Snow shovelling is never fun, but we all have to do it. Leaving the snow until a thick layer of ice forms on your driveway is not our most recommended tip. Rather, consult this list of snow shovelling tips to the make the job go more smoothly and to even make it a little less boring (yes, that’s possible).
1. The Prep
- Stretch your muscles.
- Dress in layers.
- Take breaks: Continuous shovelling can be hazardous to the health to some people.
- Wax your shovel with Pam spray to make it more slippery and to prevent snow from sticking to it.
2. The Technique
- Bend your knees and lift with your legs.
- As you lift the snow, keep the shovel as close as possible to you to reduce back strain.
- Switch between shovelling with your right hand and your left hand to work different muscles.
- Periodically change your grip (from palm-under to palm-over) on the hand holding the bar.
- When the snowfall is heavy, don’t try to clean right down to the ground with a single scoop. Instead, skim the top 6 inches off, then scoop up the bottom 6 inches. Otherwise, you could be hurting yourself by lifting too much.
3. The Placement
- Don’t create huge piles right along the edge of your driveway. Some of the chunks will end up tumbling down back into your driveway, meaning you have to remove them twice. Instead, heave each shovel-full a decent distance away from your driveway.
- This will give your more space to shovel easily when the next snowstorm hits.
Considering Buying a Snow Blower?
Think about these things first:
- You may not receive enough snowfall in your area to warrant the investment.
- If you have a small driveway, a snowblower may not be worth the bother.
- Snowblowers take up storage space year-round.
- Snowblowers are noisy and require maintenance and fuel.
Wondering If You Need To Clear Snow From Your Vent?
Yes, you do, for two reasons:
- A dryer vent blocked by snow is a fire hazard.
- It also puts you at risk for exposure to carbon monoxide.