With better than 30 inches of new snow in the past week, New Englanders have been reaching for a tool that has remained basically unchanged since its invention: the roof rake. New materials have been introduced, making them lighter and easier to wield, but most changes have been simply variations on a theme. A long pole with a blade on one end is thrust up onto a roof and pulled back toward the thruster, bringing snow and ice crashing to the ground where it can melt harmlessly rather than collapsing whatever building it was sitting on.
The roofs here at Fish in a Barrel Pond are quite lovely and we would like to keep them.
As you can see, they have collected quite a bit of snow this week.
Some roofs are relatively flat and collect quite a bit of snow.
Others are fairly steep and able to shed their load. Eventually. I hope.
The roof rake. It sure beats the heck out of climbing up there with a shovel.