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Vermonter Tip #322 – Efficient Snow Blowing

Vermonter Tip #322 – Efficient Snow Blowing

Just like mowing your lawn, there is a better way to snow blow your driveway. This technique boils down to always starting in the middle and blowing the snow outward.  As simple as it sounds I continue to see people doing their driveways with other patterns, throwing snow over areas they have already cleared or constantly wrestling with the snow chute to change direction.  Sound familiar? Keep reading…

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I’m going to illustrate this technique with a simple rectangle driveway.  The concept will be the same regardless of driveway shape or size but the area you approach first may vary.

This method:

  • Minimizes the need to adjust the snow throwing chute
  • Keeps snow off areas that you have already passed
  • Keeps you moving in a forward direction
  • Eliminates the need to clear the same area(s) more than once

Let’s Begin

Start by clearing some space on both ends of your driveway.  This will allow you to easily maneuver around each pass without going out into the road or coming too close to your garage.

Figure 1 demonstrates this with four passes.  On each end start on the outside and work your way in.  If necessary adjust your snow chute to throw toward the middle of your driveway.

First clear the ends
Figure 1 – First clear the ends

 

Now adjust your snow throwing chute so it points to the right. It should now remain in this position for the remainder of the job.

The Bulk Of The Work
Create a strip straight down the middle of the driveway (see pass #1 indicated in Figure 2 below). Always slightly overlap the last area that you cleared and continue blowing snow toward the outer edges.  Again, when following this pattern you should never have to adjust your snow chute because it will always be point toward an outer edge of the driveway.

Work from the middle out
Figure 2 – Work from the middle out

Continue each circle pass following the pattern above. When you reach the outside you are done! If done correctly, at the right speed with the right overlap, you should never have to go back over the areas you have already covered. It is that simple.

Happy Snow Blowing!

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Vermonter Tip #351 – Lift Wiper Blades

Vermonter Tip #351 – Lift Wiper Blades

Lift wiper blades up before a snow storm. This will keep them clean and free of ice. High end car manufacturers have even incorporated this as a “feature”. The cars will automatically set the blades away from the glass when turned off.

Lift Wiper Blades - Save yourself a little time by flipping your wipers up before a snow storm
Save yourself a little time by flipping your wipers up before a snow storm

 Why does this help?

Unless the snow is very light and fluffy, it usually lands on your windshield wet and drips down to your wiper blades.  This also happens when you just come in from driving and your window is warm from the inside heater.  This causes ice to form on the blades, freezing them to the windows.  Depending on how much wet snow you get, it can be a real pain getting them unstuck from the window.  If you do so forcibly, you risk ruining your wiper blade.  When you lift wiper blades up, the water has nowhere to collect so the wipers stay clean and the window doesn’t build up ice.

Take it from someone who has a lot of experience cleaning snow off cars. This really works. Try it!

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Vermonter Tip #462 – Bring The Snow Brush Inside

Oh great, snow brush is inside the car!
Oh great, snow brush is inside the car!

Vermonter tip #462 – When you know a big snow storm is brewing, bring your snow brush in the house. This way you don’t have to find your way into the car just to get the brush so you can clean off the rest.

Vermonter tip #463 – If you forget to bring in the brush, use a broom (the official snow brush of VT)

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