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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Snowed in



We received over a foot of snow in the last storm. Fortunately, I'm retired. I remember having to get up super early on work days. The car would have to be dug out of a glacier. Extra time had to be allotted for the slow crawl to work.

The day of the storm, since we didn't have to go anywhere, we stayed home. I didn't even think about shoveling until the next day. The worse thing about shoveling during a storm is that it goes on forever. By the time you've shoveled everything out, a few more inches of snow filled in behind you. Then the snowplow comes by and buries you again. It's a labor of Sisyphus.

I've never owned a snowblower. While I've thought about after those storms that drop three or more feet of snow, I've stuck to shovels and scoops. Snowblowers are loud, smelly, and prone to breaking down. Once I figured out the cost of ownership and operation, I stuck to my shovel. Turns out I'm too lazy to own a snowblower.

The new electric snowblowers powered by powerful lithium batteries do tempt me a bit. They may be just about ready for prime time and eliminate much of what I hate about snowblowers. Then I remind myself that most winters I do the snowbird thing and avoid snow for most of the winter.

You can tell when you are below the normal snow line. Up north, houses, especially older houses, are built next to the road. That keeps shoveling down to a minimum. As you travel south you start to see houses set far from the road down long driveways.

During years when I stick around for the holidays, there's a darn good chance I'm going to shovel. I do pace myself. Every year people get heart attacks and die from the exertion. So I shovel for a bit, then warm up with a hot coffee next to the woodstove. Repeat as needed.

We didn't even lose power during this storm. The Internet would occasionally go out for a few hours at a time, but that happens all the time anyway. Such is life at the end of the line for everything.

-Sixbears

9 comments:

  1. Being retired does have it's good points

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  2. It's blowing hard here tonight and we're getting a rain/snow/ sleet mix, but I don't think it's supposed to amount to much.

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    1. It's been below zero and windy. Some plumbing in my basement froze. Got a heater on it now. Brrrrrrr.

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  3. (justjohn) RE those lithium tools ... I was in Home Depot last week, one of the vendors had a booth setup to show off their new 120V DC tools. They have 60V lithium battery packs, the tools use two packs at a time. I would think that would be very powerful, I've only used Makita 18V tools and those seem fine for amateurs.

    I've been looking for a replacement battery since I shorted one out a few years back. (makes a good arc welder for 3 or 4 seconds). It is almost cheaper to buy the combo pack with two tools, charger and two batteries than to just buy the batteries. That had me looking at the 36V Makita tools that use 2x18V packs. The packs on the circular saw were 5A each, my old ones are 1A I think.

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    1. I've a Porter Cable 12V lithium battery bit driver. It's pretty strong, but very compact and light weight. Much easier to work with than a big clunky drill.

      Battery tech has come a long way and it's improving in leaps and bounds. You might want to check for other battery suppliers that might have what you need. Sometimes they are better than OEM.

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  4. At least you got your lovely wife home before the snow hit. Nice to have someone with whom to share the fire and the quiet.

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    1. So happy we did not have to travel during the storm.

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