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Forum topic by patcollins posted 02-17-2015 03:00 PM 956 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-17-2015 03:00 PM

We finally got a decent snow in southern Maryland, living on a peninsula between the Chesapeake bay and the Potomac river I often don’t get snow that people just one county over gets. Last night though we got a foot worth.

Just came in from shoveling the first half of the driveway, got cold so I decided to take a break.

I like a wide but short shovel, real steel, none of that aluminum or plastic junk for me. I like to shovel a path down each side of the driveway and then go back and forth perpendicular to those paths just getting a few inches each swipe so I dont have to throw any snow except till I get to the edges of the driveway. It is a lot more walking but less throwing and I think it is easier on the back and the heart.

Anyone else like to share their favorite technique?


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#1 posted 02-17-2015 04:04 PM

First option is a V-Plow…
Next in line is a snow blower…
When those are not an option, I do as you do.

Of course, I drive a plow truck, for my paycheck!!!

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#2 posted 02-17-2015 05:40 PM

We got about 4 inches in Balto county.

I use a wide broom and/or a plastic shovel, used to have 2 plastic shovels, but a guy stole one from my porch last month. I have a nice video of him going around onto my neighbour’s yard, so my security camera wouldn’t see him. there is a smaller one that points to the porch, so he didn’t know he was being filmed.

We do the sidewalk and the apron of the driveway. We have parking pads off the driveway, so no need to do the driveway below the apron.

Today with one row left a guy offered to finish for us for $10! After we said no thanks, I commented to my wife that at least he didn’t have my other shovel.

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#3 posted 02-17-2015 08:32 PM

In St Marys we got between 8-10 inches but for some reason it was over 12 in my driveway.

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#4 posted 02-17-2015 09:09 PM



In St Marys we got between 8-10 inches but for some reason it was over 12 in my driveway.

- patcollins


Probably the same reason all the leaves blow off the patio into my driveway.

-- I always suspected many gun nuts were afraid of something, just never thought popcorn was on the list.

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#5 posted 02-18-2015 12:30 AM



Anyone else like to share their favorite technique?
- patcollins

I have a great technique, and it works awesome every time!...I pay the neighbors kid to do it!

There’s a slight pain my wallet…..but not my shoulder…or my elbow, or my back….....................or my knees.

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#6 posted 02-18-2015 12:31 AM

I’ve not shoveled snow. Ever. But I gotta say, considering the national weather news, epic topic.

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#7 posted 02-18-2015 12:35 AM


I have a great technique, and it works awesome every time!...I pay the neighbors kid to do it!

There s a slight pain my wallet…..but not my shoulder…or my elbow, or my back….....................or my knees.

- Tony_S

Funny you should mention that, my back and shoulders are sore already.

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#8 posted 02-18-2015 12:43 AM

During the winter, I really love Louisiana. Wish I could offer something but I count on 2 hand how many times I’ve seen snow.

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#9 posted 02-18-2015 01:27 AM

The guy next door has a heated driveway, that option seems to work pretty well.

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#10 posted 02-18-2015 02:48 AM

I get the wife to do it !!!!! ( only because I work away from home )

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#11 posted 02-18-2015 01:45 PM

Hey Pat, Howdy from Charles County!

As I was removing the same snowstorm from my driveway, I found myself using a similar method, stip down the center and then pushing the snow ala Snowplow to the edges and then hoisting it off of the driveway into a berm on each side. Thankfully this one was one of those light fluffy snows that that would work with.

In the midst of the exercise though I began to wonder… “where the hell are all the neighborhood kids at” for me growing up a snowfall was a chance to make some cash, I’d get together with some buddies and we’d hit as many houses as we could, seems like in the last few years none of the kids have any drive to be industrious???

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#12 posted 02-18-2015 01:58 PM

Living in new England I choose whichever shovel I haven’t broken this year. Its usually do a path out of the garage, swear, clear the walk to the house, swear some more, clear a path to the oil fill pipe, blow a few snot rockets, swear some more and then start the snowblower for the rest of the driveway. Finish with more swearing as the plow truck comes by and burys the end of the driveway.

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#13 posted 02-18-2015 02:35 PM

LMAO Chris, 10 years in NY, and that dammed plow would always come by in the middle of the night & I’d wake up to a freaking frozen ice/slush ridge at the end of the driveway to chop through….

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#14 posted 02-18-2015 02:59 PM

As I get older shoveling is getting tougher

Option 1. I pay someone to plow my 80×18 ft driveway.

Option 2. I get the 2 stage monster snow blower out.

Lastly, can not use those on a curving going uphill side walk. I have a good bent handle plastic and metal snow shovel. I also found that the snowblower will go downhill on the side walk. I have two mini dachshunds and use the snowblower in the yard to create a path since they have SHORT legs.

Like others I have 60 plus years of shoveling experience….I want to be in Florida.

I really am sympathetic with folks in New England. The very deep snow and now REAL COLD. For those of you who have not experienced minus 15 -20 F, you have no idea how difficult and even frightening it is.

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#15 posted 02-18-2015 03:07 PM

When I was in high school everyone around us had a snow blower, I always asked dad when he would get one, he said: “I don’t need one, I have you and your brother.” I’ve found with the light fluffy stuff that’s not too deep, it’s just faster to shovel it. The heavy, deep wind blown stuff is where snow blowers really shine. I have a couple light weight two stroke models and a big two stage one as well. More often than not the little ones work better due to maneuverability. I have very limited area where I can put the snow when it’s being blown, so I’m always adjusting the chute as I’m going along to keep from creating more work.

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