For many cottagers a winter of heavy snow is not just annoying, it’s potentially dangerous. As snow piles up on the roof, it can reach weights in the range of thousands of pounds, which puts a lot of stress on the cabin. Worse, if left unchecked, the snow build-up can cause the roof to collapse, harming people inside and causing major structural damage.
So there’s no doubt that removing snow is a priority, but even clearing the white stuff can be hazardous. Ever seen an avalanche? The same mechanics apply to a slippery roof as they do to a cliff face. Once the snow gets moving, it can be hard to control. Maybe it turns out well like it did for this lucky fellow, but you can also get buried pretty easily, or at least get some snow down your collar.
The clever tool in this video changes all that. Resembling a cross between a curling broom and a crazy carpet, you can dislodge snow in manageable chunks from the ground, staying out of the way as it slides off. While the invention may look a little goofy, there’s no doubt that it’s a huge time saver for snowed-in cottagers.