Picking the Right Snow Blower – What You Need to Know

Types of Snow Blowers and How to Choose the Right One

Knowing the average amount of snowfall in your region is your first step in shopping between the types of snow blowers and how to choose the right one. Next your region’s snow type can range from light and fluffy to wet and heavy. Finally surface width comes into play – is it your sidewalk or entire driveway that needs cleared? And if it’s built on a hill, are treds required? From least to heaviest duty below are 4 types of snow blowers and what you need to know about them. For more in-depth information on specific models and reviews, you can find the best snow blowers here.

Electric

For the everyman with a small to medium sized driveway and sidewalk, the electric snow blower has a wide range of sizes from 12 to 21 inches. Do not count on clearing tall build ups, you will need gas power for that. Use them on your deck or roof where more cumbersome blowers cannot reach. Avoid hills and only use on paved surfaces. Little maintenance besides cleaning is required, and to operate all you need is two hands and a long enough extension cord. Capable of throwing snow up to 30 feet.

Single-Stage

If your region has heavier snow – not fine but fluffy flakes – the single stage gas powered snowblower is for you. Its clearing width is around 19-21 inches, with a limiting height factor of 12 inches. Like the electric, the single stage is made only for paved surfaces. For gravel driveways, taller build ups, or heavier snow consider a two or three stage snow blower. Capable of throwing snow up to 35 feet.

Two-Stage

For heavy snow mixed with water, the two-stage clears usually between 20 to 45 inches. Caution should be used when operating. The blower’s face is open wide with a circulating helical bit called an auger that scoops snow and ice. These types have treds allowing operation on hilly surfaces. It can be operated on gravel as well as paved surfaces. Generally they can tackle up to 23.5 inches of snow and will throw it up to 50 feet.

Three-Stage

With two stainless steel augers and an accelerator, this is the most powerful snow blower on the market. It is able to handle chunks of ice and snow left by plows in a 24 to 28 inch path, and handles up to 21 inches of snowfall throwing it 50 feet.

Among these types of snow blowers, how to choose the right one comes down to the type of snow, how high it has built up, and the width of the surface you need to clear.

DIY Easy Mold Removal Tips

Do-It-Yourself Mold Removal Made Easy

Everybody knows that mold, in all of its hindering glory, has not only been notorious for partaking in negative effects on your health, but it has also been known to blacken the grout lines in showers, cause discoloration in drywall, leave pronounced black spots on sidings, and is disreputable for rotting damp wood. That is why this DIY article might just help you in the long run to save your health and your home.

Surface Mold

When dealing with surface molds, you should first begin by ridding the surface of mold by soaking the bleach in the scrub brush and then cleaning the mildew from the walls. Once you have established this, then the next step in the cleaning process would be to clean the areas where surface molds are most prominent at least once a week as to prevent mildew from resurfacing. According to this Buffalo mold removal company however, if you notice significant mold in your property, you should call a professional company to come inspect it instead of trying to handle it yourself.

Material Mold

Going about this procedure is a bit tricky, especially when it involves molded material (such as cushions or insulation). It is best to begin by removing the material with a utility knife, once this is done it is important to then double wrap the material in plastic and tape it with duct tape before disposing of the damaged item.

Moldy Walls

You should begin this process by prying off the baseboard and trim. You can use a screwdriver to assist you in discovering the damages that have been caused by the mold spores. It is important that you open up the walls to get rid of the festering mold that has grown within them.

Once you have cleared out the damaged drywall, you should begin the cleaning process. Start with a standard wet/dry vacuum, and then begin scrubbing the tainted surface with your scrub brush and cleaning solution. After you have finished this, you should wipe the surface, but do NOT wash the treated surface. Once you have gone about all of this, you should wait three days before setting the area with a primer, as it is important that you ensure that the mold is completely gone before going about this process. Toxic Mold USA advise that when in doubt, you should usually just go ahead and call a pro anyway.

Precautionary Measures

First off, it is important that you use clothes that can be discarded after the cleanup, and to equip yourself with both gloves and a face mask that will prevent you from coming in contact with the chemicals from the cleaner and the untreated mildew. Also, make sure that you have equipped yourself with a cleaning solution such as bleach (1 to 8 bleach to water solution) and a scrub brush to wipe away the mold. Once you have acquired these instruments, then it is time to get down and dirty.

The Beginning

The beginning of something amazing…

Hey Ya’ll!

My name is Vanessa and I’m the face behind the blog! This is my first post so I won’t go into anything too in-depth here (just starting this all up right now), but I’ll give you some basic information about me just on the off chance that anyone is reading this.

As you probably got already, my name is Vanessa, and the purpose of this blog is to discuss my passions. To really get what those are though, we’ll have to go into a bit of backstory, so strap in, get ready, and here we go!

The start

I was born in Ellicottville, NY (where I spent most of my childhood) and moved out to Amherst when I was 15. Since then, I have lived in and around Buffalo, graduated from the University of Buffalo (UB), and have pursued a career as a veterinarian and serial DIY home improvement enthusiast.

I live out in Williamsville now, and am looking at starting a family potentially (right now it’s just me and my cat – Mittens). I absolutely love the Buffalo area, and will be blogging about all sorts of stuff related to Western New York.

From home improvement tips, to fun restaurants and great bars, I’ll be covering everything here!

The end (but not really)

Sorry this post is super short, but like I said, I want to save the detailed stuff for content later on!

I plan on building out this site to make it look much better, so please don’t be put off by that (it’s my latest DIY project)!

Looking forward to connecting with some great people and sharing my thoughts and inspirations with the world!