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Anyone else tired of all the snow in the Northeast this year?
By this time next year I hope to have a killer snow removal device, the more far out the better.
I'm imagining something like a giant hairdryer that runs on rechargeable power tool batteries.
It would  instantly melt a large swath of snow in front of it. (I know this idea isn't very realistic)
Anyone else have any cool snow removal gadget ideas?

Of course we do love the Roboplow.  http://www.robotliving.com/robot-news/roboplow-conquers-snow/

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I guess the trouble with snow is what to do with it. If you melt it away you'll end up with ice somewhere else.

How about a big vacuum that sucks all the snow up and compacts it into bricks, then you could clear your drive and build an igloo!
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Wow - I hadn't seen that vid before smiley

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How about a big vacuum that sucks all the snow up and compacts it into bricks, then you could clear your drive and build an igloo!
That is one brilliant idea!
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Snow is something I have to drive 200 miles to the Sierra Nevada mountains to see. And I like it that way, very much.  smiley-grin
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Snow is something I have to drive 200 miles to the Sierra Nevada mountains to see. And I like it that way, very much.  smiley-grin
Well thankfully it has gone here now but it's nice to have occasionally.
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Saw these pics on another site a while ago:
http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2009/08/jet-engines-on-trucks-for-fun-and.html

I had stupidly searched at first for "russian snowplow" and got a bunch of urban dictionary entries and the like, which I hastily avoided.
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I had stupidly searched at first for "russian snowplow" and got a bunch of urban dictionary entries

Hahaha!
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Anyone else tired of all the snow in the Northeast this year?
By this time next year I hope to have a killer snow removal device, the more far out the better.
I'm imagining something like a giant hairdryer that runs on rechargeable power tool batteries.
It would  instantly melt a large swath of snow in front of it. (I know this idea isn't very realistic)
Anyone else have any cool snow removal gadget ideas?

Of course we do love the Roboplow.  http://www.robotliving.com/robot-news/roboplow-conquers-snow/



Maybe a miniature Arduino-controlled version of this:

http://www.paleofuture.com/blog/2010/12/16/the-sno-melter-1960.html

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When you're expecting snow, run extension cables up and down your driveway and give them a load....

The heat should keep your driveway snowless (at least, the one running across our yard did)
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We've got about three and a half feet on the ground and another foot coming next week, just outside Boston.  Nowhere to put the stuff- snowbanks in some places exceed twenty feet.  The snowbanks on the side of my driveway are about ten feet.

Actually, there's a house that's on a steep hill nearby, and when it was remodeled an put on the market, they actually installed a resistive heating element system under the blacktop as I heard.  I can't imagine that would be that durable... but then again, I can't imagine trying that driveway with ice or snow- four wheel drive or not.

I've envisioned a heat pump system in my head a time or two-  remember, the temperature goes up as you go down... and only a few feet below the surface is well above freezing even in the Arctic.  Sink down twenty feet, you'd probably be able to tap enough thermal energy with a heat pump or exhanger system.  33 degrees is all you really need..

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How about a big vacuum that sucks all the snow up and compacts it into bricks, then you could clear your drive and build an igloo!
I'm envisioning a snow blower or conveyor belt system combined with a trash compactor.
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My yard already looks like it has a couple of igloos! There's this one next to my mailbox, with another of larger size on the other side of the driveway.
The whole yard is 2 feet deep.
The smaller peak to the right is the foot of snow on top of the mailbox, which now looks like a mailbox door floating in the snow bank from street.
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Email me some snow!
It's 42C here today!
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42C! That's like 110F! Where are you that it so hot?
I had to shovel out the TOP of my mailbox today so I could the flag up!

This was a week ago, feel the coolness coming your way ...

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