It's an unavoidable evil ... but I actually stay pretty active in other
ways too . Unfortunately there's more diggin' in my future , but I might
just rent that trac-hoe again when it's time to start the bedroom .
Snow is problematic for several reasons:
- WET snow (slush) is just too damn heavy! Couple that with the size of most
snow shovels and it's backbreaking (and heart-stopping) work!
- dry snow (powder) is light -- often too light and blows off the shovel in
brisk winds -- but it's still up-and-down, up-and-down... lower back abuse
- inevitably, snow is accompanied by an underlayer of ice. This makes
keeping your footing difficult. And, means you have to CHOP ICE to
complete the job.
- it's cold when you're shoveling; you're bundled up so you're PERSPIRING
from the exertion while your exposed skin is FREEZING. Easy to overheat.
- snow *needs* to be cleared "now"; it's not like you can spread the job
out over several days! By contrast, I can dig a ditch for an irrigation
line over the course of WEEKS, if I so choose! (when I dug out the last
tree stump, the front yard looked like an archeological excavation for
6 full months!)
My neighbors probably think I'm nuts, but after our recent snowstorm
I went out and shoveled in a tee shirt. It was well below freezing,
but you don't want to get wet in the cold. Moving around keeps
A guy I taught with some 40 years ago used to work on the DEW line -
in the deep freeze of the far north they used 3 ton trucks to carry
half ton loads to keep from breaking springs, and breaking grader
blades in half was a common occurrence while maintaining the ice
roads. They had quick couplers on the cooling systems of all the
engines so they could plug a "hot" engine onto a cold one to warm it
enough to get it started.
On 2/23/2016 7:33 PM, email@example.com wrote:
Cousin lived in ND for a while supervising a job site. He told me that
all the cars have block heaters (I only installed a block heater in
ONE car that I owned).
And, that NO ONE forgets to feed the parking meters -- apparently they
don't even need "meter maids"; there is an electric outlet on the
meter for you to connect your block heater. When your time on the
meter expires, the electricity is shut off!
Sounds like an excellent, self-enforcing incentive!
But what do you do when there is no electricity available to run the
On my brother's OTR rig we fixed that problem and the bunk heat
problem by installing a propane RV water heater in the heater hose..
Whenhe was "home" up at Ripley in the winter the truck had to stay out
by the road, and prior to installing the heater the rig idled all
weekend, or there was no way it would start.
With the propane heater he could fire it up for two hours before
leaving and have a warm cab AND an engine that started like it was
May. ( and he could overnight with the engine shut down on the coldest
night and be comfy in the bunk, and be assured the truck would start
in the morning)
Bunch of years ago the church leaned on us to put up a couple of kids
that were touring with a choir from Minnesota.
One kid said their farm had been snowed in for something like 2 weeks
before he left and the other was talking about temperatures in the high
teens being the norm.
This was Philadelphia in December: maritime climate, temps in the low
forties, fairly high humidity.
Both kids said they had never felt so cold in all their lives.
Growing up on the gulf coast, I believe that.
When we have those cold, crisp days, with lots of sunshine in the
winter, it just doesn't seem bad at all.
However, when we have "Indiana" winter days, cold, grey, and gloomy, it
feels much colder
Long time ago, I flew out to Albuquerque NM for a job interview at the
local electric company.
Seemed like most of the linemen were Native Americans.
I noticed that they showed a noticeable distaste for coming into the
main office building where I was hanging out for the interview/tour of
the facility.... they'd stand outside while whoever on the crew just
*had* to go inside to do whatever had to be done.
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