Do you enjoy the tedious task of shoveling away the piles of snow? Good chance that you probably don't. Yes, it's something that needs to be done everyday during winter, but it is more of a necessary thing, than an enjoyable activity. It's a good thing that there are a lot of new concepts to the snow shovel that makes it more fun and easy to use.
Let me introduce you to the wovel, a new milestone in the snow shovel design. How is it different? Firstly, it is made of a light material alloy connected to a three to four foot handle. As you hold it in your hands, you will immediately feel the difference between it and the standard snow shovel. This will help you scoop off more snow at a time, as you no longer need worry about the shovel itself.
But the ingenuity of the design comes with the addition to the old design. Note that on the area where the blade is attached to the handle that there is a length of cord that is about thirty feet long, with the flexibility of a bungee cord. With this, you are, in effect, extending your reach to the shovel. There are two main points of the concept:
1) You are able to use the wovel upright - By standing up straight as you clear the snow, your back is not in an awkward position as you perform the deed. Your back is thus safe from injuries brought upon by strain.
2) The cord itself is similar to a bungee rope - Therefore the rope has an elastic property that will be helpful to you. It exerts energy on your behalf, so all you have to do is effortlessly lift the wovel filled with snow. You don't have to exert energy yourself.
With these reasons, you can clearly see that these improvements make the wovel a milestone in design. It's similar and just as easy to store as your standard shovel, and it certainly isn't complicated like "most" modern machines. And of course, it turns snow clearing into a fun and easy task.
Nothing is more enjoyable than going out on a snowy day. The scenery of freshly-fallen snow can be absolutely romantic. A day of clean air while sledding, skiing or skating could do your body a world of good - but a good time could quickly take a treacherous turn for the worst, should you find yourself caught in the middle of an unexpected blizzard. Taking a few minutes to make sure you are properly prepared for such an event could make the difference between survival or disaster.
Sometimes, we can't avoid driving in a snowstorm, but when you're out on the road in bad weather, you need to be prepared in case you get stuck or have to pull over and wait the storm out. Carry a blanket in your trunk at all times, as you need to stay warm. Don't scrimp on quality and make sure the blanket is heavy enough to provide plenty of warmth.
If you don't have the shelter of a car while you're stuck in a blizzard, it's important to find some sort of shelter from the elements, especially the wind. Anything that can provide protection from the wind will help, and cover all your exposed skin, including your face, if you can.
If you can't find shelter, try to build yourself some, by banking up snow or even digging a small cave. Use tree branches or anything else you can find that might be good for a lean-to. Be creative. Also, try to start a fire to help keep you warm and to attract attention.
You have probably heard that you should eat snow to stay hydrated when caught in a blizzard. This advice is actually harmful. If you eat fresh snow, the cold temperature of the snow will lower your body temperature. Your body will need to expend much needed calories to warm up the snow, robbing you of energy that you will need to survive. Snow is, however, a good source of hydration when caught in a snowstorm. What you must do is melt the snow first. Then you can drink the resulting water. The warmer you can make the melted snow, the better off you will be.
Stay inside the car if you can. Your car will be your shelter and your heat source until help arrives. Run the car once an hour for a few minutes (ten at the most) to heat the interior. Don't waste gas by running the engine much more than that. Clear the snow away from the exhaust or else the fumes can back up into the car. Make sure to move around too, as you need to keep your circulation up to stay warm. When stranded with other people, take advantage of the extra body heat by sticking close.
Ice dams are one of the most common and damaging winter roof problems. If you live in a region where large amounts of snowfall is common, then you need to know how to prevent ice dams from forming on your roof. Heavy snowfall, along with cold temperatures can ultimately result in a roof leak. The cold temperatures after a snowfall prevent the snow from melting and could cause leaks. Even if you have a strong and well maintained roof, snow that remains on a roof for an extended amount of time can lead to leaks. However, more common than roof leaks are roof ice dams.
What are Ice Dams?
An ice dam is a wall of ice, or a row of icicles, which form at the edge of the roof, right at the gutters and overhang. Ice dams are dangerous because they are sharp and heavy and could fall on and injure anyone near them. Ice dams form when the snow drips from a slanted roof and then freezes. The melted snow flows down the roof, under the snow, and then onto the eaves and into the gutters. Once the melted snow reaches the overhang and gutters, which are much colder, the water quickly turns into ice all along the overhang.
What Causes Ice Dams?
Ice dams are most often caused by poor attic insulation and poor attic and roof ventilation. Poor attic insulation results in a significant amount of heat leaving your home through the attic and roof. The heat makes the snow melt at a fast rate and causes ice dams. The fast melting snow becomes trapped under the heavy snow which causes leaks.
How to Prevent Ice Dams
- Before winter, make sure you have proper levels of roof insulation and enough vents installed. You should also check that the attic insulation is not blocking the roof ventilation. Proper levels of insulation are the best defense against ice dams.
- Seal air leaks in your attic in order to prevent warm air leakage.
- Clean out your gutters before winter to remove any leaves or debris.
- Never attempt to go up on an icy or snowy roof.
- Do not attempt to remove ice dams unless you have experience. You could seriously injure yourself if you are not skilled at removing ice dams.
- Remove large amounts of snow with a roof rake or find a professional to remove the snow for you. The safest way to remove the snow is to pull the snow down the slope of the roof line. Do not pull snow across the roof as it could break off the shingles.
- Consider chipping away at some of the ice buildup in the gutters.