Skip to comments.What time is appropriate to begin snow throwing (mechanically) on a Sunday morning?
Posted on 12/15/2013 3:13:28 AM PST by gasport
The street plows have been out. The foot of the driveway has an 18" ridge line. I must be at work at 0800.
You didn’t say how long it takes you to get to work, but my rule of thumb is 6:42 AM. Is that what you needed?
Of course it depends on how long it takes to drive to work, but wait until 7AM, if you can.
10 min drive.
By 0700, I will have had way too much coffee.
My theory about snow blowing is simple.
You have to get to work and in order to do that, you have to fire up the snow blower.
Apologize to your neighbors when you get home later that day. Or blame Bush.
When I lived in northern Pennsylvania I used a snow blower to clear my walk as well as a couple neighbors and the church next door. I usually started between 6:30 and 7:00 AM.
That, or look into getting an aftermarket quieter muffler for it.
If I were your neighbor and knew that you had to be at work, I would understand. 7 AM?
There is never an appropriate time.
Sell your snowblower and move to Florida.
Using a snow blower early on a Sunday morning is a necessity. On the other hand, using a leaf blower early on a Sunday morning...
You can be over here anytime.
>>When I lived in northern Pennsylvania I used a snow blower to clear my walk as well as a couple neighbors and the church next door. I usually started between 6:30 and 7:00 AM.>>
You should run for president, you’re a man with the right solutions.
Ask your wife to clear the driveway while you are getting ready for work.....that way you have plausible deniability.....
Tell your neighbors you know nothing about it until you read it in the news papers....
Hey, it works for King Obama....
He's got my vote
At 9 am this morning I will start the “3rd” snow throwing for this weekend.
The worst location is the apron of my driveway, we live on a cul-de-sac, city plows came last night and my 20 foot wide apron has close to a 18in. depth of heavy packed snow, the driveway has about 4 in. or less of the soft fluffy snow.
But first things first, it is now time to make the first pot of coffee!!
Come to Texas.
Do what you’ve gotta do, apologize to the neighbors, and tell them that as soon as the global-warming kicks in, you’ll never have to do that again.
you never “hit” the driveway? - where do you live?
Other neighbors down the road were either out already clearing their driveways or out shortly after I was.
On weekends I've seen people out as early as 6:30 or 7am.
Do what you gotta do to get to work, if your neighbors know you work weekends they'll understand.
most towns have ordinances, check on line...
What are these things”street plow, snowblower”, you speak of?
Are these terms X-rated?
Seminole County, Florida . 73* 5 minute rain just finished.
Good for the flowers.
I would agree 7am seems reasonable.
Of course, I wake up at 4am every morning after having gone to bed at about 9pm, so I have no dog in that race.
Would shoveling on an asphalt driveway be any quieter?
People understand when you need to do things out of the ordinary.
It wasnt all from generosity. When I finished Id hurry in, take off my clothes, jump in bed and snuggle my cold body tight to my wifes warm back.
The real reason was to stay friendly with my neighbors
Let it melt on its own....
“Let it melt on its own....”
Solar powered snow removal. I wanted to start a business that did that. Scam my way to wealth (just joking)
If you were my neighbour out blowing snow early Sunday morning, I would turn over in bed and think, “Poor guy has to go to work - so glad it’s not me out there.”
Or if I was feeling particularly kind, I would come out and help you.
Used to live on the highway in CO. Plows would push three lanes of snow into my driveway, which would then freeze solid. 10’ wide, mounded as high as four feet or more.
Snowblower not an option.
A friend told us his relocation plan when he retired: He was going to drive his pickup with the snowplow attached and head south until someone asked him,”What’s that thing on your truck for?”
Ask Algore to help you, it will take half the time.
What did you use to open a path to your driveway, dynamite?
“Snowblower not an option”
Try an old Gravely with granny gears.
Here’s something kinda funny: When I worked at Domino’s, closing every night, I would often see people mowing their lawn at 0100, 0130, it was the weirdest thing.
Our burb has clearly defined noise ordinance on line....check with your local government.
No. Shovel. PITA.
I do it any time I have to. I think people understand. I also snowplow my nearest neighbors when I can, so it doesn’t irritate them so much.
It isn’t a problem around here. People understand. Like another poster said, if I have to be at work at 0530, and there is a foot of snow, I turn on the snowblower. We all do.
Shoveling isn’t even an option for me. I can barely stand up straight right now due to a flare up of chronic back pain, but I have to get out there with the snowblower.
It is the price of living in areas that get snow.
Frikking spell check pisses me off sometimes. Keeps replacing “snowblow” with “snowplow”.
I WISH I had a snowplow.
Heh, I am refurbishing an old manual push mower, so I can mow my lawn at “off” times.
My wife and I have used a lawn service for years...best money I ever spent!
But Obungle’s Economy is going to make that go the way of the dodo, eventually...
To answer the initial question, “What time is appropriate to begin snow throwing, etc............
The best time is when needed. I live in heavy snow country and believe me, if I need to get out and it requires snow removal in order to do so, that snow blower will be if full operation when/where needed. I some cases it COULD be an emergency.
Look...it’s not like you’re firing up the backpack blower to clear the leaves from around your pool, or running your tractor mower to take an inch off your grass. Those things can wait for the sake of being a “good neighbor.”
You need to clear your driveway so you can take care of your family.
Do what you need to do. Your neighbors would.
Why aren’t you done yet?
Agreed. It isn’t like a lawnmower or a leaf blower. Gotta be done.
Good one- I’ve heard the same story with “tie a snow shovel to the roof of the car and....”
Hire someone else to do it or wait until you get home.
That kind of noise needs to wait until 9:00 A.M.
Rules in MN:
Blow snow with the wind, even if it is to the far side of the driveway.
Clear an area to the windward side of the driveway to allow for drifting to occur without encroaching on the driveway.
Blow snow early and often. Waiting with subsequent sunshine makes for partial melt and refreeze, which means snow turns to ice.
Keep garage doors closed while blowing snow, or it will end up in the garage, no matter which way the wind blows.
Keep the snow blower near the door of the garage so you don’t need to shovel first to get the car out of the way, to get the snowblower out for the rest of the driveway.
Get out before the plow and bow the end of the driveway when it is not compacted. Blow a bit off the street on the left side of the property to reduce the amount of snow the blade pushes onto the driveway apron.
As soon as the plow comes, blow it out, as it will continue to harden and become concrete in a short time.
When you walk back to reposition the snowblower in a way which puts you in the street, look for traffic. Passing plows may not see you and clip you. You will be found in April.
Use sand when the weather is cold, chemicals when above 0 degrees.
Feed the birds.
My neighbor “Mike the fireman” finished snow throwing his drive around 8:30 AM.
I just finished mine about 9:15, took almost 1/2 hour, considering after using the snow thrower, I also push a snow shovel over what I just plowed, looks much neater that way!
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