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(TreeHugger)   One more thing you've been doing all wrong your entire life: Shoveling snow   ( treehugger.com) divider line
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2018-01-12 05:47:55 PM  
One more thing you've been doing wrong your entire life: Submitting headlines.

This is just a how-to about shoveling snow, for someone who never has.
 
2018-01-12 05:49:11 PM  
'Stupid'? That's not a bad breakdown,. There are different kinds of shovels, dressing properly is important, doing it early is better than waiting, and salt really can fark up your concrete. Our driveway is pitted as fark from the years of other people covering it in salt.

All in all, this is pretty good advice.
 
2018-01-12 05:51:06 PM  
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The article has the usual pictures of teaspoons for shoveling snow. Use one of these if you want to get serious.
 
2018-01-12 06:02:19 PM  

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The article has the usual pictures of teaspoons for shoveling snow. Use one of these if you want to get serious.


Sure, when it's nice fluffy powder that weighs nothing.

All of the shovels in TFA are perfectly fine. I'm sure that shovel is cute next to one of those sleigh shovels in TFA that's 2 feet across, 2 1/2 feet deep, and at least 8" high at its low point.

Just in case you forgot:
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2018-01-12 06:02:40 PM  
Pro Tip: hire a neighbor kid
Go back to Farking.
 
2018-01-12 06:04:52 PM  
We should ask our resident tool, although it seems to regularly be used for shiat.
 
2018-01-12 06:25:08 PM  

Mikey1969: Sure, when it's nice fluffy powder that weighs nothing.


I use one of those for all types of snow. I grew up shoveling cowshiat with one of those. Gloppy snow isn't any heavier.
 
2018-01-12 06:46:43 PM  
You should wax your shovel for maximum OCDness
 
2018-01-12 07:00:34 PM  
I come from a long line of men who just refuse to die when they turn 80..

and then 90...

You know what all these men have in common? They don't shovel snow.

None of them. They will get their trucks stuck in mud and slush. But they don't shovel snow. That's just a heart attack waiting to happen.
 
2018-01-12 07:02:00 PM  
My favourite way to shovel snow.
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2018-01-12 07:02:52 PM  
That or pay the neighbour kid
 
2018-01-12 07:05:02 PM  
Where I've lived my entire life has never required owning or using a snow shovel. I don't even think most of the stores sell them (or if they do, it's sold as a cow shiat shovel).
 
2018-01-12 07:10:27 PM  

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The article has the usual pictures of teaspoons for shoveling snow. Use one of these if you want to get serious.


That particular shovel is used in dealing with d2s tweets.  And I live in Georgia where the snow essentially  shovels itself.
 
2018-01-12 07:10:28 PM  
I use gasoline and a match. Bring it!!
 
2018-01-12 07:18:27 PM  
Well, I'm the exception there subby... have never shoveled snow once in my 50 years
 
2018-01-12 07:21:00 PM  
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$20 at harbor freight.  Hooks to a propane tank.
 
2018-01-12 07:46:40 PM  
From the last paragraph in TFA---On a final note, enjoy it!

Fu*k you and your stupid blog.
 
2018-01-12 07:52:11 PM  

snocone: Pro Tip: hire a neighbor kid
Go back to Farking.


Brilliant.
It's so much cheaper than having kids of your own.
 
2018-01-12 07:57:25 PM  

LawPD: My favourite way to shovel snow.
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Yep, here's my shovel.
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2018-01-12 08:02:26 PM  
I just hole up 'til spring
 
2018-01-12 08:06:34 PM  
"I'm nearly as exhausted after heaving around the enormous machine as I am after shovelling."
Well then you're doing it wrong. Maybe this guy should look into how to properly use a snowblower and then do a poorly-written article about how to "snowblow".
 
2018-01-12 08:14:46 PM  

minnkat: "I'm nearly as exhausted after heaving around the enormous machine as I am after shovelling."
Well then you're doing it wrong. Maybe this guy should look into how to properly use a snowblower and then do a poorly-written article about how to "snowblow".


Agreed. Shoveling my driveway with deep wet stuff would kill me, the missus and possibly the dog. 15 minutes with the shovel above and I'm ready for my cold beer and "Thank you dear!"
 
2018-01-12 08:18:04 PM  
Haw Haw!

You don't know me, Subby!

/Shovelling snow is just God's way of thinning the middle age population. It's not meant for me.
 
2018-01-12 08:25:35 PM  
I have not seen neighborhood kids offer to shovel in about 7 or 8 years, and those were 2 1/2 drunk college guys wanting more booze money (left their empties in the snow-but did a good job and let me free to probably play Civ 5 at the time or something...).
 
2018-01-12 08:35:34 PM  
Maybe Treehugger can teach us how to put our pants on.
 
2018-01-12 08:51:41 PM  
I was hoping for some revelation. All I got was snow shoveling 101.
 
2018-01-12 09:01:29 PM  

IgG4: You should wax your shovel for maximum OCDness


Spray waterproofing, especially if your metal shovel is showing some rust.  It's easy to apply and the snow will fall off your old shovel.  Way easier than waxing your shovel.

/calling for a foot tonight into tomorrow morning
//I'm old so I cheat now
///Mark the plow guy will make multiple runs over the next day or so
 
2018-01-12 09:11:02 PM  
I have four shovels. One where the scoop is mostly in plane with the handle for chipping up packed snow, one big scoop for volume, assuming the snow isn't half slush, one medium scoop for all-purpose free for all, and one with the metal edge removes for my hardwood decks, because I hate the look of scratches.

I live off a snow emergency route, so I'm plowed in constantly, and the consistency changes between the top of my driveway and the end of it, so I change shovel heads to accommodate. If I'm lucky, I'm not working and can just snowblow the lot away before it gets gritty, packed, and frozen.

Please tell me how I'm doing it wrong. I'll believe you when you do it faster than me. I've shoveled all my life, I actually enjoy it.
 
2018-01-12 09:18:03 PM  

Joafu: Please tell me how I'm doing it wrong.


If you're doing what works for you, you're doing it right.
 
2018-01-12 09:23:35 PM  
Best thing about having to shovel snow....fresh pow in the mountains....f*ck yeah!
 
2018-01-12 09:43:06 PM  
...most obvious solution to a problem since shiatting with your pants down.

/Seriously, if live in a snow area and don't know this, you deserve to be taken out of the gene pool
 
2018-01-12 09:47:44 PM  

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The article has the usual pictures of teaspoons for shoveling snow. Use one of these if you want to get serious.


Metal grain shovels are the best....
 
2018-01-12 09:56:05 PM  
My needed 3:
Smallish rectangle(not too small) with minimum curve, meant for chopping and picking up 25-30lb chunks.
Larger, longer rectangle, same curve, meant for scraping&pushing a few inches(um, phrasing).
Scoop a la Mikey1969's pic. Second wind may be required.

Also,
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2018-01-12 09:58:15 PM  

bones870: Metal grain shovels are the best....


I have one aluminum and one plastic. Don't buy the steel one. If you can even find a steel one now. They weighed more empty than the aluminum one full.
 
2018-01-12 10:13:18 PM  

Luse: LawPD: My favourite way to shovel snow.
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Yep, here's my shovel.
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Just got this wed, today we get 3-5"

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Amazon free shipping for the win
 
2018-01-12 10:17:35 PM  
oyster_popsicles:
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This right here. Free gym membership.

Ten years ago I was telecommuting. Sitting on my ass nine hours a day or more, not crossing the property line on many days.

We had a normal driveway PLUS a half-circle driveway. Snow days were the best!
 
2018-01-12 10:22:45 PM  
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2018-01-12 10:34:26 PM  
Why do we always have to assume that everybody is doing it wrong?

This article is informative. As somebody who has shoveled lots of snow and learned a lot of this through experience, it's a good article.

If the headline was something like, "If you haven't shoveled a lot of snow, here's some tips to help you out," it would be more accurate.

But Drew recently told us that he'd rather green a "funny" headline about a boring story than the other way around.

And that's FINE! But I kind of wish this headline linked to a story that pretended you were doing it wrong by giving you the exact opposite advice.

For instance advice telling you the only way to poop is to push and to push hard until you get rid of all of it and get out of the bathroom as quickly as you can.
 
2018-01-12 10:36:40 PM  
Also, if you were a concrete installer in Massachusetts and you installed the kind of concrete that disintegrated under salt, you'd be out of business pretty quickly. Our sidewalks are heavily salted every winter and yet they still exist.

Sorry about your doggies' feet, neighbors. Maybe you should have picked up your dog's shiat all summer.
 
2018-01-12 10:43:11 PM  

mudpants: Luse: LawPD: My favourite way to shovel snow.
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Yep, here's my shovel.
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Just got this wed, today we get 3-5"

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Amazon free shipping for the win


That's a fine looking machine! You won't be sorry. I almost welcome a good overnight dump now.
 
2018-01-12 11:06:13 PM  

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The article has the usual pictures of teaspoons for shoveling snow. Use one of these if you want to get serious.


Close but no cigar.  Just use a standard aluminum scoop shovel (grain shovel).  Those are way more durable and are significantly better at scraping the cement of ice.  But I agree with you on the others.  I've tried using them and they are horrible.  How does anyone even use them and why would you buy one?
 
2018-01-12 11:08:22 PM  

Fingerware Error: Gloppy snow isn't any heavier.


Of course it does. It's literally a larger volume of water.
 
2018-01-12 11:12:55 PM  

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: Fingerware Error: Gloppy snow isn't any heavier.

Of course it does. It's literally a larger volume of water.


How much sloppy cowshiat have you shoveled? That's what I was comparing gloppy snow to.
 
2018-01-12 11:12:57 PM  

Mikey1969: Fingerware Error: [img.fark.net image 225x225]
The article has the usual pictures of teaspoons for shoveling snow. Use one of these if you want to get serious.

Sure, when it's nice fluffy powder that weighs nothing.

All of the shovels in TFA are perfectly fine. I'm sure that shovel is cute next to one of those sleigh shovels in TFA that's 2 feet across, 2 1/2 feet deep, and at least 8" high at its low point.

Just in case you forgot:
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I live in VT. I built a 560 sqft deck summer of '16. I used steel cables so I can just push all the snow off with one of those.

Had been piling it all in one spot to see if I could make a little drop in. But 55 degrees and rain all day. It was 8ft high two days ago. I doubt it will 3ft by morning. :(
 
2018-01-12 11:29:34 PM  

scottydoesntknow: Where I've lived my entire life has never required owning or using a snow shovel. I don't even think most of the stores sell them (or if they do, it's sold as a cow shiat shovel).


I was born and live in a place that has not seen snow since 1967. 12 before I was born. Problem solved.
 
2018-01-12 11:30:55 PM  

Fingerware Error: Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: Fingerware Error: Gloppy snow isn't any heavier.

Of course it does. It's literally a larger volume of water.

How much sloppy cowshiat have you shoveled? That's what I was comparing gloppy snow to.


Ha, ok. Thankfully zero cowshiat.

Thought you were comparing to the powdery snow. My bad.
 
2018-01-12 11:33:46 PM  
"Shovelling is ... an excellent form of exercise."

No.  No it isn't.
 
2018-01-13 12:03:26 AM  

snocone: Pro Tip: hire a neighbor kid
Go back to Farking.

LawPD: That or pay the neighbour kid


1) Neighbor kids generally don't come asking - I've seen maybe 2 come in the 10 years I've been living in the middle of suburbia
2) They ask way too much money and have no work ethic - $20+ for a sidewalk and a couple feet of driveway done poorly, and won't do the full driveway
3) Some of them aren't kids so much as adult aggressive assholes who come banging on your door at 11am on christmas morning and yell at you if you decline their offer, because they're just trying to work and support X kids and who the fark are you? What's your problem?
4) Yes, I need to move, soon
 
2018-01-13 12:08:03 AM  
Gulf Coast native, but lived in Calgary for 9 years. Now I'm back on the Gulf Coast. It gets hot as hell in the summer, but you don't have to shovel "hot".
 
2018-01-13 12:56:23 AM  

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The article has the usual pictures of teaspoons for shoveling snow. Use one of these if you want to get serious.


Don't be silly.

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