We are very seriously snowed in.
I took care of most of the volume with my miiltary snowblower where I
replaced the engine a few years ago.
I had a few issues today with snow sticking to shovels. I would like
to know if there is some kind of spray that would work for at least a
day and would keep shovel free of snow.
People use lots of silicone spray to try this "easy" approach. Doesn't
work (for any length of time). There was also a waxy spray back in the
day, but it didn't work too well either (that spray finish , and the wax
was sticky to be wax that could go in a can and be sprayed).
I put Butcher's bowling alley wax (paste carnauba (turps vehicle),
applied & polished with a rag) on my snow shovel (which is an aluminum
grain shovel, and beats the pants off most "snow shovels" in serious
snow, while working OK in the fluffy stuff they work on) back in
November - it's still working. Bring the shovel inside, get it good and
dry, warm helps, apply wax, polish, get it good and cold, use it.
If you don't happen to have that, use whatever paste wax you have - car
wax if you have it, other floor wax if need be, but bowling alley wax
really works very well if you have it or can get it. Given how long it
works, it's much "easier" than a spray can, IMHO.
I use some microcrystalline wax. It is the stuff used for lost wax
casting and works well, but any wax will work. I tried using some PAM
and it works, just does not last as long.
By the way, I used a garden fork ( like a spade, but with four tines )
to get some ice off the driveway. I think it might be better than a
scraper with a solid blade. Think ice pick.
I would suggest giving cross country ski wax a try. It's designed to
prevent just that. Well, I'm not sure anyone actually waxes XC skis
anymore, been a couple decades since I did any of that.
There was also, back then, a liquid for application to waxless skis,
Glide I think it was called. Believe it had teflon. I used this stuff a
lot, never had to reapply during a skiing session.
Doesn't that just suck all to hell when you swing a shovel full of snow
and the lump refuses to depart at the end of the swing? I've taken my
back out a couple times from that...
I use Butcher's paste wax as well, and it works well. Sold in hardware
I also use the grain shovel. Although it flexes disturbingly, it has
not broken yet.
Wax is good, even paraffin will have some effect. Blade has to be
warm and dry when applied. I've seen guys trying to use WD40, will
work for a bit until it drips/runs/is worn off. For larger blades, my
dad used graphite paint on his plow, got it from one of the implement
dealers. Not sure if it was the graphite that did it or just that it
was black and soaked up the sun.
I find that steel shovel blades have less problems with snow sticking
than aluminum or plastic. Just hard finding a new one with more than
an inch or two of wear surface. Mostly they're fastening the handle
waaay too close to the blade edge. Makes for quicker return trips to
the store for new ones.
We had the weirdest snow I've ever seen here in St. Louis. I have seen
graupel a number of times before - raindrops that froze before hitting
the ground. But, we had over 24 HOURS of steady graupel here, before it
finally changed to snow just before ending. The stuff is like trying to
shovel wet cement! So, the entire storm left about 3" of this stuff
that was sort of like wet beach sand.
One odd observation. I used my crummy snowblower to clear part of my
driveway yesterday. Then, it snowed some more that night. Where I had
used the snowblower, the new snow was light and fluffy, easy to clear
with the snowblower. Where I DIDN'T get it cleared the previous day,
there must have been unfrozen water in the graupel, and it caused the
new snow to freeze into white cement! The snowblower just slid on the
surface, and you couldn't push it into the stuff at all.
Well, on the shovel, it worked REALLY GREAT!
I was done using the snowblower today, but I will try waxing the chute
the next time I use it.
It has a big motor, but does not throw the snow as far as I would
Ecnerwal wrote in
rec.crafts.metalworking on Wed, 02 Feb 2011 15:48:54 -0500:
That last bit is important. A warm shovel will become wet, then
re-freeze, and stick to snow. Keep your shovel outside in the shade.
Jon, I used a very strange blue/green substance that is called "car
wax". It feels like some sort of soft gel. Despite its weird
appearance, it worked very well. I applied it relatively generously
and wiped down.
Heh, we're encased in ice here in N. TX. I had to drive home 50 miles in
it yesterday evening and the highways were still well crusted with ice
2"-4" thick. Traffic in what is normally a 70 MPH zone was going 25-30
MPH, even the semis. Now that I'm home, I'm going to try to hibernate
until the ice is gone which should be this weekend.