10 Awesome Inventions for Living with Snow

The Shovel
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Sometimes the simplest solution to dealing with snow is the best one. Whether you're into steel or plastic, curved or uncurved, shovels get the job done. The problem is that if you don't use them properly you can injure yourself or even have a heart attack. Bend your knees and don't twist your back. Don't go trying to impress your neighbor by launching heavy snow piles over your shoulder. Face the pile squarely and then push the shovel forward with both your arms and legs. Always turn your whole body when hefting the snow elsewhere. And take a break every once in awhile. It's not like you splurged on a snow blower...