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The Easiest Ways to Shovel Snow



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Though some may not know it, there is some bit of an art to shoveling snow, as most people who have done a lot of it can attest.

Herewith, are the easiest ways to shovel snow.

First, shoveling the sidewalk; if the snow is less than a foot, and there are not layers of ice or frozen sleet, the best approach is to start at one end of the sidewalk, and work your way to the other. But, that’s not the end of it. The thing to do is note which way the wind is blowing, and try to toss each load downwind, or some of that load will blow back into the spot you just shoveled. Also, if the walk is wider than the shovel, it’s best to shovel back and forth in the width, rather than shovel one whole side of the walk than the other, this is because you’ll save on traveling. Also, it’s best to shovel the side that is upwind first as you progress, otherwise you’ll be dropping some back in the spot you’ve just uncovered.

On the other hand, if there is layering, or frozen sleet or rain, there is likely to be some crusting, which means you’ll need to make two lifts for each spot in front of you; one for the frozen stuff, and the other for the stuff underneath. If you try to lift both at the same time, you’re likely to wear yourself out, or hurt your back.

And speaking of your back, as with moving furniture or heavy boxes; it’s best to lift with your legs, though this may be difficult with a shovel full of snow. Try to do it anyway or you’ll likely strain your back after just a few minutes of shoveling.

Next, the easiest way to shovel out a car depends on if you are parked in a parking lot with cars on either or one side, or at home in your driveway.

If in a parking lot, the easiest way to go is to first shovel a path between the cars, that way you will be able to carry the snow from around the other parts. Start at the parked end, rather than out there in the parking lot, unless a plow has already come and cleared out the area behind your car. In either case, the aim is to pile up snow in an area where it won’t get in the way while you’re shoveling out the rest of the snow around the car. If the snow isn’t too deep, shovel out just the snow on one side, and behind the car, then get in and move the car to a place where there is more room. This also helps in getting the snow off the roof, trunk and hood.

If you’re shoveling out your car in your own driveway, start shoveling nearest the driver door, get it open and be sure the car starts. Then start shoveling behind the car, just enough so you can back out. Then, if the street has been plowed, drive to some deserted spot and clear your car off there, so you won’t have to deal with it. Then, once back in your driveway, shovel the snow off your driveway using the same technique as you did with the sidewalk.

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