I was wondering about the idea of using a lawn roller to
pack down snow in my driveway instead of blowing or plowing.
I the old horse and sled days that is how it was done - the
horses pulled these giant wooden rollers to pack the snow
So would a lawn roller work? I don't have one to test.
"It'd work great if you want an ice rink. Pressure will cause the snow
to melt, then refreeze.
Think about what happens when you drive on snow in your driveway. "
Exactly. In fact, about a week ago, we got about 3 inchs of snow,
have been marginal to even bother with here. I checked the forecast
that it was more likely to linger for a couple of days, so I got the
Depends if you mindt the car going down the driveway straight or
The problem is that once you compress the snow it stands a good
chance of becoming an ice sheet. Unlike snow, with lots of porosity,
the ice will take much longer to melt. Like maybe from one snowstorm
to the next.
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In alt.home.repair on Mon, 14 Mar 2005 16:35:33 GMT Paul Oman
But do you have a horse?
I haven't shovelled a driveway in 40 years ( How I wish I had a
driveway to shovel) but when I had one, it was over 100 feet long. I
just shovelled paths for the tires.
Now, my townhouse neighbors are fanatics. They shovel the full width
of the sidewalk and all the show from around their cars. I think it
is a waste of time. (I don't even shovel behind my car. I madke sure
no one is there, and it's fun gunning the motor and getting out.
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I recall from not that many years ago in some rural areas where it stays
cold all winter, such as Montana, that there was more compacting than
plowing, and we just drove on top of the snow. Of course, everyone had
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That is because int the old "horse and sled days" they used sleds
which by custom have skis and not wheels -- so compacting the
snow made a good sledding surface. In fact, today's ski slopes use the same
concept except that the roller is huge and pulled by a tractor like
machine rather than horses.
If you plan on navigating town by ski or snowmobile, then I would
recommend rolling over ploughing or snow blowing. If you plan on using
wheels, then removing the snow seems more prudent.
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