Month: January 2016

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10 Tips For Snow Removal Page 2

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6. De-Ice Right

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Most people think that just throwing rock salt on it and calling it a day is the way to go after shoveling. Well, though it’s not a terrible plan, rock salt only works when the temperature is above 12 degrees (Fahrenheit). So if it’s less than that, then you’d have better luck putting it on the rim of your margarita. Also, salt can be extremely harsh to plants, scrubs, or grass. ” Two other salts, magnesium chloride and calcium chloride, cost more but are less harsh (though still not great for plants) and work at much lower temps than rock salt (from 20 to 25 degrees below zero F). Still pricier is a nonsalt option called urea. It’s usually used as a fertilizer, and it can be a little tough to find. Wear gloves when spreading any deicer by hand. For large areas, use a handheld spreader or a push spreader, but not a grass spreader (the deicing granules will gunk up its gears). Store deicers off the floor or in a sealed bucket to keep them dry.” – via ThisOldHouse.com

7. Avoid Slippery Surfaces

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This may seem like the most obvious advice, but in the throws of battling the snow, it is easy to forget. Be careful on places like your stairs and make sure your sidewalk is clear from black ice, no one likes a lawsuit. Use sand or kitty litter (also a good tip for your tires to gain traction in the slip of the snow, also, in a pitch, if you have no sand or kitty litter in your car and you are stuck somewhere, release your inner MacGyver, and use your car’s floor mat, place it behind your tire and back up on to it, just don’t forget it in the snow). For best sand, use sandbox sand over mason’s sand, as sandbox sand is far courser and will yield the best results. But if you want to avoid lawn destruction, use alfalfa meal, which is a slow acting fertilizer.

8. Send it Away!

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Though this isn’t the most viable option for all of us, if you have the means, use a snowblower. There is no better weapon to use against the onslaught of weather, especially if the snow reaches 11 1/2 inches or more.  Use silicone(spray) on the outshoot of the machine, to keep it from sticking and piling up, furniture polish also works wonders on this. After your finished, let it run for another 10-15 minutes so the snowblower can dry itself off. Your back will thank you in the morning.

9. Shovel With The Same Direction

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When shoveling, nothing takes more abuse than your back. Avoid twisting, and shovel and unload in the same direction. Push it in the same direction you aim to dump it. Also avoid getting plowed in by using this simple trick:

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10. Get Someone Else To Do It

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Listen, no one wants to shovel snow. If you have the means, hire a kid in the neighborhood to do it, or guilt a relative into doing it. Call in favors, Christmas gifts, Wedding presents, whatever it is you have to do to avoid doing it yourself. If a kid is ambitious enough he’ll ask you before you have to ask them, personally, I know I used to do this as a pre-adolescent youth, totally worth it.

By Dan Farley 

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10 Tips for Snow Removal Page 1

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If you are like us in the Northeast, snow, blizzards, and ice are an unavoidable obstacle in our daily lives between the months of late November and April. But every year, we are reminded how difficult its removal can be, short of buying a snow blower for your walkway or a large decommissioned army tank for your commute to work. Aside from the muscle inducing soreness that comes with the hassle of shoveling, there comes another hardship: damage. So here’s 10 tips that will help you remove those heaps of snow, without inflicting destruction on your property.

  1. Protect Your Plants

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This is one of those tips that you do before it starts snowing. If you have a flower bed or a garden that you want to avoid looking like a treasure hunt come spring, prior to it snowing, place large metal stakes into the ground, so (unless it’s an absurd amount of snow) you are able to know where to stop digging, without disturbing your plants. If you have large amounts of snow on bigger scrubs in front of your home or along your driveway, experts says “leave it.” If they are loaded with snow, leave them alone, you will tend to do more damage removing snow than if you just didn’t touch them.

2. Use a Snow Melter

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This is another practice to do before a storm begins. Experts say to use a liquid mix, preferably a Liquid Magnesium Chloride Blend. Use a garden sprayer to apply it to your walkway or driveway prior to the snowfall. This can slowly melt snow up to two inches in accumulations. Wondering how much is enough? Use about one gallon for every 1,000 square feet.

3. Buy The Right Shovel

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We’ve all seen some random shovel or snow pusher on sale at your local “S-Mart” (you know the stores I mean), but keep in mind, just because something is cheap, doesn’t mean it’s a good purchase. “Look for a shovel with a lightweight plastic or aluminum blade coated with a nonstick finish to make loading and unloading a breeze. Avoid a blade so big you’ll be tempted to overload it; an ergonomic, S-shaped shaft will save your back by requiring less bending. Avoid using metal blades on softer materials, such as wooden decking. A pusher—basically a shovel with a C-shaped blade—is handy for clearing lightweight, fluffy snow. ” – via ThisOldHouse.com

4. Don’t Procrastinate

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The right way to shovel, is to shovel and shovel often. EVEN IF IT’S STILL STORMING. The key is to not let the snow to bond with either your properties surface (freezing), also it’s a lot easier to shovel 2 inches 2 or 3 times, than it is to shovel 7 inches, trust me, I know from experience. And don’t leave a layer of snow between the air and the pavement. You want the pavement to show, so the sun can do its natural job and warm it as much as possible, not allowing ice or more snow to form.

5. Do Not Pile Up

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The best thing you can do is avoid having snow near the foundation of your home, SO DON’T HELP IT. It may be out of your way for the time being, but if it’s next to the foundation of your home, that snow can melt, turning it to water, which can easily refreeze. And as we all know from elementary school science class, when water freezes it expands, causing cracks that make your home susceptible to future water damages.

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Office – 732-549-1998

Cell – 732-910-1682

Email – debkerr@kw.com

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