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7 Mistakes to Avoid When Removing Snow

When it comes time to get out and shovel the driveway, avoid these regrettable mistakes.

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Not stretching

The Mayo Clinic suggests that people warm up their arms and legs. Even take a short walk around the block first to get your blood flowing.

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Shovelling too much snow at one time

It’s easy to forget that snow can get really heavy when it’s wet and people will try to lift too much in order to finish the job quicker. It’s best to take your time and try to push as much snow as you can instead of lifting it.

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Lifting with your back

Proper snow lifting means facing the snow and keeping your hips and shoulders square. Bend with your knees and lift with your legs. Be sure to shovel little amounts of snow and don’t let it pile up.

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Not working in stages

Shoveling snow goes a lot easier if you start by creating a path down the middle of the driveway. That way you can push the snow to either side of the driveway. Be sure to take a break every 15 minutes so you don’t overdo it.

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Not keeping a clear path


Try not to trample all over areas you haven’t cleared yet because you’ll start packing the snow down, which will make it tougher to scoop up later.

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Not staying hydrated

Shoveling snow is vigorous work and just like with other exercise you need to stay hydrated while you shovel.

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Not wearing enough layers


Working outside in the cold means you’ll need some layers, boots and snow clothing to stay warm while doing the job. Plus, you’ll likely sweat through a layer so it’s important to have multiple layers.

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Originally Published on The Family Handyman