yard, then you might have thought of making a deck. A lot of things may have stopped you like expenses and time. Well, it’s not an expensive and long-term work. Now you can build a deck for your house by yourself if you how to do it properly. You just need to get a pencil and paper to start off.

Decide the size of your deck as per the size of your house. It won’t be looking good to have a small deck in a big house and a large size deck in a small house. so you have to make sure that the size of your deck suits the size of your house. Gather all local permits, so you don’t have to face any unwanted problem and occurrence furthermore. Make a list of materials you need to build the deck. An expert will always advise you to choose the best material. So you should justify between materials and products before you purchase them. Materials relative to deck building are plain wood, concrete deck piers, gravel, water seal, paint and other small stuff

Start the work by placing deck footings. Decks lower to the ground looks more beautiful than the usual ones. Place the footings by keeping a measured distance from each other. You have to make sure that all the footings are on the same level. Because an unleveled footing can damage your platform.

After you have placed your footings now you should start to cut and ley your joists. It is a better idea to measure before you cut each joist. Each of the joists should have the similar size and try not to keep any difference. Mark the place where your deck is going to build. Remove the siding where you are going to mount the ledger board. After removing the siding attach the ledger to the same place you have removed siding from. Once you are done with that install the opposite beam atop the posts then install the rim joists. Before you attach the plank with joists you should waterproof them. Either the planks will suck water. After that screw the planks, but make sure that you are not using to screws. That will make it look bad. You should take the help of a second person to get a hand and also finish the work sooner. At last add wood at the end of your deck to give it a finishing look. You should spray some grass or weed killer before you make the platform. It won’t look good to see grass or weed coming up through the deck.

After you have Completed the steps above you should paint the deck. Choose a light color. It looks better to use a light color as its outside of the house. When the paint gets dry you are done with a beautiful deck, which looks perfect with your house.

Best Roofing Designs

A beautiful home is a source of pride and comfort; a place where you take refuge after a long day at work. Having a beautifully designed roof is every homeowner’s dream and with the right materials and architectural knowledge, this is achievable.

Below are the top-rated roofing designs that will give your house a beautiful finish created by the best roof contractors in the business:

  • Gable roof: This is one of the simplest roofing designs where the roofs are made in an inverted V shape. The roof consists of two sections that slope in different directions and meet at the top to form a roof ridge. The slanting of a gable roof allows the incorporation of various designs including Contemporary, Colonial, Rustic and Tudor.

 

Pros

Simple to install and design

It can accommodate all roofing material

The house has better ventilation as a result of the attic space

They are weather resistant

This design provides better drainage as water and snow will easily slide from the rooftop. This will eliminate the risk of leakage as a result of water accumulation on the roof.

Cons

The roof can easily collapse as a result of strong winds if not constructed well.

  • Hip roof: This constitutes of four slopes which meet at one joint and is mostly used in the construction of bungalows as well as cottages. This design will require an installation of gutter on all the four sides of the roof to facilitate proper drainage.

 

Pros

It provides better drainage of rainwater and snow as the roof is slanted on four sides.

It can withstand heavy winds unlike gable roofs which get easily blown off by strong winds

It can easily be incorporated into a house that is already complete

It is suitable for all climatic conditions

Cons

It is more difficult to install

It requires more roofing materials

The roof may easily leak due to the presence of many seams on the roof.

  • Mansard roofs: These roofs are difficult to install and are mostly used in story buildings, restaurants, French Manor, or Neo-eclectic house. The roof does not have gables and is slanted on four sides, two on either side of the house.

Photo of a Mansard roof

Pros

This roof provides an extra space at the top which could be used as a store or even a guest room.

If you will need to build a new floor on top of the existing roof, you can use the initial slope of the mansard roof as one side of the wall for the new floor.

It will save up on the cost of constructing a new floor if the mansard roof is used as a wall in the construction of a new floor.

Cons

It is expensive to maintain as there is a lot of dirt accumulation at the flat part of the roof.

It is expensive to construct a mansard roof and will also consume a lot of time to construct it

It can be destroyed by strong wind and storms as well.

Flat roof: these are mostly used in the construction of industrial buildings but a few people use them in their residential houses. The roof does not have a pitch, and if there is, it is too little usually two degrees.

 

Pros

They are simple to construct

Heating or cooling systems can easily be placed on the roof which makes them ideal for commercial roofing

Cons

The roof is easily damaged by water as the drainage is very poor.

It is expensive to maintain due to the constant repair required

The choice of a roofing design is personal and you can choose the one that appeals the most to you and fits your budget. Considering the location of the house will be a key consideration as the choice made will either make the house homely or inhabitable in certain climatic conditions.