Conquer the Battle of Snow and Ice
While winter does have its upsides—cozy fires, hot chocolate, snow days—for many of us, having to deal with all the snow is a battle of unpleasant proportions. Here, we introduce you to the best weapons to help you win the fight—the tools and implements that will help you vanquish the ice and snow in no time, so you can retreat back inside your nice warm home.
True Temper’s 18-inch Ergonomic Mountain Mover Snow Shovel is great for both shoveling and pushing snow. Its ergonomic handle has an oversized grip, which makes this shovel easier to use, and puts less strain on your back. Available at The Home Depot; $25.97.
When snow melts and then freezes again on your roof, it can form ice dams, layers of ice that can damage your roof and gutters. Prevent ice dams from forming by using a roof rake. The Avalanche's super-long handle and unique plastic sheeting let you do all the work safely from the ground. Available from The Home Depot; $142.99 .
The telescoping Snow Joe broom and ice scraper combo is the perfect tool to keep in your trunk during the winter season. Its 18-inch foam broom head will push snow off your car without damaging it. The telescoping arm allows you to access hard to reach spots, and the ice scraper on the opposite end makes switching tasks to clean your windshield easy. It comes apart for convenient storage. Available from The Home Depot; $18.44.
Rotating Snow Shovel
The Ames 7-inch Forged Sidewalk Scraper will help you break up tough ice on walkways and paths in a hurry. In the growing season, it will chop tree roots and weeds. With a 15 year warranty, you can feel comfortable investing in this versatile piece of maintenance equipment. Available at The Home Depot; $23.98.
No other snow shovel fits so easily in the trunk of your car. The Suncast Telescoping Auto Shovel collapses for easy storage, but opens up to a full 38” handle when you need to move snow. The graphite blade allows snow to easily slip off, getting you on your way faster. Available from The Home Depot; $14.58.
Of course, if you really want to win the war against winter, nothing beats a snow blower. The Toro 1800 Power Curve gets consistently great ratings and is praised for being tough but lightweight, and no harder to push than a lawnmower. And because it's electric, you don’t have to mess with gas and oil. Available from The Home Depot; $286.99.
Snow Blower Cab
Everyone should have ice melt on hand during winter, so they’re ready for nasty weather when it comes. Green Gobbler’s Pet Safe Ice Melt has a low toxicity level, making it safe for both our furry friends and for the environment. It will melt snow and ice in temperatures as low as -10 degrees Fahrenheit. Available on Amazon; $39.99 for 15lb pail.
The Spot Spreader allows you to sprinkle salt or ice melt for an even application rather than dumping a large clump in one spot. It adjusts for multiple opening sizes to accommodate a wide range of materials. As a bonus, it can double as a grass seed or fertilizer spreader during the growing season so you can get year-round use out of it. Available on Amazon; $21.80.
Tire Grip Mat
Keep the Snow Joe Track Assist in the trunk of your car to get you out of a winter jam on the road. Should you get stuck in snow or ice, this mat provides a thermoplastic rubber traction pad to slip under your tires. It will also help you out of mud and sand the other three seasons. Available from The Home Depot; $24.33.
If you have the money to hire a handyman for every household woe, go ahead. But if you want to hang on to your cash and exercise some self-sufficiency, check out these clever products that solve a million and one little problems around the house. Go now!