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How do I prevent the bolts in my snow blower rotor from breaking?

The "right kind of bolt" is a shear bolt. Specifically, the shear bolt your snowblower manufacturer specifies for that location, since not all shear bolts are the same. It is deliberately ...
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To rake or not to rake snow off of roof

There are really two reasons to rake a roof (snow weight and ice dams), and there are two reasons not to rake (effort and roofing damage). Raking to reduce snow weight If you're concerned that the ...
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How do you make outdoor wooden stairs less slippery in winter?

There are a few approaches available. You've already described one of them: add a grippy tread on top of the wood. Another approach is to mix sand in to the next layer of wood finish that you paint on,...
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To rake or not to rake snow off of roof

You should not be touching your shingles when raking. If you have 5" on roof you don't need to touch it. If you have 24" on roof you don't need to rake the last two inches. Also rake ...
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Snowblower auger spins easily and does not turn impeller

There are sacrificial bolts (shear pins) that break on purpose if you hit something solid (like a rock). Check for them. It generally replaces just like a bolt (with a nut on one end, but it might use ...
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What's the purpose of the throttle and the gears on a snow blower?

The throttle controls the speed of the engine and the auger(s), and the gears control the speed of the wheels. You should normally run it at full throttle to pick up and throw the snow. Choose the ...
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How do you make outdoor wooden stairs less slippery in winter?

The problem comes from the high gloss wood preservative. I imagine the steps would be slippery if just wet. Sand the treads just to knock off the gloss. Then apply a Matte finish with some sand ...
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To rake or not to rake snow off of roof

As others have said, whether to rake or not depends on your circumstances. See the picture: I have a steep poorly insulated roof over my home that extends out over an unheated garage and becomes more ...
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What's the purpose of the throttle and the gears on a snow blower?

My blower has 4 gear speeds. I use the first two for blowing and the upper two for traveling while not blowing. You pick a slower or faster blowing gear based on how thick the snow is (slow gear for ...
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How do you make outdoor wooden stairs less slippery in winter?

There are a number of wooden bridges in a nearby park.The local council has secured some chunky plastic mesh to the tread areas using galvanised staples, and its far less slippery now. I've also seen ...
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How do you make outdoor wooden stairs less slippery in winter?

I'd go with some metal grip strips. You want something that won't hold water against the wood and allows the treads to dry or your treads will rot away faster. Image from: https://www.clearwaysupply....
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Oil Viscosity in Snowblower

Use the 10w-30. If you store the blower in a warm place then you need do nothing further. If you store the blower in a cold place (around -20°C) then you should replace the 10w-30 with 5w-30 as soon ...
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Evaluating options for a heated driveway

It's sheer madness. If you have the money to run such a system (nevermind the install cost) you have more than enough money to pay someone to plow and salt the driveway into oblivion. You could ...
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How do you make outdoor wooden stairs less slippery in winter?

Use black rubber stair treads, you can find them in most hardware stores at the start of the cold season. You simply put them down on each step, and store them away when the icy season has passed. No ...
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How do you make outdoor wooden stairs less slippery in winter?

To expand on the grippy tread tape suggestion: I live in Wisconsin and also see snow and ice. I wanted to make my mail carrier's life a little easier and safer and install some grip tape, having done ...
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How do you make outdoor wooden stairs less slippery in winter?

As already mentioned, ice will be a problem no matter what you put, but also remember that any kind of carpet will fill with ice and be just as bad or even worse as it could provide an absorbent ...
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How do you make outdoor wooden stairs less slippery in winter?

When I lived in that kind of climate, I used a mix of sand and road salt. The salt melted the snow and ice while the sand gave any ice and/or the remaining cleared ground more grip. This helped with ...
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How do you make outdoor wooden stairs less slippery in winter?

As Tetsujin mentions in a comment, there's no covering on the stairs that will really prevent ice from building up in the right conditions. Refinishing the surface with something less slippery would ...
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Snowblower blades hitting sides

I have had good luck using a crescent wrench when needing to bend “thin metal” close the jaws tight then the cresent wrench gives some leverage. The larger the wrench the more leverage large water ...
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Do I need a pulley extractor to replace the small drive belt (225-5M) for SnowJoe SJ625E?

Page 13 and 14 clearly show how to do it manual To remove or install the belt, you would put it over the drive pulley first, then partially (as much you can) over the auger pulley, then start turning ...
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2-stroke snow blower only starting/running with NON-mix fuel?

Here is what I discovered - the machine just appears to be really particular about having fresh gasoline. As I noted above, I put some fuel in that I knew was 50:1 that it still wouldn't run on, but ...
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ISSUE: Snowblower pushes snow (forward) rather than throwing snow out of the chute

My Craftsman 3/21 single-stage, 2-stoke snow-blower now works perfectly and discharges snow from chute as expected/desired. Thanks to everyone that helped me solve this HI/DIY problem!!! Corrective ...
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How do I prevent the bolts in my snow blower rotor from breaking?

I have had a few different snow blowers over the past 40+ years and have only broken 6-8 shear bolts. Every time a bolt broke it was from a stone or a piece of hard ice getting stuck in the 1st stage ...
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Can I leave the grill outside over winter (snow and cold in western Europe)?

Yes, you can. I leave my grill outside year 'round, with a cover on it. This is in the US, Mid-Atlantic area, and have had the grill for around 7 years now. It's still looking good, though it is ...
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Do I need a pulley extractor to replace the small drive belt (225-5M) for SnowJoe SJ625E?

Possible (can't see anything that's "for certain" that the parts might have a less-obvious tensioning method, like an eccentric mount, where something can be loosened to allow a collar ...
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How do you make outdoor wooden stairs less slippery in winter?

I use these, nailed to the treads with copper roofing nails: https://kofflersales.com/product/stair-tread-mats
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How do you make outdoor wooden stairs less slippery in winter?

When ice builds up on the shady portions of my sidewalk I have had success with a light coat of rough wood chips that I refresh daily until we get a spell of sunny weather. (Usually we get warm sunny ...
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Should I clear up a small space with snow against a window?

The points already made in the above answers are accurate and should be considered. However, I think it's always wise to remove sources of moisture away from the foundation of a house for the same ...
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Should I clear up a small space with snow against a window?

Sure, snow insulates if it's air tight. Seems like plenty of space between the snow and window for fierce windchill to set in. Assuming the window is at least double-pane and doing it's job with argon ...
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To rake or not to rake snow off of roof

Whether to rake the snow off the roof or not depends on temperature during the day, the time it will take the snow to melt and when the next snowstorm is expected. At my house in the Berkshires, ...
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