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firefly5 November 16th, 2014 5:41am

inspired by the brilliant individuals who plow snow in our development: driving around in an f150 with a snowplow mostly down, doing 35 mph, is an effective way to plow roads.

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presrvd Phoenix
11/17/14 9:47 am

I dunno. I'm not really an expert on this "snow" stuff you're referring to.

Brrrrrrrrr
11/16/14 1:37 pm

Oh, has the global warming started to fall in your neck of the woods already?

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firefly5 the verse
11/16/14 2:43 pm

probably about four inches on the ground so far.

DeathSheep Michigan
11/16/14 3:34 pm

I'm in the UP haha. Last storm gave us a lot of lake effect snow

DeathSheep Michigan
11/16/14 1:32 pm

That's actually really dangerous... The only trucks that should be going 35 with their plow down are the actual plow trucks. F150s with plows should be going a max of 10-15 and usually staying on driveways and parking lots...

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firefly5 the verse
11/16/14 2:45 pm

I've been waiting to see one tipped onto it's front wheels.

DeathSheep Michigan
11/16/14 2:48 pm

Just catch its plow and roll forward lol

Yoko318 Utah
11/16/14 11:17 am

Advantage of where I live: snow is extremely rare, and snow that sucks it's even rarer.

Arananthi Literal Ninja
11/16/14 10:18 am

My wife read me this question, and I thought it was funny. Then when I saw it myself and saw that it came from firefly, for some reason that made it several times funnier. The mind is a strange thing...

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firefly5 the verse
11/16/14 2:49 pm

it is. and I'm glad you liked it.

Maj Worth Economist
11/16/14 7:00 pm

Intelligent snark is sexy. ;)

firefly5 the verse
11/16/14 7:11 pm

you two are awesome.

WildRice With a side of sass
11/16/14 7:13 pm

Maj: you know it!

Maj Worth Economist
11/16/14 9:45 am

We don't get much snow, so when we do actually have it, everything closes for a few hours and we wait for it to melt. :þ

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firefly5 the verse
11/16/14 2:47 pm

melt? we could do that, but it'd be late March/early April.

Maj Worth Economist
11/16/14 7:00 pm

Well, yeah. But you get more snow each year than we get rain each year. Or maybe that's Minnesota. Regardless, we mostly just get cute flurries that cover everything like a kiss if powdered sugar and then go away. :)

firefly5 the verse
11/16/14 7:13 pm

we get snow like you read about. but the UP, that's just not right.

Whichendisup uniquely unoriginal
11/16/14 7:59 am

:-/ sorry to hear this. I think they do it bec of potential road damage with the plow. we often have a layer of packed snow but they almost always follow plowing with sand & salt.

firefly5 the verse
11/16/14 2:50 pm

I wish I agreed. the guys who do it here do it this way, honestly, out of sheer incompetence.

Whichendisup uniquely unoriginal
11/16/14 5:28 pm

have the kids make a sign to post on your front yard that says "Please lower your plow all the way" ?

Maj Worth Economist
11/16/14 7:03 pm

Nah. Just threaten to sue for safety purposes.

suppressedID That is my secret Cap
11/16/14 7:48 am

Rednecks with toys and a license to play!

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FarmerManE djent
11/16/14 7:38 am

It's a good idea to supplement plows. 2 things. 1. Slow down. 2. A pick up won't handle as deep of snow as a plow

TomM
11/16/14 6:53 am

They need to go slow and have the plow on the road, not mostly.

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Posco BBQ Enthusiast
11/17/14 11:09 am

Snow plows are meant to make the roads drivable, not completely clear them. Driving with a plow scraping the road does a lot of damage to the road, the blade, and the truck pushing it. The few inches of space also ensures they don't hit patched

Posco BBQ Enthusiast
11/17/14 11:13 am

spots and manhole covers which tend to be raised slightly above the road.

rons screw politicians
11/16/14 6:42 am

No salting here (closed to reservoirs) so the run plows all night during a snow. But you do hear the plow scrapping sometimes. i would sleigh ride down my hill for a 1/2 mile!

FacePalm That Trick Never Works
11/16/14 3:25 am

Not funny but I am still chuckling. It reminds me of the guys who clean up the parking lot of a nearby grocery store here. One guy goes whipping around in circles in his little sweeper truck, much too fast to pick anything up

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FacePalm That Trick Never Works
11/16/14 3:26 am

while his partner uses a leaf blower to move the air about 36"above the pavement. Seriously - the only leaves moving are still hanging from the trees.

firefly5 the verse
11/16/14 2:52 pm

haha that sounds about right.

rons screw politicians
11/16/14 6:43 am

How about an F-16

brenstal Florida
11/15/14 10:46 pm

I grew up in the Deep South, so I don't really know. I'll just go with what you say.

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LadyBug237 Florida
11/15/14 11:00 pm

I was gonna say something like this^

firefly5 the verse
11/15/14 10:42 pm

sometimes they get the layer of lose snow off the top, but all they really ever accomplish is packing it down.

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Wino I need a drink
11/15/14 10:46 pm

That's what I was going to say. My neighbors company did mine (by accident) and now there is a layer of ice for me to deal with. It's too cold for salt to work so now I get to chisel away, I've got about 1/4 of the driveway done. Ugh!

Zod Above Pugetropolis
11/15/14 10:51 pm

That's what I was thinking. If ought to be just enough to peel off the thin layer of snow that was giving you traction on the ice.

Wert A picture of my junk
11/15/14 11:06 pm

I have wondered for a long time now, when did it become effective plowing to raise the blade 3 inches above the road deck? I see that all the time here, too.

2katz I live in Nebraska
11/15/14 11:55 pm

MrsLauren, maybe it's worse where you are, but I have still put the melting crystals on solid ice here in Nebraska and it still melts or at least gets it slushy so it can be moved off. I have done that in near 0 weather.

2katz I live in Nebraska
11/15/14 11:57 pm

Maybe it doesn't work if you're using actual salt. Around here we mostly use the ice melt crystals that are, I think potassium or magnesium, etc. that comes cheap from Walmart.

zuko on deck
11/16/14 6:20 am

Be very concerned if they put a plow on the front of a Zamboni...

rons screw politicians
11/16/14 6:44 am

The state of Penn only has one snowplow so that's a luxury.

firefly5 the verse
11/16/14 2:53 pm

the zamboni might be a better idea.

Wino I need a drink
11/16/14 3:02 pm

I buy the proper stuff for up here (not actual salt, but I refer to it as salt). The problem is that I buy the environmentally friendly stuff as it goes into a lake nearby. Today the neighbors and I finished the driveway.