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Title: I hate shoveling snow!
Post by: dano14041 on February 03, 2011, 10:01:56 PM
I don't know how you guys that get lots of snow do it.
We were hit with a record 14" of snow and I have been working on and off all day to shovel my drive off so I might actually escape the house.

It is hard work!

Our usual 1"-6" snows don't bother me and I can drive right over them without cleaning the drive, but this time the snow had drifted anywhere from 14" to 24"+.

Ok, enough complaining, back to shoveling....  :-\
Title: Re: I hate shoveling snow!
Post by: hamiltont on February 03, 2011, 10:24:56 PM
Meet IGOR the snowblower...
(http://i1116.photobucket.com/albums/k566/tjhamilton/DSCN1343.jpg)
Title: Re: I hate shoveling snow!
Post by: euge on February 03, 2011, 10:30:19 PM
We might actually get a couple inches this evening. Which is bad because it will shut down the city.

I've had to shovel snow when I lived overseas. PITA for sure.  ;D
Title: Re: I hate shoveling snow!
Post by: tom on February 03, 2011, 10:34:17 PM
We have no driveway   :D
Title: Re: I hate shoveling snow!
Post by: SiameseMoose on February 03, 2011, 10:45:03 PM
Help is on the way:
(http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/j/MSNBC/Components/Slideshows/_production/_archive/Cartoons/ss-110128-winter/ss-110128-winter-01.ss_full.jpg)
Title: Re: I hate shoveling snow!
Post by: weazletoe on February 03, 2011, 11:32:18 PM
I don't know how you guys that get lots of snow do it.
We were hit with a record 14" of snow and I have been working on and off all day to shovel my drive off so I might actually escape the house.

It is hard work!

Our usual 1"-6" snows don't bother me and I can drive right over them without cleaning the drive, but this time the snow had drifted anywhere from 14" to 24"+.

Ok, enough complaining, back to shoveling....  :-\


 Eh...Suck it up Sally!!I  ;D grew up in the snow belt, on Lake Erie. I'm 33, and my dad just got his first snowblower. Guess he figured with me in Idaho, it was time!
Title: Re: I hate shoveling snow!
Post by: punatic on February 03, 2011, 11:40:39 PM
Heh, heh, heh...
Title: Re: I hate shoveling snow!
Post by: dbeechum on February 03, 2011, 11:50:17 PM
I leave this as a possible solution.

http://alum.mit.edu/pages/sliceofmit/2011/02/02/1948-mayor-to-mit-use-flamethrowers-to-melt-snow/
Title: Re: I hate shoveling snow!
Post by: bassriverbrewer on February 04, 2011, 12:46:29 AM
Living here on the coast of massachusetts we have been getting a one to two  snowstorm once a week since christmas with four to eight predicted for saturday It seems all I do is shovel and being on the coast it has the consistency of cement.  I keep reading news reports of roof collapses and I keep looking at all the snow on my roof.
Title: Re: I hate shoveling snow!
Post by: bluesman on February 04, 2011, 02:18:57 AM
Me too. I bought a 7.5HP Craftsman 24" snowblower several years ago and it rocks!

The hell with all that shoveling. Blowing is where it's at.  ;)  8)
Title: Re: I hate shoveling snow!
Post by: oscarvan on February 04, 2011, 02:35:39 AM
(http://www.woodenshoemusic.com/PicPages/Linkto_files/snow.jpg)
Title: Re: I hate shoveling snow!
Post by: rjharper on February 04, 2011, 03:15:46 AM
It wasn't so much the 8" of standing snow (I can drive over that) as much as the 2'+ drift blocking the garage... (Central OK for anyone interested).

[(http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/hs071.snc6/168191_850359006758_18704867_44289756_2729972_n.jpg)
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Title: Re: I hate shoveling snow!
Post by: tschmidlin on February 04, 2011, 06:45:23 AM
I mostly don't bother shoveling because we never get enough snow, but if we got a lot I would shovel my roof . . . I saw some good videos of roofs collapsing today. :o
Title: Re: I hate shoveling snow!
Post by: Mark G on February 04, 2011, 12:37:14 PM
The storm that hit us this week took me about 4 hours to clear my driveway. And that was with a snowblower. The drifts were chest-deep. I couldn't see my 5-year old behind them. It's kind of funny around here... The first couple snowfalls of the year, I enjoy breaking out the snowblower even when it's only a couple inches. Then once we hit January and February, unless it's over 3-4 inches of snow, nobody bothers anymore. "Eh, the cars will compact it enough and it will melt eventually.
Title: Re: I hate shoveling snow!
Post by: theDarkSide on February 04, 2011, 01:21:43 PM
I leave this as a possible solution.

http://alum.mit.edu/pages/sliceofmit/2011/02/02/1948-mayor-to-mit-use-flamethrowers-to-melt-snow/

I'm surprised the MIT folks haven't come up with some sort of forcefield to put over the Greater Boston area that prevents the snow from ever landing on the ground.  

I have a snow blower for the driveway and path to the utilities.  Boy I can tell you the neighbors love me when I'm out there are 5:30am so I can get the driveway slear for my wife to go to work!!!
Title: Re: I hate shoveling snow!
Post by: Slowbrew on February 04, 2011, 04:52:58 PM
Here in Des Moines (or there-abouts) we had a 2' drift across the drive that was 25' wide and 50' long.  The snow blower was even starting to choke on it because it was packed so tight (40 to 50 mph gust for 24 hours).  My drive took about 45 minutes.  2 hours after that I had all the new, young neighbors, who didn't have a clue what to do with the 4' of snowplow drift at the end of the drive, dug out.

Luckily it was a balmy -5F at the time.  Gawd, I love Iowa!  ;)

Paul
Title: Re: I hate shoveling snow!
Post by: tschmidlin on February 04, 2011, 05:14:28 PM
I was in Aspen about 12 years ago - they had heated sidewalks in part of the town, very nice for walking.  If you get your driveway redone it's something to think about :)
Title: Re: I hate shoveling snow!
Post by: oscarvan on February 04, 2011, 05:32:45 PM
I was in Aspen about 12 years ago - they had heated sidewalks in part of the town, very nice for walking.  If you get your driveway redone it's something to think about :)

Oh trust me, I've looked in to it. Problem is the cheap installation (electric) will send the meter spinning so hard it will disintegrate or, if you do a geothermal system you will spend a lot of money on the installation. Either way you can pay someone to plow you out for decades for that money.
Title: Re: I hate shoveling snow!
Post by: tschmidlin on February 04, 2011, 06:08:43 PM
Hot water pipes?

I just prefer my method - stay home until the snow goes away.  Usually within a day in my area, but sometimes it takes 3 days. :)
Title: Re: I hate shoveling snow!
Post by: euge on February 04, 2011, 06:21:19 PM
I think it was about 0.25" that we got last night. It's enough to freak out the clueless. I'm sure the ER's are full of MVC's.

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/_BGa2L64KQdY/TUxCyShPqzI/AAAAAAAAAeM/2l0ldeuztTo/s640/2011-02-04%2012.15.31.jpg)
Title: Re: I hate shoveling snow!
Post by: Slowbrew on February 04, 2011, 06:23:35 PM
A heated driveway seems like it would be really cool.  Unfortunately there are issues that are more serious than cost to operate.  With 2 feet of packed snow and sub-zero temps, it would take a very long time to melt off the drive.  Once it was melted off, there wouldn't be anywhere for the water to go and it would just freeze in the street.

Downtown Des Moines put in some heated sidewalks last year.  If I understand things correctly, they still need to clean the big layers of snow off but the heaters keep them from icing up.  It makes them safer but doesn't, necessarily, mean no shoveling.  It was also used as a campaign attack during the 2010 elections.  'Insert name of sitting councilman' voted to spend your tax dollars on heated sidewalks.  Can you trust someone willing to WASTE YOUR TAX DOLLARS in that way?   8)

I like the force field over the city idea.  Flame throwers would be fun too.

Paul
Title: Re: I hate shoveling snow!
Post by: dano14041 on February 04, 2011, 07:59:39 PM
It wasn't so much the 8" of standing snow (I can drive over that) as much as the 2'+ drift blocking the garage... (Central OK for anyone interested).

[(http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/hs071.snc6/168191_850359006758_18704867_44289756_2729972_n.jpg)
(http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/hs071.snc6/168168_850360149468_18704867_44289766_4768010_n.jpg)

I am just up the turnpike from you (Tulsa).

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5012/5416762426_0909d1846f.jpg)
Title: Re: I hate shoveling snow!
Post by: punatic on February 04, 2011, 08:23:03 PM

I just prefer my method - stay home until the snow goes away. 

+1 
My shadow does not fall on the mainland between October and April.
Title: Re: I hate shoveling snow!
Post by: rabid_dingo on February 04, 2011, 11:12:33 PM

I just prefer my method - stay home until the snow goes away. 

+1 
My shadow does not fall on the mainland between October and April.
;)

Hey, I heard a report last week or so that only ONE state in the US did not have snow on the ground.

Florida...Probably because the highest elevation in Florida is probably in an appartment building...
Title: Re: I hate shoveling snow!
Post by: dbeechum on February 04, 2011, 11:16:52 PM
Florida...Probably because the highest elevation in Florida is probably in an appartment building...

Actually that would be Britton Hill, the lowest highest point of any state. It's a whopping 345 feet above sea level! (In contrast my childhood home was the highest in the neighborhood at 16 feet above sea level!)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Britton_Hill
Title: Re: I hate shoveling snow!
Post by: weazletoe on February 05, 2011, 01:45:24 AM
A heated driveway seems like it would be really cool.  Unfortunately there are issues that are more serious than cost to operate.  With 2 feet of packed snow and sub-zero temps, it would take a very long time to melt off the drive.

  Hate to sound like a know it all,but I do HAVC. Heated sidewalks are quite common here in NE Ohio, among the rich. It is basically radiant floor heat. Pipes in the cement with hot water circfulating in them. THe snw' ice melts on contact, so there is virtually no time that it takes to wait for it to melt, as it never has a chance to freeze. It's a really nice system. Not cheap to have installed, or operate, but if you got the $, why not? 
Title: Re: I hate shoveling snow!
Post by: 1vertical on February 05, 2011, 06:07:42 AM
I think it was about 0.25" that we got last night. It's enough to freak out the clueless. I'm sure the ER's are full of MVC's.

euge, did your sago palm bite the big one?
Title: Re: I hate shoveling snow!
Post by: euge on February 05, 2011, 06:40:33 AM
I think it was about 0.25" that we got last night. It's enough to freak out the clueless. I'm sure the ER's are full of MVC's.

euge, did your sago palm bite the big one?

Nope. Has some snow on still but she's ok. Brrr it is cold and icy. A balmy 27F...
Title: Re: I hate shoveling snow!
Post by: uthristy on February 05, 2011, 11:38:42 AM
Enjoy

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Title: Re: I hate shoveling snow!
Post by: cheba420 on February 05, 2011, 05:06:13 PM
Grew up in MI shoveling snow every year. Dad never bought us a snow blower cause he had me! Moved to Phoenix in 96. We have a saying out here: You dont have to shovel sunshine!
Title: Re: I hate shoveling snow!
Post by: tygo on February 05, 2011, 05:28:10 PM
I shoveled snow into my chilling cooler today.  I love chilling with snow.  Got the brew down to 60F in 20 minutes and I didn't have to make or buy ice  ;D
Title: Re: I hate shoveling snow!
Post by: oscarvan on February 05, 2011, 09:59:35 PM
Quote
A heated driveway seems like it would be really cool.  Unfortunately there are issues that are more serious than cost to operate.  With 2 feet of packed snow and sub-zero temps, it would take a very long time to melt off the drive.  Once it was melted off, there wouldn't be anywhere for the water to go and it would just freeze in the street.

The trick is to turn it on while it snows.....it never gets a chance to accumulate. provided there's enough horsepower to keep it >32ºF
Title: Re: I hate shoveling snow!
Post by: akr71 on February 09, 2011, 02:33:19 AM
(http://i881.photobucket.com/albums/ac20/akr71/snow/IMG_4724.jpg)

This is last Saturday - I shoveled about 3 ft off the snow bank in anticipation of the 12 inches coming on Sunday.  I just had no where else to put the snow and couldn't throw the snow over the bank anymore (8+ ft at the edge of the driveway).  Sunday ended up being mixed with rain which made for a lot of slush and wet snow.
Here's a few more pics ( http://s881.photobucket.com/albums/ac20/akr71/snow/ ).  We got about another 3 inches today.
Title: Re: I hate shoveling snow!
Post by: 1vertical on February 09, 2011, 03:40:36 PM
Twenty Eight Degrees Farenheit BELOW Zero  Last night.
I guess I should be glad the wind was not howling at 40 mph in conjunction with that.
Title: Re: I hate shoveling snow!
Post by: maxieboy on February 09, 2011, 03:42:33 PM
Twenty Eight Degrees Farenheit BELOW Zero  Last night.
I guess I should be glad the wind was not howling at 40 mph in conjunction with that.

WHYoming is right!  ;)
Title: Re: I hate shoveling snow!
Post by: punatic on February 09, 2011, 04:03:41 PM
Twenty Eight Degrees Farenheit BELOW Zero  Last night.
I guess I should be glad the wind was not howling at 40 mph in conjunction with that.

Dang that global warming!
Title: Re: I hate shoveling snow!
Post by: phillamb168 on February 09, 2011, 04:24:00 PM
Quote from: punatic
Dang that global warming!
::)

Climate change is real, and extreme weather is an effect.
Title: Re: I hate shoveling snow!
Post by: Slowbrew on February 09, 2011, 04:41:43 PM
We started today at -4F but are supposed to in the +40s this weekend.  Gotta love Iowa.

Paul
Title: Re: I hate shoveling snow!
Post by: 1vertical on February 09, 2011, 06:35:03 PM
WHYoming is right!  ;)

Uhhhh Yup. I keep dealing with that issue every single winter and still I am here..... :o ???

(Why) You might ask?  Pretty Good Tax structure for the citizens and all the
Public lands and outdoor recreation. Low Crime rate, Fresh Air...etc. 
Title: Re: I hate shoveling snow!
Post by: punatic on February 09, 2011, 07:54:44 PM
Quote from: punatic
Dang that global warming!
::)

Climate change is real, and extreme weather is an effect.

Yes, it's great!  I blame global warming for everything.  It's so convenient!