1/18/2017 - Picking a Snow Shovel
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Choosing the right snow shovel

It had been our utilization of tools that separated humans in the remaining animals, and one from the oldest is the spade. As the under-appreciated shovel is available in many forms, few inspire more groans compared to winter classic referred to as snow shovel. Or as I like to call them, back breaking, arm numbing instruments of torture. They are ideal for lifting large amounts of anything and placing it a slightly different area. And certain types work well at breaking up snow and ice clumps. Of course splitting up, lifting and flinging snow and ice can be exhausting. Any good powder hound worth their salt knows how much even a few inches of snow can weigh.

Technology and technique are the keys to surviving the wintertime. Since i have am no occupational therapist I will leave it up to you to perfect your personal lifting techniques; I'll be concentrating on the tools themselves. Recently there has been some vast improvements in snow shovel design. You will find almost as many designs because there are flakes on the horizon. This is a little guide on what type of shovel (or broom) suits your particular snow removal needs.

Metal shovels with clean/sharp edges are the best choice when you're tackling hard-packed snow and ice. Although it may not be the quietest option, the metal scoop is commonly stronger and will bend instead of breaking. When there is excessive ice, you might want to decide on a shovel that is flat and has a blade. The straight handled 8 inch flat spade is a classic design which has stood the test of time. The straight and sharp edges will help make new friends apart as the straight design allows maximum output directly into the ice. Modern alloys make these shovels lighter than years past and new carbon coatings might help keep the snow from sticking to the scoop. Just watch those toes when you're attempting to break up ice chunks and frozen snow walls those blades can be very sharp!

Plastic shovels come in all shapes and sizes and tend to be lighter than metal shovels. Many come with large scoops making it simpler to move a large drift or deeper snow. Other plastic snow movers come in smaller sizes for so everyone can join in on the fun. (Don't let the kids lose out on the fun of hard labor!) Plastic shovels don't scrape ice quite as well their counterparts and have a tendency to break if used improperly, but they are usually inexpensive and easily available. There are many sizes and shapes of plastic shovels, but many are designed to be used more as scoopers instead of scrapers. If you have snow drifts and "lake effect" style snowstorms this type will probably be your visit. Remember that bigger is not always better, pick a blade that's the right size for the lifting ability. Sometimes a smaller scoop will keep you against attempting to be a "hero" and save you from "blowing your back" and also the embarrassment of crying like a two year old in front of your pals and neighbors.

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Shop brooms create a very effective weapon when combating light snow fall. An ordinary shop broom is ideal if you find less than 2 inches and the snow is dry and fluffy. A fast back and forth usually pushes the snow right out of the way with minimal effort. If you're able to sweep your kitchen you are able to clear your driveway. Even a little dust broom could make quick work of steps without the chance of scratching your deck stain or house paint. However, if the snow is damp and you might as well grab a shovel. Wet sticky snow will clump up and freeze on the hairs from the broom rendering all of your efforts useless.

Snow shovels come in a variety of designs, but some styles are better than others. If lower back pain is a problem, consider using a Shovel/Pusher combo shovel which has an ergonomic and curved handle. Some snow pushers even come with 2 hand grips so that you can put both arms in it. And some scoop shovels have large double handles that make pushing a lot easier and many times more effective. Their design allows you to push at the waist and extremely put some man/woman power behind it. Many modern handles are constructed with steel and fiber to allow them to lift more snow and ice than the earlier versions, while keeping the weight down. Modern ice scrapers are very effective, however, you might need to supplement your scraping with snow melt. Even 2 centimeters of ice can cause a tragic slip that may ruin your day as well as your back.

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