Wonder if you folks found something that resonates with the subject.
I had trouble for many years ( Don't ask ) with wheelbarrow tires going
flat due to cold weather. I finally found this.
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And now I can wonder if I should purcase a snow rake for my roof.
Always some thing.
Is this some kid of fashion statement? What's a snow rake supposed to do
up there? If you're going to take it up there, be sure to attach a
brightly colored rope to your door knob, and tie the other end around
your waist, so that anyone who is concerned by your absence will be able
to find you;O)
Snow? That's that white cottony kind of stuff we put on our Christmas
tree, isn't it? (Wildbilly, N. California)
Knightsoil would be ever so much classier.
"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the
merger of state and corporate power." - Benito Mussolini.
I've got the same issue Frank but just a lot of small icebergs. My
house is insulated for electric heat. Great except moisture can be
trapped and rot of facia can occur and has.
My concern is the slope of our home is not too steep and a few feet of
snow is heavy. The rake I saw had wheels and was designed to gently
take off some snow from the ground. The pole was about 20-25 feet long
so it required no roof traverse .
Things are dripping real good and the water remains outside with temps
of about 40 f. Forecast is for a couple more inches tomorrow.
I've never seed my garden smashed down like this in 35 years. Bamboo
to Kerria Japonica now under snow. Luckily the larger Japanese maples
were just pruned by the ice. Our street is covered and one car wide but
power stayed on so we are fortunate.
Garden in shade zone 5 S Jersey USA
Big may be better but small can be beautiful.
About the same here. The icy side is exposed to afternoon sun but would
be too high to reach even with a 20 ft. rake as we live on a sloping lot
and 2nd story is like a third story. Roof is fairly steep and I don't
expect damage. Just never saw so much ice. Couple of white pines have
lost large branches due to weight of snow and I think I'll have them
removed in the spring. We're probably getting the same snow storm
tomorrow. Glad a bought a snow thrower a few years ago. It's getting a
Downspouts are below the gutters. Ice dams in the gutters can cause
water to back up into the soffit where it can freeze and destroy your
roof and eaves. You'd be wise to clear your gutters and downspouts
before winter and check often during warm weather. Often gutters and
spouts are too small to handle the water volume. Ice and icicles form
from loss of heat from your house into your attic/eaves... snow melts
when sunny and freezes at night, check for insulation, and for proper
air circulation too. Do not let this pass, once water begins to run
down inside your walls the damage can be horrendously expensive to
repair, can even fracture your entire foundation. Your homeowners
insurance will not cover water damage from neglect.
Many times you will do more harm to the shingles on your roof by trying
to remove the snow than just leaving it there. My neighbor removed the
snow from his roof a couple of years ago to find his roof leaked come
spring which involved a roof repair. It may be a different story if you
have a weak roof with three feet of snow on it. Then you better get it
off and fast. A roof repair come spring is better than no roof at
About 35 years ago, when we were both young and gorgeous but more
impoverished than we are now, we bought a cheap wheelbarrow that ahd a solid
wheel. We still own that wheelbarrow and have never owned another one.
It never occurred to us that wheel barrow tyres went flat until a friend of
ours was whinging about how often her tyre was flat and how often she was
unable to use the wheelbarrow - a novel concept to us since our barrow has
always been available to use.
Last year I wanted to buy a wheelbarrow for the son-in-law so went looking
for a wheelbarrow with a solid tyre - no such thing could be found in any
nursery or harware shop or in any of the catalogues in these places.
On Sun, 14 Feb 2010 14:52:28 GMT, Janet Baraclough
Contractor wheelbarrows are much too heavy and cumbersome for
gardening and under load don't roll easily over earth (tradesmen
typically lay down heavy wooden planks for wheelbarrow paths) so
they're virtually useless in and about a garden. For moving bulky and
light weight items (tools, mulch, etc.) that a typical gardener would
a lightweight wheelbarrow or a four wheeled garden cart is far more
suitable. Contractor wheelbarrows are even too heavy for most folks
when empty. For gardening a 4 cu ft barrow is plenty big enough and
one with a plastic tray is even better, easier to clean and no rust.
Important safety hint; never leave a wheelbarrow unattended with small
children about, wheelbarrows by nature are very unstrable, even an
empty one can crush a child, let alone one filled with earth. And
never EVER leave any wheelbarrow standing on it's wheel and front lip,
it can tip, trap a small child, pet, wild animal. A weelbarrow is not
a toy, not something to permit children to play with... there are
child's wheelbarrows at toys r us.
We're talking *gardening* here, not builder contracting. Most home
gardeners can't handle a fully laden contractors wheelbarrow
(certainly the typical female can't - and I'm not being sexist, just
stating fact, most guys can't either), nor do they have a place to
store it. And contractors don't use wheelbarrows to mix small
quantities of cement anymore, they use plastic tubs on the ground,
often at the end of the job they toss em in the dumpster... for larger
jobs they use a cement mixer. And if I have heavy loads to haul,
which I often do, my mommy didn't raise a donkey, I have a garden cart
(actually two) that are easier and safer to pull by hand but I
typically I haul them with a garden tractor... when I have loads of
dirt, sand, anything heavy and in large quantity I use the bucket on
my tractor. For the typical homeowner a contractor's wheelbarrow is
not only awkward, it's extremely dangerous... for the home gardener
it's a stupid thing to own, it'll rarely if ever get used... you are
the one full of nonsense... in fact by the nonsense you spewed I don't
believe you own any wheelbarrow.
That's exactly what we do. Hardly rocket science, is it?
Our kind of gardening often involves moving heavy building materials.
Contractor barrows are far better ergonomically designed so even with
a heavy load they can be easier to use than a lightweight plastic one
overflowing with Sheldon's manure.
For those sorts of jobs, I've found that the sort of trolley that
removalists use works for me. I have trouble balancing a wheel barrow laden
with a lot of heavy materials but the 2 wheels of the removalists type
trolley seem to be better for me and mean that I can manage and manage well.
Luckily it's usually bone dry and hard ground here as I know I couldn't use
it in soft ground.
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