chuckled as I wrote this in December because it had been
warmer than usual and the next several days promised to
be in the upper 50s and mid-60s, if one believes the
weather forecasters (I don’t).
I offer are suggestions from the people who make the
Snow Joe Hybrid iON, a snow blower that operates on
either a lithium battery or an AC power cord.
veteran readers know, I bought a gas-driven snow
thrower/blower in the fall of 1997 after having
weathered the winter of 1996 and its record snowfalls.
mild spell ensued, and I finally got to try it out on
New Year’s Eve of 1999, to extricate the car so we
could go cross-country skiing on the frozen Wissahickon.
rarely use the machine, even with a five-car length
driveway. It is stored in my next door neighbor’s
garage, which is closer than mine is to the street.
reminds me to ask Phil whether he’s done annual
maintenance on the blower — just in case.
in anticipation of a powerful el Niño, and in the event
that you are not reading this standing in two feet of
snow, here are some ways to, in the words of whatever
local station says it, keep you "ahead of the
branches away from the house and electrical wires. In an
ice storm they can cause property damage or outages.
the snow blower for winter: Much like a car, gas snow
blower engines require oil changes and regular
maintenance; while new electric versions are virtually
maintenance-free (hear that, Phil?).
and clear gutters: Heavy snow can stress loosely secured
gutters, and blocked gutters prevent snowmelt from
running away from the home’s foundation.
outdoor hoses and cover outdoor faucets: Hoses left in
the snow are prone to cracks, while uncovered outdoor
faucets are vulnerable to water damage.
and protect wood decks: Pressure-wash wood decks and
apply a water-repellent finish to help prevent damage
from snow and ice.
you can’t do this yourself, find someone to do it.