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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