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Roof Raking

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It’s a dose of preventive medicine. I pull snow off the edges of the roof of our house to avert possible ice dams that can cause water leaks. It is a project that looms ominously before I can get to it, as icicles grow to incredible lengths. The work is strenuous to execute, requiring extended time with my arms overhead wrestling the rake into position and pulling it back down full of snow. That effort creates a mess below that needs to be shoveled away after it has compacted into a hard and heavy pile. But when completed, it offers a pleasing psychological reward every time I walk toward the house and spot the cleaned eaves.

I cleared the valley over the front door a day earlier and since then, plenty of evaporation has already occurred.

The toughest part of the whole project is that it only lasts until the next snowstorm.

In the meantime, the absence of concern about out-of-sight water problems is a deeply satisfying reward for the hassles associated with raking snow off the roof.

Since today happens to be January 7th, 2023, I would like to give a shout-out to anyone who happens to become old enough on this date to qualify for collecting their social security funds. Happy Birthday, DRH! Hope you don’t have mountains of snow on your roof up in the northland.




Written by johnwhays

January 7, 2023 at 11:03 am

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  1. Sounds like a slippery and hazardous business – raking snow off a roof. Do be careful! One broken leg is enough!

    Ian Rowcliffe

    January 8, 2023 at 5:12 am

    • I don’t face great risk here because most of the work is done from the snow-covered ground, pulling the snow off the roof with a long-handled tool. When I do get on a ladder, it is a folding ladder with four feet pushed into the snow on the ground. Thank you for your concern!


      January 8, 2023 at 11:18 am

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