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Attention, homeowners: Don't pay another repairman until you check out this video series on simple repairs you can make yourself.
You Will Need
- Protective gear
- Common sense
Research snow blowers and decide the amount of power you need before buying. Read the instruction manual before operating.
Wear protective gear
Wear protective clothing, gloves, and goggles in case an object flies in your direction.
Clear only snow and ice, not slush, which can clog the snow blower. Avoid reaching into the discharge chute or augers to clear them of snow or debris -- use a long stick instead.
Add fuel outdoors and make sure the engine is cooled down before doing so. If fuel has been sitting in the tank since the previous winter, siphon it out and replace with fresh fuel.
Aim the discharge chute away from motorists and pedestrians. Mark low shrubs and other obstacles with bright flags or paper before starting. Practice turning off the machine quickly.
Disconnect when repairing
Disconnect the spark plugs when making any mechanical repairs or checks, even when clearing the blower.
Use dead man controls
Use "dead man" controls that disengage or stop the machine when the lever is released. Keep a healthy respect for your snow blower and you'll have a safely cleared sidewalk and driveway.