Playing CHUTES AND LADDERS to shovel snow on your West Lafayette Capilano By The Lake driveway.

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana

 

 

Playing  CHUTES AND LADDERS  to shovel snow on your West Lafayette Capilano By The Lake driveway.

Capilano By The Lake West Lafayette homes for sale winter wonderland

 

This winter has been absolutely beautiful in West Lafayette's Capilano By The Lake Subdivision! 

It has been truly a winter wonderland with all the snow glistening on the trees and looking at the ankle to knee deep snow on the ground!

All that beauty does come at a price as we have had about two and a half times more snow than normal with several snowfalls of more than eight inches at a time!

 

West Lafayette Capilano By The Lake 3 car garage

Living in Indiana presents problems for foundations with our drastic changes in winter weather all season long. 

It can be rainy and 50 degrees one day, and a week later below zero with ten inches of snow! 

Freeze and thaw; freeze and thaw!

It is important to get snow away from your foundation before the next round of thaw and freeze as that continuous cycle can lead to moisture in the crawl space or basement.

Homes in the shape of an "L" with 3 car garages are a special challenge as the snow beside the home must be shoveled more than 40 feet to take it away from the foundation as the continuous freeze and thaw of the snow and water is hard on a foundation.

 

West Lafayette Capilano By The Lake 3 car garage snow shoveling

 

Playing Chutes and Ladders to remove snow away from your foundation.

Do you remember playing Chutes and Ladders with your children as they delighted in advancing their token up the board or became upset when they slid down the chute back toward the start area?

I play a version of this game but the chute is used to remove heavy, or deep snow away from our home's foundation.

I create a single chute and funnel all the rest of the snow through that chute with very little effort!

 

 

Capilano By The Lake West Lafayette 3 car garage driveway shovel snow

 

Let your legs do the work and keep funneling all the snow into your original chute!

 

By funneling all the snow through the single chute you do NOT have to continuously fight through the heavy or wet snow and push it across the driveway!

 

When the mouth of the funnel becomes too wide it is time to create a new chute!

 

West Lafayette Capilano By The Lake shovel snow 3 car garage driveway

 

 

 

 

 

When you make a new chute it creates a ladder, or island.

 

 

 

 

 

West Lafayette Capilano By The Lake 3 car garage snow shoveling

 

Keep shoveling the snow closest to the foundation of the home into the new chute that will merge into the original chute.

 

Keep alternating shovels of snow and the ladder(island) will soon disappear!

 

When it does, the funnel becomes even larger and it is time to create a new chute and ladder.

  

 

 

Keep funneling all the snow into the new chute from both sides.

 

All the snow to the left by the garage soon dissappeared as well as the snow from the ladder to the right.

 

By using your chute the plastic shovel blade glides along the drive and traps twice the amount of snow to be carried away from the house.

 

West Lafayette Capilano By The Lake 3 car garage shovel snow

 

 

 

 

Don't forget to create a chute at the end of your driveway at the lowest point to create a pathway for the melting snow to leave your driveway!

 

                   

 

 

     
                                                                        

Now I know what some of you are going to say. 

-- " Why don't you use a snow blower?"

-- " Why don't you have your drive plowed with that much snow?"

I do not like the noise or pollution associated with a snow blower or snow plow. 

I love the sound of the winter wind howling and the stabbing cold, and welcome the exercise that playing chutes and ladders to remove snow on our driveway affords. 

     "The legs feed the wolf, boys!"

Work smart and use your legs; I've still got 'em! 

 

Disclaimer:  Removing snow by this method is great exercise and it may not be for everyone.  Check with your physician, accountant, lawyer, clergy, etc. before attempting! 

Me, what could be a better way to go than expiring with your snowboots on?  (actually I wear tennis shoes with heavy wool socks-works great!!!)

                                                                                                                                                                        

 

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Shanna Hall
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Post some of your fountain pics!  I hope we are past teh snow in STL too!  It rained all day for the Cards home opener... 

Apr 08, 2014 07:03 AM #52
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Shanna, we had a light dusting of snow to wake up to this morning.  Nothing like white covered grass in mid-April!

Apr 15, 2014 02:28 AM #53
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Bruce I hope by now you are no longer having to shovel snow from your foundation. This week we went from 70 degree weather to the 20's with a dusing of snow.

Have a great weekend.

Apr 18, 2014 02:56 PM #54
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Bruce Walter
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Jennifer, the snow is all gone and time is now being spent of raking walnuts and hickory nuts!  Sounds like you are have some large swings in temperatures as well!

Have a Blessed Easter weekend, Jennifer!

Apr 18, 2014 11:51 PM #55
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Shanna Hall
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Bruce- now that the snow has cleared and you no longer need to shovel- you can write the 13 blogs it will take to get you to 50 blogs- I am rooting for you!

Apr 29, 2014 05:47 AM #56
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Bruce Walter
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Shanna, my goal is to get that accomplished before 2020!

Apr 30, 2014 11:16 PM #57
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Christine O'Shea
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Bruce, You are too funny...I have the snow and ice and cold (guess you figured that out).  I loved the game Chutes and Ladders!

 

May 16, 2014 12:56 PM #58
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Bruce Walter
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Christine, it seems like you are the only person to have played Chutes and Ladders!  Nice to hear someone relate to the game!

May 17, 2014 01:36 PM #59
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Bruce - It's incredible you don't use a snow blower for all of that snow.

Jun 14, 2014 12:01 AM #60
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Bruce Walter
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Michelle, perhaps one day I will come to my senses!

Jun 15, 2014 08:08 AM #61
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
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My husband has been shoveling the snow, but last time it was just tooo much, and our neighbor used his tractor and removed the snow within an hour...that is the way we will go for now on.

Jun 27, 2014 08:59 AM #62
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Bruce Walter
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Rebecca, I understand completely, but there is just something about being out in the freezing cold shoveling snow. 

Jun 28, 2014 12:44 PM #63
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Great advice for those who live in the snowy states. Beautiful pics. I'm all for physical labor to keep muscles strong, too, but that's too much snow for me. :)

Jul 11, 2014 01:20 AM #64
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Bruce Walter
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Jill, you have to stay on top of it and not let it get so deep.   If you make that first chute and funnel all your other snow through it then it is EASY!

Jul 11, 2014 01:28 AM #65
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Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
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Bruce,

 That is very smart and a great way to get exercise my husband used to live in Chicago and says he cannot go back to shoveling that snow you make it sound fun!

Aug 13, 2014 09:29 AM #66
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Bruce Walter
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Yolanda, I can understand why someone moving to Florida or the Southwest would not want to mess with snow anymore!  Some day I may come to my senses!

Aug 15, 2014 05:25 AM #67
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Hi Bruce - great post and really like that you have your own method to remove snow. You do make it sound fun!

Dec 28, 2014 11:39 PM #68
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Bruce Walter
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Hi Sharon, doesn't this make you want to move up to Mammoth Lakes in the High Sierras so you to can shovel some snow???  It really is great exercise, but after five large snowfalls of six inches or more at a time it was good to see Spring!

Dec 29, 2014 07:44 PM #69
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Ron Marshall
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Now, this is a terrific solution to the age-old problem of shoveling wet heavy snow, Bruce Walter.  Wow, I will be using this from now on!  Thanks!

Jan 18, 2015 11:48 PM #70
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Bruce Walter
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Ron, it really makes shoveling heavy or deep snow very easy once you have the chute made as you funnel all the snow from the far end through the original and narrow chute.  No resistance and the walls of the chute contain all the snow within your shovel!

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