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Trick to Clear Snow Without a Snow Blower!

Photo Credit: Ben Vitale
Photo Credit: Ben Vitale

I discovered this simple trick out of sheer desperation. It had snowed last night and we had 2 inches of fresh powdery snow…  My snow blower refused to start. I am not superstitious, but I am totally convinced that my Snow Blower is haunted! LOL.  My snow blower actually knows when it snows, and will not start under any circumstances. It works just fine in the fall! I actually tried to re-deploy my snow blower to collect leaves; it also failed miserably at that task. My snow blower is indeed haunted! LOL.

I decided to try something that I have thought of doing before; use a leaf Blower to clear snow. OK… Using a Leaf Blower to blow Snow… Hummm! I did ultimately manage to clean my driveway and walkway using the leaf blower; it worked amazingly will!

The trick to successful use of a leaf blower is to start using the Leaf Blower as soon as possible, before the snow gets slushy. I even had success clearing a six inch snow drift, of very dry snow, with my Leaf Blower. When dealing with high snow, locate the Leaf Blower plastic nozzle, at ground level, underneath the snow. The Leaf Blower acts like a pneumatic air compressor and lifts the snow straight up, in the form of a snow blanket. The snow acts like a pneumatic piston; once off the ground, the snow breaks up.

The leaf blower did do a reasonable job on my Walkway.

Ear protection, Eye protection, and Ground fault interrupter outlet must be used. Check your leaf blower manual for a wet environment rating, or special instructions, before use. 

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Hipockets March 04, 2014 at 02:28 PM
Water and electricity don't mix...
Ben Vitale March 04, 2014 at 03:22 PM
Yes I did mention use of a GFI (Ground Fault Interrupter). There are also Electric Snow Blowers, people and contractors do use power tools in a wet environment. I might add another disclaimer! As I have found out; other people down South are already using Leaf Blowers to move snow. Thanks for the comment.


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