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    Snowblower question

    Okay, I have been lazy and my deck has drifts of snow on it, would it hurt to use the snowblower on it? The reason I worry about my deck is that it sits pretty high up in the air, and I worry about all of that weight on it, might make it fall. I am not sure if this would be covered by our homeowners insurance or not.



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    Re: Snowblower question

    It would take a lot of snow to hurt the deck. Unless the drift is 20 feet high, I don't think I'd worry about it.



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    Re: Snowblower question

    I don't see your snowblower hurting your deck at all. As long as the skids are not all the way down and you take it easy, I would assume you would be allright. As stated above, I also don't really see a few feet of snow being enough weight to damage your deck either.



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    Re: Snowblower question

    It depends on what type of snowblower you have. If you have a auger-type with skids, make sure they're raised up a bit. If you have a "paddle-style" snowblower like me, that thing will chew up your deck. I learned that the hard way.



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    Re: Snowblower question

    One other question: If your deck is that high up, I'm guessing you have at least 15-20 stairs to climb to get up to the deck. How are you going to get the snowblower up there?



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    Re: Snowblower question

    Quote Originally Posted by cyfreddy View Post
    Okay, I have been lazy and my deck has drifts of snow on it, would it hurt to use the snowblower on it? The reason I worry about my deck is that it sits pretty high up in the air, and I worry about all of that weight on it, might make it fall. I am not sure if this would be covered by our homeowners insurance or not.
    I always remove the snow from my deck, and I have used my snowblower on it, works great. Just make sure you don't have anything on your deck that could get stuck in your snowblower. I like to move the snow off of it so when it is sunny, it can clear and dry off.

    edit - i also have a paddle style, and it has never hurt my cedar deck. if you are concerned with that, just tip it up an inch or so and then scrape the rest off with a broom/shovel.


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    Re: Snowblower question

    Quote Originally Posted by HawkFanISUalum View Post
    One other question: If your deck is that high up, I'm guessing you have at least 15-20 stairs to climb to get up to the deck. How are you going to get the snowblower up there?
    Yes, I have a paddle snowblower. That is a good question, I can probably take it thru our deck door, since the wheels would be dry, the hardest part would be getting it back down from the deck. Yes, you guessed right, I will have 15-20 stairs to go down.



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    Re: Snowblower question

    I would scoop it all by hand. It would be a really good workout for ya.


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    Re: Snowblower question

    Quote Originally Posted by Scott34 View Post
    I would scoop it all by hand. It would be a really good workout for ya.
    That's what I do, although my deck isn't really that big. I had to scoop out a path for the dogs after the first big snow and just waited for the rest of it to melt off a bit before I cleared it off.

    My dogs will **** and **** on the deck if I don't clear it off, and that's something I'm not particularly fond of.



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